Every Halloween you buy scary costumes and candy for the kids, but this year why not buy something fun and devilish for the adults too? Don’t get tricked into buying a cheap wine with a kitschy name—give yourself and your friends a treat and buy well-crafted wines with a little bit of history and a real story behind the name. But first, a history lesson (with a treat at the end).
If you’re the type of wine drinker that loves crisp, clean, and fruity white wines, you probably already know about Albariño, popular among those who drink Spanish wines and those seeking flavorful white wines for winter. What you might not know is that it is also a top seller among California wines. Central Coast winemakers have been growing this variety for more than fifteen years.
This Valentine's Day, why notshow your sweetheart some love with a box of chocolates and a sweet bottle of wine that pairs perfectly? If sweet's not your thing, try a bottle of wine that pairs with delicious Spanish desserts like flan, natillas, arroz con leche, or tocino de cielo. Or, if you prefer to keep things simple and/or focus on a single high-end Valentine's Day gift, go for an aperitivo that's significant enough to stand on its own.
Born into the world of wine, Dr. Laura Catena is a fourth generation Argentine winemaker as well as a physician and author. Her Italian immigrant great-grandfather founded the Catena winery in Mendoza in 1902, and her father, Nicolas Catena Zapat, is often referred to as the “Robert Mondavi of Argentina” for the role he played in bringing high quality Argentine wine to the rest of the world.
After a college semester studying abroad in Madrid, Atlanta-born April Cullom traded in the southern US for southern Spain. That move led to a career in wine that has included working as wine educator with a specialization in Spanish wine and a stint as the embajador for the wines of Ribera del Duero in the United States. She now divides her time between homes in New York City and Malaga and shares her knowledge with travelers on her Casa Abril Culinary and Wine Tours.
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