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Import Selection: Tempranillo, 1988. Juame Serra

In the year 1647, on top of a hill that slopes down to the Medi­terranean, in what is now the prov­ince of Cataluna (Catalonia) in Spain, someone constructed a farmhouse in the likeness of a mediaeval fortress. Two hundred years later, this imposing property became a winery, Las Cavas Jaume Serra. Surrounding the cavas (caves… read more »

Import Selection: Rioja, 1986. Bodegas Montecillo

In 1874 the Navajas family founded the Bodegas Montecillo winery in the Alavesa district near the Rio Oja (“Oja River”), name­sake of what has become Spain’s most acclaimed wine producing re­gion. Montecillo was one of the pi­oneering wineries which adapted French (Bordeaux) wine-making techniques to Spanish grapes last century and in so doing created a… read more »

This Free, 24 Hour Wine Fountain in Italy Is Too Good to Be True

When I heard about this, this morning… I thought I was dreaming or had been transported into an alternate universe. In the Abruzzo region near Rome, a fountain flowing with free red wine has been installed on the Cammino di San Tommaso route where thousands of traveling locals and tourists find their way from Rome to Ortona…. read more »

Wine with Food: Tapas| Pairing Tips

Wine with Food: Tapas By Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. |   A most refreshing custom of Spain is the serving of a tidbit every time wine is served. These wonderful appetizers are standard fare at all restaurants, wine bars, and gatherings. In fact, it is automatic. Most establishments will place one piece of tapas on a small plate, and… read more »

Grenache

Grenache is a red grape that is in Southern France and Spain. The distinctive taste of cinnamon in Grenache is what makes it stand out. Grenache is used in some of the most expensive and most elegant wines of the world.  

Fino Sherry. Savory & James| Vintage Wine History and Information

FINO SHERRY – SAVORY & JAMES by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | December 1983 Hugh Johnson, the well known wine authority and writer draws an interesting comparison between sherry and champagne. Both wines are white. Both wines are distinctly different from table wines: one is a spar­kling wine, and the other is a fortified wine. Both need… read more »

Recipe: Onion and Potato Tortilla Peas | Food and Wine Pairing

Adventures in Eating: Onion and Potato Tortilla Tapas by Rosemarie | April 1984 The rain, the land and the gentle people of Spain are still in front of my eyes, and they continue to excite my thoughts as I sit down to write this column. Since our return, I find my emotions and energies prancing… read more »

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