January 2016

The Wines of Ribera del Duero

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Moving east along the Douro vineyards, it won’t take long before you hit Spain, and the famous region of Ribera del Duero. Just a bit south of Rioja, Ribera del Duero has always been the rival to Spain’s greatest red wine region. With some of the greatest producers in the country, Ribera del Duero is fighting for its share of the fame. (more…)

The Wines of Galicia

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In Spain, the heavy hitters like Sherry and Rioja are well known even among newer wine drinkers – no surprises there. Up in the north west corner of the country, the region of Galicia has been putting out stellar wines since Roman times. Until recently, no one bothered to check into it until Albarino exploded in popularity – this is Galicia. (more…)

The Wines of the Douro

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The Douro Valley has bragging rights to one of the greatest defining trait in all of wine: it is the oldest legally marked wine region in the world. Even back in 1756, the Portuguese government knew how special this area of the country was to wine production. Fast forward 260 years, and the wines of the Douro are still in our glasses and catching the attention of consumers everywhere. (more…)

The Wines of Mexico

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Who would’ve thought that Mexico has the oldest winemaking area in all of the Americas? More famous for their tacos, tequila, and cheap beer, Mexico’s wine history stretches way back into the 16th century, when Spanish missionaries came to colonize the New World, spread Christianity, and get drunk on local wine. (more…)

The Wines of South Africa’s Coastal Region

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With its wine history dating back to 1655 (yes!) South Africa leaves Australia in the dust in terms of age. While the Vin de Constance dessert wine put South Africa on the map hundreds of years ago, today it is their Chenin Blanc and Bordeaux blends that keep them there, with the wines of the Coastal Region in everyone’s glass and in their mind. (more…)

The Wines of Tasmania

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As Australian wine continues to grow in popularity, winemakers and consumers are both looking past the Barossa Valley and other well known regions. Along the way, the search for different regions and climates has led to the island of Tasmania off the coast of Australia. Here, light and elegant is the norm, breaking away from the high alcohol stereotype of Australia wines. (more…)

The Wines of Marlborough and Central Otago

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Every New World wine region has had a breakout grape or region that took the world by storm, but none so much as New Zealand, and in particular the area of Marlborough. Within the span of 20 years they went from relatively unknown and unseen to the top of wine lists and liquor store shelves. But, there is more to New Zealand wine than Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, with other grapes and regions to pay attention to on the South Island. (more…)

The Wines of Barossa

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In Australia’s most famous wine region, vines have been planted and looked after for over 150 years. Arguably the most “Old World” of New World wine regions, Barossa got its start supplying fortified wines to the hard working labourers who colonized the country. Today, far from the sweet and strong wines of before, it is producing top notch wines from French varietals. (more…)