Video of the Winemaking Process

This is a quick video that shows the major components of the winemaking process. The only thing it's missing is the bottling and labeling part. Perhaps another time we'll be able to add that.

I do hope that you enjoy it. It was definitely fun capturing the video for the video and putting it all together.

The video was captured across 4 wineries: Mounier (Finca Las Nubes), Michel Torino (Bodega el Esteco), Bodega Etchart, and Montes. I'm in the process of writing reviews of each winery including photos and tasting notes and will update this page with links when that's done.

The music is from Otros Aires one of the great stand-outs among the crop of new tango electronico groups.

I hope you enjoy!

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El rey de la montaña (King of the Hill)

Title: El rey de la montaña (King of the Hill)
Released: 2007
Director:: Gonzalo López-Gallego

Plot Summary

This Spanish thriller is the story of mysterious Bea who meets the likable Quim by chance in a gas station. Both end up stranded in a remote forest and rely on each other for survival when they are targeted by an unknown sniper.

This film will keep your attention from beginning to end, leaving you wondering what's going to happen and how and if Bea and Quim will get away.

Language Learning Notes

The dialogue is relatively sporadic and this movie isn't the best to practice your Spanish. However, it provides a chance to listen to a Spanish accent and see the Spanish countryside.

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Watching the World Cup, Exploring Denver's Santa Fe

Spanish classes once again offered

After some time off to have baby Lucy, Denver Spanish House is continuing summer classes. Please contact me if you would like private classes or are interested in gathering a group of coworkers or friends.

Practice your Spanish while watching the World Cup 2010 in Denver

With over three weeks of games remaining, there are plenty of places to watch the World Cup in Denver, but if you're interested in watching teams from the Spanish speaking world, check out the venues below.

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Wine Vocabulary in Spanish

Wine vocabulary in Spanish

If you're a wine lover or are planning to tour a winery in Spanish, here are a few useful words to know regarding the process of making and tasting vino.

Basic elements for making wine

  • Uva
  • Piel
  • Semilla
  • Levadura
  • Vino
  • Viñedo

Wine-making vocabulary

  • Bodega
  • Prensa neumático
  • Enólogo
  • Barrica (de roble)
  • Tanque
  • Fermentación
  • Fermentación malolactica
  • Bomba
  • Gravedad
  • Maceración

Wine tasting vocabulary

  • Degustar/probar
  • Degustación de vino
  • Corte
  • Guardar en botellas
  • Corcha/tapa
  • Capsula
  • Sacacorcho/destapador
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10 Favorite Spanish-Language Films

10 Great Spanish-language Films

Below are ten of my favorite Spanish-language films from all over the Spanish-speaking world and a link to their description. Directors include some of the greats, like Guillermo del Toro, Pedro Almoldóvar, and Álex de la Iglesia. Several films take place during an important historic time frame (like Pan's Labyrinth during the Spanish Civil War) or provide a modern critique on their society (9 Reinas, Amores Perros, Maria Full of Grace). Several are slightly scandalous (Y tu mamá también), but all provide entertainment and an interesting insight into the time period and culture in which they were made.

  1. 9 Reinas
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Fabula de la cigarra y las hormigas


La Cigarra y la hormiga

Erase una cigarra que se pasaba todo el dia tomando el sol y cantando, por supuesto que no se preocupaba de recolectar comida durante el verano para cuando llegara el invierno, al contrario que las laboriosas hormigas que se pasaban todo el santo dia recolectando comida para el largo y frio invierno.

Un dia, las hormigas le dijeron a la cigarra: -Si no trabajas, no tendras comida en el invierno.
La cigarra les respondio: - Si no pensarais tanto en el invierno seriais menos aburridas.

Paso el verano y llego el duro invierno, la cigarra estaba muerta de hambre porque no habia recolectado durante el verano, asi que la cigarra no tuvo mas remedio que ir al hormiguero a pedir comida. Las hormigas le dijeron:
- Toma, anda, come un poco, pero si hubieras trabajado antes ahora tendrias comida.

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Spanish film featuring Javier Bardem: Los lunes al sol

Title: Los lunes al sol (Mondays in the Sun)
Released: 2002
Director:: Fernando León de Aranoa

Plot Summary

This 2002 Spanish film is the story of 6 shipyard workers in an industrial town in northern Spain after they've lost their jobs. Each man deals with his new reality differently, some trying to reinvent themselves while others just try to get by. Santos (Javier Bardem) proves to be a bit of an agitator while also dreaming of the perfect life he could have in Australia.

While certainly a great idea and good cast, to me the film was slow and slightly monotonous.

Language Learning Notes

The dialogue in the film is quintessentially Spanish, and in addition to some of the fun Spainisms like coño, joder, y hostia, there were some fun new words for me: like astillero (shipyard) and gilipollas (jerk, idiot).

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2009 Starz Film Festival Latin American Films

Latin American Films in Denver

Below are several films included in this year's 2009 Starz Film Festival schedule.

My Land (USA, 2009) – Great job by Jason Burlage, who follows a young, indigenous Peruvian farmer, in the most amazingly beautiful setting you can imagine: The Sacred Valley of Cusco, the capital of the Incas. Jason will be on Monday, November 16, 9:15pm and Thursday, November 19, 6:30 pm

Black Box (Mexico, 2009) – In this psychological thriller, a secret organization plots to kill a political candidate – using a dying man as its unwilling assassin. Black Box introduces us to the conspirators via complex, fast-paced animation – but slows midway to a methodical cat-and-mouse game played by captor and captive in alternating roles. Friday, November 13, 7:00 PM, Saturday, November 14, 9:15 PM

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Crimen Ferpecto (The Perfect Crime)

Title: Crimen Ferpecto (The Perfect Crime)
Released: 2004
Director:: Álex de la Iglesia

Plot Summary

This hilarious Spanish film is the story of Rafael, a womanizing super-salesman for a Spanish department store. When a floor manager position comes up, Rafael seems the most likely candidate. He is beaten on a technicality by long-term rival Don Antonio, who mysteriously disappears and Rafael becomes the main suspect.

Crimen Ferpecto is a fast-paced crime comedy, and is truly a pleasure to watch.

Language Learning Notes

This is a great film for Spanish-learners. The narrative in the voice of Rafael is extremely clear and easy to understand, and the form of speaking throughout the movie is relatively clear.

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Spanish-Language Films in Denver and Upcoming Latin Music

Spanish Language Movies in Denver

The Denver Starz Film Festival will be showing films this weekend and next week, including several films from Latin America. Latin American films include a documentary about the life of a Peruvian porter on the trail to Machu Picchu in Peru to several films about immigration and an exploration of Mexico City. Here's a schedule of Latin American films playing this weekend and next week.

Several Spanish-language films will be playing at Hooked on Colfax on upcoming Thursday nights at 6:30pm, including:
* Crimen Ferpecto on 11/19

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