Why we like so much Spanish Wine

Why I Love Wine?…Wine has a meaning that really no other beverage possesses. It is plenty of reasons why I love wine, so many reasons that I could be writing for a days, with a good bottle of Old Spanish Wine, of course :-)))

Wine is rewarding, transmits history, pleasure, hospitality. For me, one of the biggest pleasures is cellaring wines, is a way of capturing and storing their warmth to be enjoyed whenever I wish.

A bottle of Spanish Wine is a liquid battery filled with the juice of memory…

It is charged with the different climates and micro climates from our country, sunshine, flavor, and is the culmination of perfect and old processes that made it the final product I am enjoying at this moment. When I think about the beginning of the working process of this wine seems like an analogy of life, every seemingly little decision had an impact on its direction, its outcome, its personality, and ultimately what I have in my glass meanwhile writing what i?m thinking and feeling about it.

No other substance expresses the Earth´s geology…

There are differences in foods like tomatoes and potatoes, these are due to variety. No vegetable can reflect a hillside´s soil, the amount of sunlight it receives, the weather during a years time like the vid. The vid is explicitly capable of revealing its geological context through its fruit. In every wine we can understand what has been happening throughout the year and this is something exceptional.

Drink of my passion…

Spanish Wine enamored me because it expresses each region from Spain combined with its human story. I am in absolute awe of the people who dedicate their lives to making this humble, artisan-made beverage. When done with love it doesn?t matter if its a Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, it´s the man´s passion, his energetic imprint sealed into the wine forever. Meet the winemaker and you will know already the personality of his wine. Try the wine and you have tasted the passion of the winemaker.

There´s always an occasion for drinking a good Spanish Wine…

Maybe it´s a night that you are tired and preparing just a salad for dinner and open a bottle of a Crianza from Ribera del Duero and later you finish it laying on the sofa and watching a movie. Or a friend unexpectedly is knocking your door with a bottle or Reserva from La Rioja to say hello to you and chat for a while. That simple glass of God Liquid transforms the evening on the terrace into an enjoyable and unforgettable moment. Or it´s your anniversary and its time to break out the Gran Reserva from 1997 you have been saving for a candlelit dinner. Perhaps you had a horrendous afternoon at the office and the only thing that will save the day is tapas, a glass of wine, and your friends. You decide when wine is appropriate. Then, just enjoy and let it work its magic.

1001 Aromas…

Wine is sensual, pleasurable. It all starts through the nose, what is called “The Bouquet”. Although we drink wine and feel its texture through our palate, a large part of wine is truly about aromas. Smell is directly connected to the part of our brain that triggers memory, humor, and emotions. That´s why, when we sniff out a scent in the wine, at times we may not be able to identify it with words, but it takes us back to a familiar memory, like when you were in your grandmother´s kitchen and she was making raspberry jam. With a trained nose, you can even smell out the wines age, region, assemblage, and how it was produced. It gives clues about what´s to come next when you sip it.

Many Varieties…

Variety is the Spice of Life. There are hundreds of grape varieties worldwide. Add to that, thousands of micro regions and styles. Literally, you could try a bottle a day for a lifetime and never totally exhaust your options. Spain is plenty of them, south, north, east, west, mainland, islands and all of them with different climates and micro climates that makes from Spanish Wine and its variety a great Spice of Life.

Travel around Spain in a bottle…

Wine can transport you to faraway places with its aromas and flavors. Essentially, it is a snapshot at a specific moment in time of a place. As you open that Vega Sicilia Unico from 1989 (I know, I dream…but let me dream), what does the vineyard look like? How they did this wonderful and exclusive wine? What was the weather like that year? Was it a cold, rainy summer or hot? What was happening in the World as they harvested that grand vintage? The wine will tell you the story of its origin as you taste it. All it takes is being open and trusting those cues as you get them. At the end, wine is a language, like art, and you don´t need planes to get there to experience it.

Wine makes food taste better…

If you know that there is a condiment that would enhance the flavor for everything you eat, wouldn´t you want to use it all the time? Believe me, this condiment is Wine. Flavor components in wine like acidity and tannins naturally compliment food. Tangy goat cheese intensifies with old wines; the tannins of a wild Tempranillo are tamed with a perfectly grilled steak, the delights of a simmering lamb confit is played up by a good Cabernet Sauvignon and the examples are endless.

Wine is good for my health…

Research now shows that 1-2 glasses of wine per day have health benefits, from antioxidants in red wine tannins to reducing gallstones and the instances of heart attacks and strokes. However, over two glasses, all health benefits are lost and the effect of alcohol and excess calories (sugar) set in. And no, you cannot accummulate glasses during the week and cash them in on the weekend. Get in the habit of a glass of wine with dinner, or with lunch, like we do here, in Spain.

By the way, don´t forget moderation when drinking wine. To understand How Much is Moderate just go here.

And if you are a Wine Lover, even if we are not spaking about Spanish Wines, have a look at 100 Wines to Try Before you Die.

I hope that my reflection meanwhile taking a glass of wine has aroused your curiosity for wine, but also hope that yourselves will find your own reasons why you like wine, is plenty of them, believe me.

Enjoy Spanish Wines

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