Empordà, wines from the wind

by  |  13-06-2017

Historically, Roussillon and Empordà were much more joined as the former comprised what used to be the northern portion of a larger Catalonia some 350 years ago. And despite now being the last bastion of France before crossing the Pyrenees into Spain, the Catalan language still manages to hang on in Roussillon, not to mention many of the same grapes as Empordà, revolving around Grenache and Carignan, and the same styles of reds, whites, rosés, and sweets, just like their southern brethren. The ties aren’t always noticeable as crossing through a village such as Pollestres has little meaning to a French speaker, but to a Catalan speaker, if someone says they live in, “Chickens” it’s more than a little smirk-inducing. Roussillon is perhaps better known as that French region after the hyphen in Languedoc-Roussillon. But, the argument could easily be made that a better hyphenation would be Roussillon-Empordà, making Spain’s […]
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