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Review: Columna Albariño 2016

Review: Columna Albariño 2016

The first “real” wine I ever learned about was Albariño, the classic yet under-appreciated white from Spain’s northwestern Rías Baixas region. My postgrad palate, theretofore raised on Franzia and Yellowtail, learned to detect the basic structural and flavor components of wine through Albariño, distinguishing fruit from sweetness and body from acidity.

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The Definitive Guide to Wines From Galicia, Spain

The Definitive Guide to Wines From Galicia, Spain

Spain conjures up a plethora of evocative scenes: sizzling pots of paella, flamenco dancers twirling in dramatic skirts, and music trickling down bistro-lined streets. For many international travelers, sunny beaches and hot, flat plains dominate their visions of the Spanish landscape. But tucked in the northwestern corner of Spain, north of skinny Portugal, is a […]

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The Largest Winery in Rioja Is an Underground Architectural Marvel

The Largest Winery in Rioja Is an Underground Architectural Marvel

Spain’s renowned Rioja wine region is dotted with both traditional wineries and others that push the boundaries of modern design. Surprisingly, Rioja’s largest winery is perhaps its most architecturally significant. Designed by architect Ignacio Quemada Sáenz-Badillos in 2001, Campo Viejo appears from the distance as two small, modern buildings sandwiched between rows of vines on […]

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Grapes You Don’t Know But Should: Mencia

Grapes You Don’t Know But Should: Mencia

Are you someone who loves a light Pinot Noir or an earthy Cabernet Franc? Don’t we all. While we don’t entirely feel that drinking the same varietals over and over again is boring (I mean, who ever got bored of drinking red Burgundy?!), it definitely does constrain your palate to a very small pool of wine […]

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