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  • Hot, Dry & Natural in D.O. Madrid with Marc Isart

    Hot, Dry & Natural in D.O. Madrid with Marc Isart

    A few hours after landing in Madrid, I drove southeast with Marc Isart to visit his vines. As we passed through an incredibly arid landscape, where the poorest of soils were allocated to vines, Marc spoke of the two most recent vintages, hot and dry, and no doubt a result of climate change. Luckily,...

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  • Grower Cava at Avinyó

    Grower Cava at Avinyó

    On our first day in Spain we arrived at the Avinyó winery in Penedes excited and slightly jet lagged. We were greeted with cava poured from parones and a steaming plate of paella (that respectively enhanced the excitement and removed the jet lag). In a region dominated by large producers and bulk wi...

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  • The Boundaries of Remelluri

    The Boundaries of Remelluri

    T. Edward Visits Granja Remelluri in Rioja, Spain La Rioja, the oldest DOCa in Spain, is a bit shy of 2,000 square miles. As of a 2015 report, it has 61,645ha (152,328 acres) planted to vines, 16,413 vineyards, and over 600 wineries. The three principal regions are Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and R...

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  • Farming Monsant with Joan d'Anguera

    Farming Monsant with Joan d'Anguera

    The saying, fine soil makes fine wine, has been passed from one generation of winemakers to another in the d’Anguera family. Their estate sits nestled between several mountain ranges and just east of the Ebro river in one of Spain's newest D.Os, Montsant. This is a region often overshadowed (literal...

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  • A Year in New Wine, The Tasting

    A Year in New Wine, The Tasting

    Thank you to everyone who came out on Tuesday to A Year in Wine at Lafayette! It's been quite a year since our 20th Anniversary Tasting in 2015. Keeping things fresh, we opted to pour only items that had joined our book since then, including 34 estates and 6 new craft distilleries, totaling over...

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  • 2014 at Do Ferreiro with Manuel Méndez

    2014 at Do Ferreiro with Manuel Méndez

    "Cepas Vellas" 200+ year-old Albarino Vines at Do Ferreiro In 1973, Geraldo Méndez’s father purchased a plot of land in Rias Baixas that became Do Ferreiro. “They really bought it because of the house,” said Manuel Mendez, who now works with his father Geraldo. “When they began to clean the whole...

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  • Ancestral Varietals at Dominio do Bibei

    Ancestral Varietals at Dominio do Bibei

    Dominio do Bibei “When you’re an interventionist, you’re changing the profile of the vines,” said Iría Otero of Dominio do Bibei, in Ribeira Sacra. “We’re not exactly biodynamic, because there are some things in biodynamics that we don’t completely love, so we started to work organically. We try ...

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  • A Return to Roots with André Tamers

    A Return to Roots with André Tamers

    André Tamers with Thierry Tissot in Bugey Named for his grandfather, whose father who had a general store in old Savoie on the Annecy Lake, De Maison Selections is returning to its French roots. “A long time ago,” said André Tamers, “we had quite a bit of French wines. But then I realized I h...

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  • An Identity Crisis, Rioja with Andre Tamers

    An Identity Crisis, Rioja with Andre Tamers

    Andre Tamers (right) "Our idea of wine in Spain is just Rioja," began Andre Tamers of De Maison Selections to a group who'd gathered at Toro's Backbar Room to taste with Tamers.  "Dusty, earthy, classic, old school Rioja...I'm gonna take that and throw it all out the window. Spain has incredible ...

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  • The Ameztoi Txakolina Dinner Party at Aldea

    The Ameztoi Txakolina Dinner Party at Aldea

    Chef George Mendes at the center of Aldea's kitchen Anticipating the arrival of Chef George Mendes' My Portugal: Recipes and Stories (soon-to-be-released on October 7th), we couldn't wait for last Monday night's Ameztoi Txakolina Dinner at Aldea. Seated at the chef's counter, we watched Mendes pi...

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