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International Grenache Day, aka #GrenacheDay

Grenache is a very special red grape variety, playing an important role in Spanish and global wine making. In the past, it used to be a widely planted grape, although its popularity declined in favour of varieties that were easier to grow and had a greater yield. Today, however, it is the third most widely grown grape variety in Spain, and one … [Read more...] about International Grenache Day, aka #GrenacheDay

Spain, a wine country

Spain is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, traditionally linked to the world of wine. Vines have been cultivated in a number of Spanish regions since time immemorial and, for centuries, wine has been the most popular drink in Iberian Peninsula. Sometimes, making comparisons with other wine-growing regions can be a useful way to understand how … [Read more...] about Spain, a wine country

The history of wine bottle size

Even when you will find as many as 14 different sizes or formats of wine bottles, the standard bottle size is 75cl, or three quarters of a litre. The reason for this peculiar size is not clear, since there are different theories to account for it. In any case, in the 1970s, a number of countries agreed to adopt 75cl as the standard bottle in order … [Read more...] about The history of wine bottle size

Wine: Taste and aftertaste

Take your first sips of a wine and your palate will experience a cascade of taste sensations. However, there are other senses involved too, and the tasting process unfolds in a number of steps that make up the global flavour of wine. The mouth is a multisensory organ that contains the tongue, with its taste buds. The smells pass through to the … [Read more...] about Wine: Taste and aftertaste