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Tag Archives: Xarel-lo

Friday Feature Photo: The Spicy White Mistress of Spain

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: September 4, 2010 Location: Penedes, Catalunya, Spain About: We see Xarel.lo as a cross between the coquettish and cute Drew Barrymore and the spicy sultry side of Charlize Theron. She’s the grape that gives Cava its gorgeous structure and acidity, when paired with Parellada and Macabeo, while offering just […]

Renting an AirBnB in Spain – 5 Tips to Finding Great Wine

Editor’s Note: With more people opting to save money with Airbnb and Casa Rural (rural house) rentals when visiting Spain, it’s difficult to know how to stock your wine cooler. Enter any retail shop or supermarket and you’re flooded with options. Hence, this guide is a precursor to your next trip – a […]

Spanish Wines to Make Tax Season More Enjoyable

Tax season. It’s that time of the year when that all-too-familiar nausea builds in the pit of your stomach. Your hands sweat, your head pounds, your entire state of being goes into a fit of panic. The word “audit” circles through your mind, and no matter how fabulous you are […]

Bodega Profile – Heretat Mestres – D.O. Cava

During our first visit to Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, I couldn’t help but notice how Cava houses were as prevalent as fast food chains in the States. Walk up any narrow, windy street lined with quaint bread shops, boutique jewelry stores and fruit stands and inevitably, you’ll find yourself vying for […]

Varietally Incorrect

As a wine geek/wine blogger/wino, one of the questions I often get from my non-geek friends is what I mean when I say a wine is “varietally correct”. It often comes up when someone brings over a wine to our house that they wish our opinion on. Often times the […]

Bodega Profile – Freixenet – DO Cava

Years ago, while working as the assistant restaurant manager for the Nicollet Island Inn, a swanky hotel situated on an island in the heart of Minneapolis, I had a rather unique experience debating as to whether Freixenet was a Champagne or a Cava. As three very inquisitive and rather bull-headed, […]