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March 22, 2023

Again, the Grand Palais of Paris !

As usual lately, found me new older pictures in my vault that should be in my blog, This is a jewel of my eternal Paris. A wonderful monument that needs to be seen more by all, Let me tell you a bit more on the Grand Palais of Paris ! Hope you enjoy the post as I

This is a huge building and sometimes on the spot that it is it goes unnotice somehow. In addition to the wonderful architecture it hosts a variety of events second to none in Paris. I will try to give new text and links for a bit more in depth look at the Grand Palais de Paris. It is located on the edge of the Champs-Elysées, facing the Petit Palais, (see post) which is separated by the Avenue Winston Churchill in the 8éme arrondissement or district of Paris.

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A bit again on the trajectory of this wonderful building ,it was created for the Universal Exhibition of 1855, with the name of the Palais de l’Industrie on the same spot as the Grand Palais, It has an architecture of monumental dimensions. Its huge glass roof rises 45 meters high under the dome and its nave unfolds over more than 200 plates on the ground, covering an area of 13,500 m² in one piece. This huge building of 77,000 m2 and 15,000 m2 of glass roof.  The Universal Exhibition was inaugurated on April 14, 1900 by the President of the Republic Emile Loubet. The Grand Palais does not open to the public until a fortnight later, once the Fine Arts exhibitions have been set up. Unanimously, during the Universal Exhibition, the press reported everyone’s wonder at this unique spectacle: the whole world was in Paris. And still is ! It was done in Neo-Louis XIV style with some references to 18C art. Influence of the new art. Cladding of the dressed stone facades; framework of the nave in metal and glass; reinforced concrete. Decor by various artists. The building served as a military hospital during the Great War or WWI.During WWII, the Nazis occupier requisitioned the building to store its military vehicles.

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The Grand Palais focuses its activities on culture, major temporary exhibitions, Some of the events here over the years are the Exhibition of Decorative Arts of 1925 , The International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques of 1937 in the created Palais de la Découverte which occupies the western half back of the Grand Palais. i.e. 25,000 m2, next to it is the  jardin de la vallée Suisse or garden of the Swiss valley located Place du Cana, Also, the Motor Show was also held here until 1961, as was the Agricultural and Horticultural Machinery Show, the International Boat Show and the International Air Locomotion Exhibition from 1909 to 1952. In the 1970s, many trade fairs were also organized there: among them, the Salon du Livre (book fairs) from 1981 to 1991, the Paris Fair, the International Contemporary Art Fair and the Salon des Arts Ménagers.

In order to carry out a larger-scale renovation before 2024, the date on which the fencing events of the 2024 Summer Olympics are to take place. This allows, a restoration, to reorganize and to increase its reception capacities, with the nave accommodating 11,000 people compared to 5,600 currently, and the 3,700 m2 of balconies which would be accessible again, as well as redefining the structure’s missions, in conjunction with the Palais de la Découverte or Palace of Discovery by rue des Palais on two levels. A terrace must be created for the public and accommodate the astronomy activities of the Palais de la Découverte. The galleries must gain clarity by installing glass ceilings and increase from the current 3,000 m2 to 3,900 m2 , During the period of the works, a temporary structure is built on the Champ-de-Mars (Place Joffre 7éme) to accommodate major events, this structure should also be used for the Olympic Games. This Grand Palais Éphémère or Ephemeral Grand Palais, was inaugurated in 2021, and should close by the Fall 2024 after the re opening of the Grand Palais.

The next worthy show in the new temporary location me think will be the event drawing inspiration from both the Pre-Raphaelites, Hans Makart and Japanese woodcuts, Alphonse Mucha developed over the course of his career a unique style, with Celtic, Islamic, Gothic and Rococo reminiscences. Rich and organic, his graphic art – characterized by its feminine and sensual figures , shows an opulent and serpentine nature. Between tapered lines and plunging curves, the Mucha Woman , like Byzantine icons , always stands out from a golden halo. Mischievous or lascivious, with her rippling hair and pastel dresses, she decorates a number of Belle Époque advertising posters and magazines, Exhibition co-produced by Grand Palais Immersif and the Mucha Foundation, from March 22 to August 20, 2023, Grand Palais Immersif, 110 rue de Lyon, 12éme ,Webpage :

The Official Grand Palais of Paris:

The Paris tourist office on the Grand Palais

The Paris 2024 Olympic organisation on the Grand Palais

There you go folks, another grand piece of architecture and history in my eternal Paris. Again, this is a must to visit when done again! Again, hope you enjoy this post on the Grand Palais of Paris as I

And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all !!!

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March 22, 2023

Some news from Spain, CXLV

This is yours truly with another episode of some news from Spain !!! thanks to you all. There is lots of things going on in my beloved Spain, and we are in Spring !! I am eagerly looking forward to be back to Spain too !! Let me tell you the latest tidbits of news chosen by yours truly, By the way CXLV is old Roman for 145, Enjoy it as Spain is everything under the Sun!

In the Sacristy of the Cabezas (Heads),in the Cathedral Santa Maria is in Renaissance style, the visitor will feel observed by more than 300 highly expressive heads, whose design is due to Alonso de Covarrubias,This is a must to see in Sigüenza, province of Guadalajara in the Autonomous Community of Castilla la Mancha, webpage :

The towns of Almedinilla, Cabra and Iznájar, in Cordoba’s Subbética, which since 2018 have been part of the ‘Magical Towns of Spain’ club , a select club of more than 100 charming towns created by the Institute for Local Development and Social Studies , are the protagonists of the new route known as the ‘Subbética Mágica’, an itinerary that brings the traveler closer to the monuments, landscapes, traditions, gastronomy, art and history of these three corners of Andalusia.

The tour begins in Almedinilla, Plaza de los Cuatro Caños, a meeting point for its neighbors, Calle Ramón y Cajal street, narrow and with a rich smell of orange blossom, or the neighborhood of Puente, the visitor can discover some of its most outstanding monuments. Among them, the Clock Tower, a building dating from the Second Republic and whose brick structure crowned by green tiles is visible from any point in the town, or the San Juan Bautista Parish Church, whose current appearance, in which a sober façade with a gabled roof, a central osculum and a belfry on the left side, with three sections and a presbytery, dates from 1978. Of the old church built in 1769, only the ashlars remain, the Historical-Archaeological Museum.

Located at the foot of the Sierra de Albayate in a natural area of environmental interest and singular beauty, and the Roman villa ‘El Ruedo’, which dates from the 1C to the 7C. and which has one of the most complete surfaces of those existing in the Iberian Peninsula is Cabra, a town with a great monumental heritage originating, for the most part, from the Baroque. Its historic center is presided over by walls and by the castle of the Counts of Cabra, a fortress of Arab origin rebuilt from the 14C on, of which crenellated walls, the parade ground and corner towers are preserved, highlighting the keep of 20 meters high. Walking through its streets allows you to discover unique corners of the Cordovan and Andalusian Baroque, such as the Convento de las Angustias founded in 1697, a sober temple with a single nave divided into four sections whose main altar is covered by a hemispherical dome on pendentives;, the church of San Juan de Dios, in which its beautiful altarpieces stand out, and that of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción y los Ángeles, which was built by the Calatrava brothers on an old Muslim mosque and in which the mayor altarpiece stands out. with the Oil Museum, the Círculo de la Amistad, a former convent-hospital of the Order of San Juan de Dios that preserves all the 19C flavor of this type of institution and one of the most beautiful courtyards in the south of Córdoba, and Cabra Jurastica or Jurassic Cabra , a museum that contains one of the best samples of ammonite fossils in all of Spain.

Iznájar, in the highest part of the town, in the neighborhood of La Villa, is the castle, a building that began to be erected in the middle of the 8C, probably by Hispano-Gothic builders, but whose current plan was configured in the 10C. Having seen this, it is time to discover its list of essentials that includes the Patio de las Comedias, where the famous Rincón del Beso is located, the Church of San José, which dates from the 17C although it has been considerably remodeled later, the Parish Church of Santiago Apóstol , developed in the Renaissance period, between 1547 and 1638, in which its great bell tower and the frescoes that decorate its walls stand out, the Casa de las Columnas, a historic house from the 18C that housed the former administration of the Counts of Albi, and the Municipal Library, a building that served as a grain store and which preserves its original structure and the arches inside.

The Andalucia region tourist office on Subbética Màgica as above:

Every year, Skytrax publishes its list of the 20 best airports in the world , And at no 10 we have Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport !!. Others on the list that I have passed are 1 Changi (Singapore). 5 Charles de Gaulle (Paris ,and you tell me is difficult!). 6 Zurich (Switzerland). 13 Rome Fiumicino (Italy). 17 Dubai (United Arab Emirates). and 18 Seattle-Tacoma (United States). Of the twenty best airports in the world, 9 are in Europe and 8 in Asia, which shows where more investment is made in these infrastructures. Webpage:

When the 84th anniversary of his death in exile in Collioure (France) had just passed, last February 22,2023 , the discovery of a possible unpublished poem brings Antonio Machado back to the present day. The manuscript has been found in the Zugazaga Fund, one of the archives kept by the Fernán González Institution, located in Burgos. The verification is on , but it seems like an unpublished discard from Campos de Castilla, a work published in 1912 that includes the Alexandrian verses (of 14 syllables each) of the poem, entitled Las viejas de Castilla. To set the context, Antonio Machado had arrived in Soria in 1907, where he had obtained the chair of French. There he probably wrote this poem.The writer remained in the Castilian city until the autumn of 1912, when he requested a transfer to Baeza (Jaén) after the death of his wife, Leonor, on August 1 of that year due to tuberculosis. The manuscript has been found among the documentation that was the property of José María Zugazaga Marina, who was the secretary of Manuel Machado, Antonio’s brother. Great find indeed, webpage:

The MadRural project covers the most natural, green and wild face of the region through its four regions: Las Vegas and La Alcarria, Sierra Oeste, Norte and Guadarrama. The problem is that many travelers stay on the city limits of Madrid without delve into its four regions: Sierra Norte, Sierra Oeste, Sierra de Guadarrama and Las Vegas and La Alcarria. There is work as elsewhere to move visitors from City centers to these perfect rural destinations to experience slow travel, cultural activities, nature, gastronomy etc. For this reason, they have all come together under one umbrella, MadRural, a project that brings together the tourist offer in the region under Madrid that you don’t expect. The MadRural project was born as a uniter of the rural tourist offer of the Community through a tour of its four regions. The destinations of Las Vegas and Alcarria, Sierra Oeste and Sierra Norte They were the first to join the initiative, followed by the Sierra de Guadarrama. Webpage:

At the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama where several cattle ranches invite the visitor to meet the fighting bull and its breeding in its privileged environment. You don’t have to be a bullfighter to enjoy it. The El Retamar cattle ranch, in Becerril de la Sierra, breeds its bulls to fight in the most regal squares. It is small, about 350 heads, but it has the singularity that in that beautiful farm called Las Tejoneras lives the fighting bull with the Iberian pig in freedom , For the experience an old convertible military truck awaits us and the company of the mayoral, Matías, who knows better than anyone the handling of these “athletes than when they go out they have to give it their all in 20 minutes”. In these 60 hectares of holm oaks and junipers, as in all fighting bull ranches, the animals are divided by age. There are 163 mother cows and their yearlings, etc one, two and three years old respectively, each in their own enclosure. The numeral, that is, the cattle year branded on the skin, tells us the year of birth. The calving begins in October and ends in May, so many six and seven month old steers are seen running around these days. The raid on the cattle ranch lasts about an hour and a half on dirt roads, dodging trees and rocks and opening and closing fences. There is no better way to learn about the breeding of this impressive animal and see how they are gaining strength until their appointment in front of the laying. A key moment of the fighting bull is the temptation and that is precisely the finishing touch of the tourist visit. In the tentadero is where all the activity of the farm converges: the corrals and the square. La tempta is the laboratory of bravery, where livestock experts test the virtues of the animal for fighting. For the most fans, El Retamar offers to attend bullfighting classes, bullfighting classes and other bullfighting activities. It is not the only Madrid farm that does so. In the region there are about 15 fighting bull farms that can be visited. A privileged window into the breeding of this unique animal and the beautiful Madrid meadow . Webpage:

Javier Kirschner , after three years of planning, he fulfilled his dream of creating something original and nothing like what was already on the market, and in 2019, Döggo was born. and financing through a crowdfunding among 29 friends, he opened the first restaurant in Madrid specializing in hot dogs in which the sausage does not appear anywhere. Four starters, eight hot dogs, two desserts and eight cocktails make up Döggo’s small menu The sausages have been replaced by meatballs, duck, king prawns, salmon or shredded beef or pork, seasoned with spices ground by them and completely homemade and natural sauces , Branches at calle Juan de Austria, 25 (Madrid) and Atenas, 2 (Pozuelo de Alarcón) . The brand plans to open a dog stand in a few months in a market that will open soon near Plaza de Castilla, in Madrid, where delivery will work . Webpage :

There you go folks, another dandy tour of my beloved Spain ! We are in Spring !!; just enjoying our veranda and homey again. Time to enjoy my some news from Spain  once again, and we are gear up for it! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

And remember ,happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

March 22, 2023

Wines news of Spain X

We are now in nice Spring 2023, its time to tell you once again on the wines of my dear Spain, As said, this goes back from my beginnings ,and I still go for them everywhere, Therefore, will try the monumental task of telling you about my favorites anecdotes and news of Spanish wines and hope to continue this series as my others with your blessing and likes. Here it is ,again coming back at you my wines news of Spain VIIII !! Of course post No 10 for the non Romans, Hope you enjoy the post as I.

For yet another year, Castilla-La Mancha clearly led our country’s exports in 2022, with more than 50% of the volume and 25% of the total turnover. Catalonia repeats itself as the second seller in value, although the Valencian Community is the second that exports the most liters. Barcelona repeats as the first selling province in value with 565.6 million euros (+2.5%), followed by the 474.4 million of Ciudad Real (+5.9%). Both recorded their best data in the last four years. La Rioja loses weight as the third seller, with 313.7 million euros (-3.5%), according to data analyzed by the Spanish Wine Market Observatory. At the same time ,Spain increased the value of its wine exports (wine, must, aromatized and vinegar) by 3.5% in 2022 to reach its all-time high with 3,422.8 million euros. However, it reduced the volume exported by 11.9%, to 2,744 million liters, at an average price 17.4% higher, All goes up !!

A Spanish wine has achieved third place on the list of the ten best chardonnays in the world (Top 10 Best chardonnay du Monde 2023), according to Chardonnay du Monde. This international competition, organized by the Forum Oenologie association, has been held at the Château des Ravatys, located in Saint-Lager (France). The jury, made up of two hundred specialists, has awarded our country three gold and two silver medals after analyzing 537 wines from 32 nations. The three gold medal-winning wines come from the DO Somontano and one of them, Bestué Chardonnay 2022, is the one that has earned third place among the top ten. Gold: Bodega Enate, Somontano DO, Enate Chardonnay 234, 2022, Bodega Otto Bestué, Somontano DO, Bestué Chardonnay, 2022, Bodega Pirineos, Somontano DO, Pirineos Chardonnay Selected Vineyard, 2022, Silver: Bodegas Castillo de Monjardín, Navarra DO, Castillo Monjardín Chardonnay, 2022, Virgen de las Viñas, La Mancha DO, Tomillar Chardonnay, 2022, Webpage :

In the great wine diversity of Spain, reflected in the 101 Denominacion de Origen Protegido or Protected Designations of Origin (DOPs), only a few have managed to be among the most appreciated and recognized by consumers. These wines amply demonstrate it, read on ,,,,,

The wine development of the Calatayud Denomination of Origin depends on your choice, and the future of its 3,500 hectares. excellent conditions for quality viticulture on its high slopes and terraces of the Jalón Valley and its tributaries, where old Garnacha vines are grown on stony, limestone, and slate soils, perfectly adapted to the extreme continental climate, Atteca Armas 2020 from Bodegas Ateca, belonging to the Gil Family group, A traditional elaboration, with malolactic fermentation and aging for 18 months in French oak barrels, achieves a stylized fruity expression, well combined with the wood, which provides elegant notes of roasted and spices covered by balsamic airs. The palate is meaty, balanced, with a long finish of strawberry fruitiness. Webpage:

Manchuela is one of the least known wine-growing areas despite the fact that its production accounts for 5.1% of the total wine in Spain. Fortunately, lately there has been notable progress in the supply of quality wines thanks to the work of pioneers from abroad, such as the journalist Víctor de la Serna. People who have been reading the potential of the Denomination of Origin and its 12,478 hectares. of vineyard. Despite this, almost 90% of its production, some 2.5 million hectoliters, is still destined for export, which makes its national presence difficult. Finca Sandoval Signo 2016 is a selection of plots of old bobal, with 15 months of aging in French oak barrels of 500 liters. A red with a ripe fruity aroma, where floral and undergrowth memories blend with wood and spicy roasted notes. Sweet, corpulent, with good acidity and a long aftertaste. Víctor de la Serna, a journalist and food and wine critic, has had the audacity to risk his credibility making wine in Manchuela, where there were no quality benchmarks, which makes things easier. webpage:

This Toledo Designation of Origin, located in the Alberche river valley, at the foot of the southern slope of the Sierra de Gredos, with some 9,000 hectares of vineyards, needs to face the challenge of reorienting its majority bulk production, but Méntrida has some powerful arguments to achieve this: the fact that there are plantations in the northern zone that can reach 850 meters in height, where the continental-Mediterranean climate moderates; the variety of soils: sandy-clayey, calcareous and granitic; and excellent old Garnacha vines, the majority variety, La Suerte de Arrayán 2018 with owner María Marsans and the winemaker Maite Sánchez have relaunched the Bodega Arrayán winery, essential for the commercial expansion of the Méntrida Designation of Origin. And they do it with wines like this one, made from old Garnacha vines from El Real de San Vicente , province of Toledo. The wine is aged for 12 years in 4,300-litre vats and 300 and 500-litre French oak barrels, with a long rest in the bottle. Suggestive aroma, with intense notes of red fruit, flower perfumes, balsamic memories and spices. On the palate it is sweet, well structured, with a long finish that leaves an elegant aftertaste of ripe fruit. Webpage:

Ribera del Júcar, province of Cuenca, La Mancha Denomination of Origin, with just over 9,000 hectares of vineyards, with a continental climate, is located in the valley of the Júcar river where the Mediterranean pine begins the green spot, the nights are cool, the wind comes loaded with moisture collected from the river basin, and the pebble prevents evaporation and bounces light off the grapes. Quality, started by Casa Gualda, is already bearing fruit, although they still have a long and difficult road to go before they can sell all their production in bottles, which will depend to a large extent on efforts in promotion and marketing. Because the goodness of its wines is already an indisputable fact, particularly those made with old vines of Cencibel (up north call Tempranillo) and Bobal. Casa de Illana Bobal 2019 is a single-plot wine from the family winery run by Javier Illana, fourth generation of viticulturists, and his wife, oenologist Carolina Hernández. The winery, located in Finca Buenavista, at an altitude of 740 meters, has 100 hectares of excellent vineyards, some of which are more than half a century old. From them is born this red made by the winemaker with bobal, and aged for 18 months in French barrels, which offers an intense fruity aroma (blackberry, cherry, cassis) of surprising expressiveness, enriched by notes of roasted, and spices. Very tasty, enveloping, balanced, long-distance palate.webpage:

At Uclés, province of Cuenca is one of the smallest and youngest with a Denomination of Origin in Spain, born in 2002 under the determined impulse of its current president of the Regulatory Council, the businessman Jesús Cantarero, together with a small group of winegrowers and winemakers, eager to emancipate themselves from the Denomination of Origin La Mancha. It has 1,700 hectares of vineyards, the majority concentrated in Tarancón, and only six wineries. the highest altitude in the areas of La Mancha, with 1,200 meters in the Sierra de Altamira area, which generates great variability in its continental climate with Mediterranean influence, and a diversity of soils with a sandy and sandy loam texture, with the presence of abundant clays , to which add the abundance of old vines of Cencibel (up north call tempranillo) , The Quercus 2018 ,the Cantarero family is an institution in the Manchego wine world, where it exerts a notable influence thanks to the example of its quality wines. Like Quercus, a wine made from selected plots of Viña Ocaña, cultivated at an altitude of 800 meters between hundred-year-old holm oaks and olive trees, and aged for 20 months in 300-litre French oak barrels. A highly expressive red, based on the complex and intense ripe wild fruitiness adorned by notes of spices, with chromatic touches of roasted and spices. Very tasty, well structured, with a notable presence on the palate. webpage:

The Manzanilla is a generous wine protected under its own Denomination of Origin that receives the name of “Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda”, a coastal town in whose wineries it is made. The proximity of the Sanlúcar wineries to the Atlantic and the mouth of the Guadalquivir river gives Manzanilla exceptional characteristics, thanks to its own microclimatic singularities in which the wine ages. The Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Designation of Origin is incorporated as one of its types in 1935, becoming a differentiated Denomination of Origin in 1964, which recognizes its genuine identity and exclusive link with Sanlúcar de Barrameda. And it is that Manzanilla can only be made in the wineries of this town. Manzanilla is a dry white wine, which is made from the Palomino grape variety , which in Sanlúcar de Barrameda is called Listán, and has been aged for biologically under a veil of flor in barrels, where it ages with the traditional Class System, homologous to the Criaderas and Soleras System used in the production of Sherry Wines. Let us remember that in biological aging the wine is protected from contact with the air by these yeasts, which form a layer on the surface of the liquid and isolate it. In this way, it plays a very important role in the breeding of Manzanilla, since it protects it from oxidation. The Manzanilla is a very pale and bright straw yellow wine. Its aroma is characterized by that sharp sensation, where floral and almond notes stand out. Its flavor is dry and fresh, with a slight acidity and bitter aftertaste. Manzanilla Interpretation Center (CIMA), an initiative of the Manzanilla Foundation, which houses a charming exhibition hall where its history, wine, and heritage are discussed. A starting point to understand the production and breeding of Manzanilla; A first contact, from which to arouse interest in visiting the different wineries throughout the city. Webpage

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There are more than 30 Wine Routes in Spain, and they met last week in Gran Canaria. The 30th General Assembly of the Spanish Association of Wine Cities (ACEVIN) chose the island as its headquarters, and the unanimous assessment was positive. The fact that it is an original route with its own character has been another attraction when it comes to showing the potential of Gran Canaria within the state wine tourism framework. ACEVIN was born in 1994, so it is close to 30 years of activity. Its work in drafting the Wine Routes of Spain Product Manual, a reference in terms of tourism quality at the state level, stands out. In addition, it draws on original ideas to increase its presence and encourage activity such as the ‘Rutas del Vino de España’ Wine Tourism Awards, which reward the best projects and establishments in the country every two years, La Ruta del Vino de Gran Canaria with the DO Gran Canaria visiting Bodegas Mondalón, Viñedos and Bodega Rincón del Guiniguada, Finca Escudero, Bodega San Juan , Finca El Mocanal, Bodegas Bentayga and Bodega Los Lirios. Also the opportunity to visit other attractions of the natural and cultural heritage of the island such as the historic center of Vegueta, the natural monument of Bandama, the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria, with Roque Bentayga and Roque Nublo as witnesses, the historic center of Gáldar, the Cueva Pintada Museum and Archaeological Park in Gáldar and the Puerto de lasNieves in Agaete. Webpage :

The Campo de Cariñena Wine Route offers a wide variety of activities around wine, culture, nature and gastronomy. Its 90 years of history, culture and its unique way of making wine thanks to the stony soil of its vineyards make the Denomination of Origin of Cariñena, one of the first denominations in all of Spain, is a benchmark in the world of wine and wine tourism. Currently, the towns of Fuendetodos and Vistabella de Huerva have been incorporated into the D.O. Cariñena and the white Cariñena grape variety has been included in the list of admitted grape varieties. The Campo de Cariñena Wine Route, also known as the Piedras Wine Route, has 40 establishments where wine tourism, culture and gastronomy of the thirteen towns belonging to it are promoted. These are Aguarón, Aladrén, Alfamén, Almonacid de la Sierra, Cariñena, Cosuenda, Encinacorba, Longares, Mezalocha, Muel, Paniza, Tosos and Villanueva de Huerva. The Sierra de Algairén and the Valle del Huerva area are the great unknown areas of the territory. Disconnect from your day to day by visiting one of the 32 wineries that make up the D.O. Cariñena With the aim of continuing the tradition of pottery, the town of Muel has a Ceramics School Workshop in which courses and exhibitions are offered to children and adults. If there is an important figure in Fuendetodos, one of the last towns that have been incorporated into the D.O. Cariñena is, without a doubt, Francisco de Goya. The Campo de Cariñena Wine Route also offers a taste of culture. The Fuendetodos Goya Foundation schedules visits to the house where the painter was born and lived. In addition, there you can also visit the Engraving Museum of Fuendetodos, webpage :

The Pedro Ximénez San Emilio, Bodega Emilio Lustau, DO Jerez with Pedro Ximénez grape100% , After the harvest, the grapes are “sunlit” in the vineyard so that they dry out and concentrate their natural sugar. Aged for 12 years in Jerez de la Frontera. Very dark mahogany color with iodized trim. Floral and citrus aromas, with a taste of raisins and spices. Full and very long on the palate. Extremely sweet, with a pleasant acidity. Dessert wine in itself, it can accompany puff pastries, pastas and desserts made from fruit or yogurt. Serve at 10 – 12ºC, My favorite love it. Webpage:,solera-familiar-en/pedro-ximenez-san-emilio/

Malleolus de Valderramiro 2019 , Bodegas Emilio Moro, DO Ribera del Duero ,Tempranillo grape 100% , This wine receives the name of the Pago de Valderramiro, a plot of vineyards planted in 1924. The purpose and objective of making this reference is to give maximum prominence to the “terroir” and maintain the highest quality based on the tradition of three generations. In Malleolus de Valderramiro we see a photo of Emilio Moro during dry pruning. Very covered garnet red color, on the nose it is intense with great aromatic density and from the first moment the great sensory potential of the wine is noticeable. 2019 has given the Valderramiro grapes a differentiating character, balancing the brand’s natural tendency towards maturity and highlighting its fruity vocation. In the mouth it is powerful with great body and balance. Despite its structure, the mid palate is friendly and very pleasant, with a long and very persistent aftertaste., Excellent with red meat, roasts, game meat, etc. Serve between 14 and 16ºC, Excellent bottle indeed. webpage:

There you go folks, another wonderful post on my dear Spanish wines, Hoping for a long lasting memories of my dear Spain and its wine news, An area already shining for several years, and getting better me think, Hope you enjoy the new series of wines news of Spain VIIII as I

And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all !!!

March 22, 2023

Wines news of France XLV !!

Well, we are already in Spring, we are now 14C or about 57F clear skies in my neck of the woods. Anyway, always good to bring the best of Wines news of France. By the way for the non Romans XLV is no 45, First ,thanks to all my readers and/or followers since November 26 2010 of my blog! Oh yeah, the wines of France are just super simply awesome and a great tradition. Often imitated, some time equaled ,but never surpass! Let me give you some news shall we. Hope you enjoy it as I.

From December 8,2023 the rules for labeling wine bottles will take a new turn. Now we focus on transparency. Additives, ingredients, nutritional values… Consumers will soon be able to know everything about the wines they taste. If in 40 years the sector had not undergone any changes, in the end the struggle of consumer associations in Brussels had the last word. At the end of 2021, the 27 organizations agreed to revise the COM regulations. Their primary goal? Bringing transparency to Europeans and preventing possible trade barriers between states. If today, the label already specifies certain important information such as the name of the AOC or the IGP, the alcohol level, the capacity, the origin, the name of the bottler, the allergens or even a health message for pregnant women, now the information will be even more advanced. The new regulations will, for example, force winegrowers to mention on the labels the additives they use. If the wine is, indeed, made from grapes, it may also contain added sugars, additives or preservatives. Thanks to these provisions, consumers will have a clear idea of the nutritional value and the ingredients that make up the wine before buying it. Another disguise to minimize the drinking of wine and disapperance of traditions, Wine has been proving clinically that is good for you with moderation, Webpage :

As every year, the Nuits-Saint-Georges estate in Burgundy, owned by the hospices of the same name, sold its wines from the 2022 vintage at auction. The opportunity to break a record and highlight the 19 cuvées of this unusual area. The domain of the Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges is atypical since it belongs to the city hospital, which operates it directly. It was built up over the centuries by donations, the first bequest was made in 1688 by Hugues Perdrizet. However, he had to wait until 2023 for him to have a cuvée in his name. Today, the estate extends over a little over 12 ha, with the particularity, apart from a plot of Gevrey-Chambertin, of being exclusively located in the Nuits-Saint-Georges appellation. It thus comprises eight parcels with the village appellation, grouped into four cuvées, as well as nine premier crus, including the monopoly “Les Didiers” and “Les Saint-Georges”, a climate which gave its name to the village of Nuits and which is a candidate for the grown in grand cru. The wines, after barely six months of aging, are already showing their best side, with fresh and fruity profiles, great depth, intensity and energy rarely felt. Webpage :

The aura of Burgundy wines internationally is not weakening, on the contrary, 2022 sets a new record. With 1.5 billion euros in revenue, the export of Burgundy is up 12.9% compared to 2021 for a revenue of 1.5 billion euros. All the main markets are on the rise, particularly in the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan. Webpage :

Michel-Jack Chasseuil, the man with 50,000 bottles, organizes private visits to his cellar, His cellar contains a treasure: more than 50,000 bottles, including 5,000 spirits from 140 producers in 40 countries. Pétrus, Margaux, Mouton cohabit with Moet, Roederer and even a Relsky vodka from 1721, a cognac from 1889. The Michel-Jack Chasseuil International Wines and Arts Museum, opened last February 17 2023, For 200 euros, by appointment, twice a week , groups of eight people can visit this unique cellar in the world. On the program: descent into the cellar, visit of the “alcoholarium” and its 5,000 spirits, then the white wine cellar, that of champagne and magnums, and finally the sanctuary: a space 50 meters long where the biggest names wine and their best years are stuck against the walls, His Facebook page :

On the right bank of the Rhône, caught in the meanders of the river, Saint-Joseph slips its rows of vines and is scattered among varied soils, climates and terroirs. It is on these lands colonized by Syrah that a few plants of Roussanne and Marsanne come into resistance. La Cave de Tain 2021 In an assumed modern style, with a beautiful woody touch, this white unfolds a relatively opulent juice, Webpage :

The Saint Mont Vignoble en Fête , the 26th edition of this not-to-be-missed event in the South-West can be proud of the efforts made by local winegrowers to ensure the preservation of the region’s identity ampelographic heritage. During the three days of festivities in Saint-Mont and in a dozen surrounding villages, the winegrowers organize exceptional visits and open doors to historic sites at the monastery of the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Mont, founded around 1050 and whose priory was attached to the order of Cluny, to the castles of Arricau-Bordes, Sabazan and Saint-Go. Above all, it will be an opportunity to visit the famous plot of vines located in the village of Sarragachies, the first in France to have been classified as a Historic Monument in 2012. Located on the hillside of Ninan (AOC Saint-Mont), the twelve rows have 600 vines in double feet arranged in a square. Some would have been planted in 1830, which would make them the oldest in France still in production. In 1979, the cellars of Plaisance, Aignan and Saint-Mont united to create the union of Plaimont cooperators. Since then, Plaimont has acquired remarkable estates and buildings while restoring emblematic vineyards. It now represents 98% of the Saint-Mont appellation (red, white and rosé), 55% of the Madiran and Pacherenc-du-Vic-Bilh appellations and almost half of the Côtes-de-Gascogne. Having become the leader in South-West wines, the cooperative is today the symbol of an exemplary experience for many groups of French and foreign winegrowers. So, more than ever, the detour is essential in March 24-26 in this vineyard of the South West which celebrates! Webpage :

As Primeurs Week approaches, Château Malartic-Lagravière, Cru Classé de Graves, announces the sale of an exclusive NFT collection of 150 engraved and numbered magnums of the 2022 vintage. from a unique barrel, made by Maison Moussié and heated with lava rock. These 150 magnums will go on sale on April 12 2023 on the coming platform at a price of 250€ including tax. They will be physically available in November 2024. Webpage:

Inaugurated at the start of summer 2016, the Cité du Vin has transformed the Bacalan district in Bordeaux and has become a symbol of the city’s identity The Cité du Vin de Bordeaux has had almost 8 years to collect feedback from visitors to readjust each step, and it works! The permanent course is breathtakingly beautiful and ingenious, it thrills the 5 senses and tickles our imagination. The visit lasts between 2 to 3 hours or even more. If you are in a hurry or interested in a particular subject, you can choose a theme: art-heritage, tasting, gastronomy, nature environment, wine making… The audiophone is very pleasant and easy to use. Four main themes punctuate your walk, which naturally goes from one activity to another: The Vineyards of the World, Know-how, Art of Living, Le Vin Voyageur, Bordeaux. Those who have already visited the Cité du Vin will be reassured, the buffet of the five senses has not disappeared. Huge bells containing beautifully staged aromas allow you to find their smells by operating a pump. You can also find the textures of wine to the touch. And it’s always a hit! At the end of the visit, it is the ascent to the top of the city. Le Belvédère is bursting with light and wine from around the world courtesy of the different wine regions. An exhibition to be consumed without moderation to delight the eyes and the taste buds! Webpage:

A true standard bearer throughout the world, the history of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyard dates back to the Roman Empire. It was at the beginning of the 14C that it was adorned with prestige when the Bordeaux Pope Clement V recognized the true quality of its terroirs. His successor Pope John XXII conferred on him the status of “Wine of the Pope”. It is served at the pontifical table of the palace of Avignon, and enjoys recognition that goes beyond borders. After the phylloxera crisis which ravaged the vineyard in 1866, it was under the impetus of Baron Le Roy de Boiseaumarié, owner of Château Fortia, and local winegrowers, that the process of producing high quality wines was put in place. All the effort leading in 1936 to the official creation of the first viticultural AOC in France for the production of red and white wines. Under the same impetus, the neighboring area of Tavel will also be elevated to the rank of AOC for the production of rosés only. The distinction for Lirac will come a little later in 1947, for a production in the three colors. The Grenache noir is king in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, it represents three-quarters of the plantations and has an exceptional heritage of very old vines The wine is particularly appreciated by North American palates, a continent to which two-thirds of the volumes are exported. The particular taste is mainly due to the presence of the Cévennes massif to the north of Lirac which triggers more precipitation, and to a “Rives du Rhône effect” which means that Lirac benefits from more humidity coming from the Rhône than Châteauneuf-du-Pape when the Mistral blows (Lirac being located downwind of the Rhône) Tavel is undoubtedly the Queen of rosés. Three main terroirs make it up: the historic terroir of sands located to the south-east of the village, the rolled pebbles to the north, and the terroir of “lauzes” to the west, white limestone stones giving the wines a clear mineral character. Tavel have always been vinified as short maceration red wines, the equivalent of Bordeaux clairets. It is therefore logical that when the AOCs were set up in 1936, Tavel was entrusted with the production of rosés, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape the reds and whites at the top of the estate’s range of rosés, under which logically come place the rosés of Lirac, in a gourmet style close to Tavel but less complex, and finally the Côtes-du-Rhône vinified in a fashionable Provençal style, very clear and fresh.

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There you go folks, another wine episode of my belle France! The wines news from France that is, superbe, sublime, wonderful, gorgeous, enjoy without moderation but accompanying a meal, family table just perfect. We are already in Spring, see you in the vineyards of France

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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