Spanish Wine Grapes varieties (A)

AIRÉN White. This is Spain’s most widely planted grape variety. The bunches are large and tightly-packed. It produces wines with a characteristic bouquet and alcohol content between 12% vol. and 14% vol. It can be found, among other regions, in Ciudad Real (51% of planting), Toledo, Cuenca, Albacete, Murcia and Madrid. It is the main variety in Vinos de Madrid DO. ALARIJE White. Found in a large number of wine-growing areas in Extremadura. One of the most common varieties in the area around Cañamero. ALBARELLO White. This grape is found in small quantities in Ribera del Ulla. However, it produces very aromatic, personal wines. It is quite different from Albariño,… Read More

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Wine emigrates pushed by warming

More than 90% of the wine lands of Spain will no longer be optimal for the usual varieties With climate change, vineyards in regions as far north as Vancouver Island (like the one in the picture) will be able to house more grape varieties.With climate change, vineyards in regions as far north as Vancouver Island (like the one in the picture) will be able to house more grape varieties. UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIAIf winemakers want Rioja, Jumilla or Bordeaux wines to be made in the same place, they will have to change grapes. A study confirms that climate change threatens to turn the geography of wine production upside down in… Read More

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Spain’s Most Wanted Wines

Spain’s Most Wanted Wines © Vega Sicilia | Four of the top 10 come from Ribera del Duero’s Vega Sicilia.If you think you know what the most searched-for Spanish wines are, you’re probably right.By Tom Jarvis | Posted Wednesday, 28-Jun-2017 In many respects there are no surprises in the list of the most searched-for wines in Spain – which is entirely filled with red wines based on the Tempranillo grape, made by established names – but the intrigue lives outside the top 10. The best known table wine regions Rioja and Ribera del Duero account for nine out of the 10 wines, with the latter all appearing in the top six. In turn three of the… Read More

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Shanghai International Wine and Spirits Museum, a bunker turned into a museum

The bunker that houses the International Wine and Spirits Museum today was the perfect hiding place for both weapons and artillery.Jose ConfusedUpdated: 05/03/2017 12:41 hoursShare Transforming a war bunker into a museum is already a challenge, but achieving such a spectacular result as that of the Shanghai International Wine and Spirits Museum seems mission impossible. Where before there were weapons and artillery, today the most complete wine collection in all of Asia is housed. Leading the result is Shanghai Godolphin, a revolutionary design studio that has brought tradition and functionality together. Built under the mandate of Chiang Kai-shek, former leader of the Republic of China, the bunker that today houses the International Wine and Spirits… Read More

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Which is the best CRIANZA (aging) wine in Spain?

How red crianza wine is made? When preparing a red wine with aging, the must and the skins of the grapes must be macerated intensively to achieve a good extraction of tannins and anthocyanins, since the wine must have a good structure to withstand the aging in the barrel and keep its primary aromas. The micro-oxygenation that the wine undergoes in the barrel will be beneficial if the tannin load is adequate, avoiding excessive oxidation and with a final result of a round wine. It is in the bottle where the wine evolves so that the result for the consumer when drinking the wine is a success. Pairing of red… Read More

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Spain’s Most Expensive Wines

Our search for the world’s most expensive wines travels to one of the world’s largest wine-producing regions.By Natalie Sellers | Posted Wednesday, 19-Jun-2019 It may not have quite the starry reputation for wine and food as its next-door neighbor France, but Spain has always marched to its own beat. Although less exalted when it comes to food and wine than its northern counterpart, it’s arguably the more dynamic of the two. Spanish cuisine is now in a class of its own, with tapas wildly popular around the globe, and it can also lay claim to one of the world’s most renowned chefs, Ferran Adrià of El Bulli fame. All these patatas bravas,… Read More

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