Realization of a Dream for Rioja’s Struggling Vine, David Sampedro

The adage states Struggling Vines make the best wine. My husband, David Sampedro, viticultor from Rioja Alavesa, has had to struggle every step of the way to get where he is today. We hope this adage will prove itself with the realization of a dream,  our very own winery located outside of his village, Elvillar. In a country where heritage is fiercely protected and passed down … Continue reading Realization of a Dream for Rioja’s Struggling Vine, David Sampedro

PHI, Phincas, and The Golden Ratio

Why the name Phincas? A common question. David claims that many names for his wines were decided over numerous glasses with friends. If I may digress for a moment, who discusses PHI while drinking?!? Anyway … the first half of the equation is a play on words, “finca” in Spanish roughly translates to vineyard. David replaced the “f-i” with PHI to represent the Golden Ratio. … Continue reading PHI, Phincas, and The Golden Ratio

Saving Old Vines: (Part 2) San Julian

“One Man’s Trash is Another’s Treasure” Shortly after purchasing the Hapa Vineyard, David inquired how much money we had remaining in my retirement fund, to which I quickly replied “ZERO! We cannot afford any more vineyards!” – Yes, I can read his mind – David has a tendency to do “research” while he’s supposed to be exercising, and one day while biking he “stumbled” upon … Continue reading Saving Old Vines: (Part 2) San Julian

Great Danger of Current Oenology

“In the present century, rationality has returned and we’re trying to free ourselves from these neutral and safe wines, lacking character, that want to please everyone and impose a worldwide criteria for taste (globalization of taste), the great danger of current oenology.” – David Sampedro “En este siglo XXI ha vuelto la racionalidad e intentamos liberaros de esos vinos neutros y ‘seguros’, sin carácter, que … Continue reading Great Danger of Current Oenology

Saving Old Vines: (Part 1) My 401K “Hapa” Vineyard

  I’ve done some crazy things in my life, falling in love and marrying a crazy, rebel winemaker, moving halfway across the world to be with him, publishing a memoir about our love … but my latest venture may exceed my past. I recently cashed out my 401K retirement to save old vines. Shortly after moving to Elvillar to be with David, we were exploring … Continue reading Saving Old Vines: (Part 1) My 401K “Hapa” Vineyard

Why We Prefer Natural Horsepower

“The farther backwards you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see” – Winston Churchill    Since I’ve known David, he has shared the story of his grandfather, an animal lover, who worked with horses in the vineyards. One year when two horses died in the same year, his uncles purchased a tractor and never looked back. Shortly after this change, his grandfather passed away. David’s … Continue reading Why We Prefer Natural Horsepower