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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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The Spanish Series Part 3: Rioja from Viña Eguía and Bodegas Muriel

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Let’s continue our look at Spanish wines with another winery in the Rioja region. We introduced Rioja in our last blog, which you can read here. This, at least to me, is the traditional heart of Spanish wine. It is one of only two regions to be awarded the highest wine quality designation in the

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The Spanish Series Part 2: Rioja and the Wines of Ramón Bilbao

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The wines of Spain are varied, high quality and great values. They are also not high on every wine drinker’s list, overshadowed by the more en vogue regions and media promoted producers. Yet every wine drinker should know the wines from Spain, and we introduced the topic in our previous blog (which you can read

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The Spanish Series Part 1: Intro to Spanish Wine

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There are many choices for the consumer in today’s wine world, as production expands to new countries, new areas and ever more boutique wineries and winemakers lending their personal interpretation to wine styles. As such it is sometimes too easy to forget about the old guard, the foundations of the world wine community that have

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Two Impeccable Napa Cabernets from Silverado Vineyards

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Silverado Vineyards is a venerable, well known name when it comes to Napa wineries. It’s story began in 1976 when Diane Disney and Ron Miller purchased their Stag’s Leap District vineyards. The iconic winery, which overlooks these vineyards and the Silverado Trail, followed in 1981. Cabernet from The Stag’s Leap area was not widespread, although

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