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Snooth User: davestone04

Check out this map of Spanish Wine Regions

Posted by davestone04, Jun 6, 2009.

Which one is your favorite??


Reply by GregT, Jun 6, 2009.

It's a nice map and they did a pretty good job overall. There are a couple of mistakes there however.

Reply by davestone04, Jun 6, 2009.

What mistakes do you see? Certainly don't want to be mislead if I find some time to journey off to one or more. Thanks!

Reply by GregT, Jun 7, 2009.

Thinking about it now I should have kept my mouth shut. The map is really good and the issues are so minor as to not really merit attention. But if you want some nit-picking, here are a few items:

Garnacha is not from Sardinia. There is a small group of Italian archeologists who put forth that theory a few years ago based on the discovery of some prehistoric seeds and pottery. Their opinion is in the minority, to put it generously.

They seem to have left out a couple of D.O regions in Castilla y Leon now because I think there are nine now - Arribes, Bierzo, Cigales, Ribera Del Arlanza, Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Toro, and Tierra del vino de Zamora.

They said Albarino is one of the most expensive Spanish wines??

They say that cabernet sauvignon is important in the Mediterranean regions, but it's been grown in Rioja and Ribera del Duero for many many years and in fact, in Rioja it arrived before garnacha.

But like I said, the site is pretty nice. I don't mean to disparage it in any way. I'm thinking that some of the verbiage was translated from another language anyhow, which is always a little tricky. And I very much doubt that you'd be misled at all. They seem to have done a lot of homework.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 8, 2009.

Greg is just a stickler!

It's a great resource and looks to be one of the most complete regional overviews I've ever seen.

Reply by davestone04, Jun 10, 2009.

I agree...there's no doubt that some of the info was lost in translation! Certainly enjoyed reading your comments though, notably about how long cabernet sauvignon has been around in Rioja...very cool stuff.

One other question that I'm sure both of you guys could answer: Besides cava and superb Priorats, which wines of Catalonia do you recommend? I'm heading to Barcelona for the first time next week, so I'd appreciate your advice..thanks!

Reply by GregT, Jun 10, 2009.

Well, Monstant is a place to look at. There are a few pretty good producers in the area and they tend to be less pricey than Priorat. And in Emporda, there is pretty much nothing but a lot of buzz and a lot of investment and Peter Sisseck was working with Clos d'Agon. Some think this may be a new Priorat - i.e. an ancient area for wine that hasn't produced much of note recently but which has unique character and might, if worked carefully, produce outstanding wine. And in the Penedes region, look for some reserve cavas - they are head and shoulders above the run of the mill mass produced stuff like Freixenet and Cordoniu. And some of the producers are doing dry still wines from the Cava grapes - Xarel-lo for example, can be a really nice, crisp, lean white with a hint of a floral note.

Reply by davestone04, Jun 11, 2009.

Excellent thoughts Greg! Have you spent a good bit of time in Spain? If so, you definitely have the wine knowledge to back it up. Not sure if you follow wine library tv, but there was a recent episode with a blind tasting of five Priorats. Check it out here if you'd like...


Reply by atonalprime, Sep 16, 2009.

Dave -- do you have any particular suggestions for Barcelona? I'll be going there in a few weeks and was hoping to perhaps check out Priorat, if not a few other regions. Also, any notable destinations within Barcelona would be good to know.

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