TIMES AND WORK IN THE VINEYARD (III): The land of the Rioja / March 2021

According to the usual summary of the month's weather published by the AEMET, (State Meteorological Agency), March 2021 was the fourth driest March since the beginning of the series in 1961 and the driest of the 21st century, with the aggravating…
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WINE AND LETTERS (III).- Ferrán Centelles Which wine with this duck?

I.- Ferran Centelles, who worked at the legendary El Bulli restaurant between 1999 and 2011, won the 2006 Ruinart prize for the best sommelier in Spain and was awarded the National Gastronomy Prize in 2011, among other merits, has written a…

TIME AND WORK IN THE VINEYARD: The land of the Rioja / February 2021

According to the monthly report of the AEMET, February was very warm overall, with an average temperature in mainland Spain of 9.5ºC; About 2.5ºC above the monthly average for the month with respect to the reference period 1981-2010. In Rioja…

WINE AND LETTERS: Taste by Roald Dahl (II)

There is some unanimity on the Internet that Roald Dahl published Taste in The New Yorker magazine on 8 December, 1951. I have also found some pages that tell us that it had previously been published in the Ladies Home Journal in 1945. The year…

M&C AN ATYPICAL RIOJA: Why are we atypical in Rioja?

01. Because the world made us this way, originating from different parts of the globe, with family genes and origins from other parts of the globe, so that our surnames are unusual in the land of Rioja. 02. Because despite this unusualness…

WEATHER AND VINEYARD WORK- The weather in the land of the Rioja, 1 January 2021

January 2021 was colder and wetter than usual. According to the website www.meteosojuela.es, the thermal anomaly was minus 0,3º and the water anomaly was 166%. It started with the Filomena squall that brought very low temperatures and snow…

WINE AND LETTERS: Why not be a wine snob (I)

Panoramic view of the Ebro as it passes through El Cortijo, a district of Logroño. If you look (very) closely, you will see that it has just passed under the two surviving arches of the Roman bridge of Mantible. To the north, the meander…

VINEYARDS AND WINE: Biodiversity of our wines (II)

In our previous instalment of VINEYARDS AND WINES we talked about how diversity is the winemaking tradition of the land of the Rioja. To explain this, we relied on the book by Pedro Balda and Fernando Martínez entitled "Minority Vine Varieties…
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VINEYARDS AND WINE: Biodiversity in the land of Rioja (I)

When we tried to define our project with a perfect phrase, the following one appeared to be most inspirational: "Rioja, tradition is diversity". Perhaps the inspiration was not so much so, but rather a reflex action of self-protection: can…
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The land of the Rioja (I)

When we talk about Rioja wine, we have a problem with location, because we think at first that it is wine produced in La Rioja, as a region or community, which is not exact. Specifically, we must refer to wine produced in the area defined as…