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“I just want wines reviewed by Parker”

While in one of my favorite little Italian wine shops near my home, I ventured over to the Tuscan section to see how the owner’s Labor Day sale was going. Earlier in the week I had arranged the Brunello section (for about five minutes, before the various distributor reps decided …read more

A tasty sample of Moroccan wine

In July I was able to experience the summer in Morocco (it’s damned hot), Ramadan (everything is closed and people are really tired), and the wines which you can see a much large profile of, here.

When leaving, the winery manager of Les Celliers de Meknès, Farid Ouissa, gave me …read more

A tasty sample of Moroccan wine

In July I was able to experience the summer in Morocco (it’s damned hot), Ramadan (everything is closed and people are really tired), and the wines which you can see a much large profile of, here.

When leaving, the winery manager of Les Celliers de Meknès, Farid Ouissa, gave me …read more

Zurracapote Riojano: Wine Cocktails beyond Sangria

Custom Tours Local Spain

Red wine rarely comes to mind when summer temperatures reach scorching heights; yet Iberians across the Peninsula have always devised ingenious ways to add it to every drink!

Let’s take Spain as an example…

Anyone who’s visited Spain – and wanted to go deeper into the culture than the superficial “Sangria, …read more

Spotlight on Xarel·lo

Good lord I’ve gotten to love the Xarel·lo grape and this month, in my Barcelona Metroplitan column, I pay a loving tribute to it.

While Xarel·lo (pronounced sha-rel-lu in Catalan) is a white grape widely planted in Catalonia, it is often easily dismissed as merely one part of the principal …read more

A Foodie’s Guide to Learning Spanish in Spain

Custom Tours Local Spain

Spanish may not be the language of love, but investing the time to pick it up is certainly a labor of love. It is a commitment to learning both the language and the culture where it’s spoken, and while it’s not always easy, it’s nevertheless one of the most rewarding …read more

Vermouth: The Spirit that Created Amerca’s Cocktail Culture

Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth

Vermouth, that mysterious wine based beverage that lingers in the minds of our grandparents, Don Draper, and Downton Abbey. Today, vermouth is part of an ongoing cocktail-culture revolution.

In Adam Ford‘s new memoir of the beverage, Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit that Created America’s Cocktail Culture, …read more

Remelluri & Reserva 2008

While I generally focus on Catalan wines as I find them to be quite dynamic these days, I also try to review other regions of Spain and thus we arrive at Remelluri from Rioja. This probably seems a bit humorous to anyone outside of Spain because to most, …read more

The Undiscovered Sparkling Wines of Portugal

Ricardo Bernardo

A year ago this week, my now husband and I had just gotten married in the beautiful town of Sintra. There was so much we were celebrating – loved ones visiting us from afar, spending time with friends we hadn’t seen in years, our very dear friends’ wedding celebration …read more