Garnacha and Grenache

September 17,2017

Garnacha and Grenache is a grape varietal that is believed to has its origins in the Aragon region of Spain. It is a grape varietal that requires dry and hot growing conditions and it has found its home in other places such as Southern France, Roussillon,Corsica, Sardinia, Southern Italy, Sicily, and Croatia.

With its plantings in various countries, the grape varietal has taken on other names such as Grenache in France and Garnacha in Spain.

Below is a map of the the grape growing regions in Spain and France.

Grenache Garnacha grape growing region Map Roussillon


Colors of Garnacha

September 16,2017

There is more to the Garnacha grape varietal then you realize. The colors of Garnacha are shown in the picture below.

There is Grenache Noir, Grenache,Gris, Grenache Blanc, and Lledoner Pelut.

Garnacha Grenache Grape Varietals

Discover Navarra …Spain’s Best Kept Secret

When you are not running with the bulls on Pamplona Spain for the annual  running of the bulls, (Sanfermines) then you should be drinking their wines of Navarra.

Navarra vineyards are located in the North of Spain at the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains to the Ebro river basin and the Bardenas Reales desert. Navarra is just a 4 hour train ride from Madrid.

No surprise that Chardonnay is produced here bit it is a surprise on how delicious it is and what a value these Chardonnays are.

2005 Bodegas Castillo de Monjardin E; Cerezo This is a non oaked Chardonnay. There is varietal characteristic purity with a little extra acidity.

This is at SRP of $13

2015 Bodegas Vega de Castillo Garnacha Cepas Viejas This 100% 2015-bodegas-vega-castillo-garnacha-cepas-viejas-mfwiGarnacha wine is aged for 3 months in American oak. These 46 year old vineyards are located in the Ribera Alta area.

This wine just screams freshness. Starting from it bright ruby color to its fresh cheery aromas. On the palate there is just the right amount of tannin to keep this easy drinking. There is floral cherry in the finish  with a good balance of tannin and acidity.  SRP of $10.

These are just two examples of how food friendly the Wines of Navarra are.


Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Gran Reserva with Osetra Caviar

May 13,2016

Sometimes you need a little dessert wine.

Here we have a 1986 vintage Pedro Ximinez from Bodegas Toro Albala in Montilla Moriles Spain with an average USD retail price of $56.

For this wine, select lots of Pedro Ximenez are selected, sealed in American oak barrels and aged for a minimum of 25 years before release.

This is a dark colored,opaque, sweet wine (350 grams of residual sugar). In the wine you can find raisins, molasses with flowery orange peel. On the finish there is some spice with its great acidity keeping the wine from being cloying. You may not be able to finish the bottle in one sitting but there will not be much left1986 Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Gran Reserva Osetra Caviar for another day.

1986 Don PX Gran Reserva wine and Osetra caviar from Lady Elena Caviar? Yes

The creaminess of the Osetra caviar softens the sweetness of this intense sweet wine.The high acidity of the wine cleanses the palate.

Kaluga Sturgeon Caviar Pairing with Martinsancho Verdejo Wine

July 28,2015

2012 Martinsancho Verdejo Wine

Today we are pairing this wine with The 8th Pearl Caviar (Kaluga Hybrid Sturgeon) from Lady Elena Caviar.

This wine is made solely from the Verdejo grape variety from Rueda, Spain. The wine has a pale straw color with green tints. There are aromas of grapefruit pith, orange, peach and soft minerals. On the palate it is medium bodied with minerality and grapefruit and citrus. On the finish the fruits pickup a tropical note. The soft minerals follow through with a high acidic pleasant finish.

Lady Elena Caviar Pairing2012 Martinsancho Verdejo with Kaluga Caviar Pairing

The 8th Pearl Caviar (Kaluga Hybrid Sturgeon): As the wine coats your tongue the wine becomes more gentle and softer while cleansing the palate. A great caviar and wine pairing.


National Verdejo Day June 12,2014

May 30,2014

June 12,2014 is National Verdejo Day.Verdejo Day 2014 logo

Join in the celebration and have a glass of Verdejo wine from Rueda, Spain and let us know about your favorite Verdejo wine.

Verdejo is the main white grape variety of Rueda and is indigenous to Rueda. It is believed to date back to the 16th century. Rueda is situated high on a plateau providing warm days and cool nights allowing the late ripening Verdejo grape variety to develop to its true character.

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