Rias Baixas, the region in Galicia in Northwestern Spain, is widely known for its Albariño. Paella is not traditionally from there but from Valencia but that said, I was in the mood for Paella with shrimp and that's how the pairing came about. I've never been to the region but it's on my list and... Continue Reading →
My wine of the week is a rosé called Dehesa de Luna. Made from Cabernet Sauvignon, it spends three months on its lees. I liked the texture and color of this beautiful salmon colored rosé. It had nice mineral, red berry fruit, and floral notes and an earthiness that was unexpected. I had it with... Continue Reading →
My last long post on Cava I wrote back in November following a press tasting. I'm a big Cava fan and in particular, those made using the funky indigenous grape called Trepat. Today's wine is called Poema Cava Rosé. I can't find any website for it. The grapes are grown in the Conca de Barberà... Continue Reading →
I didn’t post this on a Friday so I am reposting to keep in line with my women in wine series. Enjoy the holiday weekend and remember to think about what Memorial Day actually means, http://www.history.com/news/8-things-you-may-not-know-about-memorial-day. Say hello and thank you to a sailor if in NYC during Fleet Week.
Today I am posting an online conversation I had with Maria Elena Jimenez, one of the winemakers at Pares Balta.
1. How did you get into the wine business?
Although it may seem sappy, love was the reason for everything. My husband, by then just my boyfriend, was the one to introduce me to wine and make me fall in love with wine along with him. I am a chemical engineer, and in those days working as a consultant, when my husband proposed me to return to the university to study enology in order to work together in the family business.
And all the tiny pieces began to fall in its right place after that, wine , love, family, children, passion till reaching the point where I am nowadays, managing the cellar altogether with Marta
2. What has been the hardest part of the wine business for you in…
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Today I am posting an online conversation I had with Maria Elena Jimenez, one of the winemakers at Pares Balta. 1. How did you get into the wine business? Although it may seem sappy, love was the reason for everything. My husband, by then just my boyfriend, was the one to introduce me to wine... Continue Reading →
Today's wine hails from Spain, specifically from the Penedes region from Parés Baltà. I tried it at a Wine Media Guild lunch I was lucky to be invited to at the beginning of the month. The theme was all about Spanish white wines. It was an exciting line-up in general and this one stuck out... Continue Reading →
Spain is rarely discussed on this blog but it is never too far from my heart. I have a couple of Spanish DOs that I work with and I often drink Spanish wines. I studied Spanish for seven years after returning home from Italy but alas alak, have spent precious little time in that country... Continue Reading →
The year always begins again for me in September. Initially, it was the start of a new school year. While I continue to study and have all my life, September now also represents harvest and the beginning of a different season for work. My son is also a September baby so that ties into my... Continue Reading →
Tracy Ellen Kamens, a great wine educator and a friend, held a really informative seminar on Cavas during this year's conference in Washington. She had an interesting slide comparing Cavas and Champagne and showed many aged Cavas. I have always loved cava but had never really considered their aging potential before as I tend to... Continue Reading →