The Grapes of Spain

by  |  28-09-2016

The grapes in the lead photo for this article are not ripening. They are in fact quite ripe as they’re the grape Xarel·lo that you find commonly in the Penedès region of Catalonia, Spain as well as a few others. I make this point as most people, when talking about Spain are of the opinion that it’s just Tempranillo and red. Admittedly there are gigantic tank loads of Tempranillo produced but it’s not Spain’s most-grown grape which is, get this, a white one called, Airén. Don’t be thinking, “Well, shit, why haven’t I see bottles of Airén on my shelves?” because most of it goes in to brandy and distilled alcohol production. Also, it’s from La Mancha and (rightly) doesn’t have the fame of Rioja and its Tempranillo. I bring this up as I was commissioned to write an article for the Guild of Sommeliers about the Grapes of Spain. […]
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