Discover Spain!

Discover Spain!

Castillo Perelada GR-174 2014 Red Blend Priorat, Spain Cash Price $14.99 I recently visited this winery in the hills of Priorat.  The vines are planted on a steep incline that is impossible to machine harvest.  We were there at harvest time, so I was able to taste the grapes that will…

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World Malbec Day

World Malbec Day

Oh, Malbec—you Argentinian minx. How we love thee. If you aren’t familiar with Malbec, she’s known for her full, dark fruit flavors and smoky, but short finish. So what is World Malbec Day? Well my wine-curious compadre, the short and obvious answer—a world celebration of Malbec wine, established in 2011…

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Spanish Wine Month

Spanish Wine Month

It is an exciting time to have Spanish wine in your glass. The wines of Spain have been on an upward curve for the last twenty years and are truly starting to hit their stride, especially in the American market. The wines are just now truly becoming recognized for their…

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Thanksgiving Wine Tips

Thanksgiving Wine Tips

Choosing the right wine this Thanksgiving can be tough with all the different tastes on the table. Between white meat and dark, sweet potatoes, tangy cranberry sauces, buttery potatoes, and rich pumpkin pie, it might be a good idea to serve a little variety of wine. Don’t worry over the gewürztraminer,…

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Amoré In August

Amoré in August

Send your taste buds on an unforgettable journey through Italian wine country without traversing mountainous hairpin turns or navigating a Vespa scooter through narrow lanes. Spec’s is devoting the entire month of August to bring you Italy’s bella best at grazie prices! From the Italian Alps in the north through…

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Say “Cheesecake” Day!

Say “Cheesecake” Day!

Talk about the ultimate smooth operator, cheesecake pretty much creams the dessert competition when it comes to pure seductiveness. Just mention the word “cheesecake” and the mouthwatering begins. No wonder today is dedicated to its deliciousness! Of course, all that velvety goodness requires a delicate beverage balance. You want a…

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Sangria Puts Punch In Summer

Sangria Puts Punch In Summer

A summer must-serve throughout Spain and Portugal, sangria in various forms has satisfied thirsts for centuries. Meaning “blood” in Spanish, sangria originated with Roman soldiers, spread to Latin America in the 18th century, then made a big splash in the U.S. during the NYC 1964 World’s Fair. Fruity, flavor-packed and…

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French Vs California Wines

French vs California Wines

In 1976, a prestigious panel of nine French wine connoisseurs gathered in Paris to compare 10 white and 10 red wines from France and California in a blind test taste. It was meant to be an amusing introduction of New World wines marking America’s bicentennial. What happened next outraged the…

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