Category Spanish wines

Rise and sparkle with a bubbly wine

Rise and wine!

Golden bubbles by the thousands.

It’s a time to let the world sparkle with bubbly love and affection.

Let’s break out the Spanish Cava, Italian Prosecco, American sparkling wines and French champagne.

To me, Valentine’s Day is every day when it comes to sparkling wine. I don’t wait for a special occasion to enjoy their silky elegance and neither should you. Here’s my rundown:

Cava represents one of the best values among sparkling wines. This Spanish bubbly is made just like French champagne with two fermentations, the second in bottle, which creates tons of tiny, bursting bubbles and a creamy, distinctive mousse. The biggest difference is the grapes...

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You read it first here: Wines that made a hit in 2018

By Jim Campanini

jcampanini@comcast.net

It’s great to be back and the new year promises to be very exciting in the wine world.

A majority of the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riservas, now aged for more than 60 months, should be coming to market as well as other long-lived wines that will be sold to consumers for the first time.

Michele Chiarlo Cipressi Nizza 2015 topped Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 List of 2018.

The vintage years of 2015, 2016, and 2017 were pretty good in most parts of the world, so there’s nothing to fear when purchasing a fresh, young red or white. Remember, nearly 98 percent of the world’s wines produced in any one year should be consumed right away or within one or two years...

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Say ‘Ole!’ to Jorge Ordonez’ Spanish wines

If you know little about Spanish wines, today’s your lucky day. Craig Gandolf, a Lowell resident, is the USA Wine Director for one ofthe biggest and most respected production and importing houses in Spain — Jorge Ordoñez Selections.muga0
Ordoñez, who has strong roots in Massachusetts, including a home and office on Cape Cod, has helped to liberate and elevate the Spanish wine industry over the past two decades. He’s promoted innovative methods to improve quality, turning what was once a bleak global market for Spanish wines into a leading position among consumers. (Spain is the world’s No. 3 wine producer.)  And for 19 years, Gandolf’s been a go-to guy in the Ordoñez operation...

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Boston Wine Expo 2016: Something special for everyone

More than 1,800 wines will be displayed for public tasting at the Boston Wine Expo.

More than 1,800 wines will be displayed for public tasting at the Boston Wine Expo.

For those of you who’ve never been to the annual Boston Wine Expo, this is the year to make your debut. It’s the 25th anniversary of this classic event and its founders, the Boston Guild of Oenophilists, have come up with a spectacular program for the weekend of Feb. 13-14.
Come to think of it, what better way is there to plan a Valentine’s Day getaway than at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, the site of the 2016 wine expo?
If you can’t stay overnight in Boston, take the train for a day of wine tasting, food sampling, seminars, chef demonstrations and fun...

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Gratallops’ Black Slate red unleases Priorat’s power

Black Slate is a Grenache-based blend from Spain. The deep , dark purple color is mesmerizing, as is the black fruit and herb flavors.

Black Slate is a Grenache-based blend from Spain. The deep , dark purple color is mesmerizing, as is the black fruit and herb flavors.

On the evening when I’m planning to drink a new wine from Priorat, the October issue of Wine Spectator arrives with a cover story titled “Great Spanish Reds: Alvaro Palacious Leads Priorat to New Heights.”
The Wine Goddess smiles, thinking I’m an “expert” able to spot wine industry trends, especially after I glowingly tell her I had purchased the bottle of Priorat Gratallops Black Slate 2012 red wine two months earlier.
Bella, the cynical cat, seated in my favorite chair, snickers. Looking into her beady golden eyes it occurs to me Bella might be the reincarnation of Gandhi, so I sheepishly come clean.
“Actually,” I tell the Wine Goddess, “Sam M...

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