Category: Featured

October 14th, 2017 by admin

Toro 2017 Harvest Festival

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September 11th, 2017 by admin

Interview with physicists Dr. Jones from La Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.




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Bubbly Glasses
December 30th, 2016 by admin

This Spanish Bubbly is making an entrance for 2017!

Pick up a bottle at Potash Market for $12.00

BRUT Le Muller Spain

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October 23rd, 2016 by admin

My search for wine takes me all over the world. From time to time I happen to get some education in the process. Here’s what my BFF and I learned whilst visiting England.




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Toro Harvest 2016
October 14th, 2016 by admin

Toro Spain Harvest Fest 2016


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July 5th, 2016 by admin


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June 27th, 2016 by admin

How lucky can a girl get when given the opportunity to interview Canadian Wine Exporter from Les Vins Dupre Inc. at FENAVIN?  Check out the fancy wine glasses in this interview…

Check out his wine portfolio at:


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Riber del Duero Logo
November 8th, 2015 by admin

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)

If you do watch the video, we would love to hear from you, leave a comment below:

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Marissa Martin
June 17th, 2015 by admin

What does a Vice President of Executive Search do on her down time?
Let’s start with donating to nonprofits….

VP Executive Search Koya Partners

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?

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Rioja Landscape
April 26th, 2014 by admin

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.


Rioja-FriendsToday’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!

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