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“John Deere Tractors a Problem in Rioja”

I read this quote in the October 15, 2012 issue of Wine Spectator … in this article, Alvaro Palacios was profiled and blames John Deere tractors for some of the current issues in Rioja, saying that Spanish winemakers bought them as a sign of prosperity when they made money. The problem was that tractors made […]



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Meeting Yolanda Diaz of Las Rocas

  So I just had a tasting with an amazing woman  — Yolanda Diaz — who is Managing Director of Bodegas San Alejandro – the growers’ cooperative (over 350 grower strong) behind the wines of Las Rocas.  Founded in 1962 as a growers’ co-operative, Bodegas San Alejandro (BSA) is located in the tiny town of […]



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Drink Ribera Grand Tasting 2012 NYC

Fabulous tasting of several Ribera del Duero wines today at the sleek Trump tower downtown. Pictured above is Javier Aladro, winemaker at Valdubon located near the town Milagros in Ribera del Duero — I had visited Javier a few years before to discover how he made his excellent wines. It was great to see the […]



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Discovering the Wines of Groupo BSV

Aurora Ochoa of Penin Group and Marta Tornos Camacho of Groupo BSV  San Valero Winery (Groupo BSV) is a cooperative of 700 winegrowers who grow mostly garnacha vines, and collectively pool their grapes. They are launching two wines specifically designed for the US market: Sierra de Viento Garnacha old wine (Garnacha 100%) and Sierra de […]



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Wines of Manual Farina (from Toro, Spain) in New York

Lobster Course If you love Spanish wine, you know that Tempranillo is one of the most popular red grape varieties. As it is grown in many areas of Spain, it goes by a variety of local names. For example, in Toro it is called ‘Tinta del Toro" and takes much of its expression from the […]



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Kingdom of Navarra visits New York

Ana Laguna & Pilar Garcia-Granero "Before there was wine, there was a thing called happiness …" says an attractive, charming man standing in a circle of similarly well dressed, attractive Spaniards off the lobby of the Union Square W Hotel. Not quite sure the context of the quote, yet it appears to be a typical […]



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Wine Reviews: Exploring Wines from Madrid, Spain

Michael Aptein   Madrid is one of the most sophisticated regions in Spain in terms of gastronomy and art, so you can imagine it must be the center of wine as well. Yet why is it that we seldom hear of the Vinos de Madrid D.O? Apparently, The D.O. of Madrid has been producing wines […]



Experience Murcia Region of Spain’s Wine & Food

… so if you have been reading this blog for a while you know that I love Spanish wine and food. Spanish wine represents an incredible value, but beyond that, each region is so different you owe it to yourself…



Experience Murcia Region of Spain's Wine & Food

… so if you have been reading this blog for a while you know that I love Spanish wine and food. Spanish wine represents an incredible value, but beyond that, each region is so different you owe it to yourself…