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Upcoming wine region

Lorenzo Barbareschi February 23, 2018
PRIORAT, as one of the upcoming Spanish wine regions, has recorded an extraordinary leap in quality and reputation over the last decade. This small area which qualifies as Denominacio d’Origen…

Excellence of Aragon

Lorenzo Barbareschi February 15, 2018
CARIÑENA is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) created in 1932 for wines produced on the Campo de Cariñena plateau near the centre of Aragón, the acknowledged source of the…

Waste not!

Lorenzo Barbareschi February 08, 2018
GRAPPA is one of Italy’s most popular alcoholic drinks, with approximately 40 million bottles produced each year. In 1989 the name Grappa became protected by the EU and can be…
WINES in Spain are classified into 69 major regions or Designation of Origin (DO) with their own set of laws and quality standards. The best known national regions are Rioja,…
CODORNIU is the world’s oldest and second-largest producer of bottle-fermented sparkling wine - cava - made by the méthode traditionelle (same as Champagne). Founded in Cataluña in 1551 by Jaume…
THERE is more to Chianti than the now rarely used classic bottle in a straw basket - known as a ‘fiasco’ - that was made famous by Italian restaurants in…
AIRÉN, an old Iberian white grape, represents about 30 per cent of all Spanish varieties and is the world’s third most grown. Unknown to many and predominantly grown in the…
WHILE Lambrusco is not among Italy’s best wines it is one of the leaders in export sales and can be found in wine shops and supermarkets throughout Spain. Lambrusco is…
GODELLO, described by critics as “a sleeping giant of a variety waiting to be properly discovered,” is a Spanish white variety of grapes. Produced in the north-west particularly in Valdeorras,…
RIOJA may be the most famous national wine region, but Ribera del Duero is no slouch. A Spanish Denominacion de Origen (DO) located within Castile and León, Ribera del Duero…
CONTINUING in the festive mood, Prosecco is an Italian white wine named after a village near Trieste and produced in the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions. First mention of…
WHAT better way to celebrate Christmas and New Year than to POP open a bottle of cava with friends? A sparkling wine with Denominación de Origen (DO) status from Catalonia,…
TORO is a Spanish Denominacion de Origen (DO) for wines produced in the Castile and Léon areas of Zamora province. The DO takes its name from the town of Toro…
MY recent comments on Tempranillo led to requests from readers for additional information which I am happy to provide. It is useful when buying Tempranillo to understand the four legal…
THIS year’s Beaujolais Nouveau will by now have been heralded in various parts of the world after being held in bonded warehouses for release at one minute past midnight (CET)…
TRAVELLING away from Spain this week the focus turns on Buttafuoco Storico from Italy; a serious competitor to Barolo, Barbaresco, Amarone. Little known outside Italy, it is reasonably priced and…
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