Escanyavella, the old lady strangler

by  |  06-11-2012

In making travels throughout the world of wine, it’s normal to come across Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and all the rest of the 20 or so main varieties that are commonly planted around the world. Of course, every so often, you come across some severe oddball grapes; an ancient varietal that has somehow weathered many a plague and foul growing season to still exist today. And with this, we come to the white, Escanyavella in the Priorat. While many would shrug and think, “Okay, some old varietal, groovy”, this one has a particularly funny name as in Catalan it means, “the old lady strangler”. The etymology is believed to be an allusion to it being a strong-bodied grape with a thicker skin than usual. So, in the old days producing such a “coarse” wine from such grapes could kill your mother-in-law. These days while it is found in […]
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