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Winners? Spanish and Portuguese Chardonnay’s

It was about 6 months ago when we had a somewhat [lively debate here->http://www.catavino.net/archives/114/2005/09/21/] at [Catavino->http://www.catavino.net] regarding the merit of having numerous wine competitions around the world. I had posted the results of the International Wine Challenge as proof that Spain was producing quality wine; but after a reader pointed […]

Grape Profile – Touriga Nacional

Common Names: Touriga Nacional, Mortágua – A small berry varietal capable of producing dark tannic wines, rising to become the star player in the historic Port wines of Northern Portugal. Port wine is typically described as having an inky, dense and dark color with a powerful bouquet of dried fruits […]

Grape Profile – Alicante Bouschet

Common Names: Alicante Bouschet (Portugal) Garnacha Tintorera (Spain) – Dark juiced hybrid grape that can produce deep dark wines, with spice, rich fruit and a gentle earthiness. Trivia fact number one: Most red grapes have white juice! This is best illustrated by the fact that most wines from Champagne are […]

Grape Profile – Rufete

Rufete – roo-FEH-te (Spanish Pronounciation) Portuguese Pronounciation (Flash must be enable to hear this clip.) [sc_embed_player fileurl="http://catavino.net/pronCVS/rufeteCVS.mp3"] A red grape that is grown mainly in the province of Salamanca that not only produces light wines that can oxidize quickly if not treated with care, but also dark colored wines with […]

Grapes

As the year winds down, and we look over our shoulders at the year behind us, we realized how much information Catavino has provided. Therefore, in the coming days, we’ll be linking you back to some of the early articles that Gabriella and I feel merit revisiting. For those of […]

Grape Profile – Mencia

What is Mencia? It’s a grape on the rise right now in Spain, as a result of famous estates such as Dominio de Tares. Although, searching around the web will yield many results for information on this grape. So why do I find this grape to be worth taking note […]

What is this Grape Airén

A few days ago, I read an article about the history of the [Spanish Brandy business-> http://www.tastings.com/spirits/brandy.html] which opened my eyes to a grape I had been unfamiliar with called Airén. Evidently, grapes first began to be cultivated in Jerez when the [Moors->http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moors] ruled Spain from 711 to 1492. Interestingly, […]

Tempranillo: A Noble Wine Grape

Editor’s Note: Here is the next article in a series from my lovely wife Gabriella. This one focuses on her experiences learning about the wines that come from the grape Tempranillo. Currently she is gone for a month leading a bike tour, but when she returns expect more articles as […]

Granacha Blanca Makes Great Wine

In Spain, Garnacha Blanca has remained an important varietal, albeit minor, lending both body and fruit to the white wines of [Alella->http://www.doalella.com/], [Priorato->http://www.winesfromspain.com/icex/cda/controller/pageGen/0,3346,1549487_4946338_4944445_1108_-1,00.html], [Tarragona->http://www.winesfromspain.com/icex/cda/controller/pageGen/0,3346,1549487_4946338_4944445_1127_-1,00.html], [Navarra->http://www.vinonavarra.com/] and [Rioja->http://www.riojawine.com/]. While wonderful for backing up rich white blends, with better wine making technology some winemakers have learned to make quality wines from Granacha Blanca all by itself.