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Tag Archives: Grape Profile


Make sure to look at this survey on the blog FERMENTATIONS. Not only is it informative, but it also really opened my eyes as to the perspective people have about Spanish wines. Of the 216 people who took the survey, you can be sure that every single one probably has enjoyed wine on a somewhat regular basis. I suggest reading the entire article, but I would like to point out a few numbers for you: 2. LEARNING -Spain walks away with the award for most intriguing wines. Nearly 60% said they definitely want to learn more about this country’s wines. Italy is not far behind. Not bad! I would have to agree that with 63 DOs (and this number is […]

Odd-ball Grapes

Something I have a discovered since I have been in Spain is the wide variety of grape varietals to be discovered. Not only do you have up and coming grapes like “mencia” or “verdejo”, but a whole host of grapes that one wine maker or another wants to see as the “next big grape”. While some of them have only been for blending in the past, many of these dark horses are slowly making an impression on the landscape of Spanish wine. Below is a description of a few of these taken from Jancis Robinson’s Guide to Wine Grapes, and accompanied by recent notes of my own. Graciano “is a richly coloured, perfumed variety once widely grown in Rioja in […]