Abadia Retuerta Seleccion Especial 2013

The summer of rosé is giving way to the red wines of fall. One wine to help ease the transition is Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial 2013. This red blend from Sardón de Duero, within the Ribera del Duero region in Spain, is aromatic and elegant, with a lovely freshness that makes it adaptable to both […]

Rioja vs Ribera del Duero: A Tale of Two Tempranillos

Can you taste the difference between Tempranillo from Rioja and Ribera del Duero in a blind tasting? The question was posed to a group of wine professionals last week. We had gathered at St. Cecilia in Buckhead for a lunch and tasting with two Spanish winemakers: Diego Pinilla of Bodegas Bilbainas in Rioja and Jorge […]

Five Rosé Wines to Enjoy this Summer

The summer of rosé is in full swing! It’s an international love affair, with rosé wine being made around the world from a variety of different grapes. Try one of these AG picks tonight: Cune Rosado Rioja 2013 Rioja Alta, Spain From CVNE (pronounced Coo-nay), a family owned and operated winery founded in 1879 in […]

Surprising Lake County Wines

By Maxine Howard What is so surprising about Lake County wines? The surprise is that they’re interesting, well-made, and reasonably priced. Twenty-one wineries from Lake County (just north and east of Napa) showed off their recent vintages at a tasting in San Francisco in September. We only had a chance to sample about a third […]

Numanthia: Bold Red Wines from Toro

By Robin Alix Austin With a name like Toro, you’d expect this region in Spain to produce big and bold wines. That’s one element of the wines of Numanthia – red wines that have intense dark fruit flavors and massive tannic structure. Yet these wines also have elegance and finesse, a bull and a matador […]

Colorado Wine: Bookcliff Vineyards

Before I could leave Colorado I had to try some of the state’s wine.  There are more than 40 wineries in Colorado but unfortunately I only had the chance to check out one.  Fortunately it was a good one: Bookcliff Vineyards. Bookcliff Vineyards was founded in 1999 by husband and wife John Garlich and Ulla […]

AG Pick Under $15: 2000 Ribereno Tempranillo

Spanish Tempranillo can be a tough varietal for some red wine drinkers.  Its flavors range from bright red fruits to earth and spice, to strong and musty barnyard notes.  If those last flavors have turned you off to Tempranillo, the 2000 Ribereño Tempranillo will get you to come back. Ribereño Tempranillo is from Ribera del […]

Bodegas Farina Returns to the U.S.

For years the wines of Bodegas Fariña have been one of Spain’s best kept secrets.  But now the winery that put Toro on the map as an important wine making region is returning to the United States. Last month I had the opportunity to meet winemaker Manuel Fariña and taste several of the current releases.  […]