Ribera del Duero y Rueda: The Heartland of Spain

Ribera del Duero y Rueda: The Heartland of SpainWe had the pleasure and fortune to participate in a Snooth tasting of wine from Ribera del Duero and Rueda, in the heartland of Spain. The two sister regions are located two hours north of Madrid.

Spain’s most popular white grape is Verdejo, which is native to Rueda. We had never tried any of these three white wines before, but as a result of this tasting, we will pour some again in the future. We may even pursue them next year in Spain.

Furthermore, we were told a glass of water is $3 and a glass of local wine is $1 in Ribera del Duero and Rueda. Verdejo, here we come!

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Two New Releases from Lauren Ashton Cellars

Lauren Ashton Cellars October 2019 releasesWe’ve said this before, and we’re sure we will say it again. Talented winemaker Kit Singh at Lauren Ashton Cellars consistently crafts high-quality Washington state wine. We have enjoyed Kit’s impressive lineup from the day he and his wife Riinu opened their Woodinville winery ten years ago. This tradition continues in two October releases, which we were fortunate enough to sample last week, courtesy of the winery: 2017 Chenin Blanc and 2014 Proprietor’s Cuvée. They both are excellent. Here are the details.
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Amazing Wine from Hard Row to Hoe

Hard Row to HoeHard Row to Hoe has been one of our favorite Washington wineries for years. If you ever get a chance to visit their tasting room in Lake Chelan Valley, take it! We first visited in 2016, and were delighted to go back this past summer.

First of all, the name of the winery itself has two meanings — one obviously related to vineyard management; the other is racy! For the full story, see our 2016 post. Above all, Hard Row to Hoe makes really good wine.

During our recent visit, co-owner and winemaker Judy Phelps poured many of her winning wines, whose names reflect those racy stories.
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