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The entrance to Pesquara Winery

Pesquera is the jewel in the crown of Alejandro Fernandez’ collection of wineries in Ribera del Duero, the wine region of Northern Spain that is attracting a lot of attention. Fernandez, and his winery, are a big part of how that attention came to the region. Pesquera is one of the most prestigious wineries in Ribera and Alejandro Fernandez is its most famous resident, rightfully known as the “King of Tempranillo”, Spain’s greatest grape variety.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape: A Primer

Châteauneuf-du-Pape: A Primer


Posted on Jan 4, 2017

Chateauneuf du pape

The view from the castle ruins

AdVINEtures recently spent 5 days in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the historic and beautiful wine region of France’s Southern Rhone Valley. The region is rich in history and the wines that it produces can be among the very best in France and the world. This primer will provide some of the background information about this region and will give some context to the future articles that we will be publishing about the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

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Tempranillo Grapes

Ribera del Duero is, along with nearby Rioja and Priorat, one of the most important wine producing regions in Spain. In 2012 the highly respected Wine Enthusiast Magazine awarded Ribera del Duero its Wine Region of the Year citing as reasons Ribera’s “combination of top-quality wines, beautiful vistas and a proactive approach to tourism and customer satisfaction”. While grapes have been grown and wines have been produced here for hundreds of years, it is only relatively recently that this wine region has gained the respect of the wine establishment and recognition of that fact that its top wines have earned a standing alongside the world’s great wines. AdVINEtures visited the region in September on the Fine Vintage Wine Tour of Northern Spain and encountered some amazing wines. We also uncovered some amazing bargains!

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Chateauneuf du PapeTravelling to wine country is always rewarding from a gastronomical perspective. What is good wine without good company to share it with and good food to accompany it? The world knows this and consequently every good wine region that we have travelled to has more than its fair share of good restaurants. We recently discovered La Mère Germaine on our visit to France’s southern Rhone Valley and enjoyed two spectacular meals at this very special restaurant.

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Slowing Down in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Slowing Down in Châteauneuf-du-Pape


Posted on Dec 13, 2016

Chateauneuf du PapeAs wine enthusiasts, deciding which wine region to visit first in France proved far more challenging than expected. Of course, the usual suspects came to mind almost immediately – Bordeaux, Burgundy, or Champagne? Certainly each are more than worthy for consideration and places we absolutely intend to visit, but we ended up choosing the lesser known village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape largely because it has quickly become one of our favourite wine regions. What we also discovered from our sojourn was a charming village that afforded the perfect getaway to immerse ourselves in local French living.

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Luis Canas WineryWith any family winery, particularly one with a history that dates back several generations, one must understand the past in order to appreciate the present. At Bodegas Luis Cañas, the winery’s traditional winemaking style and methods have evolved over time but the focus on constantly finding ways to produce quality wine has never wavered.

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Obelisco Estate: Making its Mark

Obelisco Estate: Making its Mark


Posted on Nov 30, 2016

Washington WineObelisco Estate is a part of the new guard of Washington wineries that are pushing the envelope in terms of producing quality wines. Obelisco is the creation of Doug Long and his partners, when Doug decided that he had retired too early.

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L’Oursin Restaurant Seattle

L’Oursin Restaurant Seattle


Posted on Nov 18, 2016

What do you get when you combine a talented chef and a skilled mixologist with the bounty of Pacific Northwest ingredients and a little French inspiration? A highly anticipated new restaurant about to take Seattle’s dining scene by storm.

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