Today's wine drinkers are just as likely to be splurging on premium Albarinos and Tempranillos as they are snapping up affordable Cavas and Gamachas, but Spain continues to excel at what matters most to consumers and retailers in every tier--price to quality ratio.
are dominated by Spanish varieties, whose proven track record of quality have earned them name recognition--such as Tempranillo, Garnacha and Monastrell among reds and Albarino, Verdejo and Viura among whites" says Katrin Naelapaa, trade director for Wines from Spain USA.
He discovered that it was grown everywhere in the country, yet only Rioja made it well until the 1980s, when Alejandro Fernandez of Pesquera joined the ranks of Vega Sicilia in making spectacular Tempranillos in the Ribera Del Duero.
But the beginning of corporatization of medicine was well-timed to coincide with a mid-life decision to pursue his passion for Tempranillo by growing and making varietal wine from the grape in the U.
Asda and Tesco are selling some very well-priced reds and whites and Morrisons have a crop of discounts including some commendable shirazes and Spanish tempranillos.
Two Spanish reds on offer at Morrisons are the Lagunilla Rioja Reserva 2006 and Marques de Grinon's Alea tempranillo 2009.
New World taste: The centuries-old lean, earthy style of Spain's signature red is giving way to richer, riper Tempranillos, thanks to a tradition-sacking new generation of winemakers.
Say it like a Spaniard: Tem-prah-NEE-yoh Why you should uncork one: With earthy, juicy dark fruit, tangy balsamic notes, and a spice rack of pepper and herbs, Tempranillo is a natural for backyard grilling.
That aside - and it really only affects a small number of wines - the great news for the impoverished post-festivities wine lover is that some of the less expensive tempranillos are amazingly good.
If you want to try some less familiar tempranillos available locally, by far the best source is www.
A tasting of Albarino white wines and Tempranillo
reds highlighted Albarino's distinctive briny (but strictly salt-free) character and Tempranillos
both solo and blended.
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