Spain - The New Argentina
The new adage in wine these days is to buy wine from countries which speak Spanish. So, we always think of countries like Argentina and Chile. But, hey, they speak Spanish in Spain, go figure! Spain is now becoming the “in” country to try wine from. Last month we had the Selection Limited Edition Matador Trio as Winexpert captured the trend in wine drinking.
In commercial wines Spain delivers outstanding value, i.e. wines are reasonably priced and yet they have awesome quality. Ask most people which country has the largest acreage of wine grapes, and most would respond Italy, or France. Well in fact it is Spain. Of course, most Spanish vineyards are not irrigated so there production is less than other countries, where they fall to third. However, large investment in Spanish viticulture, primarily from France has increased not only the quality of Spanish wine but also the production levels.
One of the leading varieties in Spain is Tempranillo (pronounced tem-prah-NEE-lyoh) which we wrote about in July 2010. Tempranillo is the Cabernet Sauvignon of Spain. Big bold and wonderful flavours.
In kits, we have a World Vineyard Spanish Tempranillo, a Cellar Craft 12 L Tempranillo, and a new entry a Selection International Tempranillo with Crushed Grapes.
So get on the bandwagon and Go Spanish.