Warm Weather Whites

With the warm days easing into summer heat, an array of white wines have caught our attention. Overall, these are super summer sippers to pair with your patio or deck, poolside or lakeside. They also complement fish, crab, scallops, oysters, shrimp, prawns, sushi or a tasty summer salad.

Until recently, our palates preferred Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio. However, this year we discovered beautiful wines ranging from the unusual white Cabernet Franc (Blanc Franc) to the wallet-friendly Turbiana grape from Lugana, Italy.

Most importantly, there are so many wonderful wines to explore this summer. For example, here are some that we have tasted from Washington state, Oregon, British Columbia, Italy, France, Iberia and New Zealand.

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Cooperativa Vinícola San Valero-Part 2

Bodega San Valero WinesThis is our second of two posts about Cooperativa Vinícola San Valero — a group that began in 1944 with 66 wine-growing partners in Cariñena, Spain, and currently consists of 500 wine-growing partners and 4,000 hectares of vineyards. Co-ops are a relevant concept in Spain. Originally, they were startups for survival, and now they continue to provide ongoing support for small family farms. With a rich history of innovation, the cooperative produces expressive and fun wines at wallet-friendly prices.

In the month of April, we participated in weekly #WineStudio tastings of some of their wines. Part 1 looked at the five wines that we enjoyed at the beginning of the month. This post discusses four more wines that we tasted in the last two weeks of April. Continue reading

What’s in Our Glasses in April?

It's Wine O'Clock SomewhereMany people we know are enjoying wine from the safety and comfort of home by ordering bottles online, utilizing curbside pickup services and participating in creative winery promotions during COVID-19.

We too are supporting wineries during these tough times. Here are some bottles we have poured (so far) in April.

What’s in Our Glasses Lately?

In April, our wine picks included whites, rosé and reds from Washington State and Spain. Some were wallet-friendly, while some were for special occasions – for example, our wedding anniversary and my birthday. And we enjoyed every single pour.
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Cooperativa Vinícola San Valero-Part 1

Bodega San Valero WinesIn 1944, 66 wine-growing partners in Cariñena, Spain established Cooperativa Vinícola San Valero. Seventy-five harvests later, they are celebrating this milestone with a renewal of their wines and wineries. The group currently consists of 500 wine-growing partners and 4,000 hectares of vineyards.

The cooperative is made up of Bodega San Valero, the original winery, along with Bodega Gran Ducay, Bodega Particular de San Valero, Bodegaverde de San Valero and Tierra de Cubas. With a rich history of innovation, the cooperative produces expressive and fun wines at wallet-friendly prices.

In the month of April, we are participating in weekly #WineStudio tastings of some of their wines. Firstly, in this post, we look at the five wines that we tasted at the beginning of the month. Secondly, our next post discusses four more wines that we tasted in the last two weeks of April.
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