Beaune: Walking on Holy ground

I arrived in Beaune on a warm summer morning, quite excited to be in Burgundy for the first time.  I checked in my hotel and quickly went on a quick walking tour of the town, widely considered as the wine capital of Burgundy. The small medieval town is surrounded by some of the most famous wine villages in the world and at first impression you … Continue reading Beaune: Walking on Holy ground

Rioja: As Old School as it gets

I’m a fan of tradition and deeply admire regions and people who do their best to preserve them from generation to generation. When first learning about wine, I came across a bottle of 1998 Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia Reserva and was totally impressed by the combination of freshness and complexity with unique signature aromas of tobacco, dill and damp earth. Lopez de Heredia is … Continue reading Rioja: As Old School as it gets

Sanlúcar: The quest for Manzanilla

Sanlúcar de Barrameda is situated at the confluence of the ocean and the Guadalquivir river, roughly 25km from Jerez. The city is known as one of the starting points for the exploration and colonization of the Americas between the 15th and 17th centuries as well as for the production of the delicate and delicious Manzanillas, which are sherries vinified just like finos, but aged in barrels … Continue reading Sanlúcar: The quest for Manzanilla