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

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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….

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SommTalks Tasting Series with Charles Ford of The Bristol Chicago

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We’re rolling out the tasting portion of SommTalks.com this week, to ring in the summer season. Tune in and hear us taste wine with sommeliers and winemkaers, describe their wine picks and tell the story behind these labels.

Today, with Charles Ford of The Bristol Chicago, we taste an acclaimed Pouilly-Fumé by enigmatic Didier Dagueneau sided by another Sauvignon Blanc, this one from Lake County California, produced by the team of dynamic winemakers Claude Koeberle & Donald Plumley, emulating Dagueneau’s style. Finally, we taste an unfiltered Niagara Pinot Noir from Norman Hardie’s Prince Edward Country, Southern Ontario, Canada winery, located a couple of hours from Toronto and about 4-5 hours from Montreal. Hear Ford’s pairing suggestions to dishes at The Bristol, as well.

2012 Domaine Didier Dagueneau Silex Loire Valley Pouilly-Fumé 

2013 Soliste Lune et Soleil Lake County California

2013 Norman Hardie Unfiltered Pinot Noir, Niagara Canada

Tune in for great interviews with Sommeliers, Wine Makers, Wine Directors and Top Chefs. Also, virtually taste wines with top wine experts then go taste them yourselves.

SommTalks is your weekly podcast for the inside scoop on the restaurant and wine scene. Please subscribe here, on iTunes , on TuneIn Radio or on Stitcher.

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