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Álvaro Ribalta MW gets to grips with sparkling wines from Penedès

Álvaro Ribalta | June 14th, 2021

The latest Spaniard to become Master of Wine shares with SWL readers the findings of his research paper on the complex scenario of sparkling wines produced using the traditional method in the Catalan region of Penedès.

In depth 2021-06-14 06:06:03

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What makes Spanish wines different?

Amaya Cervera | May 12th, 2020

Sometimes one cannot see the wood for the trees. Which are the main singularities of Spanish wine that can used as a helpful guideline? We have listed six factors to avoid losing sight of the big picture.

In depth 2020-05-12 07:05:29

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Online wine sales soar during the lockdown in Spain

Amaya Cervera | March 30th, 2020

Online retailers in Spain report an upsurge in wine purchases since the lockdown is in place. Tougher restrictions come into effect today but they will not affect their business.

In depth 2020-03-30 12:03:28

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The coronavirus crisis in Spain’s wine industry

Amaya Cervera | March 14th, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has come at a bad time for the wine industry which was already suffering the effects of Brexit and the US tariffs. We have talked to analysts, producers, distributors and restaurant owners to have an overview of the situation.

In depth 2020-03-14 10:03:37

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Andalusia’s traditional wines at a crossroads

Amaya Cervera | April 9th, 2019

Held in Madrid from the 1st to 3rd April, the I International Congress of Traditional Andalusian Wines was the scene of some fascinating tastings with discussions on the ups and downs of the category and musings about what the future will hold.

In depth 2019-04-09 08:04:42

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The real value of old vines

Amaya Cervera | March 26th, 2018

Leaving aside any trace of romance or impressive images, old vines (which are an important asset in Spain) are the guardians of biodiversity and a valuable source of solutions to deal with the challenges that winegrowers face in the 21st century.

In depth 2018-03-26 06:03:53

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A MW research paper on wine classifications in Spain

Amaya Cervera | October 10th, 2017

We are delighted to share the conclusions of the research paper conducted on this subject by new Spanish Master of Wine Fernando Mora –we thank the Institute of Masters of Wine for grating us permission to publish them.

In depth 2017-10-10 10:10:15

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Cava de Paraje Calificado - what’s it all about?

Amaya Cervera | December 16th, 2016

Even if the official seal is not due to be issued until next year, we reveal some of the sparkling wines pursuing the new Cava de Paraje Calificado category, which aims to set the new benchmark of quality in Spain’s most famous bubbly.

In depth 2016-12-16 10:12:04

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Further steps to demarcate terroir in Spain

Amaya Cervera | June 28th, 2016

Zoning and land classification are contentious issues in Spain. Following the recent approval of a single-vineyard category for Cava, Rioja continues to discuss its future while other wine producing regions are going their own way.

In depth 2016-06-28 07:06:45

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Vinoble 2016 witnesses a change of cycle in Sherry

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | June 6th, 2016

With lights and shadows in the organisation, the International Exhibition of Noble Wines confirmed a new stage in the Sherry Triangle and renewed dynamism both from new producers and some of the leading wineries in the region.

In depth 2016-06-06 10:06:40

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Does terroir matter in Spain's appellations?

Amaya Cervera | November 10th, 2015

It seems obvious that denominations of origin are meant to protect a wine region. Paradoxically, some producers in Spain do not feel comfortable in their DOs while others demand more differentiation, authenticity and attention to their needs.

In depth 2015-11-10 08:11:39

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Priorat: is it all about terroir?

Amaya Cervera | June 16th, 2015

If it’s been a while since you last tasted a wine from Catalonia’s Priorat, you may be surprised by how much fresher and approachable the wines feel these days. With diversity on the rise, we embark on a journey to discover Priorat’s true character

In depth 2015-06-16 08:06:26

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What’s all the fuss about Cava?

Amaya Cervera | December 9th, 2014

With some producers leaving the appellation and others seeking their own path, the regulatory board has announced a high-quality category for Cava. Despite the turmoil, there has never been so much diversity and good quality bubblies in Spain.

In depth 2014-12-09 03:12:52