La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Vineyard © La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta: Highlighting Vintages through Vertical Tastings

Rioja is one of Spain’s most well-known wine regions. One winery, La Rioja Alta, located in Haro, stands out as one of the area’s oldest and most prestigious wineries. It all began in 1890 when five families joined together to form the winery. In 1904 the winery merged with the Ardanza Winery. Today three families … Read more

Spring Wine Herdade Do Rocim Amphora - Alentejo © Cori solomon

Spring Wine: 12 Wines to Savor this Season

Springtime is the perfect time to enjoy all sorts of wine, from whites to reds. Spring is also the time for bud break and the beginning of a new vintage. The weather is ever-changing, so a heavier red still works, whereas, on a nice warm spring day, a refreshing white can be ideal. Join me … Read more

Spanish Winery Vega Sicilia © Vega Sicilia

Vega Sicilia: Behind the Scenes of this Spanish Winery

The Álvarez family celebrates 40 years of owning Tempos Vega Sicilia, one of the most prestigious wineries in Spain. Over the years, the winery holdings have grown, yet they still produce some of the top wines in Spain and the world. It all started in 1982 when David Álvarez purchased the estate. Tempos Vega Sicilia … Read more

Summer White Wine - L'Ecole No 41 Luminesce

The Best Summer White Wine

During the heat of summer, our wine of choice leans toward white wines. The refreshing, crisp, and bright nuances of the various white varieties lend themselves to being at the top of one’s list of go-to summer white wine. Summer White Wine Here is a list of my summer white wine suggestions to enjoy during … Read more

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza ©La Rioja Alta

La Rioja Alta: Fusing The Past With The Present

La Rioja Alta is one of the oldest wineries in Rioja. Five families established La Rioja Alta in 1890. By 1904 the winery merged with the Ardanza Winery. Today four wineries make up the La Rioja Alta brand, and each represents a distinct wine region.  They are La Rioja Alta, S.A. in Rioja Alta, Torre … Read more

Clos Mogador-Priorat Wines

Clos Mogador: Elevating Priorat Wines

Priorat is considered one of the most prestigious Spanish wine regions and one of two DOQ in Spain. In comes Clos Mogador, a family-owned winery started in 1979 by René Barbier, whose family had been producing wine in France since the 19th Century. This French family represents one of the frontrunners in this Spanish wine … Read more

Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine - Autumn

Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine: Revel in Spanish Luxury

Today wine travel is an all-encompassing experience. Many wineries are not just a location but a destination that includes accommodation, restaurant, and winery. In Spain, one place that offers a unique opportunity for a European wine adventure is Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine. Recently I attended a wine tasting luncheon with Enrique Valero, Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine’s CEO. … Read more

Godelia Wine, Bierzo DO

Godelia: Discovering wine from Bierzo DO

Bierzo DO, located northwest of the province of  Castilla y León is one of Spain’s up and coming wine regions. One winery assisting in making the area well known is Bodegas Godelia. The red grape utilized in the Bierzo DO is Mencia. The wine must contain at least 70% of this grape. In the whites … Read more

Celebrating International Tempranillo Day with Arinzano

Celebrate International Tempranillo Day

Thursday, November 9, 2017, is International Tempranillo Day. Why not celebrate this Spanish grape by having your favorite Tempranillo. Questioning what to drink on this day, check out my suggestions. Tempranillo day was organized by TAPAS, Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society in 2011, as a way to celebrate this indigenous Spanish grape that usually … Read more

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2008

La Rioja Alta: Celebrating Viña Ardanza

One of the most notable wineries in the Rioja Alta Region of Spain is La Rioja Alta. In commemoration of the winery’s 75th anniversary of the Viña Ardanza wines, the winery visited several American cities presenting some of their current releases along with a vertical tasting. One city, Los Angeles, La Rioja Alta’s superb wines, … Read more