Chef Profile: Xixón

By Pablo Aguero,

We recently sat down with Executive Chef Cristobal Lopez from Miami based Spanish restaurant Xixón to chat about why working with Ribera y Rueda wines is easy and delicious. We hope his thoughts inspire all your pairings!     What sets RyR wines apart from other wine regions? Tempranillo grapes in Ribera del Duero have  … Read more

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Let’s Talk RyR with Master Somm Alexander LaPratt

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Master Somm Alexander LaPratt

Master Sommelier Alexander LaPratt recently led two trade sessions on Ribera y Rueda wines during VinePair’s Great Drinks Experience virtual festival. The sessions provided valuable trade education on the regions, in addition to practical and usable advice on the key selling points of the wines and how to talk about them on the restaurant or  … Read more

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Master Somm Seminar on the Purest Expression of Tempranillo, Year-Round

By Pablo Aguero,

There’s something timeless and untouched about the culture and climate of Castilla y León, where the winemakers of Ribera del Duero have produced bold red wines of incredible depth and structure. Today, Tempranillo is a growing in popularity, though many still are unaware how this grape can transform through diverse and varied styles and soils  … Read more

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From “Best Kept Secret” to “Next Big Thing”

By Pablo Aguero,

Master Somm Seminar on Spain’s #1 White Wine: From “Best Kept Secret” to “Next Big Thing” Hidden in the high plains of Castilla y León in Northern Spain, the region of Rueda boasts harsh conditions in which the indigenous Verdejo varietal thrives. Resulting in bright and balanced wines, Rueda Verdejos reflect an ancient tradition and  … Read more

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Get to Know Spain’s Dynamic Duo: Ribera del Duero and Rueda

By Pablo Aguero,

Searching for an easy 101 to use when training staff or talking to customers about Ribera y Rueda? Look no further than Vinepair’s perfect go-to guide that houses all the essential facts about Spain’s top wine regions. Easy to work with and even easier to share and print – making it the ideal handout for  … Read more

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D.O. Rueda updates classification system

By Pablo Aguero,

New classifications and D.O. rules establish a single back label for still white wines and introduce new varieties such as Viognier and Chardonnay. The Denomination of Origin will feature several new categories including “Gran Vino de Rueda.”   January 30, 2020 (NEW YORK) – The Denomination of Origin Rueda (D.O. Rueda), the top white wine  … Read more

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Spain’s Rueda Wine Region Allows New Grapes and Classifications

By Pablo Aguero,

Among a number of changes to the D.O., Viognier and Chardonnay grapes have been given the thumbs up and three classifications have been merged together. By Mike Pomranz, Food & Wine With Spanish wines, the first name that typically comes to mind is Rioja and its long-aging reds. But Spain has over 100 classified wine regions, and white  … Read more

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Total Wine & More’s Rebecca Boyd goes to Spain

By Pablo Aguero,

Trade Trip Q&A with Total Wine & More’s Rebecca Boyd The D.O.s of Ribera del Duero and Rueda recently hosted Rebecca Boyd, who heads up the Spain category for Total Wine & More, on a deep dive trip into the appellations. During her tour, Rebecca enjoyed winery visits and tasted the best of Spain’s cuisine.  … Read more

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Rueda Awakening

By Pablo Aguero,

The quality white wines from the Spanish region of Rueda are ready to break out of the domestic market, as Patrick Schmitt MW discussed at a recent masterclass in London. READ MORE

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2019 Rueda Harvest Vintage Updates

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D.O. RUEDA CONCLUDES GRAPE HARVEST WITH 113,720,966 KILOS OF GRAPE ELIGIBLE FOR RECEPTION The excellent health of the grape and low rainfall during the harvest point to high-quality wines. D.O. Rueda concluded the grape harvest with a total of 113,720,966 kilos of grape eligible for reception within the Designation of Origin. Of those, 99.13% are  … Read more

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