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Rueda Verdejo: Spain’s exceptional white

My abiding memory of my first trip to Rueda is of its stony plains stretching far to the bright horizon, the light giving a clear impression of the altitude. There were other details: the freshness of the best Verdejos, the confusingly high number of winemakers with the surname Sanz (though…

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Spain’s international varieties

Indigenous grapes may be the hot topic in the cooler quarters of the trade, but let’s not forget that Spain has long made a broad range of highly enjoyably, very characterful and often good value wines from varieties that are widely-planted around the globe. Moreover, a majority of these so-called…

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Organic Spain

Spain leads the charge to organic wines, as Andrew Catchpole reports. Growth in interest in sustainably made wines – including organic, biodynamic and natural wines – continues to rise, fuelled by top end restaurants and wine enthusiasts, with 25 to 40 year olds generally being at the forefront when it…

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Garnacha: Spain’s black beauty

Fine Garnacha wines are emerging from an increasing number of regions across Spain as winemakers discover that gently nurturing old vines can offer extraordinary results. Garnacha Tinta, to give the grape its full title, has always played an important role in Spain. In Rioja, where it complements Tempranillo, it is…

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Indigenous flavour

Spain’s diverse wine regions offer unprecedented choice for the on-trade buyer. Andrew Catchpole asks some of the best for tips on what is gracing their lists Spain is blessed with a fantastic flagship in the inimitable form of Rioja, a wine that has long opened doors to the country’s vinous…

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