Wine is a passion for me; I love learning about it. I associate it with places and events. It inspires me, consoles me, and connects me to the world.

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
― Ernest Hemingway

Castello di Ama Chianti Classico
Castello di Ama Chianti

Castello di Ama Chianti Classico

Well, I’m finally leaving my beloved Spanish Reds for a bit and turning to Italy.   As usual, my wine selections often reflect my future or recent travels, and Italy may be next wine country on the agenda.  Historically if I drink Italian wines, I gravitate to Chianti wines (minus any fava beans of course!)

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Raul Pérez Bierzo Ultreia St. Jacques
Raul Pérez Bierzo Ultreia St. Jacques 2013

Raul Pérez Bierzo Ultreia St. Jacques

Note:  I haven’t written one of these wine tasting posts in a while.  It isn’t that I’m not drinking wine (perish the thought!) but we have been consuming a lot of the Baron de Ley stock we have.  It has become my wife’s “go-to” wines of choice.  However, we finally broke out of that “rut”, but we still haven’t left Spain.  Instead of Rioja Tempranillo, we moved to Mencia grape wine from Bierzo region with the Raul Pérez Bierzo Ultreia St. Jacques.

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Wine Over Beer, Never Fear…
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Wine Over Beer, Never Fear…

I’m a recent convent to the religion of wine.  Of largely Irish heritage, I grew up a beer drinker and stayed that way through most of my adulthood.  However in the past 4-5 years, spurred mostly by my travels and a desire for better health, I have switched almost totally to wine.  Like when I started drinking beer, wine is an acquired taste.  It takes time to develop a palate for drinking wine.  While I can’t say that I have a fully developed wine palate, I can say I’m definitely a wine lover now.  And here are the reasons why:

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Baron De Ley Reserva
Baron De Ley Reserva Rioja 2011

Baron De Ley Reserva

I am a big fan of the Baron de Ley Varietales Tempranillo (see here) , so I thought I would try it’s more mature brother, the Baron de Ley Reserva.   Most of the information here is found on their website, provided here for ease of information.

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