Learn Spanish Wines Part 2

Learn Spanish Wines and Regions Part 2 – Spain’s Top Regions and Their Wines   Rias Baixas Rias Baixas (REE-ez BUY-shez), a small region of Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain, is responsible for the countries’ most exciting, sought after, and expensive white wines. For centuries, the Spanish palate has preferred their wines well aged in oak barrels, even for white and rosé wines. This practice yielded what many wine consumers considered dried-out, oxidized, earthy, musty and flat wines, unpalatable years ago and utterly unfathomable to modern consumers used light, crisp and fresh fruit flavors. Rias Baixes led the charge in modernizing the white wine industry in Spain with their stainless steel fermented Albarinos. Penedes Catalonia is one of the most dynamic regions in all of Spain, and the same holds true for its wines. Equally praised for reds, whites and SPARKLING wines, everything in the region is dynamic: politics, language, art, food & wine. International varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have their largest foothold here in the Penedes region of Catalonia. The most well known wine to come out of Penedes is by far the sparkling Cava, Spain’s word for sparkling wines made in the traditional champagne method. While Cava can be made in any of 6 different regions spread over a wide area of Spain, Penedes accounts for 95% of Cava production. Rioja It might be a toss-up between Cava and Rioja as to which Spanish wine is more well known the world over, but for red wine drinkers, the answer is clear – Rioja. When phylloxera wiped out the vineyards of...