Spain is the world's third largest producer of wine and yet it flies under the radar. Let's solve that by learningn about Spain's wine regions, climate and styles. On Thursday, April 13th, we're delving into all things Spanish Wine. Get your tickets and join us for class from 7-9pm.
Spanish Wine Basics
Spain produces white, red, rose, and sparkling wines (cava or espumoso) throughout several designated wine regions. To understand the diversity of wine here are seven facts about Spain and wine to get you started.
- Spain can be broken down into 7 distinct climates. The climates are diverse with lush green areas and volcanic soils in the Canary Islands.
- Experts belive that Godello will soon overtake Albarino as everyone's favorite Spanish white wine. Godello is from a remote area of Spain but popping up in shops and gaining traction in the wine world. Check your local wine shop and ask if they have it.
- If you love big reds, grab a bottle of Mencia. This lesser known red is becoming more readily availble. It's complex, quaffable, and soon to be your new favorite wine.
- Cencibel is Tempranillo. Producers use the terms to distinguish between geography. If you love Tempranillo and can't find it, look for Cencibel and know you're getting the grape you love.
- Some of the best "old world style" wines in the world come from Spain. The awards list is long.
- While many countries refer to wines as red or white, Spain uses tinto (dyed) instead of white. Vinos blancos are white wines and vinos tintos are reds.
- Spain has legislation about wine just like the other producers. In Spain it's not just region but also aging that must meet certain requirements to be printed on the label. This is similar to many spirits around the world.
Ready to learn more and do some tasting? Join us Thursday for our class at Jersey Wine & Spirits!