Put This Basque Beverage on Your Drink List! (#WorldWineTravel)

Isastegi Euskal Basque cider

Spanish Basque Cider and Txotx are a celebratory tradition and way of life in northern Spain. An acquired taste for some and heaven in a glass for others, ‘sidra’ is a dry and very spunky alternative beverage. I feature cider from Isastegi this month.

Two Sides of Maury in Roussillon: Sweet and Dry (#Winophiles)

Les Vignerons de Maury

In the northwest of Roussillon touching the Languedoc, the small wine region Maury sits in the remote Agly Valley Hills. Wine was introduced here in 600 B.C. by the Phoenicians and Greeks. Historically, neither the Cathars nor Knights Templar came out alive, but the wines produced there did, and are some of the best in Roussillon today. (The above photo… Read more »

Heading to Aragón’s Valdejalón with Bodegas Frontonio (#WorldWineTravel)

On a trip to Aragón a few years ago, we had the opportunity to delve into the wines of this somewhat isolated Spanish region. Basing ourselves in the historic city Zaragoza, we visited vineyards and wineries to obtain an overview of the area, the land (where rainfall is in short supply) and the varied faces of Garnacha. One in particular… Read more »

A Region and Wine You Must Explore: Rias Baixas and Albariño (#WorldWineTravel)

Rias Baixas Albariño

There are several areas in the world noted as verdant yet the Rias Baixas region in Galicia, Spain tops many and offers their star grape, Albariño.

Fred Loimer Grüner Veltliner Freshens the Day

Weingut Fred Loimer Sekt

Spring is transition time, a deliberate shift from the heaviness of winter to outward energy and light. Loimer’s Grüners are a shift from light to great pleasure. Austria put itself on the wine map via one grape, Grüner Veltliner. It’s the leader among grape varieties in the country and thriving in 41% of the total vine area. To learn more… Read more »