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The Grape Gurus

Intro: As a light-hearted and enjoyable way of exploring Spain’s diversity, Andrew Catchpole assembled a tapas-like assortment of leading UK wine figures, asking each to champion a grape variety.
Here they give their thoughts on the appeal of the grape, its essential character, and how best to communicate those attributes to wine drinkers. They all had much to say!

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Spain – Fragrant Whites

One of the most successful white wines across my wine bars on P&O Cruises is a Treixadura from Galicia – a wine that appeals as much to fans of Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc as traditional Chablis thanks to its flourishing freshness and enticing subtle fragrance. It shows modern Spanish winemaking with…

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The new Rioja, by Tim Atkin MW

Rioja is a paradox. As opinion polls and sales figures both confirm, it’s Spain’s most famous and best-loved wine region. And yet, curiously, it’s also one of its least well known. Rioja has done such a good job of communicating a strong brand image, based on the sturdy pillars of…

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Following the Duero…

You’d have thought the King of Spain could jump the queue when he felt like a few bottles of Spain’s most famous wine. But when he rang up and said – “Good afternoon, I’d like to order a case of your wine please”, the guy at the end of the…

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Time to delve into Cava

It’s difficult to remember a more opportune time to delve into Cava. With sparkling wine generally riding high, having firmly established itself as an everyday treat in the UK, wine drinkers are now discovering that a wealth of styles exist beyond the most basic bottles. And Spain’s best-known sparkling wine…

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