Spanish wines are among the best in the world, along with French and Italian. They are more tart taste and a fortress, which is consistent with the nature of the passionate Spanish. Particularly popular red Spanish wines, although it also produced a magnificent pink and white wine.
In each region of Spain produces its own varieties of wine, the best of which is assigned the status «denominación de origen» - D.O., indicating the place of origin as well as the beverage, and a special way of growing grapes, methods of production and aging. The highest status DOCa (Spanish:. denominacion de origen Calificada) have two region of Spain - Catalan Priorat and Rioja. All Spanish wines is assigned a specific name on terms of their exposure: «Joven» - the new wine from this year's harvest of grapes, «Crianza» wine is kept for at least 2 year, «Reserva» - wine that is kept for at least three years, «Gran Reserva» maintained by 5 years.
Так какое же вино выбрать, отдыхая в Барселоне? Помимо всеми известной Риохи советуем попробовать местные каталонские вина, ведь Каталония является самым древним испанским винным регионом, так как этот напиток здесь начали изготавливать еще римляне. In the future, the wine tradition has been taken up by the monasteries. Of all the regions of Spain it is Catalonia has the highest number D.O., most popular of which is the Priorat, Penedés and Cava.
region of Priorat wines are considered the best and most elite of Catalonia, and produce them from "Cabernet" varieties "Cabernet Sauvignon", "Garnacha", "Merlot", "Syrah" and "Carignan". Priorat wines have a dark rich red color, but for their dense astringent taste characteristic of a long pleasant aftertaste.
Penedes Wine Region appreciated for their refreshing fruity taste and aroma. Penedès produce both of the French grape varieties, as well as from traditional "Tempranillo" Spanish varieties. For wines D.O. Penedes characteristic soft and velvety taste, and the most popular brands are «Torres», «Codorniu» and «Freixenet».
Kava - is the subject of a separate discussion. Catalonian Cava produced only a few provinces, and the main manufacturing region Cava San Sadurní d`Anoyya considered that close to Barcelona. This sparkling wine is also called the Catalan champagne. Production technology of cava and French champagne are very similar. But the land, climate, grape varieties are different, and therefore get a taste. Вина D.O. Cava is made from Malvasia grapes, Sharel-lo, Macabeo, Chardonnay and Pareyyada. Without this fine drink does not pass one festive meal in Spain.
As for white wines, it is advisable to try the variety Albariño from Rias Baixas. This fresh fruity wines with a rich floral aroma. Drink this wine for fish dishes or seafood on a hot Barcelona day - a real pleasure. If you like dry white wine - try the variety Verdejo region Ribera del Duero.
And tourists love to drink sangria. Sangria - a mixture of wine, liquor, soft drinks, fruit and ice. It is good as an aperitif, as a summer cold drink, refreshing and thirst-quenching. Sangria is perfect for the terrace beach cafe, but in the restaurant for lunch or dinner is better to order a bottle of quality wine. Be sure to try the sangria, prepared on kava, is tastier and more refined than the classic version with wine.
In Barcelona there is a fault not only for all tastes, but also purse. The price for a bottle of good wine can be in the range of five euros for this price, you can even buy wine to 90 points Parker. Fine wines are on 50 euros and above. Good Priory bottle costs between seven and twenty euros. For ten euros you can buy a bottle of excellent wine, and for three euros is not bad.