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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PESQUERA: 30 INCREDIBLE YEARS IN THE USA FOR ALEJANDRO FERNÁNDEZ
Mar10

PESQUERA: 30 INCREDIBLE YEARS IN THE USA FOR ALEJANDRO FERNÁNDEZ

In 2015, we turn to another momentous 30th anniversary: the first export of Tinto Pesquera. Alejandro Fernández had an idea what this event portended for his region and the rest of Spain. He took this photo of that first departure destined for Seattle and Portland in the Fall of 1985. Included was the great 1982, the first official vintage of the newly-formed D.O. Ribera del Duero.  Matt Kramer immediately recognized Pesquera’s...

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Sea to Sky:  Ramping it up in Tarragona
Aug27

Sea to Sky: Ramping it up in Tarragona

The single most striking aspect of the geography of Spain is its mean altitude, the highest in Europe after Switzerland. With nearly 5,000 miles of coastline, this translates to a steep rise from coastal plain to interior, as typified by the Catalan province of Tarragona—home to the controlled wine regions of Tarragona, Montsant and Priorat (in ascending order of altitude). In June we climbed this 2500-foot “ladder to...

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June in the Vineyards
Jul12

June in the Vineyards

Dinner at ARZAK, Donostia (San Sebastían), K5 Argiñano Txakolina An entire month of June spent in the wine country kept us busy. We’ve returned with a treasure trove of new vintages, photos and anecdotes that will provide grist for the mill in coming months. So now let’s get the blog back on track with wine, food and countryside that literally leave one salivating… A group of VIP US distributors from California, New York...

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Spain’s Noble Terroir: Bierzo
Apr15

Spain’s Noble Terroir: Bierzo

“Authentic regional wines from grower estates, with a special emphasis on indigenous cool-climateviticulture.” This is the founding philosophy and mantra of Classical Wines, in no case better exemplified than by beautiful Bierzo in the mountains of León. In the 1970s viticultural nobility among Spain’s wine regions was apparent, unclouded as it was by the subsequent invasion of refrigeration and irrigation...

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