A wee glass of vino (Part II)

If you were with me last time, you’ll recall I was being far to sensible and explaining all the bits on the label and what DOC means with regards to Spanish wines.   Yes, I know you really want to drink the stuff, not be too pretentious about it, but, that said, it does help to have some basic knowledge, so that you can sound knowledgeable if you are trying to impress your (potential) significant other over a romantic cena in a posh restaurant in Valencia (or indeed Glasgow).

On bottles of Spanish wine you’ll usually see the primary grape front/centre of the label, or on the back. Due to regional language differences, sometimes grapes or areas may appear to be a little different. Garnacha in Catalunya, for example, will appear as Garnatxa, but it’s the same grape.   Similarly, the most famous Spanish grape is tempranillo, which you may also see as Tinto Fino, Tinto de Toro, Cencibel, Ull de Llebre, and Tinto del Pais. The two most famous, and best known, regions for Tempranillo are Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

Then there are lots of lovely white wines, the rather underrated (in my opinion) Spanish fizz called Cava and, of course, the best of the lot, the wines of Jerez, although strictly speaking these are fortified wines.  However, I like them so much I’m going to write another blog or two on them and also tell you to go and visit Jerez de la Frontera which is one of my favourite places in Spain.

Should you wish to find out more about Spanish wines, there are lots of places all over the internet, or simply go to the local supermarket and peruse the labels (now you’ve read this you’ll be an expert!).  Here are a couple of links to some websites that I particularly like:

http://www.winesfromspain.com/icex/cda/controller/pageGen/0,3815,1559872_6759258_6759254_0,00.html

http://winetreasury.com/collections/bodegas-luzon

https://www.majestic.co.uk/spanish-wine

http://www.bbr.com/shopping/spanish-wine-offer

¡Salud!
John Stone

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