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    Offbeat Spain: Albariño & other north west whites

    See our Guide to Luis' tour of offbeat Spain. Spain is predominantly a red wine country, at least in the minds of most. Albariño from Rías Baixas and…

    12 Apr 2012 Luis Gutiérrez
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    Offbeat Spain: stunning Atlantic reds

    See our Guide to Luis' tour of offbeat Spain.In Spain it used to be simple: the cool, damp north produced white wines, while the warmer and drier…

    29 Mar 2012 Luis Gutiérrez
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    Luis's 24 hours in London

    In which our Spanish specialist wins a prize and has his first meal at Heston Blumenthal's Dinner, eventually. When we heard the news we could…

    19 Mar 2012 Luis Gutiérrez
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    Offbeat Spain: Xarello

    See our Guide to Luis' tour of offbeat Spain. Although I'm proud of my articles about CVNE in Rioja and Vega Sicilia in Ribera del Duero, I now…

    14 Mar 2012 Luis Gutiérrez
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    Vega Sicilia - the tasting notes

    Vega Sicilia (profiled here) belongs to a number of associations and groups, such as Primum Familiae Vini, the association of family-owned wine…

    31 Jan 2012 Luis Gutiérrez
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    Vega Sicilia, a Ribera del Duero legend

    See here for tasting notes from 1942 to 2007. The name of this world-famous, historic Spanish bodega has nothing to do with Sicily. It is simply a…

    30 Jan 2012 Luis Gutiérrez
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    No rain in Spain in 2011

    The word most often used by the people I talked to when discussing the 2011 vintage in Spain was dry. It was a dry year indeed, and in many cases…

    5 Jan 2012 Luis Gutiérrez
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    Viña Real - 1933 to 2004

    For the background to CVNE and this tasting, see Viña Real - a classic from Rioja Alavesa. We tasted 21 vintages, and Víctor Urrutia,…

    9 Dec 2011 Luis Gutiérrez
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    Viña Real - a classic from Rioja Alavesa

    Luis's tasting notes on this historic tasting can be read in Viña Real - 1933 to 2004.CVNE is the acronym for Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España,…

    8 Dec 2011 Luis Gutiérrez
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    Miller is out

    Internet wine forums are on fire [and so, belatedly, is ours]. Well, they've been on fire for a few days, but today everybody is reporting on the…

    5 Dec 2011 Luis Gutiérrez
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    Sisseck, farmer, analyst, and of St-Émilion

    This is the second part of Luis Gutiérrez' report from the maker of Spain's most famous modern red, Pingus. See here for part 1. The…

    17 Nov 2011 Luis Gutiérrez
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    Pingus - less new oak, more transparency

    I've known Peter Sisseck ever since a very cold morning in December 1998. I used to take advantage of a long weekend we have in early December in…

    16 Nov 2011 Luis Gutiérrez
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    The greatness of Godello

    Galicia in the north west corner of Spain is bubbling when it comes to wines. Ribeiro, known in ancient times as Ribadavia, was the classical region…

    31 Oct 2011 Luis Gutiérrez
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    The tale of a 1900 port

    The story I'm going to tell you today started a few years ago at one of the best restaurants in Spain, Hispania, in the tourist resort of Arenys de…

    12 Oct 2011 Luis Gutiérrez
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    Impressions of the Douro harvest

    I have just returned from the Douro, where this year's harvest began as early as August, much earlier than the mid-September norm. For those who have…

    29 Sep 2011 Luis Gutiérrez