April 9th, 2019 by admin

“Tinta de Toro” – D.O. Toro

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!

Meet the Wine Lovers in Podcast:

 Laurie Brauss  Vin 2U Wine Group
 Megan Barone  Petit Monde Wine Merchant
  Phil Laramore SAmandla Wine Imports

Advanced Sommelier

Wins Somms Under Fire™ 2019


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May 1st, 2013 by admin

Special guest Gerardo Martinez speaks on Protection Strategies, Waves, and Wine.

Martinez, JerryGerardo Martinez attained a Bachelors in Criminal Justice from Loyola University in Chicago and has over 20 years of experience in the Security profession. After completing extensive specialized training in the U.S Marine Corps, he earned a top secret security clearance and was selected to protect human, classified material, and government assets at U.S embassies in various parts of the world.


Gerardo is committee chair for aquariums and zoos within the Cultural Properties Council of ASIS International – the pre-eminent association for security professionals that develops security best practices and standards for all industries.


Gerardo leads the Chicago Cultural Property Security Director Group and is on the Public Private task force for the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications.


Casas de Bosque

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September 29th, 2010 by admin

Because that Big, Fat, Nasty wine was so….

…Good!  I’m taking this one for the team!

kissKelidosWhen you find a lusty bottle of wine that commands respect, you give it up!  This bottle of Kaleidos wine is beyond words.  Imagine exotic cherries dipped in chocolate spices that linger on your tongue.  The creaminess of the coffee flavors enhances the earthy minerals.  Oh, this is love on the taste buds.

Shut up and kiss me Syrah!

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