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Latest entries about Xarel-lo

Escape to Alella: Come Savor this Small but Mighty Spanish Wine Region

written by Melissa Leighty | 5th October 2015

“You can see that these are smaller, and they form more of a cone-like shape than the traditional round clusters you’re used to seeing,” she says pointing to a delicate looking bunch of grapes hanging from a sturdy vine. “That’s because they’re Chardonnay grapes, while the ones on our left are Pansa Blanca.” The grapes glow green-gold in the...

Friday Feature Photo: The Spicy White Mistress of Spain

written by Gabriella Opaz | 20th March 2015

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 enough citrus and stone fruit flavors to entice you...
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Port Wine Tour with Ryan Opaz

Eager to taste a wide range of spectacular Port wine with a Knight of the Port Wine Brotherhood? Are you...

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Private Lisbon

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Lisbon Culinary Experience

Meet the passionate people crafting old-school Portuguese food deep inside Lisbon’s traditional neighborhoods. Visit the traditional hole-in-the-wall bakeries famed for their...

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Private Barcelona

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Barcelona Market Tour & Cooking Class

On this four hour Barcelona Cooking Class and Market Tour, you’ll have the rare opportunity to ease your way into...

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

written by John Perry | 11th March 2015

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 helpful “how to” model to seamlessly ease you into...

Spanish Wines to Make Tax Season More Enjoyable

written by Gabriella Opaz | 28th April 2014

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 at keeping records, you look back through the year...

An Ode To Xarel.lo: The Spicy White Mistress of Spanish Grapes

written by Gabriella Opaz | 17th August 2010

A few years ago, Ryan and I visited the Eudald Massana Noya winery located 50 kilometers just south of Barcelona in the Alt Penedès. Arriving by taxi as the sun dappled small patches of yellow light upon patches of rust colored grass, I distinctly remember the quaint, warm feeling I received the minute I stepped out of the car....

Wine of the Week: 2001 Brut de Brut Gran Reserva Brut Nature Cava from Cavas Recaredo

written by Gabriella Opaz | 15th October 2008

This past week, after visiting a new client in Palafrugell, we spent an incredible night in a sleepy seaside pueblo called Llafranc, approximately 135 km northeast of Barcelona. It was a chance for us to get away for a night as a couple, far from tweets, status updates and cellphones! This coastal section of Catalunya is known as the...
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