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Old 05-07-2005, 02:23
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Default Grape varieties of Spain

A little note on Spanish grape varieties for you:

The reds:

Tempranillo - principal grape variety of Rioja and known as Cencibel in southern Spain (not really that sensible Portofan!!)

Mazuelo - another grape of Rioja and also know as Carinena. In France it goes by the name of Carignan.

Garnacha Tinta - possibly Spain's most widely planted grape variety and used for blending in Rioja.

Graciano - small and tough-skinned it adds the "finesse" and ageing ability that a Gran Reserva needs. It is used sparingly.

Manto Negro - native to the Balearics and Binissalem in particular where it produces fresh and light wines that age well.

The whites:

Airen - grown in the blistering heat of La Mancha. Wines made from this grape have improved with modern wine-making methods.

Albarino - the most important grape of Rias Baixas which produce peachy, fresh wines that are drunk young.

Macabeo - also known as Viura this is the main grape of white Rioja and also cava where it is blended with Xarel-lo.

Moscatel - a rich sweet grape variety famous for Moscatel de Valencia.

Palomino - the grape of sherry, it flourishes on the chalky soil around Jerez.

Pedro Ximenez- produces rich sweet dessert wines, the oldest of which are as black and thick as oil. Drizzle over vanilla ice-cream for a real treat.

Verdejo - the grape variety of Rueda which produces arguably the finest whites Spain has to offer. Modern wine-making techniques have transformed this wine into one with mouthwatering fruit, crispness and a dry finish.

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