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Five Easy Ways to Learn About
Wines from Spain.

This SWG note is all about Spain and the first stamp on your liquid passport! When Wines from Spain came to me to collaborate on this project, I was thrilled and excited to be able to bring them to you in some fun and exciting ways during a time when the whole world needs support. I have been lucky enough to be to Spain 3 times over the last decade, and now we can all virtually travel with wine in our glass!

Below are 5 ways you can learn about Wines from Spain
and not have to leave your couch! 

1. IG Live Tastings Wednesday's at 4pm - Mark your Calendars!
2. 'Be a Spain Pro' Read about 7 different regions + varietals below
3. Learn: Below How to Host a Spanish Virtual Tasting 
4. 
Watch My CHCH TV Morning Live Segment from Tuesday April 21st 
5. Read my Article "What and Where the Heck is Rueda?" 

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LEARN ABOUT  7  SPANISH REGIONS & GRAPES 101
BIERZO
(Pronounced Bee-Air-Zo)
 
A region in Northwestern Spain where the main red grape is called 'Mencía'. With numerous small valleys and mountains, this area offers vineyards a unique microclimate. Cool breezes and an intense hot, dry climate is the perfect setting to produce fresh, full-bodied red wines from old Mencía vines. These wines have violet and fresh black fruit aromas and a hint of leather on the palate. ❤️
CAVA
(Pronounced KA-VA)

The Penedès region of Catalonia produces sparkling with their own indigenous grape varietals. To be called Cava, the sparkling wine has to be produced in the traditional method and must use 3 grapes varieties unique to Spain: Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo (say those 3 times fast!). What I love about Cava is that it's special enough for your Saturday night date night, and affordable enough for Tuesday night tacos. 🌟 

ROSADO
(Pronounced ROW-ZA-DOH)

 
All pink coloured wines from Spain are called ‘Rosado’. The original Rosado wines are brighter in colour and juicier in flavour then the pale pink rosé wines. No matter what the occasion, Spanish Rosado is the answer! Pair with items the same colour to bring yourself a smile. Think raspberries, cherries, etc. 💋
RUEDA
(Pronounced Roo-eh-Duh)

A mostly white wine producing region in Northwestern Spain. The area is a beautiful flat land with the Duero river flowing directly through it. The climate and soils are a perfect terroir for growing beautiful white wines. On the label you’ll see the region 'Rueda' and inside the bottle you’ll find a crisp, refreshing white wine made with the indigenous Verdejo grapes. Crisp, clean and delicious this is a fun Spanish trade-up for you white wine lovers! 🍣

TEMPRANILLO
 (Pronounced Temp-Prah-Nee-OH)

 
Tempranillo is the most well-known and noble grape of Spain. This wine is filled with plum, strawberries and blackberries and is balanced with rustic aromas and a truly lovable palate. 'Tinto' is another name for red, so if you see that word, there will be red wine in the bottle (as there is a Tempranillo Blanco version - that is also worth trying). 🥩
VIURA
(Pronounced VEE-UR-AH
 
Viura is widely planted in the Rioja region of Spain and throughout the Northeast. It is the 2nd most widely planted grape in all of Spain! Historically, it was also a white grape used for blended wines, but it is now making a name for itself on its own. I loved both of these bottles!  The taste profile is a cross between Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and tropical Sauvignon Blanc. ⚡
MONASTRELL
(Pronounced Mahna-Strell)

Historically, used in blended wines, this grape is known more as ‘Mourvedre’.  It is only now quickly developing its own personality. Known as the “M” in GSM blends, the grape is known for its ‘wild’ and soft black fruit profiles (black berry, blueberry, black cherry). This grape offers quite a distinct and delicious taste profile and worthy of your exploration. 🍒 

5 EASY STEPS TO A SPANISH VIRTUAL WINE TASTING PARTY
By Angela Aiello @SuperWineGirl
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Step #1
 Cheers with Cava

Step #2
 Entertain with an Exotic White

Step #3
Raise a Glass of Rosado

Step #4
Time for Tinto

Step #5
Sip on Sherry







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