Coelho Winery is a family-owned and operated outfit in the tiny town of Amity, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Coelho – which means ‘rabbit’ in Portuguese – draws on the family’s Portuguese heritage to make exceptional, unique wines.
Versatus, evokes the heft of wedding silver and the delicacy of crystal goblets. This masterpiece is the handiwork of third-generation wine-maker Ana Mendez Gil of Genus De Vinum, in Ourense, Galicia.
In 1771, Maria Jose Velazquez’s ancestor bought at auction the house and property in the vall d’Albaida that, 200 years later, became Casa Los Frailes. Before Carlos III stamped them out, Jesuit friars (‘frailes’) lived in this small valley not far from the Mediterranean coast, tended vineyards, made wine and stored it in clay amphorae, tall as coffins, sunk into the cool earth in the low-beamed cellar.
Mentioning music to Luciano Armellino is like opening the throttle on a speed-boat. His voice lifts; words skim through memories, bouncing, buoyed by enthusiasm. “I’m a music fanatic,”
There isn’t much we wine consumers can do about this except… consume. To the extent we can, we need to support our favorite wine businesses now, otherwise we won’t have the chance to later.
Against the backdrop of a world turning itself into a Dali canvas, there is reassurance in connecting with handcraft, labor, the senses. Wine is, more than ever, more than a diversion; it is a link to the past and future.