CHARDONNAY VS. VERDEJO
If we were to make a list of the most important white varieties grown in Spain, the Chardonnay and Verdejo grapes would surely have a place of honour. (The list would be almost complete if we added the varieties Albariño, Xarel.lo, Godello, Macabeu and White Grenache.)
A native of Burgundy, Chardonnay is not only the world's best known white grape, but arguably the best known grape of all, whether they be white or red.
September 16th, 2016 was International Grenache Day. Somewhat disregarded for many years, the "Pinot Noir of the South" now enjoys a growing reputation.
There are different kinds of Grenache. Besides the red variety, we find wines made from White Grenache, Grey Grenache and Hairy Grenache. Grenache has multiple qualities. Fruit, freshness, acidity and, most notably, the ability to convey the specific features of its place of origin.
ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC WINES
Last Monday, June 20th, we attended the Vinum Nature Fair in Barcelona. Vinum Nature is the biggest event dedicated to organic and natural wine in the whole of Spain. We enjoyed a pretty impressive array of wine and Cavas, and we learnt quite a bit about this fascinating world.
Organic wines are here to stay. The expansion of organic viticulture is not justed a trend, but the proof that more and more producers are aware of a very significant fact authentic wines are not made in the cellar, but in the vineyard. True wine is the result of a sustained, respectful dialogue between Man and Earth. Thus, the more we take care of the land, the better will be the wine.
CABERNETS FROM SPAIN
Most probably, Cabernet Sauvignon originated in the Bordeaux region about four centuries ago.
WINES FOR SPRING
Spring has come. Temperatures slowly rise and days become longer. Suddenly, we don't feel like eating those hearty winter dishes anymore. We fancy lighter meals.. We also fancy lighter wines. Expressive, subtle wines.
Here is a selection of white and rosé wines made from delicate, fragrant grapes. Both local and international.
Today we are going to speak about Grenache. This red grape is thought to have its origin in the northern Spanish province of Aragón. Others, though, trace it back to the island of Sardinia, while some believe that it came from the italian city of Vernazza, Liguria.
Widely planted around the world and perfectly adapted to hot, dry climates, for many years Grenache was used mostly to produce bulk wine. Fortunately, over the last two decades, and particularly in Spain, a better understanding of the grape's characteristics and the recovery of some truly unique old vines have dramatically increased the quality of Grenache-based wines.