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Jul
19

Bodegas Y Vinedos Alion 1998

Rioja gets most of the attention for the softer-style of age-worthy Tempranillo. Ribera became infected with over-extraction in the 1990’s and 2000’s that undid much of the regions’ potential for

Barton

Sep
5

Of Stump Years and Spaniards or Bordeaux for Regular Folk

Much like Vancouver Real Estate, Bordeaux has been priced out of reach for regular non-wealthy folk. Chinese millionaires are gobbling up ‘culture’ through ‘luxury’ with the appetite of millions of

Feb
22

Tinto Pesquera Ribera del Duero Crianza 2009

One of Spain’s best values is also one of red wine’s most consistent and fairly priced bottles every vintage: pioneering produce Alejandro Fernandez’ Tinto Pesequera Crianza. I love Ribera del

Nov
23

Quinta do Crasto Old Vines Reserva 2005

Quinta do Crasto has long been known as one of the best dry wine producers in Portugal. They are located in the Douro and make modern, highly flavourful wines from

Jul
23

Vinedo Y Bodegas de la Marquesa Valserrano Gran Reserva Rioja 2001

Ah, the Rioja debate. Modernists vs. traditionalists. If you’ve read this blog at all for the past while you’ll know I tend toward the latter. There aren’t really any traditionalists

Mar
28

Psi Ribero del Duero 2009

The story behind this wine is exceptional. Peter Sissek of Pingus fame and an absolute standard bearer for Ribera del Duero, realized that many fantastic sites in the region were

Jul
22

Spotlight on Portuguese Dry Wine: Chryseia Post Scriptum Douro 2004

My new profile holds a place close to my heart. When I visited Spain on vacation one year ago, I happened to be one of those travellers who was stranded

Apr
27

Spotlight on Spain: Rioja or What Makes Good Wine Great

Rioja is Spain’s most famous wine region. In fact, to many Rioja is Spain’s icon wine region, reaching that apotheosis where a place name immediately indicates style and quality. But,

Apr
17

Spotlight on Spain: Bodegas Alion 1999

The recent unexpected volcanic eruption in Iceland has relegated me to another several days in Europe, with ample opportunity to reflect on my experiences in Spain. Over the past couple

Mar
24

Spotlight on Spain: Bodegas Izadi Vetus 2005

Zipping west back into Castile-Leon, today’s wine was made in the Toro region of Spain, sitting several miles west of Ribera del Duero and Rueda (to be profiled soon). The