Author Archives: Alfonso Sanchez

Tasting No. 227 (Virtual) – February 22, 2021 – Red Blends from the South Cone

Tasting Overview: This tasting focuses on two red blends, one from Argentina and another one from Chile. These two countries became well known in the wine world until a couple of decades ago for their red varietals. Cabernet Sauvignon and … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 226 (Virtual) – January 25, 2021- Red Blends from Washington State

    Tasting Overview: This is the first of a series of tastings dedicated to red blends of the Americas. Winemakers have been blending red grapes for ages.  Sometimes it was the result of harvesting and cofermenting different varietals planted … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 225 (Virtual) – December 14, 2020 – Pinotage

  Tasting Overview: Pinotage is a red grape  a variety emblematic of South Africa but has made inroads to other regions in the world.  A hybrid between Pinot Noir and Cinsault (Hermintage), hence its name, can produce bad to excellent wines … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 224 (Virtual) – November 23, 2020 – Aglianico

  Tasting Overview: Aglianico is together with Nebbiolo and Sangiovese one of the three main varietals of Italy. The aim in this tasting of the varietal program is to assess and discuss the character and properties of this less known varietal … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 223 (Virtual) – October 26, 2020 – Valpolicella

    Tasting Overview This tasting is part of our varietals tasting program but is not strictly about a particular grape variety. Instead is about a particular kind of wine, the Valpolicella, that is always made of the same handful … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 222 (Virtual) – September 28, 2020 – Petit Verdot

  Tasting Overview The  tasting is limited to two wines proposed by the presenters as part of the tasting series on varietals. The main objective of the tasting is to find out the salient and specific features of Petit Verdot … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 221 (Virtual) – August 31, 2020 – Cabernet Franc

  Tasting Overview The  tasting is limited to one wine proposed by the presenters according to the existing program that focuses on varietals.    The main objective of the tasting is to find out the salient and specific features of … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 220 (Virtual) – July 27, 2020 – Mourvedre

Tasting Overview The  tasting is limited to only one wine proposed by the presenters according to the existing program that focuses on varietals.  In this occasion, it is a Mourvedre.  The main objective of the tasting is to find out … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 219 (Virtual) – June 29, 2020- Zinfandel Old Vines

  Capri Ristorante, McLean VA Tasting Overview This is the first virtual tasting of the CV.  The Covid 19 pandemia has made it impossible for the Group to meet physically until this awful threat is over. The  tasting is limited … Continue reading

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Tasting No. 218 – February 24, 2020- Wines from Portugal

  Capri Ristorante, McLean VA Tasting Overview: Portugal wines do not cease surprising wine lovers.  Coming from a reputation of producing cheap and mediocre quality wines several decades back, there has been a remarkable transformation of wine making in the … Continue reading

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