Spotlight on Xarel·lo

by  |  31-08-2015

Good lord I’ve gotten to love the Xarel·lo grape and this month, in my Barcelona Metroplitan column, I pay a loving tribute to it. While Xarel·lo (pronounced sha-rel-lu in Catalan) is a white grape widely planted in Catalonia, it is often easily dismissed as merely one part of the principal three grapes in the typical Cava blend. There are many in the region–especially in Penedès where the grape is found most abundantly–who believe that its days of being part of the chorus are over and it should be in the spotlight. Their dedication is seen in some recent festivals devoted to the grape as well as the “natural” wine crowd having taken to it given that it does well with amphora and other slightly experimental/ancestral production methods. After several tastings of single varietal bottlings of Xarel·lo I can safely say that I’m one of the converts as well. Always blowing […]
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