Each year in Ribera del Duero, we expect the best out of our Tempranillo grapes, but this year was exceptionally good. As I picked the grapes and place them into the basket, I kept eating the grapes. After a day of doing this, my lips and hands were purple – a labor of love I say.
Israel, my partner in crime did not participate in Harvest, but he sure did capture this on video and had enough wine to swell his belly for a week.
(video is both in Spanish and English)
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What does a Vice President of Executive Search do on her down time?
Let’s start with donating to nonprofits….
Marissa Martin in Spain
This spring Instituto Celebrates its 5th Annual Alta Cocina Fundraiser at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. Instituto brings together 650 of Chicago’s philanthropic, corporate, and community leaders in support of the 10,000 families Instituto works with each year. Alta Cocina spotlights Chicago’s finest up-and-coming Latino chefs with live tasting stations, followed by an exciting program, dinner, and live auction.
Who’s the lucky winner? Marissa Martin wins the In-Home Wine Tasting Auction.
Marissa is both a wine lover and a 10 year veteran to the Executive Search Industry, focusing in on nonprofits and education. Prior to joining Koya, Marissa served as Vice President, Global Research for DHR International, a top five retained search firm. She was responsible for overall coordination and management of DHR International global search execution. She was also instrumental in the expansion of the education and nonprofit practice with DHR. Deeply committed to client service, Marissa was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Excellence multiple times and was instrumental in the expansion of the education and nonprofit practice with DHR.
Marissa’s commitment to the nonprofit field began with when she worked at Christopher House, a nationally recognized social service organization in Chicago that supports low-income families.
So what’s in Marissa’ glass after a long work week?
There is a reason Rioja, Spain has dominated Spain’s love for wine. It’s the one religion that treats wine like water. In fact, it’s more expensive to order bottled water or Coke-a-Cola then a glass of red wine? Yes, believe it, if only this would apply in the US, I’d be one happier and wealthier gal.
Not all of Rioja is created equally. This region is split into three parts: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, and Rioja Alavesa. You don’t need to ask my twice, my favorite sub region in Rioja is Alavesa. This hidden gem is something I hope never becomes exploited as its micro-climates make the wines spectacular and out of character with what most understand or believe Rioja to be.
Today’s, spring visit to Rioja consisted of a visit to a very small intimate visit to a 6 generations wine makers in the middle of nowhere. We stopped in to enjoy several glasses of wine. From their newly planted white wine to their 60 year-old vine red wine, I’m lucky to have my own private showing of the vineyard and partake in the family rituals of breaking bread and drinking wine.
My favorite part of living and traveling through Spain’s wine regions, is the seeds that I plant with my wonderful Spanish people once we uncork a bottle of wine. Each bottle tells a story and I listen to what it has to say. I ask myself in each of my travels, how lucky am I to drink, socialize, and export wine for a living? The answer is simple, Very lucky!