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Macabeo grape, spanish addiction

 TAGS:Macabeo grape is the banner of Rioja white wines. In fact it is believed that its origin is Spanish, but today we can find white wines with Viura also across the Pyrenees. Yes, France also knows how to use the benefits of this grape for some of its white wines Minervois AOC (in the region of Midi).

In the Rioja this varietal is known with a very different name. In this wine land Macabeo grape is called Viura. This elegant name is behind some of the most elite white wines from the region like the Beronia, Marqués de Murrieta or Abel Mendoza.

In Rioja the intrinsic properties of the Viura grape are also exploit and is therefore common to find white wines that have aged in oak barrels. The white Rioja Crianza is a living legend and it is trying any of them and getting hooked into the wealth of connotations that it offers in the mouth, the purity of flavor that still retains its freshness and the balanced line that emerges from the whole thing. However, this does not mean that white wines made from this varietal cannot be consumed young.

Although it may seem almost paradoxical, Macabeo grape is also present in Galicia. In the land of Ribeiro and Albariño par excellence it I possible to find some vines of this variety for white wines, plus some others among which we could highlight the Treixadura, the Godello, the Loureira or Torrontes (and of course the Albariño).

At the other end of the Iberian Peninsula in Catalonia Macabeo grapes are also common. Specifically in the Penedes region, where it is used to give a fruity finish to their combinations with Chardonnay, and to give a little more power to those wines in which it is used together with the Parellada grape.

And as Viura, or Macabeo, is a grape that has the quality to adapt well to almost any kind of soil while offering very high performance, if you travel to the south of Spain, you can also try wines from the area which have it in their composition, as it is not exclusive to the northern half of Spain.

The region of Bullas is a not very extensive wine region, but it has some very interesting wines, especially regarding red ones but they also can offer some good white wines, made from Airen or perhaps also from Macabeo.

Wanna try Macabeo wines? So we should suggest you a pair of them, shouldn’t we? Here you are:

 TAGS:Viña Gravonia 2002Viña Gravonia 2002

Viña Gravonia 2002, minor wine from Viña Tondonia, a great white to begin tasting Macabeo.

 

 

 TAGS:Perfum de Vi Blanc 2010Perfum de Vi Blanc 2010

Perfum de Vi Blanc 2010, the Most elegant white wine from Raventós i Blanc

More varieties of white grape

Many of you have commented on the previous post on Twitter, missing some white grape types. As discussed, the post was talking about some white grapes. However, since your wish is my command, here are some more, so you can buy wine knowing what flavor you seek:

 - Verdejo

The verdejo grape has boomed since the late years, when has jumped from Rueda, where it originated and was the ?queen?, to many other areas now investigating and working it with relative success. Verdejo wines usually have a very light color, something that is taken as a merit, and a flavor somewhere between sour and bitter (sour at first, and slightly bitter aftertaste at the end). Hence, people identify the sour aromas of the grape with those from green apple, citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit), and even pineapple and banana. A good verdejo wine usually comes pretty inexpensive compared to other grapes, like the Afortunado 2010, which is really delicious.

Malvasia

Malvasia is a grape that produces intense golden yellow wines, with aromas of peach, litchi, pineapple… In the same manner verdejo is midway between sour and bitter, malvasia is halfway between sour and sweet, although the latter usually prevails. This plant is very delicate, so there are no great malvasia vineyards, but is often used to give a sweet touch to some white wines, except in the Canary Islands, producing great wines of this variety, for example, El Grifo Malvasia Seco 2011.

Macabeo (or viura)

The macabeo/viura is one of the most widespread grapes, since it resists the cold very well and is sensitive to Botrytis, a mold that is used to elaborate certain sweet wines such as Tokay. It produces a wine with delicate aromas of fresh grass, hay, white flowers and pale yellow color with green shades, slightly alcoholic. Ideal for white rice or gnocchi. It is widely used as a mixture for the production of cava. There are not many macabeo varietal wines, which tend to be very dry. Still, there are good white wines from macabeo such as Albet I Noya 3 Macabeus 2009, a special and delicate wine.

Muscat

We continue with the muscat grape, which can be both red and white, though normally used only in white wines. As the grape skin is what gives color to the wine, when using the red muscat grapes, the must has to be separated from the skin immediately, in order to avoid its coloration. Still, muscat wines tend to be amber or copper colored. As malvasia, it contains quite sugar, so usually holds up well over time, and the raisin can be used to make sweet wines (the muscat wines we have ever known). It has aromas of honey, peaches in syrup, candied fruits… A very good young muscat wine (less sweet) at a great price is Reymos, from the appellation of origin Valencia.

Riesling

Finally, although there are still many, we end, at least for today, with the riesling, a grape which produces wines with very light colors with bright highlights, and aromas of green apple, citrus and orange flowers. It is a wine with low alcohol and is used especially in cold areas, since otherwise it can be poorly aromatic. If you want to try a tasty wine from this grape, Sumarroca elaborates the Sumarroca Riesling 2011, which has very good value for money.

Synonyms for grape names

Uvas

Bastardo (Bastard), Periquita (lovebird), Rabigato (tailed cat) … we are speaking, of course, of the names of grapes.

There are plenty of vines to make wine, many of which are very popular in the world. But these grapes have more than just one name, usually due to their areas of origin where they are called by different names. That’s why we have compiled for you the most famous grapes and their other names.

  • Tempranillo – This grape of Spanish origin, receives some similar name and some additions such as Tempranillo Rioja, Tempranillo from Rioja, Tempranillo from Perralta, Tempranillo from Rioza and the feminine form would be Tempranilla, synonym of Tempranillo. But undoubtedly the most popular synonyms are Tinto Fino (Ribera Del Duero), Tinta del Pais (in Rioja and Ribera del Duero) and Tinta de Toro (Toro). In Catalonia the name is Ull de Llebre, and in Portugal is used with the name of Tinta Roriz, eing an important part of the usual mix of Porto wine. It is Less frequently called Cencibel de la Mancha, Tinto de Toro, and Tinto de Madrid, Aragonese Tinta, Arganda, Cencibel Chinchillana, Escobera, Garnacho, Foño, Jaciuera, Black of Mesa, Grenache Logroño, Arinha Tinto, Tinta Santiago, Montereiro Tinta, Riojano Tinto, Valdepeñas, Verdiell and Vid de Aranda.
  • GarnachaGarnacha of Spanish origin, called “Garnacha tintorera” is also known as Alicante, Alicante Bouschet, Moratón, Negral, Tinto basto, and just as a Tintorera. The Garnacha Tinta, also receives many synonyms as: carignan rouge, Carignane rosso, rosso carinagne, elegant, francese, black garnaccho, common Garnacha, Grenache black alloying, alloying di Rivalto, alloying poggiarelli, Grenache common Black Grenache, Garnacha black, Grenache Grenache red or gray Garnache in Castilla y Leon and Catalonia, garnatxa black garnatxa country, or garnatjo or Garnatxo, in the Maresme (Catalonia) and at the north of Catalonia, Giró or Gironet in Mallorca, Granaccia, toccai rosso and grape from Spain ‘uva di spagna’, among others.
  • Cabernet Sauvignon – Undoubtedly one of the grapes most commonly used in winemaking, this popularity gives it many synonyms such as bordeaux, sauvignon rouge, petit Bouchet, Carbonet, marchoupet, Vaucluse, carmenet, burgundy red, castet, Verona, board Breton, Cabernet sovinjon, bidure, Navarre, lafet, petit cabernet and petit Vidure among others.
  • Syrah – In other countries outside of France, country of origin of this grape it is also called Shiraz (Australia and New Zealand). But in France it is given names like: Candive Noir, Entournerein, Hignin Noir, Plan de la Biaune, Schiraz, Sérine, Séräne, Sirac, Syra and Syrac.
  • Macabeo – Is a grape of Spanish origin, also called: Alcañol, Alcañón, Blanca de Daroca, Charas Blanc, Forcalla, Gredelín, Lardot, Maccabeu, Perpignan, la cola de Renard, Rossan, Viuna or Viura, being the last two the most popular synonyms together with Alcañol.
  • AirenIs the more cultivated white grape in Spain, and there gets names like Lairén, mantuo laeren, valdepeñas, laeren del rye, valdepenero, aidén, manchega, forcallada, forcallat, and lairén.
  • Chardonnay – This grape originated in Burgundy goes by many names, among them are: ardone, klevanjka biela, chatey petit, sainte marie petite, chaudenet, rousseau, rouci bile, bargeois blanc, arboisier, chardennet, arnaison blanc, luisant, aubaine, auvernat blanc, epinette blanche, moulon, plant de tonnerre, maconnais, auxois blanc, noirien blanc, melon blanc, gentil blanc, chablis, arnoison, beaumois, pinot chardonnay, clevner weiss, auvernas blanc, auxerrois blanc, petit chatey, petite saint-marie, pinot blanc a cramant, melon d’arbois, gelber weissburgunder, feinburgunder, roussot, blanc de champagne, breisgauer sussling, romeret, morillon blanc, feherburgundi, pinot blanc chardonnay, weissedler, auvergnat blanc, epinette de champagne, ericey blanc, grosse bourgogne, lisant, luizant, luizannais, luzannois, maurillon blanc, moreau blanc, romere, burgundi feher, claevner, klawner, weiss silber, rulander weiss, feher chardonnay, shardone, and pino shardone.
  • Bonarda – This grape is called in France: Fouce noir. And in Italy: Dolcetto Nero.

Shall we drink a few wines? We recommend you some wines with a mixture of grapes (blend or coupage) among the tastiest on the market: 

 

 TAGS:Viña Albina Reserva 2004Viña Albina Reserva 2004

The most typical blend from Rioja is Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo, combined in this wine to create a fantastic range of aromas and flavour.

Buy Viña Albina Reserva 2004 8,95

 

 

 TAGS:Pago de Carraovejas Crianza 2008Pago de Carraovejas Crianza 2008

Pago de Carraovejas is one of the mythical wineries of Ribera del Duero. This great wine is made from a mixture in which the protagonist is the Tempranillo, accompanied by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

 TAGS:Buy Pago de Carraovejas Crianza 2008 22,30


White grapes’ aromas

Classic questions in those who approach to the world of wine tasting are on the aromas. How does this wine smell? What should you smell? The smell of one thing or another, is it good or bad?
White Wine GlassIf you’ve ever seen in movies the classic sketch in which an expert is able to reveal the vintage, type of grape, the origin, the make and even if the keeper of the wine cellar had cached a cold in October, you cannot help feeling frustrated, when then you go and smell a wine and you?re not able to identify any does things. However, it is normal at first not to know how does the wine you taste exactly smells. 

In my case, the transition has been far more natural than that. I tasted a wine, and if I liked it I would look at the label and tried to remember the name. Later, what type of grape was? In varietal wines, went gradually finding matches between a Chardonnay, for example, and a different grape. So I learned the aromas given off by each grape.
I could not name the aromas, but I knew the difference between a Macabeo and Riesling.
I always recommend start on tasting white wine, because the range of aromas are much different between each other (floral, fruit, herbs, honey ,…) than red wines, which can also include aromas of barrel aging .

Finally, in a tasting course they gave me the proper names for the impressions perceived. And so I began to be considered as an assessor, but I like to think I’m just a wine lover.
“Do grapes smell different? Yes, as you know a cherry tomato is different form a pear tomato. But if you make a gazpacho mixing these two varieties, it would be difficult to distinguish them. So If you’re interested in learning how to taste wines start with varietals in order to recognize each grape individually.

The smell of one thing or another, is it good or bad? Depends on whether you like the scent or not. There are very faithful to the generic flavor of the grape wines, because the grape winery that wants to take his best, but some wineries (or winemakers) make completely different wines, in which you can hardly recognize the grapes, because they want to emphasize that their vineyards are unique and different, or are able to obtain new flavors in this variety. Everything is ok if you like the result.
What should a white wine smell like? Who knows. Throughout history a standard of aromas have been established, which are the aromas that are usually present in each type of grape. But it is not the same a Gewürztraminer grown in La Mancha than in Austria.Even with a particular wine, as the vineyard ages or external factors change (global warming, new pressing and lift, winemakers contributions), the resulting wine might have change its aromas.
Finally, we must consider that it will not smell the same when wine grapes are collected green, from those collected mellow. It is Logical, right?

Albariño GrapesThe standard of white grapes are more or less, the following:

? Chardonnay: Green apple, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, melon, banana, …
? Riesling: Green apple, citrus, quince, smoked, spicy, petroleum, …
? Gewürztraminer: rose, gardenia, lychee, mango, peach, …
? Macabeo / Viura: green fruit, apple, white flowers, wine, …
Muscat: There are as many varieties of Muscat as aromas. Also, when it comes to wine varietal it overripe grapes are often used: candied fruits, honey, dried rose petals, orange blossom, peaches in syrup, …
Sauvignon Blanc: ripe fruit, smoke, asparagus, green pepper, passion fruit, …
Albariño: golden apple, honey, apricot, floral, …
Airen: banana, pineapple, hay, barley, lavender, …
Malmsey: white fruit, lemon, peach, plum, …
Palomino: Lima, bitter almonds, aniseed, salt, balsamic, …
Verdejo: White fruit, green grass, mango, melon, fennel, …
Can a wine made from these grapes smell like something else? Yes, of course. Additionally, the name of the aroma must be named after whatever that aroma reminds you. In some tasting notes can be read: aromas “dew of a morning in October,” “recently changed sheets”, “red apple cut in two”,? bakery working full time “,… seem absurd, but if you read carefully that would bring up to your mind some aroma.
How do we know if a wine that smells like apple is a Chardonnay, Riesling, Macabeo, Albariño or any other grape? Well, the aromas are not exclusive. The same wine has several flavors at once, so try to identify other aromas in the glass to help you to decide. More than a recommendation it is an obligation for those who like wine: try, try, try and try …