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Added on: December 2011

What does December represent to most of us? The beginning of the holiday season. Time to get out there and start buying gifts for our friends and loved ones, time to go to others houses for dinner, and time to relax and enjoy the moment, and what better way to enjoy the moment than by sharing a great bottle of Spanish wine with your favorite people. During the month of December, many of the 2009 vintage Spanish wines are being released to the US market, and you will find a great new selection of tasty and affordable wines for you to try. Lets begin with our most expensive wine, the “El Nido Clio 2009“, this wine retails at around $40, as is probably one of the best wines you will ever taste (it‘s that good), and you wont believe you only paid $40 for it. It usually scores in the mid 90‘s on the wine advocate, and it always sells out in a flash, so if this is your price range, stock up, you wont be disappointed. Now lets look into our mid-priced wine, the “Alto Moncayo Veraton 2009“, retailing at around $25. This wine is made of 100% Garnacha, always scores 90+ from every major wine magazine, and will give you a new appreciation for the grape. This wine goes great with any type of meat dish, but its good enough to drink without food. For our last wine, we have a super value wine, the “Finca Luzon, Luzon 2009” clocking in at $8 retail price. This amazing wine is made of 100% Monastrell, and gives you a taste of the Mediterranean you will surely love. This wine goes great with just about any type of dish, and will surely be a hit at your next dinner. All of these wines are widely available and waiting for you. Happy holidays!

Added on: November 2011

This is the month that starts the holiday season is the United States. These are the times where you will be attending or hosting many family dinners, and spending quality time with friends and loved ones. These are the days where you have to either bring or provide some great wine to enjoy with your holiday meals. When it comes to high quality wines at very reasonable prices, Spanish wine by far will be you best bet, as they offer unique and super tasty wines at bargain prices. Here we will give you some advice on what wines to take or open for your next dinner plans during the 2011 holiday season. Lets say you will be eating some type of poultry as your main course, we would suggest the “Montecillo Crianza 2007“ from Rioja. This is an old school styled wine, with balanced flavors of fruit and soft acidity, perfect for poultry, and at around $9 a bottle, a steal you wont find from any other country. For our next scenario, lets say fish will be the start of the night, we would recommend the “Aaltos the Luzon Crianza 2006“, a delicate and balanced effort, made mostly of monastrell, giving the wine elegant and soft tannins, perfect for all styles of fish, and is usually found at around $13 a bottle. With all honesty, our last scenario will most likely be yours, as meat is what is usually most served, so lets say you are will be having new york steak for dinner, we would hint at the “Emilio Moro Crianza 2007”, this wine was made for meat, and will take your steak to the next level, it offers plenty of ripe fruit with a long and tasty finish. Emilio Moro crianzas can be found starting at around $22 and are widely available in most wine shops and online stores. Now that you know what to drink this holiday season, get out there and buy your Spanish wines, to make this 2011 holiday season, your best one yet.

Added on: October 2011

The best time of the year to drink red wine has arrived. The cooler weather is approaching and there is nothing better than a glass of Spanish red wine to compliment your dinner. The new wave of Spanish wines are making some super food friendly wines, and with all the different grapes and styles of Spanish wine today, you can match any dish to a Spanish wine. The question for some people is “How do I know which Spanish wine to pair with my dinner?” It seems like a difficult task, but it really is as simple as pie. If you are serving a strong dish, such as lamb chops with potatoes, you need a big bold red, maybe a red wine from Ribera del Duero, say an Emilio Moro Crianza. If you are serving a lighter dish, such as red snapper with a side of steamed veggies, stick to a lighter fruiter red, maybe an old school wine from Rioja, like a Faustino Reserva. As you can see, matching food with wine is not difficult, if your dish is strong and bold, you need a strong and bold wine, if you are making a lighter dish, you get a lighter fruiter wine. Matching the right Spanish wine with your food can really change your dining experience, as the wine will compliment the food and make your food shine. As wine drinkers, we are always looking for the next big thing, and sometimes we have it right in front of us, so try matching the right Spanish wine with your dinner tonight, you will be surprised, and how choosing the right wine, can make your dinner go from good to extraordinary, and best of all unforgettable.

Added on: September 2011

At last September has arrived, this is the most important month for all Spanish vineyard owners. This is harvest month. The weather in Spain has been great during the summer and from what we hear, the 2011 vintage should a great vintage for Spain. Still not ready to confirm the exact quality of the grapes, as they are not picked until the end of September. The importance of picking the grapes at the right time means everything to the wine, from the quality of the grape to the sugar levels of the grape. If you are a wine drinker but have never really looked into exactly what the harvest is about, you should. It will teach so much more about wine, that you will appreciate it more than you do now. Going to any local winery and asking about their harvest, will guide you in the path of knowledge. Wine is the greatest drink the world, and it has a history that surpasses most other things in our life. It has nourished people for thousands of years, and has brought some amazing memories to others. If you consider yourself a wine drinker, consider learning about how wine is made, it will not only evolve your palate, but it will change the way you think about wine, so you can truly appreciate what wine is.

Added on: July 2011

Summer is here, and there is nothing better than going on a wine tasting vacation. During the summer season, wineries in Spain are open for tastings, and many of them offer high-end restaurants, and miles of vineyards to walk through. Now, if your idea of going on a wine tasting vacation includes 5 star resorts, your in great luck, as wine regions like Rioja and Ribera del Duero offer just what you are looking for. For the rest of us that are in a budget, you can travel to Spain this summer and go wine tasting for not a lot of money. Spain offer “Paradors”, they are a national chain of hotels that are built inside of castles, forts and monasteries. Prices for “Paradors” are extremely competitive and you can find them all over Spain, especially near wine regions. A typical wine tasting fee in Spain is from either no charge to 5 EURO per person. There are some bike tours that you can find online, where you go in bike through Rioja and go wine tasting with a guide, sounds like fun? It is. Nothing better than being with other people that enjoy wine and tasting new offerings from some of the worlds greatest wineries. If you have never been wine tasting in Spain, you are missing out on an amazing experience. A true wine experience for learinng about Spanish wines, awaits you.

Added on: May 2011

Questions many wine drinkers that are new to Spanish wine ask: What is the difference between Roble, Crianza, Reserva, and Grand Reserva. It can seem confusing to those that are new to Spanish wine, however with some quick knowledge, you will easily understand what all the aging terms mean. Lets begin with Roble. Roble is a wine that that has been in the barrel for 3 months. The quality of the wine various from region to region, as each region has its own quality laws, however, you can rest assure that Spain offers some of the highest quality guidelines in the wine industry. Roble wines are usually easy drinkers, are perfect with food, and cost between $5 to $10. Next up is Crianza, Crianza is a wine that has been aged 12 months in the barrel and 1 year in the bottle. These wines are also food friendly but can stand alone as well. Cost of crianzas usually range between $10 to $30. Reserva means the wine has been aged 1 year in the barrel and 2 years in the bottle. Reserva wines tend to be smoother than crianzas, and will usually offer more layers of flavor. Cost of Reservas range between $10 to $50. The last of these aging terms is Gran Reserva. This means the wine has been aged 2 years in the barrel and at least 3 years in the bottle. Gran Reservas are the class of Spanish wine. Offering great depth, layers of flavor, and great intensity. Prices for Gran Reservas range between $15 to $100. Usually the wine Region of Rioja is the one that practices these aging methods more than any other wine region in Spain. Wine regions such as Jumilla, Campo de Borja, Priorat, and others don’t usually use these aging terms. They usually state on their bottle how long the wine has been in the barrel. Now that you know, go out and explore the wines from Spain, you will not be disappointed

Added on: February 2011

Most people that do not drink wine, think of wine drinkers as “wine snobs”. The question is, why do people assume that if you drink wine you are a snob? Well to start, we are not snobs, we just appreciate a good wine, and for some reason, we are looked down upon by some pundits. How many times have you been at a restaurant, ordered a bottle of wine, they pour you a tasting, you swirl the glass, sniff the wine, and taste it? And while you are doing all of this, there is some person probably looking at you going “bro, it’s just a drink?”. The problem is, when people are uneducated about wine, they assume you are a snob. I have met many people in my time that assumed I was a wine snob, until I got them into wine, and then they understood about the appreciation of wine. If appreciating something makes you a snob? So be it. Only the pundits of the world would assume such a thought. As for you, keep enjoying wine the way you do, and if people keep looking, consider yourself a wine expert. For a last note, the ever great “El Nido Clio” 2008 has just been released in the states, at about $40 a bottle and a Wine Advocate 94 score, we would advise anyone to buy this wine by the case, as it will be sold out within 1 month. The 2008 vintage once again provides a full bodied wine, with aromas of vanilla, blueberries, blackberry pie, and smoke, the taste provides similar flavors with softer tannins, suggesting early drinking, but will probably age well for up to 10 years. Consider yourself warned!

Added on: January 2011

The new year has finally arrived. If you did not have any new years resolutions this year, let us give you some. We will be focusing on giving you some resolutions on drinking different types of wines that you normally would not try. First of, Spain has so many different styles of wines, that it would take at least a year to try them all out, so we will be focusing on three wines that will hopefully expand your palate to trying new wines. For those of you who love big California cabs, try the Emilio Moro 2007 from Ribera del Duero. It has plenty of structure, fruit and finesse, and for about $26 a bottle, a real gem. If big syrah's are your thing, try the Alto Moncayo 2007 from Campo de Borja. This wine is 100% Garnacha, and offers loads of fruit, great fragrance, and a bold full body. For your last resolution, if Pinot Noir is your thing, try Bodegas Muga Seleccion Especial 2005 from Rioja. This wine offers soft fruit, rustic notes of vanilla and blueberry, and a 1 minute finish. Regardless of what your usual go-to wines are, this year don't be afraid to try something new, it's the only way you will be able to expand your palate and become a real wine taster.

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With all the 2011 Spanish wines coming into the market right now, you should be preparing yourself for some of the worlds best values to show up. Most wines have already received great scores from Wine Spectator, Robert Parker, and International Wine Cellar. One of the biggest problems with Spanish wine is that they sell out quickly, and most people by them by the case. There are many great wine shops to buy these wines, but they usually sell out... Read more

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