Cross your fingers, folks! Oh heck, cross your toes, too! We may get the wine of Marques de Murrieta back in the store. They broke up with their last importer and have been out of the West Coast market for almost a year now. Boy do I miss their products. I tried all of their new releases, and they were awesome. As soon as we work out the issues, I will let everybody know! D.O. overload…Spain has somewhere around 65 Denominacion de Origen defined regions. Ucles, one of their newest, was making their debut at Alimentaria. It was the first time that I have tried wines from Ucles, which is an area in Southern Spain. More big fat reds…we’ll see how it goes. Cultural note of the day: while in the States 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, apparently in Spain, it’s 4 out of 5. Well, at least according to one rather flirtatious taxi driver. Saludos! -Anne Pickett
Wow! What a day! So many great wines and lots of information today! The new wines from Arzuaga were spectacular. Everything from their Pago Florentino project to the barrel sample of 2004 Arzuaga (no classification, yet) was terrific. Cillar de Silos is making awesome wine as well. I was hugely impressed with wines from Leda, another Ribera del Duero. I can’t wait to show you one of their top value wines…travel note: Modern Spanish cuisine is stunning. So far Abak and OMM have been the most impressive places…tasting notes and menu to follow…Saludos! -Anne Pickett
More tastings and more wines! The fair was even more crowded today. It was great to try so many new vintages and new projects. For those of you who were huge fans of the Ercavio, expect more great things from the folks at Mas Que Vinos. Their 2004 reds and 2005 whites are terrific. Keep and eye out for some in May/June of 2006. The new wines from Izadi were also a high point today and well as the 2003 Finca Villacreces, Ribera del Duero. I tasted a few wines from Rioja and Bierzo that I can’t wait to have in the store. More info about those wines will be available as soon as I work out the logistics...Travel oddity of the day…all of the taxi drivers in Barcelona have books of maps in the city with them in the car. When they are even a bit unsure of the location, they look it up! I have never seen that in San Francisco…Saludos! -Anne Pickett
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