Category Archives: Spain

Wine for Normal People Podcast Ep 169: Priorat, Spain

A small production area of Spain, Priorat is one of only two DOCa (highest quality) regions of the country. These wines are expensive, but for good reason – they’re in short supply and are outstanding. We tell you how to get the best of the best of Priorat! Here are...

Audio blog 9: Garnacha: In the Shadows No More

Let’s say you had a friend whom you loved in a group setting but whom, alone, you found to be over the top, obnoxious, rude, and sort of base or low class. Try as you may, you just couldn’t hang out with the friend on a one-on-one basis, and ultimately,...

A Treat from Basque Country: Txakolina

Post Highlights: 1. How to pronounce this lovely white grape 2. Some background on the grape and why the name brings to mind a weird junior high memory for me 3. Info on the Basque country where the wine is made 4. Three funny things about Txakoli 5. A review...

Basa Verdejo: A Fabulously Fresh White

In my last post, I wrote about the Rueda region and the Verdejo grape. In this one — a review of the Basa Verdejo, an amazing version of this unique white! The Wine: 2011 Basa Verdejo Price: $12.99   Where it’s from: Rueda, Spain  The Blend: 85% Verdejo, 10% Viura...

Verdejo from Rueda, Spain: An Original

I love wines from Spain. For many reasons. They’re inexpensive yet high quality. They’re fresh and delicious. And maybe best of all, no one is trying to copy their style (yet). They’re originals.   The reds are fabulous, but I find that the white wines are really something special. Food...

A Grand Rioja Tasting: Finally, an Strong Identity Emerges!

Post Summary Points Great changes in Rioja have occured What are differences between traditional and modern styles Rioja Basics Traditional producer reviews (CVNE, Bodegas Riojanas) Modern producer reviews (Vintae, Bodega Ontañón) ______________________________________________ The more time I spend in wine, the more I realize that you can’t pre-judge anything.   Two...

Wine For Normal People Radio: Episode 39 — Spain

After some fabulous shout outs (thank you so much for the awesome feedback) and a great listener question on “why do wines go on sale? (a little inside the industry on this one!), this week we cover Spain. First we brush up on history, covering how the Phoenicians, Moors, and...

Wine For Normal People Radio: Episode 031 — Bargain Wines

MC Ice (normal wine person, husband, and podcast host extraordinaire) and I are back from hiatus this week. We start with a thanks to everyone for their hospitality on our Napa/Sonoma Harvest trip! I’m chronicling it on the blog, so scroll down (and up) for details! Shout outs from iTunes...