AG Pick: Paco & Lola Albarino 2009

There’s something about Albariño that always puts me in a good mood.  Maybe it’s because I drink Albariño with fun foods like raw oysters and sushi, or that it’s one of my go-to wines on a warm and sunny day. Though the weather may not be cooperating, I’m ready for springtime — and enjoying a […]

Ring in the New Year with Codorniu

If you’re a fan of sparkling wine but have yet to try Cava you are missing out. Produced through the same traditional method as Champagne but costing much less, the Spanish sparkling wine is wonderful for any type of celebration. Two delicious suggestions for ringing in the New Year: Anna de Codorníu Brut and Anna […]

AG Pick Under $15: Pares Balta Brut

Don’t wait until a special occasion to break out the bubbly.  Make any night of the week special with Parés Baltà Brut, a great deal at $11 a bottle. Parés Baltà Brut is a Cava, Spain’s version of sparkling wine.  Just like Champagne it is made using the traditional method, with the second fermentation taking […]

Wine Tasting in Catalonia

By Maxine Howard Over the past few years, my husband and I have combined our two loves, travel and wine, for some delightful experiences.  When we plan trips now we try to incorporate local winery visits into our itineraries.  So when we decided to see Barcelona and its surrounding towns in Spain, I went in […]

AG Pick: 2007 Juan Gil Monastrell

For Spanish red wine drinkers, Monastrell may not be as popular as Tempranillo but it definitely makes a delicious wine. If you enjoy red wine from France’s Côtes du Rhône region there is a good chance you’ve tasted Monastrell. There (and in the United States) this varietal is called Mourvèdre, and it is often blended […]