As promised here are the amazing charts emailed to me by Reserva y Cata explaining the difference between Ecological, Biodynamic and Natural Wine in Europe. All in Spanish I'm afraid but hopefully you'll get it.
In honour of our return to The Honest Wine Drinker I hereby declare this Champagne week. Possibly even Champagne Fortnight given how much of the stuff me and my mates have drunk celebrating the return of our freedoms (long may that continue!) I'm sure you are all well versed in the bubbly stuff but just … Continue reading Champagne Week
One of my favourite wine grapes for it full body and floral flavours. What's not to love about this grape. Good to see that Spanish wine producers are beginning to experiment with it. For more information on this white wine varietal from France check out this article by winefolly.com by clicking on the image below.
You may know this grape as Macabeo or Alcañol, Blanca de Daroca, Forcalla, Gredelín and Perpignan. Whatever you call it, it is one of Spain's top white wine varietals and used extensively throughout the country. Check out this article by Decántalo in homage to the popular Spanish grape variety by clicking on the image below.
Most wine authorities seem to agree that the Negramoll grape variety of the Canary Islands and the Tinta Negra Mole grape of Madeira are in fact the same, however no one has yet proved this fact. There is more information out there on Tinta Negra Mole, though not a great deal. Negramoll rarely gets a … Continue reading Negramoll Grape Variety
Back in the 1970s there were only a few hundred Godello vines left in the region Valdeorras. Horacio Fernández is credited with reviving this grape variety until it is now one of Spain's top white wine varietals grown throughout Galicia and in neighbouring Bierzo. Check out this great article by New Zealand's Wine Guy, Gavin … Continue reading Godello Grape Variety
Running along the Rio Duero South West of Valladolid in Castilla Leon, the Rueda D.O was formed in 1980. Prior to the 70s this region had very few grapevines. They primarily grew the Palomino grape variety but much of the vines had been killed off by the phylloxera bug earlier in the century. Then the … Continue reading Some History on the Rueda Region
This is an indigenous Spanish grape variety largely associated with Castilla Leon. One of our lesser known varieties that is still trying to make a name for itself. Click on the image below for more information from wine-searcher.com.
Traditionally associated with France, this grape variety is now widely grown in Spain as it is more suited to our warmer climate. I've tried a couple now from two different regions in Spain, including Tuesday's Tasting of Pedradura, and I liked both. I will certainly keep my eye open for more. Check out this winefolly.com … Continue reading Petit Verdot Grape Variety
Interesting article from wine-searcher about this recent Cabernet Sauvignon/Grenache hybrid. Click on the image below to open the article