Time Flies

Sheesh, feels like we were just complaining about 2014’s cold winter and now here we are in early September.  At least in NYC, the weather’s cooled off somewhat, but business is just warming up.  Soon hordes of salespeople will fill the streets of the city with bags brimming with samples. That said, I wanted to […]

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Showtime! (Part Tres)

Yes, Part Tres (that’s “three” to you non-Spanish-speaking readers).  What, more shows?  Yep, yet more chances to drink tons of crap before (hopefully) finding the delicious needle hidden in the haystack.  The wine business trade show season is for the most part lined up earlier in the year, and a large number of them are […]

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Harvest in Spain

  Sunrise in Navarra Harvest is that magical time when the grapes are plump and ready to be taken off the vine, a wonderful period of the year when the air is humming with possibilities. Right? It’s also a mad dash that goes on almost all day and night, when a year’s preparations are focused […]

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Market Watch: Barcelona’s Boqueria

  After France, I returned to Barcelona for a few days of exploration and rest. Travelling non-stop almost every day does get tiresome sometimes. Actually, most of the time. Yeah, I’m going to vineyards in the South of Europe, but still, it does wear one down. So staying put for more than 3 days was […]

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Dalí

  And now, for something completely different… (and by that I mean no food or wine in this post… I know, shocking!) Dalí. Need I say more? The very name evokes a weirdly different and quite unique way of looking at the world. The man was a legend in his own time and in his […]

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The Running of the Winos

  Recently, I found myself in Pamplona, in the Spanish Basque country, for the Alimenta 2009 exhibit. Of course, Pamplona is better known for the running of the bulls, but we were here for the running of the winos, charging thirstily from table to table to taste and discover what the Navarran countryside had to […]

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Random Bad Translation Pic of the Day

This is what happens when someone doesn’t even use the Internet for translation (I mean, Google Translation HAS to be better, right?) For the record, even though I was in a duck mood, the thought of “Thigh of Hopeful Duck” was a little sad, so I opted for the “Mask of Pork” (pork cheeks). I […]

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Empord

Where? Yeah, I said the same when I heard I was going there. It’s in the northeast sector of Spain, just south of the French border (heck, I could walk there from where we were). Even though I (and most people I spoke with) had never heard of it, it’s also Spain’s oldest wine-growing region. […]

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Madrid- A Time for Work

Ageing Barrels And so now it was time to taste some wines. We gathered in the lobby of our hotel, a motley crew of wine buyers and wine press from all over the US, wondering what this trip would unveil. Never having been to Spain, I was more curious than the others. I knew about […]

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