After some fabulous shout outs (thank you so much for the awesome feedback) and a great listener question on "why do wines go on sale? (a little inside the industry on this one!), this week we cover Spain.
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- First we brush up on history, covering how the Phoenicians, Moors, and a Facist dictator affected Spain's wine industry
- Then we talk about the different quality levels -- we explain the differences from table wines to the top quality designation, all of which will appear on the bottle.
- We talk about how 80% of the country's wine is made from 20 grapes, including reds: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Monastrell, Cariñena, and whites: Albariño, Palomino, Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Airen.
- Finally, we do an overview of what you can get expect from some of the top regions. Here's a summary of the regions we review:
- Rioja: Red from Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Graciano grapes, Whites from the fresh, fragrant Viura grape
- Navarra: Rosado/Rosé from Garnacha, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo
- Cava/Penedes: Sparkling wine (Freixenet and Cordiniu are main producers)
- Calatayud: Reds mostly from Garnacha and Tempranillo with Cabernet Sauvignon
- Somontano: Reds from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and whites from Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer
- Bierzo: The fruity, spicy, red Mencia grape
- Ribera del Duero: Reds from Tinto Fino (Tempranillo)
- Rueda: Whites from Verdejo
- Toro: Reds with Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Cabernet Sauvignon
- Jumilla and Uclés: Bold reds from Monastrell
- Monstant: Reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cariñena, Garnacha
- Priorat: Reds of Garnacha, Cariñena with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon
- Rias Baixas: Whites from Albariño
If you're interested in Spain, but don't know where to start, this podcast is for you!
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Thanks for listening! We can't wait to hear from you!