CLASSICALWINES.COM is 20!
Dec27

CLASSICALWINES.COM is 20!

The very first entry in this blog recounted our commercial history, encompassing the ‘invention’ of the internet by Al Gore (see Wiki for the truth!). From its initiation in 1991, the World Wide Web now boasts one BILLION active websites. Classical Wines was an early driver on this information ‘super highway.’ In the 1980s TELEX (literally descendent of the telegraph, with ticker tape) was still the accepted...

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Shock Me! ~ A New Dawn for Fino
Aug30

Shock Me! ~ A New Dawn for Fino

Situated in Aguilar de la Frontera’s original power plant since 1922, Toro Albalá quickly gained a reputation for their ELECTRIC wines and Eléctrico was born as a brand. When ordering Fino in Córdoba one need only say “Shock Me!” (¡Dame un calambrazo!). Well known in Spain is Toro Albalá’s 3 Fases (“Three-Phase”) light bulb bottle for Fino en Rama. For launch in the US, a 375ml twist-top bottle incorporating the light bulb image on...

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Huguet de Can Feixes
Aug20

Huguet de Can Feixes

At the very top of D.O. Penedès and in the foothills of the Montserrat pinnacle lies Can Feixes, an historic and beautiful estate producing among the best white, sparkling and red wines of Cataluña.  The Feixes family assured contiguous continuity of their extensive mountainside estate for over 400 years, through inheritance by the single eldest successor of each generation retaining the Feixes name. Following demise of the last...

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Adegas Morgadío and the Birth of Modern Albariño
Jun02

Adegas Morgadío and the Birth of Modern Albariño

Morgadío Albariño is effectively the first modern Albariño estate. Founded in 1984 as Agromiño, S.L. to conduct experimental vineyard development and the first clonal selection of Albariño, 120 acres were planted on terraces overlooking the Miño River at the eastern end of what in 1988 became D.O. Rías Baixas. In fact, this project provided the final impetus for D.O. status. To this day, Morgadío maintains its own unique clonal...

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The Significance of Toro Albalá
May01

The Significance of Toro Albalá

Bodegas Toro Albalá in D.O. Montilla-Moriles, long and widely regarded as one of Spain’s greatest wine producers, is garnering increasing international exposure through highly visible reviews for recent releases of their aged vintage dessert PX (Pedro Ximénez). These wines stand by themselves on a pedestal within their category. Toro Albalá is the only firm specialized in cask-aged single-vintage PX and is uniquely able to offer and...

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