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Finca Torremilanos: A Gem Hidden In Plain Sight

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So rapid has been the rise of the Ribera del Duero’s star, so commanding its market presence of late, that it’s easy to forget its short life as a government-ratified denominación dates only to 1982. It’s not, of course, that wine wasn’t being made; the usual traces of Roman occupation and medieval-monkish cultivation testify, as … Read More

Avant-Garde Alavesa: Bodegas y Viñedos Artadi

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The holm oak, Quercus ilex, is an evergreen oak species native to southern Europe. Part of the unique botanical patrimony of the Mediterranean, its acorns have fattened the hogs destined for the choicest hams since at least Roman times, and it has resonances with wine, too. Montalcino, for instance, is really the Mons ilcinus, the … Read More

Introducing Astarbe Sagardotegia!

Introducing Astarbe Sagardotegia!

Cider has been produced at the Mendiola farmhouse in Astigarraga by members of the Astarbe family for close to five centuries. The oldest surviving document that references cider production at this address dates back to May 20th, 1563. To put that in context, Galileo Galilei, the “father of modern science”, was born in 1564. From … Read More