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Spanish Regulations Governing Wine

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The wide diversity of soils and climates in Spain has long produced an extensive range of wines, each showing pronounced characteristics.  The careful cultivation of vineyards, united with the painstaking and increasingly sophisticated techniques used by Spanish vintners in making their wines, has won international recognition and prestige.

Since Spain joined the European Union, Spanish wines have been adapted to European standards.  This means that they have been classified into two major groups:  Quality Wines Produced in Specified Regions (QWPSR) and Table Wine (TW).

More recently, Spain passed law 24/2003 of July 10—the Vineyard and Wine Act.  This legislation, together with the subsequent regulations governing Wines of the Country completed in September of the same year, describes the different classes of wines according to the degree of monitoring and exigency applied to the production process.   These documents, in turn, have allowed clearer definition of origin and quality protection system to be defined.

The Vineyard and Wine Act also establishes minimum standards for crianza—the process of aging wine in wood and in the bottle—which unify the requirements to be met according to the indications relative to aging categories.

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Wine of the Week

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2007 Chateau d'Or et de Gueules Les Cimels (2/15/10)

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2007 Descendientes de Jose Palacios Petalos del Bierzo (2/8/10)

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2008 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec (2/1/10)

2008 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec (2/1/10)

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Cocktail of the Week

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Cu Collins (9/6/10)

2 oz. Hendrick's Gin4 cucumber slicesFresh cilantro leaves, to taste1 oz. fresh lime juice 1 oz. simple syrupclub soda, to taste ice 1 Cucumber slice or lime for garnish Muddle cucumber slices and...

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Remember the Maine (2/15/10)

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Tequini (2/8/10)

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I love a gin martini this time of year, but occasionally a twist on the concept is in order. 3oz. white tequila, 1/2 oz. dry vermouth, dash of Angostura bitters, lemon twist. Stir tequila, vermouth, and...

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Recent Tastings

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Grapes for Humanity Global Foundation Austin, Feb. 28

Please join us in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for a fine wine dinner featuring the wines of Frescobaldi with special guest and honorary director of Grapes For Humanity Global Foundation, Marchese Leonardo...

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Ardbeg Single Malt Tasting - Austin, March 18

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Champagne Invitational - New Orleans, April 15

The FIRST Independent  Champagne and Sparkling Wine InvitationalNew Orleans, April 15 - 18, 2010

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In the Vineyard

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