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Food and Wine Pairings: The Secret Ingredient


When we think of food and wine pairings, we think about the foods we want to eat, the wines we want to drink, and ideally, a resulting connection between the two that is so perfect that we are launched into a reverie that may no longer have do with what’s in our mouths.  Integral to […]

Ribera y Rueda: Food Friendly Wines From Spain


Winemaking in Spain’s most prestigious regions for red and white wines began almost 2,000 years ago. The flag of Castilla y León bears images of castles and lions—symbolism that represents the name of Spain’s largest region and a sense of purpose and prestige that has persisted to this day. It’s a wonder anyone would have […]

For Locally Sourced Pizza, Head To A Farm


Written by Kristine Hansen Photos courtesy of Millsap Farms It’s no secret that autumn is harvest time for vegetables. But in Wisconsin and other states where farming is a way of life, it’s also when some farms host pizza nights where ingredients, including cheese, and even the flour to make the pizza dough is sourced […]

A Journey Through Italy’s Northern Cheese Country


As the birthplace of pizza and pesto, Italy lays claim to some of the most well-known food in the world. Just like Italian cuisine, which varies widely from region to region—think spaghetti alle vongole in Naples and spaghetti carbonara in Rome—the same can be said for Italian cheese. There are more than 2,500 traditional kinds […]

A Feta Odyssey in Greece


The flagship national product of Greece, feta’s roots go all the way back to the days of Homer.

Protected: Ribera del Duero and Rueda: Your Next Wine Country Destination


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Tempranillo: King of Grapes


In most places, an axiom like “ten months of winter, two months of hell” would more likely be the snicker of a competitive region than it would a statement by its own. But winemakers in Spain’s Ribera del Duero, located in Castilla y León in the north-central part of the country, are happy to own […]

Ribera: Land of Extremes, Home to the King


“Diligence is the mother of good fortune” – Chapter XLIII, Part II, Miguel de Cervantes This quote from Castilla y León’s most famous author could be applied to many things, but perhaps no more so than to the wine region of Ribera del Duero, an area two hours north of Madrid. Located within Castilla y […]

Verdejo: The World’s Next Great White Wine


Verdejo’s Potential is Endless Ask any Spaniard to tell you their favorite Spanish white wine, and it’s a good bet they’ll answer Verdejo. As Spain’s number one selling white wine, Verdejo’s popularity is undeniable. Ask some of the world’s most famous winemakers inside and outside Spain to name their favorite Spanish white wine, and the […]

Rueda: Land of Lions and Verdejos


Photography by Galdones Photography When winemaking began in Rueda around 1,000 years ago, it’s a wonder anyone would have thought to plant grapes in this region of extremes – blisteringly hot summers, bitterly cold winters, and a relatively high altitude. Happily, the local monks and the Verdejo grape, native to North Africa, arrived in the […]

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