Or send me an email before this time next week. That’s when Ryan Opaz from Catavino will visit the fabulous Winecast studios for a podcast and virtual tasting of wines from the Iberian Peninsula.
Like the Cellar Rat, Ryan is a Twin Cities expatriate and he returned to Minnesota for the holidays. I’m taking advantage of this to record a podcast and Ryan suggested we solicit questions from Winecast readers and listeners on the of the wines of Spain and Portugal. As you might expect from my predictions, I’m going to ask Ryan if he thinks Tempranillo will be the hot red of 2007 but there are plenty of other things to learn about Iberian wines.
Just post your question to the comments here or send me an email. Our show will be posted on January 14th.
Didn’t know Iberia made wines but I would no doubt like to try them, as well as other obscure wines from odd nations.
Umm, I guess I need to spell this out a bit more clearly for some… “Iberian wines” should say “wines of the Iberian Peninsula.” For those who are not that good with geography, it is the countries of Spain, Portugal and Andorra (and the island of Gibraltar, if you really want to get pedantic about it). You know, just south of France 😉
I’ll amend my post to be a bit more specific.
And I will leave your comment up instead of moderating it as SPAM because I did see a kernel of conversational value… nice one.
Dr. Debs says
I understood you perfectly! Does this make me a geek?
Yep, Doc, I’m afraid so 😉
And you posted the 1,000th comment here; thanks!
Rob Barnett says
Not sure if your interview with Ryan has already happened, but Iberian winesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦great topic! TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to be some of the greatest quality-to-price wines on the planet. Before my Wife and I discovered Spanish Cava we drank less than 10% of the sparkling wine we do nowÃ¢â‚¬Â¦and because of Cava, sparkling wines have moved from a special occasion wine to a frequent wine for us. Some of our favs are Cristalino (Brut and Rose), Segura Viudas Aria, and even Freixenet is very drinkableÃ¢â‚¬Â¦and all of these are locally available for only $4.99-6.99! And, when I think of great drinking values like Abadia Retuerta, Bodegas Castano Solanera, Capcanes Mas Donis, Las Rocas Granacha, and the incredibly low cost and highly likable ProtocoloÃ¢â‚¬Â¦how can they sell that for only $4.99!? We even recently had a great Portal bottling called Pinol Sacra Natura that was under $15 and great drinking. All of these wines are winners and none of them Ã¢â‚¬Å“break-the-bankÃ¢â‚¬?. I would very much like to hear RyanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s opinion on these wines and about any tips he can provided for Iberian wines to keep a watch for in 2007.
Thanks, Sips (Rob)
el jefe says
Priorat! Tarragona! And beyond!
Also spend a couple minutes on “Save the Duero!” – I owe Ryan a post on that as well…!
(Decided to post this anyway, mostly because the Duero needs to be mentioned as much as possible… website: http://www.savetheduero.com/)
Last week I had a tampernillo for the fist time – great wine! Is that considered an Iberian wine? If so what’s it best served with?