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Iberian Wine Myth Busting!


Having been here for almost 2 years now, I can safely say that many of my preconceived notions of Iberian wine before coming here have been proven wrong. There is more to Spain than just Rioja! Portugal does make nice wines outside of the Duoro Valley! Surprise! Surprise!

But the Rioja myth isn’t the only myth I have run into over the past few years that needs dispelling. Everyday, I over hear tourists perpetuate the misconceptions of Iberian wine, and receive questions from friends and family that side swipe me in disbelief. Therefore, over the next few months, we’ll be actively searching out as many myths as we possibly can and ruthlessly attack these myths in order to get to the root of the problem. In no uncertain words, I intend to get to the truth!

But let’s not mistake ourselves in thinking that I have all these myths on hand. If you have a question or a myth that you think might be false, send us a note and we’ll do our best to beat back the lies and get to the truth! Maybe you have an Uncle who is always barking about how Tempranillo is not really a grape but a region, or a friend who tells you that Port wine is only made in California! No matter the myth, we’ll be taking them on and breaking them down!

So far, I have two big myths that need to be destroyed and I’ll provide them here in order to get ideas bounding in your own heads. Then, in the next weeks, we’ll show why they are myths and providing you with the real deal:

  1. Sulfites are only added to wines that are shipped the USA: FALSE!
  2. Pedro Ximenez only makes sweet sticky wines and the grape itself comes from Germany: FALSE!

Stay tuned as we tackle these two big myths and many more, and let us know if you have a myth that you want an answer to. Email us at: comments -at- catavino .dot. net

Till soon,

Ryan Opaz