Archive for the Tag 'Spain'

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Wines From Around The Globe ~ Recently Enjoyed

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 mutable […]

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

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 variety […]

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Tapas from Marimar Torres’ Cookbook ~ You’re Invited

Year ago, when I was at Belvedere Winery, my colleague and friend Corinne Reichel had seen an ad for the position of director of PR at Marimar Estate. Corinne knew I was qualified and was also totally misunderstood my current boss. (He’s since passed away.) Corinne really encouraged me to look into the position; but […]

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

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 in […]

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The 12 Days of Christmas, Winewise…

This year, I was given interesting wines with which I could (and continue) to toast my holidays, all of which are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, A One Villa Sandi bubbly… (NV – $12.99… Such a deal, Folio Wine Imports, Italy) On the second day of […]

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Best Wine Books of 2010 ~ For your Holiday Shopping Needs ~ Day 1

This past year, I’ve received a good amount of wine books for my reading pleasure, and also for reviewing. I may have come across something for almost everyone for this holiday season. Here are my categories below, so you can quickly know if there’s something on your shopping list. Please read below the list for […]

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Wine Century Club ~ Port4lio Tasting Threw Me Over the Top

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 House, […]

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The Honor of Organic Wines, as Taught to Me by Fabius

During the 1960s, I crossed over into the antidisestablishmentarianism movement. It was a very exciting time… part of the bra burning process. It wasn’t necessarily easy, because I was in the business of fashion at the time, and my persona took quite a diva dive. I went natural, nursing three daughters.  Never once did a […]

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Winemaker Rui Veladas ~ Carmim ~ Reguengos de Monsaraz: Alentejo, Portugal

Winemaker Rui Veladas of Carmim Winery is based in the town of Reguengos de Monsaraz, a municipality of the Évora District, in Portugal. It has 11,000+ inhabitants, and is about 90 miles as the crow flies south to the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also just a few miles west from the border of Spain. I haven’t […]

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BOOK: The First Global Village ~ How Portugal Changed the World, by Martin Page

Image via Wikipedia When a book arrives on one’s doorstep as a gift, it has not only come from the sender, but it’s also arrived from the universe as a token of change and an opportunity for expansive knowledge. This is what The First Global Village by Martin Page became for me. Before it arrived, […]