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Ribera del Duero


Spain Comes to NYC

One of the great things about being a wine writer in NYC is that it is possible to have the winemakers visit, as well as visiting them on their own turf. I was lucky enough to visit Codorníu-Raventós winemaker Ricard Rofes of Scala Dei last year and words can’t begin how great it is to […]


Conversation with Xavier Ausas Lopez de Castro, Bodega Vega Sicilia

“A wine is like a person,” says Xavier Ausas Lopez de Castro, Technical Director for Bodegas Vega Sicilia. “We may dress differently and wear different styles of clothes, yet we are both human beings,” he says, explaining the often dramatic differences between individual parcels. In addition to his responsibilities as technical director for Vega Sicilia, […]


Visiting Valtravieso Bodegas and Vinedos

“Do the pickers fight a lot during harvest?” a woman asks, listening to the raised voices of a few men rapidly picking Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on a very cold day in Ribera del Duero. We are at the Valtravieso Bodegas and Vinedos owned by Pablo Gonzalez Bertere, who bought the place in 2002 and makes […]


Ribera Del Duero Tasting: Special Vega Sicilia Tasting

So today Pablo Alvarez Mezquiriz, Consejero Delegado of Bodegas Vega Sicilia, gave a fabulous tutored tasting of his wines including the Vega Sicilia Unico 1981, 1994, and 2004 along with the Vega Sicilia Unico Reserva Especial made from the three best years: 1990, 1996, and 1999. We also had a chance to try the Valbuena […]


Tasting Matarromera Spanish Wine in NYC

  Luis E. Garcia Sales Executive, and Sandra & Sandra “So is this a modern style … or traditional?” I asked Carlos Hubner-Arteta, President of Vinos Libres Wine Merchants, already knowing the answer.   Esperanza Castra, co-owner Grupo Matarromera I am here at the Graffit restaurant in New York, where the incredibly charming Esperanza Castro, […]


Beyond Cava: The Freixenet Story in Rioja, Ribera Del Duero, Priorat

  Care for a Cava? When you reach for a Spanish Sparkler on your supermarket shelf, chances are it’s from Freixenet, given their 200 million bottle production. Did you realize that the family-owned Freixenet sells 160 sparkling and still wine brands worldwide? Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Spain to meet CEO Pedro […]


Visiting Valdubon winery in Ribera del Duero with Javier Aladro

  Ribera del Duero!

 In Manhattan, this Spanish Denominacion de Origen (DO) sounded so glamorous and exotic, especially as it is home to the world’s most famous and expensive wines (Vega Sicilia, anyone?)

 Terroir of the Duero

 Wine students learn all about the soil (clay and sand), and the vineyards that stretch from the famed […]