El Sequé Dulce – Artadis sweet wine from Alicante


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The vineyards of the Artadi winery, planted with Monastrell, lie 600 meters high on sandy soil with a loamy subsoil, near Alicante. The grapes for the tasted El Sequé dulce 2015 come from there. The Artadi winery, founded in Rioja in 1985, owns vineyards in the Alavesa in Rioja, as well as those in Navarra and those near Alicante. The farming method of the winery is organic,

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PX-Sherry Bertola – herbal sweetness


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Pedro Ximénez Sherry is one of the sweetest wines in the world. Only the Pedro Ximénez grape variety is used for its production. For this purpose, the overripe grapes are dried in the sun after the harvest, which not only increases the sugar content, but also the aromas and at the same time the acidity. Moscatel sherry is made the same way. These two wines are so-called

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Don PX – Sherry from Montilla-Moriles


Finally, after Corona, for the first time there was a tasting with winemakers and other fellow tasters. The Spanish economic and trade department ICEX invited to the Charles Hotel in Munich, where the Spanish Wine Fair 2021 entitled Wine in Motions took place on October 11th. 22 wineries were represented, one of which caught my attention as it had wines made exclusively from Pedro Ximénez (PX). A grape variety that is grown in southern Spain, mainly in the Andalusian region of Montilla-Moriles, and is mainly used there and in Jerez for the production of sherry.

The Bodega Toro Albalá, founded in Córdoba in 1922, is very well known … Read more ...

Apasionado Dulce de José Pariente

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Due to its naturally high acidity and its susceptibility to botrytis, Sauvignon Blanc is excellently suited for sweet and noble sweet wines – and is in the well-known sweet wine Sauternes an important part, albeit smaller in quantity. It is therefore not surprising that sweet Sauvignon Blanc wines can be found in many countries. We tasted a sweet wine from the Rueda region in Spain, the Apasionado Dulce 2015 from Bodegas José Pariente.

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Vino Naranja – not an Orange Wine

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Vino Naranja comes from Huelva, or rather from the DO (Denominación Origén) Condado de Huelva wine region, which, lying on the Atlantic coast of southern Spain’s Andalusia, has a long history of winegrowing. Given its location between the Portuguese border and the Jerez sherry area, it is no wonder that there still wines like Condado Pálido and Condado Viejo, which are comparable to Fino respectively Oloroso, are produced using the Solera process,

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Rueda sparkling – Verdejo frizzante

Spain is rich in sweet wines, including many sparkling wines. Some of the sweet, less sparkling frizzante are made similar to the Moscato d’Asti. Among them are not only Frizzante from Moscatel, but also from the Canary Listán blanco and also Sauvignon blanc or Verdejo in Rueda.

Verdejo, whose name derives from its almost blue-green flowering, is one of the main Rueda grape varieties – more than half of Verdejo’s 18,000 hectares of Spain are found there. Founded in Valladolid in 1970, Grupo Yllera, which manages 100 hectares of its own vineyards and buys grapes from other 730 hectares, controlled by Yllera, in the wine … Read more ...

Vi de Glass – Catalan Icewine


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When someone talks about icewine, you think of ice-cold nights when the grapes freeze on the vines, which are harvested at night or early in the morning. From this, the must is pressed, which not only has high sugar but also a lot of fruit, extract and acidity and which after itsfermenation will be a icewine.

But what to do if such cold nights are missing, such as in the Spanish wine-growing area of ​​Penedès, where even in the coldest January nights, the thermometer falls below the zero degree limit only very rarely?

The winery Gramona also asked this question. Located in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia since 1850, the … Read more ...