This year’s summer was one of the hottest on record, which for many people represented the perfect excuse to drink refreshing white wines, such as Rieslings from Germany, Chardonnays from Burgundy, Chenin Blancs from the Loire, Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand and Bordeaux, and many others. But when it comes to Spanish wines, what region is the go-to place for the best whites? In previous … Continue reading What region of Spain makes the best White Wines?
Situated on the western edge of the Iberian Peninsula, and isolated from the rest of Europe until joining the EU in 1986, Portugal has clung to its rich landscape of native grape varieties. Unaffected by Chardonnay- and Cabernet-mania that took over the world in the 1980s, these unique flavors represent a point of differentiation and originality in today’s wine world. Portugal boasts an incredible diversity … Continue reading Portuguese Wines: A World of Difference
In my recent post on Rias Baixas, I pointed out that most people would mention Albariño, along with Verdejo from Rueda as the iconic Spanish white varieties. Though the country continues to be best known for its hearty red wines, there are dozens of exciting white grapes worth getting to know. This group includes a mix of cool climate varieties from rainy Galicia such as … Continue reading Five White Spanish grapes you should try
Ask any casual wine drinker to give you the name of a Spanish white grape, and Albariño would most likely be at the top of the list. And no place is more closely identified with the variety as Galicia, in particular the region of Rias Baixas in the far northwest part of the country. The Land Galicia is part of an area known as “España … Continue reading Rias Baixas: The Cradle of Albariño
I’ve been a fan of Spanish wines for quite some time. I admire the long winemaking tradition, wide diversity of regions and grapes and a large number of unique styles – from ethereal finos and manzanillas, elegant mature Riojas and bold and muscular Riberas del Duero. Overall, they represent great values in the market across all price points. During the last few years, there’s been … Continue reading Four exciting trends in Spanish wine