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Wine of the Week – Campo Viejo Rioja 2012

In the heart of Rioja, Campo Viejo offers an introduction to the world of Spanish wines in its beautiful vineyards on a plateau near Logroño. The bright, lively wines offer red fruit flavors from strawberry to raspberry and cherries. The soft wines pair well with pasta dishes, meats and veggies.
Dating to 1959 when the winery produced its first vintage, Campo Vieja has had a long tradition of innovation. Winemaker Elena Adell seeks to make wines that “add a special touch to any occasion,” she says.
Wine is part of the Spanish culture, and Campo Viejo became identified with Spain’s opening to the world as wine became central to the life of the country. In the ‘90’s appellations of origin were introduced and Campo Viejo kept evolving.
This is a wine for every day sipping, a wine by the glass or the bottle, representing value and quality to diner and restaurateur alike. Go to http://www.campoviejo.com to learn about how the winery became involved in sustainable practices in 2001 and became the first Spanish winery to certify its Carbon Footprint through AENOR in accordance with the ISO commitment to make its lands a place to enjoy for many generations to come. Sustainability, says Fernando Pozo, is “a daily part of how we do business.”

Wine of the Week – Mud House Pinot Gris 2012

Mud House, maker of sustainable wines from three regions of New Zealand, won a silver medal for this beautifully balanced, delicious Pinot Gris in the Spiegalau International Wine Competition this year.
The winery focuses on the earth and also won best overall New Zealand wines in the Japan Wine Challenge. This Pinot Gris has distinctive spice notes that distinguish it from many others.
Juicy with flavors of pear and quince, this wine’s acidity distinguishes it from other Pinot Gris offerings. Fifty percent of the grapes are from New Zealand’s Waipara Valley with the remainder coming from the two other wine growing regions.
Mud House has a new reduced weight bottle for its wines, reducing its environmental and social footprint. Visit http://mudhousewines.co.nz

Wine of the Week – Concha y Toro Terrunyo Carmenere Block 27, 2008

Concha y Toro, a longtime Chilean wine producer, for many years was known as a mass-marketer. Today, going in new and sustainable directions, it’s producing 90+ point Wine Spectator-rated vintages and is leading efforts promoting Carmenere as Chile’s signature variety.
This particular wine, grown in Block 27,falls in the category of “extra premiere,” rating 91 points from the prestigious Wine Spectator, a level it has managed to achieve again and again with recent vintages.
Winemaker Ignacio Rembarren also is a leader in making the winery more sustainable. Early this year, it received certification as such from Vinos de Chile.
This particular wine is rich and fruity with fine tannins and a creamy mouthfeel, and hints of tobacco, kirsch, cassis and wildflowers. It pairs well with grilled meats, spicy foods and peppery sauces. This is a wine that grabs the attention of those sipping it, from the intense aromas to rich flavors.