September 2021 Edition
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Wine Tasting

The Colors of Rioja Alavesa

A virtual visit, for now.

It's been a long time since we visited our Spanish friends. If all goes well, we might see Melanie and David in Montreal next April for a few special events.

For now, we enjoy their presence in the wines they passionately make.

Tag bottle images with #RiojaAlavesa and @barbuVINS for your social media posts of Bodegas Bhilar wines. We have a surprise for you!

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Bodegas Bhilar

Biodynamic Wines from Rioja Alavesa

With every vintage, Bodegas Bhilar, under the skillful hands of David Sampedro, has been systematically proving that it is not only a leading producer in Rioja, but also a Spanish pioneer in reintroducing traditional winemaking techniques seldom used in Rioja, such as carbonic maceration. In addition to cultivating grapes under biodynamic philosophy, the wine making is non-interventional, without filtration, and minor addition of sulfur at bottling.
(WA: Wine Advocate; TA: Tim Atkin; JS: James Suckling)
A very special contribution.
We're pleased to share a beautiful article written by Melanie Hickman of Bodegas Bhilar. The fans of the winery already know that Melanie purchased plots in the past 6 years and her wines are marketed under the Struggling Vines brand (still made by Melanie and David, the dynamic couple behind Bodegas Bhilar). She wrote this piece for Jancis Robinson's writing competition. Enjoy !
Melanie Hickman 2021-03
Jancis Robinson's 2021 writing competition

WWC21 – San Julián, Rioja

The serendipity of San Julián

by Melanie Hickman
After biking around vineyard trails, my husband David, a vine-grower, arrived home ecstatic about an abandoned vineyard he had found scaling a ravine in the valley referred to as San Julián which sits between our village in Elvillar and the neighbouring village of Laguardia. It was May and the vines were not pruned which provoked him to start poking around and inquiring about its status. While a small parcel, it had three separate owners, all of whom were planning on ripping up the old vines and using the rights to replant in a flat location better fitted for conventional farming. David insisted on showing me his discovery. Together we had very little liquidity, but he knew I had money set aside to pay taxes in the United States. I had recently cashed out my life savings to purchase another vineyard I had fallen in love with in our village and by doing so I would face penalties for early withdrawal. Thinking there was no way I – a transplant in Rioja – would invest in another parcel, I accompanied him to see the vineyard.
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SOON !
Canada !

Planning for the holidays

A lot of orders are being prepared for arrival between October and December... including an order from Pago Aylés which was picked-up this week.
Yes, our first rosé of 2021 will finally arrive.
New this year, it's officially certified organic.
We'll only be getting 60 cases, of which 22 are already reserved. Don't wait.


The recently updated price list of available products can be found on our website.
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Thanks for sharing our passion.
Marie-Claude & Benoît

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