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Old 07-08-2013, 02:51 PM   #3256
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It is trendy to ask if the wine was aged in new oak barrels and if they are French or American.
But this winery has been using the same barrels for decades. Here is a look inside the cooperage shop. They repair and mend any barrels so they can keep using them.
I subscribe to the idea that it is good not to clean your BBQ grill because it just adds more flavor each time. This winery feels the same about their barrels
LOL

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Old 07-08-2013, 02:55 PM   #3257
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Chimay is awesome...it you get the opportunity, try the Chimay Triple!!!
I prefer the doubles over the triples. But when I go to Belgium, I want to try them all

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Old 07-08-2013, 03:05 PM   #3258
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Inside the Lopez Heredia Winery enjoying all they have to offer.
I had the 2001 Tondonia.
The 2003 Cubillo
And the 1994 Gran Reserva
All these wines are their current vintages.

But the most interesting wine that I had was the 1998 white wine. Now if you have ever had white wine this old, it probably went bad long before you opened the wine. But this one rocked! It was like nothing I have ever had before.

The wines retail for about $30.
The Gran Reserva about $70

And for the quality of these wines, the prices are very reasonable.

Grab a bottle if you can find it.

Trust me on this one

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Old 07-08-2013, 03:07 PM   #3259
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My host outside the winery.
Thank you for making my day so memorable.

Hey, that door looks like a decanter.......

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Old 07-08-2013, 03:10 PM   #3260
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Leaving Rioja the next day, I kind of got lost for a bit. I was going down these cool little single lane paved roads that wound thru the countryside and vineyards. Sometimes it is a good thing that I don't have maps loaded in to my GPS (but most of the time NOT)

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Old 07-08-2013, 03:20 PM   #3261
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I left Rioja and made it in to Portugal.
They have a lot of toll roads here.
Some you need to have a electronic pass to drive on them.
I am having enough trouble navigating around here as it is. Now throw in not knowing what roads are toll roads and which are free.
I just said.....F it!
Let the cameras take a pic of California license plate. What could possibly happen????

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Old 07-08-2013, 03:22 PM   #3262
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As I rolled in to Portugal, the temp was 104.
And that is hot riding a motorcycle.
This dog had the right idea
He just stood there and was so happy with himself



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Old 07-08-2013, 03:24 PM   #3263
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I headed for Geres National Park in Northern Portugal, right on the Spanish border. Since, I don't have good maps, I didn't take the most direct route, but I think I took the most scenic. It took me about 3 hours to go about 70 miles.

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Old 07-08-2013, 03:27 PM   #3264
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It was getting dark and I was looking for a place to camp. Not a camp ground
I wanted my own spot. It was tricky to find one.
I saw a house for sale and it looked like it was not occupied.
I almost camped here in their backyard but the water was not turned on. I didn't need water to drink. I wanted to use the water to cool my wine down
I ended up leaving to find another place

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Old 07-08-2013, 03:34 PM   #3265
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Here is where I ended up camping. It was actually better. It was quiet and secluded.
But there was this tricky hill climb with big ruts that I had to do in the dark to get there. It took me 2 attempts. The first time I almost dumped the bike.

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Old 07-08-2013, 03:52 PM   #3266
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Each time I camp, it takes me about an hour to roll up my tent/hammock and sleeping gear and put and pack everything away.

Here are the wines that I am carrying with me. This should be enough to get me to france......Ha. I have some good stuff here.....all Gran Reserva quality

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Old 07-08-2013, 03:54 PM   #3267
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Great roads and views inside Geres Park

Looks like a wild fire just started



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Old 07-08-2013, 03:55 PM   #3268
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Look out point

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Old 07-08-2013, 03:57 PM   #3269
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Being so hot, I filled up my water bottles 3 times here at this spring.
The water tasted sooooooo good



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Old 07-08-2013, 03:58 PM   #3270
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A nice swim hole that was very popular with the locals

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