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Spanish Wine Academy

Spain: It’s hands down the most exciting wine region in the world today. In this class, we serve up a full panoply of dazzling reds and whites from premier regions like …

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Bodega Pujanza 2015 “Hado” Rioja

Bodegas y Viñedos Pujanza There is a solar system of wineries rotating around the ancient walled city of Laguardia in Alavesa, Rioja. At the outer limits is the massive Calatrava-designed Bodega Ysios.  …

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Contino 2014 Rioja Reserva

Contino Contino is the first and remains one of the greatest single-vineyard Rioja producers in the marketplace. Based on 19th Century French château’s ideals, Contino has been CVNE’s premier label since …

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Bodegas Montecillo 2009 Rioja Gran Reserva

On occasion, I sit next to a normal at a wine conference.  After a few minutes of awkward conversation, they invariably ask me one question: “What is your favorite wine?” I don’t have an answer to …

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 Spanish Wine Reviews

Find these wines near  you: Wine Finder Bodegas Briego Tiempo Crianza, Ribera Del Duero I’ve reviewed vintages of Bodegas Briego since 2009 and have always been impressed by the quality and price points for …

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Bodega Montecillo 2010 Reserva Rioja

Bodega Montecillo 2010 Reserva Rioja

One of the first wineries in Rioja. Well, other than the medieval farmers who aged their wines in gutted-out pig skins. Located in the Rioja Alta region, Montecillo is an important …

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Baigorri 2010 Rioja Crianza

Baigorri 2010 Rioja Crianza

If you ever visit Rioja –and I suggest you do– you will see this winery while driving between Logroño (where you MUST go for tapas) and Laguardia (the most beautiful town …

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Cune Gran Reserva Rioja 2009

Cune 2009 Rioja Gran Reserva

The wines of C.V.N.E. (or Cune) will always have a warm place in my heart. They are classical Rioja, and their Gran Reserva stands the test of time.  If you have …

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Contino 2007 Gran Reserva Rioja

Contino 2007 Gran Reserva Rioja

CVNE A number of years ago,  I was fortunate enough to have a one-on-one tasting with Maria Larrea, the CVNE winemaker. A wonderfully gracious woman, she took me through her entire portfolio …

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Montecillo 2008 Rioja Reserva

If I could figure out a way to turn the Wine School into a religious institution (think of it: best communion ever!), Rioja would be one of our holy lands. It’s …

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Heras Cordón 2005 Rioja Reserva

Winemaking in Rioja has a contradictory vein: winemakers tend to use classic techniques and grape varietals to make modern wines. Heras Cordon is a relatively new winery in Rioja Alta, being …

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