Monthly Archives: November 2012

Alpha Loire Domaines, an extensive line from France’s Loire Valley

I actually stumbled across this winery in Seattle at a Loire Valley tasting via a team of French sisters, who represent Alpha Loire in the international marketplace. The wines are just outstanding and even better for the price.  They have quite a large … Continue reading

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Marqués de Montecierzo (Navarra, Spain)

I met this father/son team on my first wine buying trip to Europe in spring of 2011. We had some difficulty communicating as the father speaks no English and Joaquín, his son, has limited English (still better than my Spanish), … Continue reading

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Bodegas Tavera (Castilla La Mancha)

This wine is one of Julie’s favorites! With its medium body and earthy spiciness, this blend of Syrah & Tempranillo is an easy sipper, great with food or alone; just a wonderful little wine.  This winery is a family winery located in … Continue reading

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The Dal Cero Family, with vineyards in Veneto & Tuscany

This family producer is another great Italian find!  Last spring, I met daughter, Francesca Dal Cero, very pregnant with her first baby but still making great efforts to hook me up with her family’s wines.  The Dal Cero’s own property … Continue reading

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