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When in Spain, Drink as the Spanish Do

I’ve told you a little bit about my recent wedding, and some of the things that made it anything but “normal” — a live band playing a full concert in two sets, the request for donations to the Bowlers to

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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Are There Any ‘Key Words’ to Use When Ordering Tapas in Spain?

QUESTION: We’re planning a trip to Spain, and hope to visit several tapas bars while in Barcelona. Only one problem: It has been a long time since I took Spanish in school. Are there any “key words” you could give

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Posted in Wine FAQ

Grenache: The Perfect Wine ‘Committee Member’

Have you ever served on a committee, perhaps at your place of employment or for a charitable endeavor? Were you ever tempted to quit the committee because somebody on it, while they exhibited creative thinking and had good ideas, was

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Posted in Wine in the Glass

The History of Sangria… and a Sparkling Suggestion

In yesterday’s blog, I told you about breaking my personal 35-year ban on Sangria while having dinner at a tapas bar in Barcelona. Intrepid reporter that I am, at one point during that meal I asked one of our servers,

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Sangria: The Perfect ‘Wine Cocktail’ of Summer

My first experience with Sangria was at a then-popular Mexican restaurant chain that included the ice-cold, sweet drink as part of its Sunday brunch. It was an all-you-could-eat buffet, accompanied by all-you-could-drink Sangria. I don’t remember much about that morning

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An Authentic Wine and Tapas Experience in Chicago

When it comes to reviewing food or wine, the older I get, the more I realize that absolutely nothing beats experience. When talking about experience, it’s important not to confuse it with age. I’ll take a 25-year-old restaurant reviewer who

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Posted in Wine Buzz

Pairing Wine With Spanish Cuisine

Spain has a long reputation for spicy cuisine, but in recent years, other European influences have helped tame the heat and made Spanish fare, in general, more wine-friendly. Here are a few pairing possibilities beyond the ubiquitous tapas-and-sparkling wine offerings…

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Wine Friendly Lamb Ribs… Made Spanish Style

This tasty dish from Spain can be enjoyed with either red or white wine. Garnacha (a.k.a. Grenache) makes a good choice among reds, while Albariño is an ideal companion among whites. Other tasty options include Syrah, Pinot Noir and Tempranillo.

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Vino in the Negev? A New Wine Country Experience Beckons

Bordeaux. Napa Valley. The Veneto. Rheinhessen. Rioja. All of these geographic names are recognizable as wine regions. Hear the name, and you immediately know what “wine country” it’s connected to. Bordeaux — France. Napa Valley — The United States (specifically,

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Sangria: Red or White, It’s a Fun Drink for Summertime… or Anytime

It’s close to summertime, and in Spain, that means it’s Sangria time. Actually, the residents of Spain — at least the ones we encountered in Barcelona last fall — enjoy Sangria all year-round. And why not? It’s fun to drink,

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