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The Spanish Series Part 11: Yecla, and a Great Red from Barahonda

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Barahonda is the oldest winery in the Yecla DO region. The Candela family established the bodega in 1925. When you talk about Yecla, you’re talking primarily about the Monastrell grape. It makes up 80% of the vineyard production. You’ve may have heard of Monastrell, it is better known as Mourvédre in France’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation, where

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Sustainable Farming in Chile – Single Vineyard Carignan from Oveja Negra

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People who grow wine grapes, whether they sell the grapes to other producers or make the wine themselves, think of themselves as farmers. That’s what they are, and most great winemakers will tell you that great wine is really made in the fields. Some go so far as to characterize their responsibility as winemakers as

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Part 10 of the Spanish Series – Navarra and the wines of Vina Magana

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The Denominacion de Origen (D.O.) region of Navarra shares some aspects with the other great winemaking regions of Spain. It traces its roots back to Roman times, and can point to centuries where the cloistered monks working in the many monasteries throughout the region maintained and improved the culture of making wine. In modern times

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The Spanish Series Part 9 – Wines from Hizan: A Final Ribera del Duero and a Stop in Rueda

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We’ll finish our look into Ribera del Duero with one final wine. You can read more about the region of Ribera del Duero by clicking here. We’ll also take a short journey southwest to another designated area, this time one which specializes in white wine. That D.O. is Rueda. Both of the wines highlighted in

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Part 8 of the Spanish Series – Vizcarra from Ribera del Duero

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We’ll stay in the Ribera del Duero for this review, and visit what is considered a “garage winery”, or “garagiste”. Started in the early 1990s in Bordeaux, the garagiste movement was, and is, about small batches, high quality, lots of hand labor and wines which showcased the fruit rather than harsh tannins. Chateau Valandraud became

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Part 7 of the Spanish Series – Ribera del Duero and the Wines of Tinto Figuero

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Clearly, one if the great wine making regions of Spain is the Ribera del Duero. Located high in the continental plateau, in north central Spain, and straddling the Duero River, this region is home to some of the iconic names in Spanish wine. Most wine lovers will recognize Vega Sicilia and Pingus, expensive and

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A look at Silkbush Mountain Vineyards from South Africa

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A while back we did a series on South African wineries, focusing on the famous Stellenbosch district in particular (you can start that series by clicking here). There is a wide diversity in South African wine beyond Stellenbosch, with new vineyards and producers expanding into new areas. In this article we will head an hour

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Part 6 of the Spanish Series – Armas de Guerra from Vinos Guerra in Bierzo

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In the northwest corner of Spain, the country is surrounded on three sides by the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean. To the south lies Portugal, and to the northeast lies France. This area is known as ‘Green Spain’. Green Spain’s cool and misty climate forces more attention on grapes which require shorter growing seasons

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Part 5 of the Spanish Series – Off to Toro and the Wines of Bodegas Farina

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After spending time with several producers in Rioja (see the last Rioja blog here), let’s take a journey west, into the high plateau of Castilla y Leon, to one of the rising stars of Spanish wines, and the region around the town of Toro. Toro sits on the banks of the Duero River, just a

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The Spanish Series Part 4 – Rioja Wines from Bodegas Muriel

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In the previous article on the wines of Spain (which you can read here), we looked at two reds from Rioja produced by Viña Equía. Viña Equía makes their wines in the town of Elciego, in Rioja Alavesa. Since 2010 they have been part of the group of vineyards and wineries owned by Bodegas Muriel,

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