Cellared Wine for the Ages

First, let’s get some semantics out of the way. This is not about wine collecting as an investment. We’ll leave that for another day and maybe another lifetime. Instead, this is about how to get the most bang for your buck when you’d like to put a few wines down for that special occasion or […]

Food & Wine Issue: Tapas


For those wines, look no further than Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero and Verdejo from Rueda, Spain’s two most prestigious wine regions. Each region produces a range of wines in food-friendly styles, wines that go especially well with the delicious recipes designed for professionals and home cooks alike that we’ve included here. One bite of […]

Royal Riberas and Rising Ruedas

“Wine is sunlight held together by water.” – Galileo These wines from Spain’s Castilla y León are as premium as they get, and because of their stellar (and cellar!) reputation and the fact that Spain’s most expensive wines come from this region, they have “gift” written all over them. These wines also have a surprise […]

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” […]