GREAT WINES FROM L'EMPORDÀ
This time we have prepared a selection of great wines from L'Empordà.
These are wines sculpted by the sun, the wind and the soil. Wines made from vines that struggle to survive. Wines grown in a harsh, rugged environment that brings them a unique personality. Wines made from traditional varieties, but also from international ones.
The Mediterranean. Long gone are the times when talking about the wines of Alicante, Valencia and Jumilla meant overripeness, bombast and tons of new oak.
Fortunately, a growing number of wineries are trying to produce livelier, fresher wines that convey a sense of terroir.
THE CANARY ISLANDS
Some months ago, Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate correspondent in Spain, published an article about The Canary Islands.
The critic confimed that the region is heading for great things, with several winemakers already producing great wines, and others showing real promise.
TYPES OF CAVA
Generally speaking, Cava can be classified into two categories. The first one is defined by its ageing time. The second one depends on the amount of sugar per litre.
We have a prepared a selection of Catalan sparkling wines that will help you get acquainted with the different types of Cava available on the market.
NEW PARKER SCORES FOR EL BIERZO AND GALICIA
Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker-The Wine Advocate's correspondent in Spain, recently published a report about the regions of El Bierzo and Galicia. Both regions share some characteristics, but they also have some important differences.
Comprising a vineyard surface around 3,000 hectares, El Bierzo DO is currently one of the most dynamic and quality-oriented Designations of Origin in the whole of Spain.
CAVA vs. CLÀSSIC PENEDÈS
The story of Cava is, no question about it, a success story. According to the Cava Regulatory Board, in 2015 more than 244 milion bottles of Cava were sold all over the world. More than 65% of that amount were consumed outside Spain.
Production of Cava began in the Penedès area in the second half of the XIXth century. Towards the year 1870, some winemakers based in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia started experimenting with the Traditional or Champenoise Method in order to produce sparkling wines.
THE GREDOS MOUNTAINS
Located south of Ávila, west of Madrid and northwest of Toledo, Sierra de Gredos (the Gredos Mountains) is currently one of Spain's most interesting wine regions.
In fact, the resurgence of Gredos as a quality wine producing region is one of the most remarkable events occurred in the Spanish wine scene since the Priorat's renaissance, which happened 25 years ago.
RIOJA AT THE CROSSROADS
With 63,593 hectares of vineyards and more than 800 wineries belonging to it, the region of Rioja is, no question about it, the most important and prestigious wine region in the whole of Spain.
Rioja has a winemaking tradition that harks back more than 2,000 years ago. It was the first wine region in Spain to be recognized as a Designation of Origin, in June 6th 1925.
SO MANY ROADS....
Many types of roads exist around the world. Centuries ago, the Silk Road connected the East and the West with a series of trade and cultural routes. In the realm of imagination, there is the Yellow Brick Road, which leads to the Emerald City where the wonderful Wizard of Oz lives. Back in the real world, there's even The Road to Serfdom, a defense of laissez-fairecapitalism written by the Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek.
JUMILLA, A WORLD-CLASS VINEYARD
First, the bad news. Though we love the wines produced there, we must begin by admitting that “Jumilla” is not a particularly glamorous designation. The name certainly does not possess the flair and chic of French designations such as Châteauneuf du Pape or Sauternes, which immediately bring to our minds images of sumptuous palaces and legendary wines. Likewise, Jumilla lacks the musicality and sheer magic of Italian names such as Brunello de Montalcino, the mere sound of which evokes images of Renaissance art and exquisite Palladian villas overlooking smooth Tuscan hills.