Bring on the Grilled Cheese

What follows is a pairing roadmap that includes secrets for creating your own perfect grilled cheese and wine pairing. Surprising though this may be, it all starts with the wine. For that, look no further than these two quintessential grilled cheese wines: Ribera del Duero Tempranillo and Rueda Verdejo. Paired with delectable sandwiches  – Grilled […]

Winter Whites, Late Summer Reds

When the summer season breathes its last symbolic gasp on Labor Day and the colors at the farmers’ markets begin to transition from bright yellows and ruby reds to dark greens, purples, and oranges, the wines in our glasses begin to change too.  Summertime is all about refreshing whites and rosés. Reds make an appearance […]

Bucket List Wine Destination

It is often said that wine is life, but in Ribera del Duero and Rueda, it is more. Wine represents the roots in the soil and the root of the soul. Each glass made here represents the area’s ancient past and its slow, steady march toward modern winemaking. Castles dominate the landscape in these regions, […]

Castles & Lions Reimagined

Whether or not we have visited either of these countries, we have impressions of them. Over the years, storytellers and adventurers have crossed the ocean and shared interpretations of their food, culture, and the arts. Those are now woven into the fabric of American culture, to the point where we can tick them off like […]

Trends & Micro-Tapas

And so it is that when we set the table for friends or family, we are often eager to be the palate leaders too. We create “tablescapes” of sorts, an array of foods and wines that are not only delicious but ones we think are the next big thing. Right now, those “next big things” […]

Spain’s Love for Fire Cookery

When evening descends earlier than it did just a few weeks before; when dry autumn leaves fall to the ground and the sounds of swoosh and snap fill the air as the wind whips through; and when fireplaces, wood-fired ovens, and stoves emit warmth and light and power once again, “crackle” becomes the sound of […]

Cheese Pairing Guide

Part of this has to do with the many styles of Verdejo and Ribera del Duero-grown Tempranillo (also known as Tinta del Pais and Tinto Fino in this region). Those styles are the result of the variety of soils, higher altitudes, and extreme climate in the two regions.  Verdejo-style Verdejo has three main styles – […]