Category Archives: Spain

Good Value, Quality Sparkling Wines from Alsace to the Russian River Valley

Sparkling wines from around the world are better than ever. They may not have the cachet of Champagne, but they’re priced lower, and the best ones are very good indeed. In this article, we review a selection of quality sparkling … Continue reading

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Champagnes and Sparkling Wines for the Holidays

Champagnes and sparkling wines are especially popular during the winter Holidays. Families and friends toast their friendship and welcome the New Year with the bubbles that convey a sense of celebration and joy.  To help guide your purchases of Champagne and … Continue reading

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Sherry and Port: Recommendations for Drinking and Giving

There’s no better time of year than now to drink fortified wines than when the temperatures sink, and the winds blow cold.  It’s the perfect time to sit by the fireplace and open a bottle of Sherry or Port to … Continue reading

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Spanish Wines from ARAEX Grands

In pre-Covid times we had lunch at Manhattan’s Tribeca Grill with Javier Ruiz de Galarreta, the founder and CEO of ARAEX Grands, and Michel Rolland, the French enologist who has influenced winemaking all over the world.  ARAEX Grands is a … Continue reading

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Raventós i Blanc and Can Sumoi: New Releases

Raventós i Blanc  The house of Josep Raventós i Blanc was established in 1986 in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia by Josep-Maria Raventós, a breakaway member of the Codorníu family, with the objective of making Cavas of exceptional quality. Today, Josep’s grandson … Continue reading

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Bodegas Juan Gil and El Nido: Raising the Bar in Jumilla

Founded in 1916 by Juan Gil Jiménez, Juan Gil Bodegas Familiares is now managed by the fourth generation of the family. We recently visited the Juan Gil winery in Jumilla and tasted the wines with Miguel Gil, President, and Loren … Continue reading

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Viña Elena’s Bruma del Estrecho de Marín: Expressions of Terroir in Jumilla

Located at the southernmost part of Jumilla just 60 km from the Mediterranean, Viña Elena was founded in 1948 by Francisco Pacheco Pérez. Today, the third generation of the Pacheco family makes the wine and manages the vineyards and winery. … Continue reading

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Jumilla’s Authentic Cuisine and Monastrell Wine

Gastronomia Jumillana is savory and honest country cuisine. It pairs well with the earthy, fruit wines made from Monastrell.  Some of the local dishes described below are unlikely to be found in restaurants outside Jumilla.  But they use some of … Continue reading

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Revisiting Sherry: Bodegas Dios Baco

Bodegas Dios Baco began with the Palomino family in the 18th century, but its fame began when Juan Vergara joined forces with Juan Palomino to create Palomino & Vergara, one of sherry’s most prominent historic wineries.  The winery was sold … Continue reading

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Special Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers: Selections from the Finest Wines Reviewed in 2021

What to give a friend who appreciates and is knowledgeable about wine?  In this article, we give our recommendations based on the many fine wines we’ve tasted this year.  The list includes Champagne, Sparkling Rosé, California Pinot Noir, Napa Cabernet … Continue reading

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