35 YEARS: A Brief History of (OUR) Time…
Apr15

35 YEARS: A Brief History of (OUR) Time…

In 2019 we celebrate 35 years, a span of time that closely parallels the history of Spain’s wine renaissance. We refer to it as “Our Journey.” Earlier posts in this series tell the tale: The Journey Began The Semantics of “Classical” Welcome to Our Journey We are simultaneously celebrating ten years of Bonafide® Wine Estates, our second-generation portfolio. In 2009, our 25th Anniversary marked a...

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Cataclysm: Volcanism and Great Wine on the Iberian Peninsula
Mar01

Cataclysm: Volcanism and Great Wine on the Iberian Peninsula

While staying in the beautiful and historic village of Almagro for the Christmas holiday, we took advantage to visit a nearby Tempranillo estate that had been referred to us by an old friend and winemaking genius in Ribera del Duero. We were astounded by the quality and personality of wines that clearly represented an unprecedented achievement in the area. The estate, Bodegas Calar, is now shipping its first wines to the US and they...

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Onward and Upward: Ribera del Duero in the 21st Century
Dec29

Onward and Upward: Ribera del Duero in the 21st Century

—A Return to the High Slopes— Following Reconquest of the Duero in the 10th through 12th Centuries, monastic orders quickly expanded upon early Roman and Visigothic viticulture, finding ideal conditions for vines and cereals along the banks of Duero River tributaries and in the surrounding high fields, or páramos. After the phylloxera devastation, replanting in the 20th Century focused on the Duero Valley floor and its more easily...

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The Journey Began…
Aug24

The Journey Began…

Our journey as importers began with an initial expedition to Spain in September of 1983. Slowly awakening from decades of slumber, Spain’s wine industry promised much to avid young aficionados of European terroir. The journey was carefully planned, and had as its final objective a pilgrimage to Sanlúcar de Barrameda to experience the intricacies of that greatest and most enigmatic of dry white wines, Manzanilla. The trip was...

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THIRTY (30!!) Vintages of Martínsancho Verdejo in the US!
Mar28

THIRTY (30!!) Vintages of Martínsancho Verdejo in the US!

Iconic Martínsancho from Ángel Rodríguez will see its 30th consecutive vintage arrive to the US this year. The fabulous, drought-concentrated 2015 is among the finest vintages ever for this pillar of Spanish viticulture. In the late 1960s, preeminent Bordeaux Professor Emile Peynaud was given the task of finding the most noble Spanish white variety to produce a dry white wine of equal stature to his client’s centenarian and...

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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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