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There are mermaids under the sea… and wine

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Under the sea there are marine species, a world to explore… and it seems that, from time to time, we can also find wine. Yes, because wine tourism experiences always go beyond in order to provide new attractions to consumers.

That’s what happened at the Aquarium of San Sebastian that, along with the underwater cellar Crusoe Treasure, have created a special event to introduce several proposals. The cellar has bottles into the waters of Plentzia and presents this novelty to publicize the process of elaboration of wine in a different way.

On this guided tour of the Aquarium of San Sebastian, those who want so can see how wine is made and then taste it in an experience that lasts two hours, in which visitors can immerse themselves in the Cantabrian Sea.

The cellar Crusoe Treasure is located in an artificial reef in the Biscayne waters of Plentzia. Thanks to this environment, they can make several experiments with wine in order to do it better, as it was stated that sea is good for wine, providing it youth.

Their elaboration process is pioneer and different, always respecting the environment. While, as previously noted, in the reef where the cellar is installed there is a research team, part of the University of the Basque Country, who are still studying the species in this place.

The experience of entering these particular cellars is something unseen, and is very successful in San Sebastian. So much so that is also expected to attract tourists coming from around the world, driven by wine tourism, which is now reaching another dimension.

There is another similar experience in Girona, since in Tossa de Mar there are wooden chests submerged with bottles of cava, hidden by a cellar that already have experience in such activities. Visitors get explanations about the process and features provided by the ageing of wine under the sea. Then the instruction leads to a diving baptism to descend to the cellars.

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Belondrade & Lurton Magnum 2013:  a white wine Rueda which blend contains verdejo of 2013 and 13º of alcohol. F

 

 

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Château Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2012:  a white wine from the Columbia Valley DO which blend contains chardonnay of 2012 and has a volume of alcohol of 13.5º.

 

 

Spanish harvest arrives earlier and shows promise

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Each year these times, a somewhat global perspective of what may be the season of harvest of the year is given. Much of the current wine cellars predict that vintage will arrive earlier this year, but it will be much good.

High temperatures in recent months may be good or bad, depending on how you look. In this case, they are good to stop some vine diseases, with a strong expansion in the quality of its grapes. And it also makes some grapes to be ripe to be harvested.

Much of the Spanish win cellars say that the 2015 vintage will advance between 10 and 15 days on average, compared to the dates from other years. These high temperatures are ensuring an acceleration of vegetative growth. While some win cellars do not advance so much quality, saying that it will come forward, but it could be a normal year with no variation.

But others, like Pernod Ricard Winemakers Spain predict that the quality is now outstanding, so the cycle will be short. There is, therefore, an important advance of cycle.

It all depends on the different areas, because in the north it is true that usually it rains more, something important for some Galician wine cellars. As for the Rueda wine appellation of origin, seems that the harvest will be fine, but irrigation will be necessary. Something also needed in other areas.

They also foresee a high quality vintage in areas of Castilla y León. The appellation of origin in this area are numerous, with emphasis on those of Toro or Ribera del Duero. However, other areas fear the widespread of rising temperatures throughout the country on an ongoing basis, because this might set a remarkable lowering in production.

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Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2010: a red wine from the Ribera del Duero DO is made with tempranillo and cabernet sauvignon of 2010 and 13.50º of volume of alcohol. 

 

 

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Pinna Fidelis Roble 2013: a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO with tinta del país of 2013 and with an alcoholic strength of 13,5º. 

 

 

Images: Uvinum and Abadia Retuerta

Wine books you must read to celebrate World Book Day

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The April 23 is a significant date. Is Sant Jordi, and in Catalonia, Spain, is celebrated the day of the rose and the book, and for some years, this day has also been named as World Book Day. If you are a wine lover, you can not miss these wine books. Ask for them as gift!

Celebrity Vineyards, Nick Wise. This book collects some of the most famous and world’s leading vineyards. We find strains from Tuscany, California… with wine maker stories that will excite you.

Daring Pairings, Evan Goldstein. A great book about wine and food recommendations, by the hand of master sommelier Evan Goldstein, offering all kinds of culinary pairings, daring and different.

The best vineyards and wineries in the world, Robert Parker. A fully effective book, bedside of wine lovers. It provides an overview of the world wineries that stand out for their high quality wine.

Good, Better, Best Wines, Carolyn Evans Hammond. In this book, wine expert Evans Hammond classifies the most popular great brand wines by grape variety and price, up to $ 15 per bottle.

Peñín Guide. The quintessential guide with which many fans get started on wine world, being a bedside guidebook.

Wines of South America, Evan Goldstein. An outstanding work in the form of an absolutely essential guide which highlights the most original and fine wines from South America.

Wine, Andre Dominé. A comprehensive book about wine making and tasting. Topics related to the major producing countries.

Oenology practice, knowledge and making of wine, Emile Peynaud and Jacques Blouin. New knowledge and tools for the wine market. For amateurs and professionals who want to learn more about wine.

And to read even better any of these books, we recommed you a glass of good wine. Cheers!

 

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Château Gloria is the maker of this Château Gloria 2009, a red wine from this DO: Saint-Julien made with gloria of 2009.

 

 

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La Rioja Alta is the maker of this Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005, a red wine from Rioja with the best bunches of tempranillo and garnacha from the 2005 vintage and with an alcohol content of 13.5º.

 

 

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Bodegas Faustino is the maker of this Faustino I Gran Reserva 1970, a red wine with Rioja DO vinified with tempranillo and mazuelo from 1970.

 

 

Which is the Secret of Bodegas Torres, the World’s Most Admired Wine Brand?

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It is a Spanish winery with a long family tradition. Its experience and the quality of wines make of Bodegas Torres one of the best in the world, and it is the most admired wine brand in the world, according to British magazine Drinks International.

The winery has thus been chosen for the second consecutive year as the most admired brand, always according to professionals in this market. Keep in mind that the jury who gives this title is composed by leading sommeliers, wine masters and journalists from different countries.

Such representatives highlight Bodegas Torres as a brand that offers variety of products, prices and styles. It’s a fitting title because that is the only winery in the country and in Europe with this distinction.

The fact that it became again the most admired brand in the world depends on several parameters that are taken into account when these titles are awarded. For example, it is noteworthy that wine quality is consistently better every year; and that the wine fully reflects its region or country of origin. They also take into account the sales and the adaptation of wine to the needs of consumers. Characteristics that clearly meets Bodegas Torres.

Other wineries that are close behind it in these special mentions are Vega Sicilia (another Spanish cellar which also breaks boundaries); Penfolds from Australia; Villa Maria from New Zealand; and Château d’Yquem from France.

Bodegas Torres already presents the fifth family generation of the company. Originating in the Penedès region, it was born in 1870 and owns 2,432 hectares of vineyards, of which 2,000 are in Spain. Its recognition allows us to taste their wines in over 150 countries. The designations that it groups are Catalunya, Conca de Barberà, Costers del Segre, Penedès, Priorat, Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Rueda. Its exports have been made since almost always from Torres family, having also vineyards in Chile and California.

 

 

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Waltraud 2013 is  a white wine from the Penedes DO based on sauvignon Blanc and riesling of 2013 and presents an alcohol content of 12.5º.

 

 

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Atrium Merlot 2012 is a red wine of the Penedes DO with a blend based on merlot of 2012 and 14º of volume of alcohol.

 

When a Château is not a Château?

 TAGS:According to the traditional definition, accepted as the norm, a “Château” is one of the wines of France with Controlled Denomination of Origin (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée – AOC) elaborated exclusively with grapes from a single estate or property. So far so clear.

The problem is that from some countries, especially the United States, where there is no regulation about it, they are trying that this limitation does not affect the so-called American wines, whose production process does not requires this restriction and can be made from grapes purchased elsewhere. So, U.S. producers intend to export wines called “Château” or “Clos” (another denomination subject to controversy) without any restrictions.

Thus, the European Union has been forced to take action on the matter and decide one way or another, a topic that is pouring rivers of ink in the specialized media, as it can affect a number of gaul wineries, always jealous of protecting their products against competitors from other countries, even in the case of countries into the European Economic Area, as has been proven for years in other agricultural and food issues.

Brussels is currently considering this and other matters within the Common Agricultural Policy and the decision does not seem to be clear, because, although overall imports from Europe of American wines have an insignificant weight, there is a fear -that we believe founded- by the French wineries that this may be a mere outpost of other “appropriations” that ultimately can cause serious damage to the industry, in addition to causing some confusion among consumers.

It seems that later this year we will have a verdict, following a request for postponement from the French Ministry of Agriculture to prepare an alternative proposal, according to their own statements. Until then, experts and wine enthusiasts from around the world will have a great conversation topic with guaranteed controversy and surely opposing views.

Featured cellars in Ribera del Duero

 - Lands with the best vineyards in the world and a rich DO which provides extreme quality wines. Yes, we speak of the Ribera del Duero and its wine atmosphere that permeates every corner of the region.

It must be acknowledged that some aspects of the importance of this DO is due to the different cellars that since the early 80s, watched over the production of exquisite wines that today are the stars of the most prominent tables in restaurants in many countries.

Currently, there are over 200 wineries that shape this wine region, which are the main producers of this outstanding Spanish DO. Let’s take a look at some of the most important cellars. Are you coming?

We?ll do some wine tourism in this region and find Bodegas Protos, in Peñafiel, Valladolid, a place where architecture has renovated its facilities, making of it a pilgrimage cellar for wine lovers in general. We can take guided tours, host events, see the vineyards and even try its wines.

Bodegas Comenge, in Curiel de Duero, is a great example of tradition and modernity. Both concepts are blended to perfection and it allows visiting its facilities and even taking a ride with a carriage over its vineyards.

We cannot fail to mention Bodegas Vega Sicilia, a renewed classic that offers wines with distinction. They have special reserve wines only found in some places. In Langa de Duero, Bodegas Valdeviñas has vineyards over 50 years old, being already a reference name within this DO.

But not all are long established cellars. In Ribera del Duero are created every day new wineries, such as Tomas Postigo, owned by the winemaker of the same name, which reinterpret every day this DO in order to make it one of the most innovative wine regions in Spain.

Have you run this area or visited any of its cellars? Tell us about it!