Category Archives: Spain

Wine Blogging Wednesday 70: tempranillo blanco and other Spanish wonders

I cheated a bit for this, the resurrection of Wine Blogging Wednesday, led by Catavino, on a request from WBW founder Lenn Thompson. As a relatively regular participant in WBW, and even host of a pretty successful edition, I’m happy to jump back in and rejoin this custom that was, for a while, honored more [...]
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The Greatest Wine Story Ever Told (isn’t always about the greatest wine…)

For the second time, I had the chance to take part in a collective feature published on Spotlight Toronto. After Ontario’s best rieslings, it was time for all participants to tell everyone their greatest wine story. In some cases, that means a great bottle, one of the world’s best. But in most cases, it meant a [...]
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Tasting Note: Petalos 2007, Bierzo, Descendientes de J. Palacios

I was going to blog about something else (98 Bordeaux, to be exact), but this wine is just too good. I already raved about the 2006 vintage, and the 2007 is just as good, if not better. I’ve now tasted several vintages of Petalos, Alvaro Palacios’ “regular” Bierzo (Corullon being the higher-end label for Palacios in [...]
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WBW 63: Finding my muse in a bottle of 1990 Mas La Plana

It seemed like an easy theme, what Rob Bralow proposed for Wine Blogging Wednesday. Find your Muse. That’s easy, here it is: There, done. And there’s plenty of other songs from that band available on the Internet. Oh, wait. That’s not what he meant? All right. Enough with the silly musical asides. But it is a wicked, inspiring [...]
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Tasting Note: 2008 Txomin Etxaniz Getaria Txakolina

I was so glad to get my hand on a bottle of Txomin Etxaniz Getaria Txakolina, when I came through Astor Wines, last week, just after a very pleasant return trip to Long Island’s wine country. I’d had txakoli, that fizzy Spanish white wine from the Basque country, only once before, thanks to a bottle of [...]
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