International Tempranillo Day

Noted for elegance, depth, and richness, Ribera del Duero wines range from an affordable $15 entry-level to a premium $1,000 bottle. These wines, regardless of their price point, deliver exceptional value. Revel in its dark fruit undertones, exquisite mouthfeel, and impressive cellar longevity and mark your calendars for November 9th, a day dedicated to Spain’s […]

Natural Wines with Historic Precedence

But whether in Spain or France, pale red wine actually got its start centuries before. When the Phoenicians and Greeks were making wine in 300 BC and 600 BC respectively, they didn’t have the time or the inclination to wait for grape skins to leech color into the juice during extended maceration nor did they […]

Grilling Guide to Tempranillo

This conversation is temporarily halted when the black-edged fatty steak and intensely seasoned vegetables are lifted off the grill and transferred to platters. Anticipation sets in but not for long as the rallying cry of any such gathering is, “Let’s open some wine!” For a repast edged with char, heavy on proteins, and laced with […]

Food Pairing Guide

Integral to the food and wine pairing experience is something we don’t think about as much: community. “Community” is the connection to one another, but equally important, to place and to the people who bring that place to our table. The very best food and wine experiences cannot be separated from the makers of the […]

The King of Grapes

Ribera del Duero, which translates to the riverbanks of the Duero, is mostly a high plateau ranging from 2,200 to 2,800 feet. It is host to as many as 30 different soil types, though mostly sand, limestone, chalk, and sand, all of which contribute to the distinctive nature of the region’s dominant grape, Tempranillo. To a […]

Ribera del Duero – Land of Extremes

Usually referred to in these parts as Tinto Fino or Tinta del Pais to distinguish it from other nearby tempranillos as well as to highlight the uniqueness of the Ribera del Duero’s unique influence on the grape’s characteristics, the thick-skinned grape is grown in a place of extremes – extreme temperatures, rocky terrain, and high […]