Episode 8: Wine Regions of Spain (Part 1) with Shanyn Ward

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Part 1 of a whirl-wind tour of the wine regions of Spain with my guest, the charming Shanyn Ward. Spain’s wines in 2 acts!

Spain’s wines and wine regions are varied and extensive. Spain produces literally billions of bottles of wine every year. But don’t think of Spain as a place for bulk wine or for mediocre quality. And don’t be intimidated by the range of bottles on the wine shelves. Spain is rightfully one of the premiere wine regions on earth given its long wine history and its favourable climate and variety of wine terroir. You will find wines of all quality levels and all price points. And you will find killer wines at a great quality to price ratio.

Shanyn Ward joins me to host this quite extensive tour of Spain’s wine regions. She applies her deep experience and education to guide us as we travel from the wonderful wine regions close to Barcelona and then hit the road on a major counter-clockwise trip around Spain. We’ll go to Rioja, to the Basque country, to Rias Baixas, Ribera del Duero, Jerez and much much more.

Have you wondered about the famous tempranillo grape and what differences it shows in different regions and terroirs? Have you tried Albariño wine from Rias Baixas and wanted to understand more about this wonderful white? Do you think about Sherry wine and ask yourself why it doesn’t seem to be on consumer’s minds so much these days? Join us on the journey to talk about these and loads of other Spanish wine topics. From Mencia grapes to Garnacha. From Bilbao to Barcelona. From Cava to Rioja reds. Spain has such a rich and rewarding wine culture.

Make sure to send us comments at [email protected]. Let us know what other wine regions or wine topics you would like to hear about. Join us on the wine journey and explore more!

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