Posts tagged "CVNE"
Top 10 Wines of 2012

Top 10 Wines of 2012

As I reflect back on 2012 I can honestly say that it was my luckiest year yet when it comes to wine.  I was fortunate enough to have drunk more great wine more often with more great people than any other year.  This is a blessing.  And in some ways a curse.  Whatever, I have...
Burgundy vs. Rioja vs. Barolo

Burgundy vs. Rioja vs. Barolo

I like to pit my favorite wine regions against each other, like super hero’s if you will.  Except they are not in a battle of good and evil; more like good and good.  So with some friends we drank some Nicolas Potel Burgundy, Viña Real Rioja, and Oddero Barolo (in that order) to see how...
CVNE Viña Real 2004 Gran Reserva

CVNE Viña Real 2004 Gran Reserva

There are a few 2004 Gran Reservas hitting the US market, like Marques de Murietta and CVNE Viña Real, but I think they are too young to drink now if you like traditional Rioja.  I mean, I think that even the 2001 Rioja Reservas and Gran Reservas will improve with (need) 5-10 years of bottle...
The Classic Rioja Bodegas of Haro

The Classic Rioja Bodegas of Haro

It had been a minute since I had organized a wine dinner or tasting.  The last one was over a year ago and then some, and it was focused on classic Rioja.  With that in mind I put together a tasting with friends of the classic Rioja Bodegas which are based around the old railway...
Top 10 Wines of 2011.

Top 10 Wines of 2011.

Okay, well forget top ten, let’s make it a baker’s dozen while we’re at it.  No particular order, I will just list them youngest to oldest according to vintage.  There are some reds, some young, some old, a white, a rosé, and even a non vintage number.  Just wines that kept me thinking throughout the...
Aged Traditional Rioja:  A Journey Into the Past & the Rioja Traditional/Modern Divide

Aged Traditional Rioja: A Journey Into the Past & the Rioja Traditional/Modern Divide

Traditional Rioja is one of the greatest categories of wine in the world.  But most people don’t know that.  And it’s fine with me.  It has kept prices reasonable in the face of areas like Bordeaux and Burgundy which are very expensive across the board for most top end, and even middle of the road,...
La Tabla Riojana @ Union Square Wines.

La Tabla Riojana @ Union Square Wines.

My wine buddy Aaron and I had been off the wine trail lately.  Sometimes that is just the way it goes.  Out of the blue, something sprang up that was a bit unexpected:  a wine tasting event where one could be well fed, compare wines from one of the greatest wine regions in the world,...