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Winemaker Alvaro Palacios Reigns in Spain- Oct 7- The Connected Table LIVE

With a stable of properties spanning three of Spain’s most important winemaking regions, and his skills behind such wines as L’Ermita, Propiedad, and Descendientes de J Palacios, winemaker Alvaro Palacios is arguably that country’s greatest winemaker.

Alvaro Palacios
Alvaro Palacios

L’Ermita alone, made from miniscule yields of old vine Garnacha coaxed from the inhospitably steeps slopes of Catalunya’s Priorat region, and which retails at over $1,000 a bottle, would make him that. But Alvaro, born into a family rich with the history of making wine in Spain’s most well-known region, Rioja, does not let this one iconic wine define him.

Alvaro also makes two other lauded wines in that region alone, Finca Dofi and Les Terrasses; and some of Bierzo’s best Mencia-based wines with his Descendientes offerings; all while also managing the family’s oldest interest, the legendary Palacios Remondo in Rioja.

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Recently featured on Wine Spectator‘s October 15th Spain Report issue, Alvaro takes a short break from harvest to visit The Connected Table LIVE Wednesday, October 7, 2:25pm EST on W4CY.com The show will be available on demand at iHeart.com and free iHeart App after its live airing: http://www.iheart.com/show/209-The-Connected-Table-Live

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His Wine Reporting Rates 100 Points- Tom Matthews- Oct 7 The Connected Table LIVE

What’s it like to oversee one of the world’s most read wine magazines? How much wine can you taste in a week?

Wine Spectator Executive Editor Thomas (Tom) Matthews has spent the better part of thirty years reporting on the wine industry. He joined the magazine in 1988 starting as a reporter in the London office and moved to New York in 1989.  Appointed to executive editor in 1999, Tom oversees the magazine’s staff of writers, editors and art directors for both the print and online operation. He is the lead taster for Spanish wines and one of the magazine’s principal restaurant reviews and travel writers.

Tom’s passion for wine began back in the vineyards picking grapes in Bordeaux during the 1979 vintage. He learned the business side as a wine buyer for New York restaurants, Odeon and Cafe Luxembourg, in the 1980s.  His book, A Village in the Vineyard, written with wife Sara, a photographer, chronicles their life in France.

Tom Matthews
Tom Matthews

Tom and his team have helped build Wine Spectator into the world’s #1 wine focused magazine, by not just reporting on trends, but often, through its superlative journalism, helping to forecast them through in-depth interviews with industry mavericks and the lifestyle they help invoke to readers. While many look to Wine Spectator for the extensive wine ratings in the back of the magazine, it’s the profiles and destination reports of places we long to visit that fill our files.  Some of the most highly anticipated issues of Wine Spectator each year include the annual “World’s Greatest Wine Lists” dining guide published in August and the upcoming “Top 100 Wines” guide.

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Tom joins The Connected Table LIVE October 7, 4pmEST, to discuss his career, wine trends, his recent cover story on Spain and give a hint or two about the Top 100 Wines to be unveiled later this month.

We’re deciding what glass of wine to have with this interview! We know it will be Spanish since this show will air from Wines from Spain’s Great Match in Manhattan and in anticipation of our second guest, Alvaro Palacios, the esteemed winemaker whose, in the words of Wine Spectator’s October 15th cover story, “leads Priorat to new heights.”

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