Wine Wednesday: Vivanco Reserva 2011

I received this appealing wine as a sample from the lovely Li Valentine of The Wining Hour. This wine from Rioja is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano. The grapes come from vineyards in Briones, Rioja Alta. On average the vines are 35 years old on average and grow on chalky-clay soils.  The wine... Continue Reading →

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Spanish Thursdays: Vivanco Rosé from Rioja

I received this refreshing rosé as a sample from the lovely Li Valentine of The Wining Hour. This wine from Rioja is a blend of 75% Tempranillo and Garnacha with a touch of Garnacha Blanca. The addition of Garnacha blanc is new. Vivanco has recently added the white grape to the blend. They note on... Continue Reading →

Exploring Garganega – Soave

Garganega, a grape variety that hails from the Veneto region is the star of today's post. Garganega is the principal grape used to make Soave, an Italian white wine that we are all familiar with in the United States. According to DNA studies, it is related to Grecanico which is a grape variety widely used... Continue Reading →

Discovering Stemmari from Sicily

I've known about the Stemmari brand, which is owned by northern Italy-based Gruppo Mezzacorona, for many years but had never really focused on it until I was sent samples thanks to Li Valentine of #Thewininghourchat. I've been near where the winery is located as well but have never visited them. I was supposed to participate... Continue Reading →

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