Tag: Bierzo

Alvaro Palacios: An Iconic Spanish Wine Producer

Alvaro Palacios has become one of Spain’s legendary winemakers in just over 20 years. His father Jose Palacios Remondo was a pre-eminent Rioja winemaker at the family’s Palacios Remondo winery. He sent Alvaro, the seventh of his nine children, to study winemaking in France at famed Chateau Petrus on the Right Bank of the Bordeaux region and in California at Stag’s Leap in Napa Valley. His hope was that Alvaro would succeed him at their Rioja winery. Instead, Alvaro struck out in 1989 at the age of 25 to find a way to emulate Chateau Petrus wines in Spain, creating a rift between them for almost a decade.

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A Rant About Mencia… Another of Spain’s Finest Exports

Godello (white) and Mencia (red) are a couple of lesser-known ancient grape varietals hailing from the Galician interior of northwestern Spain, most notably in Valdeorras and Bierzo respectively. Recent unanimous acceptance of it being perhaps one of Spain’s very finest grapes has meant that plantings, production, and exports of Mencia have been steadily increasing over the last two decades. Two weeks ago we looked at the glory that is Godello. In this issue Drummond gets all Sommjizzy and rants about his beloved Mencia…

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