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Having been born in Rio de Janeiro into a very proud French/Portuguese family, and living in France and the USA for almost 25 years, gave me the best of all worlds, one very old, and another very new. I’ve always had three different perspectives on everything growing up, three different opportunities to understand the world around me and to try to make sense of it all. From Ipanema Beach, to the bluest of seas in the Côte d'Azur and Nice, to the wonderful Big Sur. Caipirinha and Feijoada, codfish and Vinho Verde, Daube and Bandol, and the always present Rosé, and…beer for those 110 degree summertime days in Rio! I always worked in the food business, in Paris, Nice and San Francisco. While working at Jules Verne in Paris, I decided to devote my career solely to wines and eventually got my Sommelier certification through the International Sommelier Guild.


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1981 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Tondonia" Blanco Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 9-9-2009
Lopez de Heredia is without a doubt one of the most traditional wineries in the whole of Spain. It represents to me the very spirit of this fascinating country. THIS is Spanish wine! Call me a purist, old fashioned, and I'll just smile and reach for the nearest bottle of Lopez de Heredia. If you are interested in Spanish wines, I urge you to visit their website. It's very comprehensible and in English. For me to describe this wine to you, I have to quote them: "To talk in our bodega of white wines being exclusively young and uncomplicated, would be asking for trouble" - Indeed! The 1981 is of course, much deeper and more profound than the Gravonia 1999. Absolutely stunning for those into a perfectly aged white wine and still so fresh besides its age. Intensely honeyed with lanolin, walnuts and dried flowers. A classic pairing with octopus and garlic, Paella, spicy sausages, all sorts of Salt Cod recipes, tapas and even Risotto (specially a seafood one).

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