On the third day of the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) course, instructor Csilla Kato, assistant winemaker at Beringer Vineyards in Napa Valley, covered some key Old World winemaking regions (other than France and Italy). The morning session included Spain and Portugal, and the class tasted some typical wines from these two countries, including: N.V. Jaume Serra
At a recent wine tasting dinner at Max, we enjoyed a selection of four wines with our meal of salad, beef bourguignon and apple turnovers with vanilla gelato. 2011 Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc from Chile – pale greenish yellow in color, with aromas of fresh tropical fruits, flavors of apple, lemon and grapefruit and nice acidity
Our latest white wine favorite is the 2011 Bodegas Ordoñez Nisia Verdejo from the Rueda D.O. wine region located about 100 miles northwest of Madrid in Spain. Verdejo is the signature white grape variety of the Rueda region and produces aromatic, sometimes herbaceous, full-bodied white wines which are actually capable of ageing well, unlike many
Monastrell is a wine you won’t find every day on restaurant menus and in wine stores, at least in the U.S. The 2009 Familia Castaňo Hécula Monastrell is a fruity red wine produced from 100% Monastrell, the indigenous grape variety grown in Yecla D.O., a small wine region in south eastern Spain. Bodegas Castaňo has been
Godello is a white grape variety native to northwest Spain and northern Portugal. We recently enjoyed a bottle of 2010 Bodegas Alvarez de Toledo Godello from the Bierzo DO appellation of Spain which received a score of 90 points from Robert Parker: “A fruity, persistent and elegant white with good backbone on the palate.” The Alvarez
We chose an old vines Garnacha from the Jorge Ordéñez Group to drink with a dinner of homemade beef stew prepared in the slow cooker. The 2011 Bodegas Breca Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines is produced in the Calatayud DO appellation of the Aragón region in northeastern Spain. While the area generally has a moderate continental
With one of the most unusual wine bottle labels we have ever seen, the 2010 Bodegas y Viñedos Noe (B.V.N.) Coupage is a red blend from the Rioja region in the north of Spain made up of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Garnacha. The front label is made entirely of embossed metal fused to the bottle!
At a recent wine seminar held at Century, Erica Mitchell of Opici Wines gave an interesting presentation on the wine import business, including the strict regulations on wine bottle labeling imposed by the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The TTB requirements for wine sold in the United States include such