REBEL GRAPE SOCIETY

OCTOBER 2020

IBERIAN INFLUENCERS

The popularity and relationship of Spanish wines in the US is a unique one. The country’s flagship wines of Rioja can range from world class wine list gems, to Trader Joes budget staples. That simply doesn’t exist for Barolo or Burgundy (sad to say.) But all in all, Spain has long felt reasonably easy to understand to the casual wine lover; Versatile Tempranillo, dependable Albariño, and truck loads of cheap, delicious Cava. Nowadays, there also is more deserved recognition for the range of great Grenache (Garnacha) and Mourvedre (Monastrell/Mataro) made predominantly in Jumilla and Catalunya, though many first associate those two Grapes with France’s Rhone Valley. 

Although we do see those grapes here as well, they remain very underrepresented and Mataro especially is very seldom given it’s due respect on center stage. It’s difficult to grasp how Cabernet and Merlot have such a stronghold here in California, but somehow Tempranillo is virtually non-existent. Albariño could not be any more of a darling with wild popularity in the US, in both restaurants and in shops, inexplicably with no more than a handful of people taking a chance to grow and produce it domestically. These are not obscure grapes by any means, and we’re sure thankful for these three producers dedicated to producing fabulous examples in their uniquely Californian style. 

– Kevin Wardell, October 2020

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WINE NO.1: FERDINAND ALBARIÑO

Vista Luna Vineyard, Napa, California 2019
RE-ORDER $23

WINE NO.2: ENFIELD ‘PRETTY HORSES’ TEMPRANILLO

90% Tempranillo + 5% Graciano + Pinot Noir
Sierra Foothills, California 2017
RE-ORDER $33

WINE NO. 3: FINE DISREGARD MATARO

Pato Vineyard, Contra Costa, California 2017
RE-ORDER $33
WINE SMARTS.

WINE SMARTS.

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