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Rioja Wines Update

We’re honored to share that Spain has taken center stage on the cover of Wine Spectator for the June 2017 issue. Within the feature, "Spain: Vibrant Culture, Delicious Wines," the Wine Region of Rioja receives recognition for its significant stance in the industry. Lead taster and executive editor Thomas Matthews reviewed more than 725 Spanish […]

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CORKSCREWs REVIEWs

    Les Vignerons de Tautavel Vingrau-Domaine Cabirau-Grenanche-Syrah-Carignan-Cotes Du Roussillon-France-2013-14.5% Alcohol-$13.99-A nose of dark fruit and spices, dark purple in color.  A medium to full bodied Rhone blend, with blackberry, raspberry, licorice and spices on finish, a very good QPR.          RP-91          WS-86          CR-89          Good with meats, chicken, pasta.                  R.E.50/42902-Bonegas Ateca S.L.-Honoro […]

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  Proviva S.R.L.-Maipe-Malbec-Reserve-Chakana Estate-Mendoza-Argentina-2012-14.5% Alcohol-$12.99-A nose of dark fruits and spice, dark purple in color.  A medium to full bodied Reserve Malbec, with blackberry, plum, tar and spice on finish.  A meaty red, a good value.         RP-91          CR-88          Good with meats, chicken, pasta.     Finca Abril S.A.-Rapsodia-Malbec-Reserva-Valle De Uco-Mendoza-Argentina-2012-14.4% Alcohol-$18.00-A brooding nose of dark […]

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                          Bogega Convento San Francisco S.L.-Tempranillo-Ribera del Duero-Spain-2011-14.0% Alcohol-$15.99-A nose of some funk and dark fruit, dark purple in color.   A medium to full bodied red blend, with blackberry, plum, tobacco, with a spice finish, a good value.           WS-88           CR-88           Good with meats, chicken, pasta.                Bramblewood Winery-Zinfandel-Old Vine-Lodi-California-2014-14.4% Alcohol-$10.95-A nose of […]

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Ribera y Rueda Wine

    THE SCIENCE OF PAIRING WINE We all know that balanced, structured reds from Ribera del Duero pair perfectly with steak, and that crisp verdejo wines from Rueda are seafood’s best friend — but why exactly do they work?  Master Sommelier and Ribera del Duero and Rueda wine ambassador, Alex LaPratt tells you how […]

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                                      Celler Joan Simo SL-Les Eres-Priorat-Vinyes Velles-Carinena-Garnacha-Cabernet Sauvignon-Porrera-Spain-2006-15.0% Alcohol-$39.99-A nose of dark fruits and spice, dark purple in color.  A full bodied red blend, with blackberry, blueberry, coffee and spice on dry finish, not as good as last time tried, still needs a decant.          RP-94              WS-90          WE-93          CR-90          Good with meats, chicken, pasta.          […]

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    Hunt Family Cellars-Rhapsody In Red-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Cabernet Franc-Paso Robles-California-2002-14.2% Alcohol-$40.85-A nose of dark fruits and spice, dark garnet in color with bricking around edges.  A medium to full bodied elegant red blend, with black cherry, cassis, dusty chocolate and spice on finish.  Still good three years from last time tried, drink now.          NR          CR-90          […]

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               Cameron Hughes Wine-Lot 502-Cabernet Sauvignon-Spring Mountain District-Napa Valley-California-2012-14.8% Alcohol-$18.75-A big nose of dark fruits and spice, dark garnet in color.  A medium to full bodied red with blackberry, blackcurrants, smoke and spices on long finish, a very good value.          WS-88          WE-85          CR-90          Good with meats, chicken, pasta.          One Cork Bonus.     […]

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                 Bodegas Emilio Moro-Tinto Fino-Ribera Del Duero-Spain-2009-14.0% Alcohol-$16.99-A nose of black raspberry and cherry, dark ruby in color.   A medium to full bodied with black raspberry and cassis, some oak and smoke.  Not as good as previous vintages but still a good QPR.          RP-88          WS-87           WE-90          CR-88           Good with meats, chicken, pasta.   […]

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Rioja Wine Update

  VinePair recently put their blinders on to find out which Rioja wine tasted best. Last month, the popular wine publication conducted a tasting in New York City that included both writers and readers alike. Just about two hundred submissions of current vintages from around the region were collected and narrowed down based on national […]

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