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WineFairy chats about the great wines from Navarra and Ribera del Duero, Spain

Segment-1: Wine Travel - The KINGDOM of Navarra: a Blend of Super-Chefs, Medieval Castles, Good to Great Wines - Becky Sue Epstein
 
01: Navarra has grown grapes since the time of the ancient Romans, and its location between Rioja and Bordeaux has encouraged growers here to combine the best of both worlds in their quest for quality. The Navarra wine region lies between Rioja and the French border to the northeast. The region is famous for growing the classic grapes of Northern Spain—tempranillo and garnacha (grenache)—each having their native roots in Spain. Navarra has considerable plantings of the major French varietals—Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc—however, indigenous varietals dominate – with 70 percent of all plantings. Ninety-five percent of the wine produced in Navarra is red and rosé.

 

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Segment-2: Wine Travel - Bodegas Ochoa Family Cellar Modern Essence of Navarre Region Wines Since 1845 - Adriana Ochoa
 
02: The Ochoa family has been linked to the wine of Navarre since the fourteenth century. Bodegas Ochoa has been a working winery vineyard estate for over six centuries, thus being one of the oldest wine producers in Navarre. The origin of the current wine cellar dates back to 1845, a date etched in stone at the old cellar. Adriana Ochoa has taken over as winemaker from her father Javier, considered the father of modern viticulture in Navarra, having headed up the region's wine research center before he retired and devoted full time to the Ochoa family winery. The currently available 2010 Viura Chardonnay has seven percent moscatel which makes it very aromatic with tropical fruit, freshness, a bit of minerality. The 2010 Rosado is a saignee, pink to salmon-pink color that smells like red wine, tastes red, with touch of strawberries especially in end palate and finish. A good choice with summer BBQ perhaps?!

 

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(Adriana Ochoa tasting her very own wine: Mil Gracias)

 

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Segment-3: Wine Travel - Ribera del Duero: an Extreme Climate Perfectly Suited for Quality Red Wines - Becky Sue Epstein
 
03: Like much of viticultural Spain, Ribera del Duero has a long history of winemaking. As far back as 2,000 years ago, there is strong evidence of grape growing and winemaking by the Romans. As early as the 16th century, the region began to establish rules governing varietals and quality levels. Located in Spain’s northern plateau approximately an hour and a half from Madrid, Ribera del Duero extends over four provinces of Castilla y León: Burgos, Segovia, Soria and Valladolid. Ribera, which means “river bank,” is defined in geographic and growing terms by the horizontal axis of the Duero River Valley; the Ribera region flows from both sides of the Duero, and benefits from the great diversity of soils deposited by the river.

 

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(Ribera del Duero wines promoted at Miami Grand Tasting by Wine Channel TV)

 

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Segment-4: Wine Travel - Ribera del Duero Bodegas Aalto is 100% Tino Fino Tempranillo - Javier Zaccagnini
 
04: It is ironic that one of the youngest properties in the region has one of the most prestigious lineages, but it is the case with Bodegas Aalto. A chance meeting between Mariano Garcia, former star winemaker of Vega Sicilia, and Javier Zaccagnini, former President of the governing body of the Ribera del Duero AOC, gave birth to this quality-oriented estate which produced its first vintage in 1999, a year after its creation. Each vineyard is harvested, vinified, and aged separately before assemblage just prior to bottling. There is no filtration of the wines following a lengthy ageing in barrel. Both the highly regarded Aalto and Aalto PS wines are available in the US. Javier Zaccagnini speaks to us from El Bulli Restaurant.

 

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lynn krielow is an independent wine and food journalist, and the premier host of the "Wine and Dine" radio show heard on VinVillageRadio broadcast on wsRadio, the world-wide leader in internet talk-radio with over 4-million listeners a month!


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