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An absolutely “WOW” Chardonnay!

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In terms of white wines, Chardonnays are always a seductive and elegant option. Cultivated all over the world, we can find very good exponents and we are used to its particularities and expression. But in addition, sometimes you can still be surprised by outstanding ones like this Spanish Chardonnay! Hacienda de Arinzano is a protected, rich and natural area and it’s the first zone who got the “Pago” status in the North of Spain, which means the highest category for Spanish wines, above DOCa. Only wines coming from excellent and unique climate and terroir, but also from the most qualitative vines and winemaking procedures can be considered with this extraordinary appellation. This special Chardonnay is one of these remarkable wines. Even if it overflows with aromas and flavors very related to the typicity, it also expresses the minerality of its growing soils. In the nose, I was gladly seduced by the complex bouquet of coconut, lavender, almonds, honey and peaches. In the mouth, the m…

Pecorino Cornogrande Ettore Galasso

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(By Marina La Forgia) For those who didn’t know it yet, Pecorino is a type of Italian cheese, but it is also an indigenous Italian white grape from Marche! Let me introduce you the “Cornogrande” from Ettore Galasso that really caught my attention.  I was curious to taste the particularities of this variety, and then I got seduced by a crispy, structured, vigorous and refreshing white. The acidity is remarkably attractive, with notes of lime, grass, apples both in aromas as well as in flavors. Wine regions like Abruzzo or Umbria are giving a “renaissance” to Pecorino grape so it could eventually become a most common Italian white. In the meantime, it’s an affordable wine to escape from the ordinary!

Bonterra, an expressive California Pinot Noir

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Pinot Noir is one of those grape varieties that grow differently all over the wine world and always amaze me. This one comes from what it can be considered the coolest wine region in California, Mendocino county, and it's a pure expression of terroir, tipicity and style! Bonterra winery produces onctuous and complex wines that are well enjoyed by new world palates looking for fruit intensity and roundness. And its pinot noir offers the expected strawberry notes, some hints of cinnamon and leather and a good, gentle and persistent aftertaste. It can be the perfect wine choice to enjoy with some tasty handmade hamburgers on the BBQ any of the upcoming spring evenings in the terrace! (Marina La Forgia)

Viña Real Crianza, an authentic Rioja blend

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(Marina La Forgia) I like red wines when they are fruity, fresh and elegant, but I like them most when they also have a good structure and are a genuine expression of their unique terroirs...like Rioja ones! The Viña Real Crianza from CVNE Bodegas is without any doubts one of these spanish reds that never disappoint. If you look for a medium bodied and delicate red wine for your tasty meals, then try this delicious blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Mazuelo, aged for a minimum of 1 year in both French and American oak barrels. Intense but round, fruity but also a bit herbaceous, this Crianza is an authentic and traditional Rioja. A unique style and a sure value.

Vetiver Viura, a delight from Rioja

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(By Marina La Forgia) Let me introduce you to this very pleasant white wine from Bodegas Ontañon made with Viura, indigenous grape from Rioja. Vetiver is a good mix of terroir expression and winemaking. It combines intense tropical fruits aromas with some buttery and smoky notes that make it very original, onctuous and rich without losing any elegance and delicacy in the palate.Yes, it's a 2014 vintage which means "an aged white", and it really resumes the authentic Rioja style. However, at the same time this Vetiver is an innovative and audacious type of wine that I really loved to discover. It's good to get out of the comfort zone sometimes, wine tasting speaking...right?

El Petit Bonhomme Blanco

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My wine discovery of the day is this easy drinking white from Spain. Made exclusively by a Quebec lady in the lands of the Quixote, this is a very seductive and refreshing Verdejo from Rueda. The Petit Bonhomme is the brand name for the wines that Nathalie Bonhomme produces in partnership with Gil Family Estate wine group. I recently had the opportunity to taste this white that overflows in aromas and flavors of citrus, wild flowers and some herbaceous hints. I also liked the innovative labels which is very attractive for consumers willing to learn more about the variety and the region. In a few words, Nathalie with her "Bonhomnes" has succeeded in bringing to Quebec these very expressive and good representatives of a new style of Spanish wine! Salud! Marina La Forgia

A unique vermouth made with Verdejo

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If you want to taste something different and you enjoy the "aperitif" moment like I usually do, you have to try this special vermouth from Spanish winery Cuatro Rayas made with indigineus grape variety Verdejo! It's a good and elegant mix of freshness and biterness with a very little sweet hint in the aftertaste. I already liked the unique and refreshing Verdejo on its more common and expressive version of still  white wines, but now I am also a fan of a new style of a traditional and historical type drink. Alone or as an ingredient in a cocktail, vermouths have a world of flavors to be discovered! Marina La Forgia