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Cold wines for the summer

 TAGS:Summer this year with temperatures high enough to make us fear the worst for July, force us start looking for fresh wines as a light option to our regular wine choices. People like me, looking deep into the red flavors and intense aromas without half measures, should change their minds, for their own sake, and make their way towards new experiences, less direct and more evocative, less aged and a little younger.

For this temporary amendment purpose, I have prepared a list of wines that I would like to try, because of their freshness, novelty and also just because. During the colder months I have been postponing these tastings, preferring the security that knowing what will happen after uncorking gives to you, but spring is in the air and this saying also applies to wines. Let’s taste.

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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.

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Synonyms for grape names (Part II)

Grapes

Uva perruna (doggy Grape), Pardillo, Negrera (slavers), Botón de gallo (rooster’s button …yes, it's what you have just read, it is the translation of those names. Local names for famous grapes... Do you want to know which ones are they?

Wine is universal, made worldwide, and elaborated most of the time with the local grapes, harvested in the place of manufacture.

These grapes despite having a distant origin have some "nicknames" in each and every different place. Let’s know some synonyms for grape names.

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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 .