Wine Wednesday: 2013 Laurene from Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Perfect Thanksgiving Wine

Today's wine of the week and Wine Wednesday post is dedicated to Domaine Drouhin Oregon wine, Laurene. I tasted this extraordinary Pinot Noir at the New York Wine Experience in October, held by the Wine Spectator. While I had been in Oregon for the first time last summer, I did not get to visit this... Continue Reading →

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Italian Indigenous Varieties: Manzoni Bianco

\\ Manzoni Bianco was created by Professor Luigi Manzoni in the years 1930-1935 at the Istituto Tecnico Agrario di Conegliano. It's a cross between Riesling renano and Pinot Bianco. At first it was only found in the area around Treviso but thanks to good results was introduced into the Trentino and eventually into all of... Continue Reading →

Women In Wine: An Interview With Maria Elena Jimenez from Pares Balta in Penedes

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.

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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 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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