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25 years of Torre Muga

by  |  14-10-2019

Mid-October in Barcelona is still Mediterranean in terms of weather as summer clings to the days but is yet graced by a glint of cool air coming in at the fringes of the season. This... more » Mid-October in Barcelona is still Mediterranean in terms of weather as summer... more »

Not Tinto, Blanco. Tempranillo Blanco

by  |  12-04-2019

1988 was nuts. There was the Iran-Contra Affair, the Eritrean War for Independence, the Nagorno-Karabakh War, a Kuwait Airways hijacking, an Iran Air flight shot down “accidentally” by the US, the Soviet Union launching its... more » 1988 was nuts. There was the Iran-Contra Affair, the Eritrean War for... more »

Bodegas Roda – Sela 2015

by  |  29-07-2018

I’ve been following the evolution of this Sela from Bodegas Roda for some time now and you can read up what I wrote about the 2013 and 2014 vintages. For anyone unfamiliar with the winery,... more » I’ve been following the evolution of this Sela from Bodegas Roda for... more »

Bodegas Roda – Sela 2014

by  |  30-06-2017

I was quite excited to receive this recent sample as I’d tasted the Sela 2013 sometime back and found it to be not only a great wine, but also a great value. I’m not really... more » I was quite excited to receive this recent sample as I’d tasted... more »

Rare wines grapes of Rioja: Maturana Tinta & Mazuelo

by  |  15-04-2017

It may seem like a tired trope to bang on the fact that most people, when hearing the regional name, “Rioja” think that all wines are made from Tempranillo, but it’s the most common word... more » It may seem like a tired trope to bang on the fact... more »

López de Heredia – Viña Tondonia Reserva 2004

by  |  07-04-2017

I’ve spent this whole week in La Rioja, a name in Spanish wine that even the most casual of wine drinkers have usually heard of if nothing else. It’s been a trip that’s been a... more » I’ve spent this whole week in La Rioja, a name in Spanish... more »

Bodegas Roda – Sela 2013

by  |  01-12-2016

Rioja is a place that continuously confuses me. It’s easy to hate on it simply because there are so many cheap wines produced from under its DOC mark–that extra ‘C’ meaning Calidad or Quality. Unfortunately... more » Rioja is a place that continuously confuses me. It’s easy to hate... more »

Tasting Rioja in Bodegas Lan

by  |  07-12-2015

For many people, a bottle of Lan might be their first bottle of Rioja or even Spanish wine for that matter. This winery has done a tremendous job in getting solid distribution in a great... more » For many people, a bottle of Lan might be their first bottle... more »

The wines of Bodegas Hermanos Peciña

by  |  11-10-2015

I recently received a set of samples from Bodegas Hermanos Peciña located in the Alta region of Rioja. When confronted with Rioja wines I generally know what to expect (although this is indeed changing) in... more » I recently received a set of samples from Bodegas Hermanos Peciña located... more »

González Puras Crianza 2012

by  |  18-09-2015

It’s the case that I’ve been tasting a decent swath of wines from Rioja lately. This is mainly just to see what’s out there these days as in general, I stay quite uninformed as to... more » It’s the case that I’ve been tasting a decent swath of wines... more »