A bit of information about this Denominacion de Origin in Valencia. The first is an article by Decanter.com in English. The second is a link to the homepage of the Utiel-Requena which unfortunately is only available in Spanish. Understanding DO Utiel-Requena Utiel-Requena Regulating Body
Check out the article below (click on the image) by spanishwinelover.com entitled ‘Bobal grape: Can the ugly duckling become a swan?’. The title surprised me because I’ve always liked Bobal red wines. They have the fruity palate that I enjoy and rarely overwhelm me with tannins and acidity. So it was a bit of a … Continue reading Bobal Grape Variety
Check out this article by winefolly.com to learn more if the origins and flavour profile of this German Noble Grape. I love the winefolly.com articles as they are easy to follow and informative, but I am disappointed that they fail to list Somontano in Spain as one of the ares that cultivate this grape variety. … Continue reading Gewürztraminer Grape Variety
The Denominación de Origin de Somontano is well worth getting to know. It is Nestled at the base of the Pyrenees in the Province of Huesca in the Aragon region of Spain. As such this Northernly area is colder than most Spanish regions and features grape varieties more usually associated with it’s neighbour France. They … Continue reading D.O. Somontano
One of the noble grapes Sauvignon Blanc is grown just about everywhere. If you drink white wine then you probably drink Sav. Blanc. Originally from South West France where it is used in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé these wines tend to be very dry and herby. Often referred as mineral and nettle flavours. New world Sav. … Continue reading Sauvignon Blanc Grape Variety
Tinto Velasco, Tinto de la Pámpana, Frasco ...... this local Spanish grape variety has many names. Rarely seen on its own as it is an unassuming grape variety, it is used in red wine blends primarily in Castilla La Mancha. Aside from the above there is practically zero information out there on this grape. Even … Continue reading Tinto Velasco Grape Variety
We have recently published tastings on a number of blended wines both red and white made from two or more different grape varieties. Which begs the question: why blend wines? Well some grape varieties make fantastic wines all by themselves and you will find a number of single variety wines amongst my tastings. However this … Continue reading Why Blend Wines?
The other day I published the tasting notes of yet another organic wine. One that was pretty good. For many people the pursuit of organic or the alternative natural wines is to avoid some of the additives that can be found in the majority of wines. These days additives in food and drink are regarded … Continue reading Wine Additives
Another new white wine grape variety that I tried recently. Merseguera hails from Valencia and is rarely seen outside of this area. It is largely used in blended wines as it lacks character. Having said that the blend I tried was lovely. Click on the image below to see Wine-searcher.com’s opinion on this grape.
I have published articles about this grape variety, that has red flesh, previously but under its local name of Alicante Bouschet. I read an article by wine folly where it states ‘Lovers of rich, fruit-forward reds like Shiraz, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon take note: Alicante Bouschet is quite the find!’ Well I adore fruit forward … Continue reading Garnacha Tintorera Grape Variety