A fun, yet educational, alcoholic journey through the Spanish world of wine.
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All about Albariño
It's time for another grape-centric podcast. We have alreasdy covered Garnacha and Tempranillo and now it's time for the King of the white grapes Albariño. To dive into the history, flavours, styles and regions of this fantastic grape they sample a Valencian version from Bodegas Hispano-Suizas.
VC Cebreros - how did this region escape us for so long?! Just out west, over the Madrid border, is a high altitude mountainous Vino de Calidad wine region called Cebreros up in the Sierra de Gredos. Today, with special guest Rick Fisher SWS, we sample a bottle of Viña de Ayer Albillo from winemaker SotoManrique!
Weird Grapes: Maturana Blanca
Maturana what now? Yes, that's right; we're back with another weird grape. This week it's a vitually non-planted and unknown white variety from Rioja. The crazy thing is that it's one of the oldest in the region! Roque and Luke are enjoying a bottle of Clipeo; an organic small production fancy pants bottle.
Sherry. That famously misunderstood wine; sometimes sweet, sometimes drier than bone dry. Always fortified. But what if a sherry winemaker decided to release a sherry...unfortified? Well that's what Luke and Roque have this week. A bottle of Socaire from VT Cadiz.
Back to Bierzo
This week Roque and Luke head back to Bierzo; one of their favourite DOs. Why? Well, since 2019 a lot of Spanish wine regions have been undergoing major changes to their rules and regs. So they plan to revisit and drink their way through the changes. This week Banzao's Godello Vino de Villa.
The Final Blend
What goes into a wine? Grapes? Sure. Fermented ones? That’s right. And sometimes more than one type. The idea of a blended wine isn’t new, but it’s not often talked about. Bordeaux is a blend, Rioja traditionally is a blend. Today we wanted to talk about blending with an awesome little wine that puts the idea of the coupage foremost. Pasotismo from Aragon.
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Funny, irreverent, cheeky, informative: there aren’t enough adjectives to adequately describe these episodes but the guys have really invigorated my passion to discover Spanish wines and made me a customer of their shop. Great job Roque and Luke!
Jamie Oliver of wine meets cool Spanish mate for unpretentious yet set legit Vino education.
Stumbled across this while studying for the US based Spanish Wine scholar qualification. (Which is almost as geeky as Luke, but a lot less interesting, and certainly less entertaining.) In fact listening to these two guys was about the only thing that kept me smiling through the Spanish Wine Scholar studying period! Luke is for Spanish wine what Jamie Oliver once was for British food (a long time ago). As in very well versed, totally onto it, but also at last completely devoid of pomposity. And Roque makes sure Luke stays suitably un-pomposityish! Truth be told: without Roque Luke would risk collapsing into the usual
wine-expert ridiculousness! Thank You Roque for saving him! SUMMARY: If you want to really learn about Spanish wine - all 60 + DO and 40+ VT . Listen to this podcast and save the money you might have spent on the Spanish Wine Guild Course!
Keep it up boys: So to speak!
Easy way to learn Spanish wines
Great supplemental material for those studying in the Spanish wine scholar or WSET level 3 program.