Wine is just as complex as traveling some very interesting lands. In this intimate interview with John Paul
Encarnacion we talk about Chernobyl, Eco Activism, and wines from Ecuador.
Contrary to popular belief, Ecuador is a wine producing country and we have a bottle of Paradoja from the winery Dos Hemisferios. This wine secretly reveals Ecuador’s exotic notes of spice and leather.
GRAPE VARIETY: CABERNET SAUVIGNON – MALBEC
MORRO – GUAYAS
AGINING: 18 months in Oak Barrel
and intense ruby red tones, with fruity aromas of vanilla, coffee, and coconut.
Round and balanced with a persistent memory in mouth.
Toro is a wine region in Castilla y Leon, north-western Spain, known for its powerful red wines made from Tempranillo. It is named for the town of Toro, an ancient settlement located on the Duero River about 40 miles (65km) east of the Portuguese border. The Spanish word toro means ‘bull’, named after a bull structure that is well over 4,000 years old.
After the phyloxera had come to Spain in 1870, vine growing was greatly reconverted, and it is in Toro where the “Tinta de Toro” variety anchored its roots in loose well-drained sandy lands, and the multiplication of the ungrafted vineyards have been conserved to this very day. At present, Toro has its own Oenological Station in the town, offering technical services to current wine growing demands. On 26th may 1933, Toro was awarded its Designation of Origin (Issue 4 of the Gazette, June 1933).
Fun Fact: Due to its characteristics, which made it indomitable during long voyages, the Toro wine sailed to baptize the New World – The Americas!
Special guest Ronnie Rios speaks on Student Success, Higher Education, and Wine.
Ronnie is an educator and higher education professional who has been in the field of student affairs for 11 years. She is a native Chicagoan born and raised in Logan square (before it was gentrified). Her passion is to create equitable opportunities of access to high quality education for people from all walks of life. She believes that regardless of race, ethnicity, social class, immigration status, gender or other identities education is a right we all have and should advocate for in every way we can.