Category: Charles Ford

Ribera y Rueda Wines

Spanish Rueda & Ribera del Duero Wines Ambassador Charles Ford Talks Spain


When Charles Ford talks about Spain, he lights up when we get to Rueda and Ribera del Duero. He now serves as the US Ambassador to the regions and shares stories on this week’s show. Hear about the area, the varietials and the experimentation going on today. Ford is the source for the most up-to-date information on the two Spanish regions.

Get a virtual taste of four wines Ford selects:

Rueda Verdejo

2013 Bodegas Naia “Naia” Verdejo– Stainless steel fermented, this fresh, pure and almost tropical white is a true representation of the area. It’s clean and crisp, an easy wine on a hot summer day.

2013 Bodegas Naia “Naiades” Verdejo. This version is aged in barrel, bringing out more of the tropical components in the Verdejo grape.

Ribera del Duero Reds

2013 Antidoto Soria Ribera Del Duero DO This fresh red wine is a crowd pleaser, full of ripe fruit and moderate acidity.

2010 Vega Sicilia Valbuena, Ribera del Duero This wine is deep, rich, sophisticated…need we say more? It’s a beauty and iconic in this region.

He recently returned from travel to the region and looks forward to returning. And in case you missed the last few shows with Ford, you can find them here:

Charles Ford on The World of Wine, The Bristol and more….

SOMMTALKS Wine Tasting Series: Charles Ford and Wines of Loire Valley, plus….

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Charles Ford, The Bristol Chicago

Charles Ford, General Manager and Sommelier at The Bristol Talks Teamwork and Wine Inspiration


Join us for this week’s episode that takes you inside The Bristol in Chicago to talk with General Manager and Wine Director Charles Ford. It’s life in the fast lane for Ford, who mans the front-of-house while also establishing and growing the dynamic wine program. Hear what he has to offer.

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