Archive for the ‘Spain’ Category

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Amelasio Tempranillo es una seductora

Tweet Amelasio Tempranillo es una seductora (a seductress): an enchantress, femme fatale, temptress, siren all describe this wine… With its deliciously ample and full bodied flavors, this wine was a just delightful one to enjoy. Brought to us (imported) by Vinos & Bodegas of Ciudad Real, Spain, the 2010 Amelasio Tempranillo’s color is cherry red with […]

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Natural Merchants introduces Spanish Tarantas Monastrell, made with 100 percent organically grown grapes

Tweet Natural Merchants introduces Spanish Tarantas Monastrell, made with 100 percent organically grown grapes. Based in Grants Pass, Oregon, and Cartagena, Spain, Natural Merchants is pleased to be a leading importer and distributor of the finest natural and organic foods, as well as organic and biodynamic wines. They source their products directly from the Mediterranean. […]

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Picking the Brain of Someone in Wine Retail

Tweet I believe that it’s my duty – at this stage in my career – to mentor an upcoming wine generation. The new writers aren’t starting blogs, so much, though; they’re working for marketing companies… It seems that there’s become an established group who flew into the slight crack of the socialnomics window, and I […]

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Wines From Around The Globe ~ Recently Enjoyed

Tweet See these great wines that our customers love. One of the greatest joys of my gig as a wine blogger is to occasionally have wine show up on my doorstep. It doesn’t happen all the time, because I’m so non-traditional as bloggers go… I don’t consistently do anything, because that’s my nature. I’m a […]

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Why I Love The Wine Century Club, Bodega Riojanas, Mazuelo et al

Tweet I got my Wine Century Certificate last year, after I had tasted 100 different varieties. It’s not as easy as it sounds, to have tried 100 different grapes. I hit the wall at about 60 different cultivars. Then, I attended an importer tasting in San Francisco, and that put me well over the 100 […]

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The Mission Grape Played a Major Role in California Wine Viticultural History

Tweet The following was a final project that I wrote for my Enology class taught by Pat Henderson, winemaker for Valley of the Moon. After my presentation, which included a tasting of a light but flavorful Malvadino Mission wine, Pat asked for permission to use this piece in future classes… Permission granted. So, today, I’m […]

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Martín Códax Albariño and another new friend *CapaBunga* top it off over Paella

Tweet 2008 Bodegas Martín Códax Albariño ~ Inviting aromas of lemon, lemon grass, delicate saffron, and golden grasses made me want to run in that field again on a hot August night by Sabattus Lake. The flavors of this wine, luxuriant lemon, pink grapefruit, and the velvety citrus of a ripe tangerine, just drew me […]

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Navarra, a Spanish Soujourn with New and Intriguing Flavors

Tweet Comments this week will be placed in a drawing for a $75.00 gift certificate from True Fabrications. (Just your name will qualify you.) Drawing on Saturday. Kingdom Navarra ~ Spain… Off on a new adventure to the Denominacion de Oregen… Northeastern Spain; or, an Iberian wine. The region of Navarra has interestingly diverse terroir, […]

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Wine Century Club ~ Port4lio Tasting Threw Me Over the Top

Tweet There’s nothing like a little importers’ tasting to throw someone like me, trying to taste 100 different varieties in a life time (to be certified by The Wine Century Club), instantly over the brink. That’s the gift the universe delivered to me. The Port4lio Tasting was in San Francisco at the Fort Mason Fire […]