Today is the fifth day of Around the Wine World in Eight Days.  ¡Ole, Jose, it’s Spanish wine day!

  1. Turkey – Tuesday
  2. Chile – Wednesday
  3. Argentina – Thursday
  4. France – Friday
    1. And we took off the weekend, sightseeing in France
  5. Spain – Monday
  6. Germany – Tuesday
  7. Australia – Wednesday
  8. New Zealand – Thursday

Top 10 Things about Spain That Intrigue Me

  1. Paella is a rice dish, not a seafood dish. (Whew, I’m allergic to sea food, so I’ll cozy up more to see what that protein is.)
  2. Ten top regions in Spain:
    1. Andalusia
    2. Asturias
    3. Basque Country
    4. Catalonia
    5. Castilla y Leon
    6. Extremadura
    7. Galicia
    8. Valencia
    9. Madrid
    10. Valencia
  3. The exciting nightlife in Madrid kicks off late – around 2:00 a.m.
    1. Okay, I’ll be totally missing that, unless I sleep all day.
    2. Maybe jet lag will make it easily possible for the first night.
  4. The beret is associated with France; but Basques, in northeast Spain, invented the beret.
  5. The main grape used for the white wine Rueda is Verdejo; although, the wine is often a blend, with the rest usually being Sauvignon Blanc).
  6. La Rioja is Spain’s most famous wine region, and we usually immediately think of red wine. It also makes good white wine, too. White Rioja is made from the Viura grape, which is also known as Macabeo.
  7. Spain has over 2.9 million acres of planted grape vines.
    1. This makes it most widely planted wine producing nation
    2. But, it’s the third largest producer of wine in the world: France is largest, followed by Italy.
  8. At the end of the nineteenth century, Spain’s sparkling wine emerged as “Cava” in Catalonia.
  9. The 80-20 Rule: It’s estimated that over 600 grape varieties are planted throughout Spain; but, 80 percent of the country’s  focus is only on 20 of the grape varieties.
    1. Very common in most countries – like Portugal and Italy, for instance – that have a tremendous amount of indigenous grape varieties that have evolved over the years.
  10. Just as Champagne only comes from the Champagne region of France, and Porto only comes from Portugal, Sherry ONLY comes from Spain.

Around the Wine World in Eight Days – Spain

2014 Dominos de Castilla Vederjo, Rueda

Stellar, even after days… I can’t help but how Spain isn’t buying the chemical life that American has made itself become dependent upon… And only in theory, because a lot of this generation is so far removed from the Great Depression. Many of our grandparent had “Victory Gardens.” This was pre-chemical land, and the traditions were handed down. Most important to this is we learned to taste food as the gods intended. It’s harder to sell us a bill of heath for purity. This is what I tasted in this Verdejo. It also reminded me of my days spent in Portuguese vineyards. It’s a European flavor. This wine also held up, having tasted it weeks ago, then revisiting it today, to get that memory back. Oxidation was miniscule… Ah… purity. This is now a favorite wine variety. this one and Torrontes. The freshness and purity of flavors.. . Ooo la la…

Clean, crisp, and left me wanting for more.


2013 Dominos de Castilla Tinta de Toro

A blend of Tinta de Toro and Garnacha, two varieties that bring me to numbers 155 and 156 different varieties of wine grapes that I’ve tasted, with the Wine Century Club.

A medium weight wine, whose tannins are strong and tight. If you want to enjoy it now, get yourself some Ibérian jamón (exquisite, free-range ham) and cook it into a paella. This is an everyday, that could easily become your house red, just for this developed familiarity as a good friend. It will also age well, as I’ve been learning about this brand. (I tasted the Crianza – below – first. This one isn’t a big and bold. This one is lighter and just “familiar.”

2012 Dominos de Castilla Crianza,  Ribera del Duero

Crianza, oh Crianza, you’re inhaled me into rich cherryness. I tasted you once, weeks ago, and today your bouquet has hardly morphed. Your tannins are still tight, but a few twists softer. You linger on my palate and make you happy that you came to me. This is when I get to pinch myslef for the opportunities the wine life has bestowed upon me. Spain, after all, is deeply embedded into my heart and soul, having a union of devotion to a man with Spanish roots.

His are Puerto Rica, so it’s a tapestry: Spain, Taíno Indians natives of the Island, African slaves, and today’s rainbow people… The Spanish is so there. The years of learning the language, working hard to not sound Anglo, getting myself in trouble – because I was successful – so merchants have no time to wonder what my blank stare is, when asked a question. It’s always a question that I can’t quickly translate. Yo pienso in englais, after all. This Crianza has breeding. (Crianza is Spainish for breeding) Kismet, right?

Puerto Rican’s today are called “Rainbow People, and this poster demonstrates why…

WINE: Tempranillo, from D.O. Ribera del Duero. This wine was aged 14 months in American and French oak barrels, with a minimum f three months in the bottle. As I said, the cherries hit me first, then came the blackberries and toasted almonds. You owe it to yourself to taste Spanish wines, you really do. If they’re as yummy as this one, you won’t be disappointed.

***Brought to us by Winesellers, Ltd. samples.