My first trip to Spain took me to Valladolid in the heart of the country’s finest wine producing areas. A short trip from Rioja the city itself is in the Ribera del Duero DO, with Toro and la Rueda both just outside the city. Lesser known is the relatively new DO of Cigales. Intensely hot summers produce powerful, long living red wines made principally from Tempranillo and Garnacha. I am working with Remigio de Salas, who have been producing wines in this region for over 100 years and with Bodegas Nabal a relatively new company making high quality Red and Rose from the Ribera del Duero as well as a beautiful Verdejo from La Rueda.