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
25

Spotlight on Spain: The Albarinos of Rias Baixas

In Spain white wines aren’t taken all that seriously. Most Spaniards see them as basic quaffers fit for consumption with the country’s vast array of seafood and pork dishes. This thirsty

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

Apr
12

Spotlight on Spain: Tanajara 2006 Red

The Canary Islands D.O.´s are producing wines that likely no North American reader has ever seen. However, these islands have been producing wines for a very long time and have never experienced

Apr
4

Spotlight on Spain: Barcelona

Some of the most distinctively Spanish characteristics of Barcelona can be found in its small neighbourhood restaurants and shops. One, Villa Viniteca, a wine store situated across the street from

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Mar
30

Spotlight on Spain: Dominio DosTares Cumal 2005

In what will very likely be my last post before heading to Spain I’m going to be writing about a wine made from one of the most obscure grapes in

Mar
29

Spotlight on Spain: Luna Beberide Godello 2007

Only a small percentage of Bierzo’s wine production is white, with Godello being the dominant white grape. Godello, also known as Verdello (not to be confused with Verdejo), is pretty

Mar
28

Spotlight on Spain: Dominio de Tares Bembibre 2004

The story of Bierzo rekindles an intriguing debate in the world of wine: what makes a previously unknown wine region famous? There are obviously a few threshold criteria: a basic

Mar
25

Spotlight on Spain: Martivilli Verdejo White Wine 2006

Rueda is perhaps the most interesting wine region in all of Spain. Its story is certainly amongst the most compelling in the wine world. It begins as the Moors withdrew

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