A detour in the land of Don Quixote. "Fortune is guiding our affairs better than we ourselves could have wished.” -Don Quixote to Sancho Panza in Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote Very often, this almost foolish sentiment rings true. But, when the sun has set, the stories you collect are the only meaningful currency you have.  [...]

There is a lot to talk about Spanish wine regions. But before we talk about Spanish wine regions, first let me just mention Rhode Island. Rhode Island may be the smallest state of our Union but the the total acreage of the Ocean State is 776,957 acres. Spain has more than 1,000,000 acres of vineyards alone. [...]

Mother’s Day is a big deal. While there are many beautiful ways to honor your mom, what she would really want is probably wine. Celebrate the woman who made you possible. This is also an opportunity to up the ante on the sibling rivalry.  

We could spend a whole year just talking about Spanish wines! There are so many diverse regions, several indigenous grapes,  grapes  that change their names depending on the region and not to mention varied styles of making wines. Today, I am keeping things simple and just talking about one area – Priorat. Quality designations in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]