When you arrive at home of Lilian and Sandrine, the odds are good you will be greeted by Fig. Fig is a yellow lab and he is still a puppy. For a puppy, he does a lot around the place. On our first visit, he kept our children occupied with his boundless energy and his constant [...]

All Beaujolais are not the same. There are different tiers of quality of Beaujolais including Nouveau, Villages and Cru. Starting with: Beaujolais Nouveau: Harvested in September, released in November, this is juice that is barely fermented. Purple in color as young wines tend to be, this is as simple as it gets. What started as [...]

I have a mission. Few weeks ago, I was told by a friend, “I don’t get Beaujolais” My mission therefore is to demystify Beaujolais. It is an easy mission actually, and we will also talk about Beaujolais Cru. Lets start by going to Paris. Take any bistro in Paris (or Lyon). If you ask for [...]

That afternoon we got together for lunch at César and José-Luis’s man cave not too far from the winery of Pagos de Matanegra itself. It was snowing intermittently outside and we were also paid a visit by the resident feline! Our hosts were very not only gracious but also excellent cooks it turns out. We […]

We drove to the vineyards and one could not help but marvel at the stark beauty of Ribera del Duero. The hills undulated with vineyards. It was Fall. So, the leaves had changed color and in most cases had fallen off. The first vineyard we went to were at least 80 years old! You could […]

The night we arrived, it rained in the province of Burgos. The next day was cold and the roads were rather slick. It was really cold and I am from Nevada! We were to meet César today. We drove from Tortoles where we were staying to Olmedillo de Roa. Our entire trip to Spain was [...]

We came looking for Tempranillo. 2 days. Thats how long it takes jet lag to wear off. 2hours. Thats what it took to drive from Madrid to Ribera del Duero. If you are one who loves Spanish wines, you probably know about this place. If not, no worries. We can fix that. If Spain is [...]

How could one represent a wine that we have never tasted? So, a plan was hatched to visit Olmedillo de Roa. It was a long flight to Madrid and jet lag descended upon us like clouds in the valley. The garbage workers in Madrid were on strike and there was trash piled on street corners. [...]

My first contact with César Martin of Olmedillo de Roa was by email. We were a young company looking for unique wines with personality and a sense of place and we were just getting started. Bureaucracy demanded paperwork and César kindly agreed to provide a requisite letter by mail. I am the impatient kind and [...]