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Gerry Dawes & His Amazing Spanish Artisanal Wines

Brad Haskel | Posted 11.24.2016 | Taste
Brad Haskel

With his uniquely artistic vision, Gerry Dawes has knitted together a portfolio of family owned Spanish wineries of incredible quality. Recently, he formed a sales and marketing company called The Spanish Artisan Wine & Spirits Group-Gerry Dawes Selections, that has already begun appearing in great restaurants around the country.

Making the Case for Rioja

Brad Haskel | Posted 07.10.2013 | Taste
Brad Haskel

What is so compelling about Rioja, in particular, is the almost seamless meshing of the traditional, the modern, and those who embrace elements of both.

Delicious Wine and Food Travel? Visit Rioja

Richard Jennings | Posted 12.09.2012 | Home
Richard Jennings

The scenery in this Rioja is entrancing, ringed by picturesque mountain ranges and filled with vineyards and medieval hilltop towns. The locally grown food stuffs are super flavorful. The wines are delicious and full of history and interest. I am dying to go back.

Rioja Gems Part V: La Rioja Alta

Richard Jennings | Posted 11.07.2012 | Home
Richard Jennings

La Rioja Alta is one of Rioja's largest and most consistent traditional style producers. They are well represented in America by several distributors, so their wines are among the easiest of the traditional Rioja producers to get your hands on.

Fully Mature Reds at Reasonable Prices? Think Rioja

Richard Jennings | Posted 10.23.2012 | Home
Richard Jennings

A region that has long made high-quality, ageworthy wines that, with a few decades on them, are very reminiscent of fine old Barolos and Bordeaux is Rioja -- Spain's illustrious red wine-producing region.

Tempranillo in the U.S.: A Learning Curve

Richard Jennings | Posted 10.16.2012 | Home
Richard Jennings

Tempranillo -- the grape whose Spanish incarnations as both traditional and modern-style Rioja I've been writing about here for the past few weeks -- is highly versatile, food friendly and capable of great things.

Rioja Gems Part IV: Contrasting Modernists

Richard Jennings | Posted 10.09.2012 | Home
Richard Jennings

There's a gentility and refinement to the wines that's not unlike the winemaker himself, and their complexity produces both pleasure and engages the intellect, again, much like spending time with Miguel.

Rioja Gems Part III: Hugely Successful Innovator

Richard Jennings | Posted 10.03.2012 | Home
Richard Jennings

It's my pleasure to relate the details of a visit to two of the winery properties owned by one of Rioja's reigning winemaking families -- the highly successful Egurens.

Rioja Gems Part II: Family and Tradition

Richard Jennings | Posted 09.26.2012 | Home
Richard Jennings

As is true in most longtime wine producing regions, some of Rioja's greatest producers are those that have evolved over generations, one generation sharing its wisdom, acquired over decades of successes and failures, with the next.

Rioja Gems Part I: Bodegas Franco-Españolas

Richard Jennings | Posted 09.18.2012 | Home
Richard Jennings

I've been a fan of wines from Spain's Rioja region for some years, and was therefore hugely excited to visit Rioja last month. In a trip filled with highlights, my visit to Franco-Españolas winery was a standout for me for several reasons.

The Outstanding Food of the Basque

Thei Zervaki | Posted 01.01.2012 | Home
Thei Zervaki


Terroir: The Dividing Line In Wine

Brad Haskel | Posted 10.10.2011 | Home
Brad Haskel

For those of us whose passion for wine is far greater than casual, technically-correct wine is okay, but hardly exciting. Exciting wine needs personality and charm. Personality and charm start with something that makes one wine unique from another.

Beyond the Stampede

Black Tomato | Posted 09.06.2011 | Travel
Black Tomato

In case running the bulls doesn't sound like a stress free escape, here are few lesser-known Spanish attractions spots that are bullish on relaxation.

Women of Denver's Culinary World

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

With Women's History Month in full swing, we present to you some very talented Denver women. These chefs, mixologists and restaurant owners have wor...

PHOTOS: Holiday Recipes From Colorado's Best Chefs

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Having trouble planning the Christmas meal menu? We've asked some of Coloado's best chefs to share their holiday recipes. Scroll through the slidesh...

PHOTOS: Yelp's 10 Hottest Denver Restaurants Of 2010

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

It's almost 2011, and--if the new year follows the pattern of the last few--Denver foodies have a lot to look forward to. The city is crawling wi...

Colorado's 2010 AAA Diamond-Rated Restaurants

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The AAA's annual restaurant awards rated 22 Colorado restaurants with four diamond ratings. Only one restaurant, The Penrose Room at The Broadmoor Hot...


Michael Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michael Jones

As she looked at Laurian ten years later in a North Side bar, she realized that the only thing they shared anymore was the kind of wine they were drinking.