Best Wine Hotels in Spain

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Spain is home to some of the most fabulous wine regions in Europe (including La Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Penedès, Priorat, Sherry, Toro, Navarra, Somontano, Rias Baixas, Ribera Sacra, Rueda and many other appellations) and more and more the concept of a wine hotel (either a working winery with accommodation or a hotel set amid […]

Campania Wine Travel Notes

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[Updated August 2017] Campania is one of our favorite regions in Italy, so diverse and with such stunning countryside, coast and towns.  In this area of southern Italy, you’ll find the Amalfi Coast ,  the fascinating city of Naples, volcanic Pompeii, Capri, lesser known islands like Ischia and countless seaside hamlets.  Enjoy these short travel […]

Seafood and Wine Pairing

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The delights of Sea Bass and Chablis and more. For a long time the accepted wisdom was that white wine goes with fish and red wine with meat. That was as complex as food matching needed to be. It was a useful rule of thumb when fish came poached or simply grilled, and red wine […]

Difficult Food and Wine Pairings

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A remarkable amount of knowledge has been shared, debated and contradicted on the subject of food and wine pairing, useful albeit loosely defined principles and tips that can help us enjoy both the food and the wine, rather than letting one suppress the other. Open an expensive bottle of St-Emilion, eat a flaming hot Mexican […]

French Wine A-Z Dictionary

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Who hasn’t heard of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon? These French grapes are world renowned and planted across the globe in both hemispheres. Herewith is a list of some more of the most famous and also lesser known grapes from France, from Alicante Bouschet to Viognier Armagnac – High quality grape brandy from Gascony Appellation d’ […]

French Grape Varietals

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White Chardonnay– the traditional white grape of Burgundy (such as Chablis), Chardonnay is grown all over France and is probably the most famous white varietal in the world today. Chenin blanc– used frequently in the Loire Valley (where it is also called Pineau de la Loire). Used to make both delicious dry wines as well […]

Guide to Portuguese Grape Varieties

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Red Portuguese Grapes Alfrocheiro Preto: main grape in the Dao, rich in color Aragonês: see Tinta Roriz Baga: – Main grape used for wines in Bairrada appellation, also used in Alentejo and Ribatejo. High quality grape. Bastardo: – funny named grape grown in the Douro, early ripening. Used in Dao extensively Castelão Frances: – see […]

Port Wine Guide

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A white port wine Ruby Is the most basic and least expensive style of Port. It is a blend from the produce of several harvests that spends two to three years in stainless steel or wood before it is bottled. You usually will not see the term Ruby on the label, as most shippers prefer […]

Italian Grape Varietals Guide

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Italian Red Grapes Aglianico: used to make quality full-bodied red wines in Campania (best commune being Taurasi) and also in up and coming Basilicata. Of Greek origin, it was known as “Vitis Hellenica” Aleatico: strong Mediterranean red varietal grown on the island of Elba and also in Puglia and Lazio Barbera: makes both elegant and […]

Italian A-Z Wine Dictionary

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A-D Abboccato – slightly sweet Acerbo – tart, “green” Acescenza – volatile wine Aceto – vinegar, usually made with a wine base Aglianico – ancient red grape grown in the Campania region of Italy (south of Naples) Alcool – alcohol Amabile – off dry (semi-sweet) Amaro – bitter Annata – vintage year Appassimento – the […]

Spanish A-Z Wine Dictionary

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Detailed wine and spirits glossary from Aguardiente to Xarel.lo and much in between! Know your Oloroso from your Amontillado and learn how to read the labels of your fave bottles Aguardiente – A strong transparent spirit distilled from vegetables, called “Firewater”, drunk as a digestif after a heavy meal to aid digestion Albariza – The […]

Spanish Grape Varieties

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Spanish Red Grapes Tempranillo: Spain´s most famous and noble grape. Also known as Ull de Llebre, Cencibel, Tinto Fino. Grown in many regions including Rioja, Ribera del Duero, La Mancha and Penedes Garnacha: known as Grenache in France & America, this is the most prominent grape in Priorat Mencia: Spain´s hot and upcoming cult grape […]

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