Spain through its wine routes
Quality, innovation, creativity… All synonyms for Spanish gastronomy. The
revolution that has led to Spanish cuisine becoming the world leader can also be
applied to our vineyards. The superb and extensive range of wines available has
enabled Spain to become the second largest producer in the world. By the
following the paths of its viniculture, you can discover Spain whilst sampling
unique, exquisite wines.
Its tradition, care, refinement and renewal are some of the key factors that
have placed Spain at the forefront of the world's wine producers. Spanish wine
producers have managed to apply a perfect combination of modern production
techniques and the expertise inherited from the thousands of years that Spain
has been making this most highly appreciated nectar. The end result is a
selection of wines that boast unrivalled quality and acknowledged international
prestige. Furthermore, the variety of soil and climate that exist in Spain gives
rise to an extensive range of wines, each with its own special qualities and
traits, allowing one to easily distinguish between the different regional
producers. Exploring the many wine routes is the perfect way to discover the
exceptional natural beauty of these regions and their notable monumental
heritage, at the same time as you delight in their liquid delicacies and enjoy a
Vineyards with art and history
Can you think of a better way to discover Spanish wine than by actually visiting
their places of origin? Many of Spain's leading vineyards are open to visitors:
many are hundreds of years old, some boast an extraordinary architectural
richness, and others even include interesting collections of art relating to the
wine culture. It is a real privilege to enter this world accompanied by those
who have a such a deep understanding of it. They will show you how to fully
appreciate it: they will take around the facilities, the vineyards, the
production process; they will reveal the secrets of wine tasting and you will,
of course, be able to sample the wines accompanied by typical local dishes.
At tourist information centers you can get details of the vineyards and wine
cellars, as well as times and conditions for visits, as it is advisable to
arrange them in advance.
The perfect way to explore the sheer cultural diversity of Spain while sampling
some of the finest wines we have to offer, such as those produced in La Rioja
Alavesa, in the southern part of Euskadi;
the wines of the central part of
wines and cavas of El Penedés, in
many varieties of the wine-producing districts of Somontano, in Aragón and
the fruity whites of the Rías Baixas, in Galicia.
Waiting for you in central and southern Spain are the Manchego wines of Castilla-La
Mancha; the specialities of Montilla-Moriles in Andalusia,
and the Jumilla wines of
Our Spanish Wine Selection
Bodegas Muga - Torre Muga 2003
Region: Rioja - Rating: 92 - 'plenty of pure power'
COMPOSITION: 75% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo, 10% Graciano
92 Points - "The 2003 Torre Muga is 75% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo, and
10% Graciano made in a modern style. The wine spends 22 months in large
American oak vats followed by 16 months in new French barriques before
being bottled unfiltered. The wine is a saturated purple with fragrant
aromas of earth, smoke, vanilla, blueberry, and blackberry jam. On the
palate it is tannic and chunky but packed with intense black fruits.
There is plenty of pure power but also the lack of breadth due to the
searing heat of the vintage. - The Wine Advocate.
The philosophy behind Torre Muga is to make small batches of a modern
wine using both a very traditional blend of Rioja varietals and classic
techniques. Only the best grapes from the winery are used, and they
undergo an intense selection process on the triage table after harvest.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER: Mr. Isaac Muga opened his first cellar in 1932. At
his death in 1969, his sons Manuel and Isaac took over the management
and winemaking of the winery. This is the only winery left in Spain that
uses only oak throughout the process of its production. The Muga family
continues to maintain their own cooperage and directly imports American
and French oak in order to custom make their barrels. The family estate
consists of of 96 acres (40 hectares) and supplements their production
with grapes from 50 different small growers; some of them have less than
one hectare, from 40-50 year-old vines. The majority of grapes are from
Can Feixes - Blanco Seleccio 2007 - White Wine from Spain
REGION: Penedes - Rating: 89, 'light and aromatic..
Light and aromatic
Subtle and refreshing
COMPOSITION: Parellada (locally: Montonec), Macabeo and a touch of
89 Points - "Light yellow. Apple, pear and yellow plum on the nose, with
a hint of lemon zest adding verve. Richer peach and melon flavors are
firmed by a mineral element and a building note of citrus zest. The
melon flavor carries through on the broad, persistent finish."
- Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 07.
"A light and aromatic white, with white peach, tangelo and spice flavors.
Easy-drinking, with subtle yet refreshing acidity and a modest finish.
- Wine Spectator
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Parellada at its best, from high-altitude, gravelly mountain soils:
intense lemon-oil aroma with firm acid structure enhanced by the
Chardonnay. Stony and aromatic, reminiscent of Chablis or Rheingau
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Don't you miss...
On the Road Again' DVD
4 Discs Raucous Tour of Spain with Mario Batali, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark
Bittman and Claudia Bassols
'Spain... On the Road Again' is a lively series
featuring the great culinary traditions of Spain's regions as
experienced by four travelers zooming between locations in Mercedes
Benzes. At first we worried that the big personalities of the hosts
would bury the subject matter, but we are happy to see that Mario Batali,
Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Bittman, as well as Spanish actress Claudia
Bassols, focus most of the spotlight on the amazing foods of Spain.
The fact that the hosts obviously love Spain,
and are interested in learning new things, really makes the show work.
There is lots of snappy dialogue and joking around, but an appreciation
for the food and culture of Spain is the grounding factor.
Here is what the producers of the show say
about this DVD:
Get ready for the road trip of a lifetime!
From the seaside cliffs of Mallorca to the bustling tapas bars and
majestic museums of Barcelona, this is the ultimate road trip across
Spain. Academy Award®-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, celebrity chef
Mario Batali, celebrated author Mark Bittman (How to Cook Everything),
and Spanish actress Claudia Bassols embark on a ten-week tour of a
country at the forefront of the culinary and cultural worlds.
Each episode finds the four in a new locale,
from learning how Cava is made in Catalunya to meeting the famed pigs of
Salamanca, as they steadily reveal the undiscovered delights of a
country brimming with gastronomic and aesthetic treasures.
DVD Features: Deleted Scenes; Filmmaker Audio Commentary; Behind the
Spain... A Culinary Road Trip
by Mario Batali with Gwyneth Paltrow
Companion book to the hit PBS series
Hardcover, 384 pages
Beautiful color photographs
Mario Batali and Mark Bittman along with Gwyneth Paltrow and the Spanish
actress Claudia Bassols take the ultimate road trip adventure,
showcasing the pleasures of Spain and the country's regional cuisine.
More than seventy recipes from Mario appear in this scrapbook of the
dream vacation through Spain. The short vignettes about travel entertain
you but do not get in the way of the delicious recipes that are
essentially Spanish - simple combinations of fresh ingredients to create
a final dish greater than the sum of the parts. Spain...A Culinary Road
Trip is the companion book to the public television series Spain...On
The Road Again
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