Decoding Spanish Wine: A Beginner's Guide to the High Value, World Class Wines of Spain Paperback – January 24, 2019
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"Kudos to Andrew Cullen and Ryan McNally for this accessible deep-dive into Spanish wines. For anyone looking to expand their wine knowledge, DECODING SPANISH WINE is a must buy. Salud!" - Amy E. Reichert, author of THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE and THE OPTIMIST'S GUIDE TO LETTING GO
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 24, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 120 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1722643889
- ISBN-13 : 978-1722643881
- Item Weight : 6.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.28 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #480,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Understanding how they make wine (and label it) in Spain is pretty daunting, probably second only to Burgundy in complexity. A couple years ago, I took a trip to Spain with the wife to figure it out for myself. We were there for a week and post-trip, I felt like I finally had a grasp on the grapes, the regions, the techniques, the rules and the labeling of Spanish wine.
While I wouldn't trade the memories made (and the wines we experienced) for the world, most of what I learned relative to the ins and outs Spanish wine can be found in this book. It's a terrific primer to take away the complexity involved in figuring out what you're getting when you peruse the "Spain" section at a wine store.
Recommend it to beginners and enthusiasts alike.
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The book is short and can be easily read in an afternoon. When you go to buy your Spanish wines take it with you as an aide memoir.
The book is written in a easy and very fluid style with basic maps and was published in 2018 so it is bang up to date. This book is well recommended and will leave you with a sound understanding enabling you to carry on gaining more detailed knowledge much more easily.
They have been growing grapes and producing fine wine in the Ribeira Sacra since Roman times and after the Romans left the Monks built their Churches and Monasteries along the banks of the Sil and Mino (which is where the "Ribeira Sacra" came from) and continued the wine making tradition. The vines are mostly cultivated on near vertical slopes! To miss the region out on a guide to "High Value World Class Wines of Spain" is a massive oversight by the Authors. If they have not been here they have missed some spectacular scenery and some of the best, as well as some of the most Expensive! Wines in Spain. Hopefully, if they get as far as a re-print they will put this matter right because this area of Spain is fast becoming something of a tourist hot-spot and the visitors need a useful guide to the local Wines.
It gives a good breakdown on the the Spanish wine regions, and how to decipher the categories and grades of the wine. With a useful interrogation of the information you will find on the labels of the bottles.
It has helped me with wine selection and discovering wines from the lesser known regions that may not always appear on the popular wine shelves.
I would recommend if you are looking to discover how the world of Spanish wine works.
My one complaint would be that the description of it does not indicate that it is aimed at the US market. While I don't mind $ prices rather than € prices, references to Fahrenheit rather than Celsius or saying what wines are available in Trader Joe's, the problem is that this approach necessarily leaves out a lot of wines that never make it across the Atlantic. Consquently, some regions and makers that are popular in Spain itself don't get a look-in.
All-in-all, if you want a very high-level view of Spanish wine and you live in North America I think this is probably the book for you. If you live in Europe where Spanish wine is more widely distributed you probably need another book (although I haven't found such a book yet!!)