Ever look at a few wine labels and find your eyes swimming in what looks like code? You’re not the only one. Among the myriad pieces of intel crunched onto each label (producer, grape variety) is the wine’s appellation, usually designated by a two-to-four-letter acronym. Written as abbreviations such as AVA, AOP, and DOC, appellations […]
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.
Feeling like an insider is unlike anything else — especially when you’re traveling. As a somm, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy some pretty crazy experiences, so I wanted to put together an insider’s guide to two of my favorite wine regions (Ribera del Duero and Rueda).
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 […]
One of the difficulties of selecting a glass of wine from an interesting, well-priced wine list is actually deciding on just one. When so many of the major wines of the world are listed, from classic cuvées to hipster juice, it can be tempting to fall back on tried-and-true favorites.
While the holy trinity of sun, sand, and sangria reliably attracts millions to Barcelona every year, the city is also home to a budding craft distilling movement. The last few years have seen a rise in interest and ingenuity surrounding one spirit in particular: gin. These days, a new crop of serious and seriously fun […]
Found in both Portugal and Spain, in lush, green regions located just across the river from each other, Albariño sees its more classic form in the single varietal wines of Rías Baixas. Often described by sommeliers as having “a Viognier nose with a Riesling palate,” Albariño typically has fragrant aromas with acid-driven, tart citrus flavors. […]
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 […]
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 […]