In short, if i am to choose a book on spanish wine, i feel absolutely confident hes wellversed on the subject. The tendency to make singlevariety wines, dominant in spain for decades, has led to an increased interest in the identification and authenticity of native varieties. In addition to being great values, the wines of spain are exciting, as they are based on many litt. This is a major challenge because wine is such a broad topic. Today, however, worldclass wines are produced in costers del segre, navarra, peneds, priorato, ribera del duero, and somontano, to name just a few areas that are covered in this comprehensive book. It covers the wines, the vineyards and the wine producers of all these regions.
Perhaps youd like to find new types of wine to try, or better yet, youre shooting for a career in the drinks business. Ranging from the wines of catalonia such as ampurdn costa brava to the varieties of southeastern spain such as valencia and jumilla to the wines of the canary islands, this is the one book on spanish wine for both the novice and the expert. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Wine from spain a complete guide to the spansh wine, the most popular red and white wines, grape varieties and wines such as rioja. After years on the sidelines of the world of fine wine, it is now a major player. Spanish wine has awakened from a long period of dormancy and underachievement. Wine from spain a complete guide to spains best wines. The wines of northern spain the classic wine library. We personally assess every book s quality and offer rare, outofprint treasures. Browse our visual wine compendium or our playful weekly articles. The wines of spain by julian jeffs the introduction catavino. In total, there are more than a hundred majority varieties grown in spain, distributed throughout the country and present in the different designations of. For decades, only spain s most famous red wine region, rioja, and the classic fortified wine region, sherry, had any international presence for fine wines. Just about all the tour guides for spain have very little to say about the spanish wine country.
The culture of wine in spain stretches back hundreds of years, but in the last 30 years or so the country has undergone a real transformation. With so much to choose from, navigating a spanish wine list can be a little tricky if you dont know what to look out for. Wine books run the gamut from tomes about the technical details of winemaking to dramatic novels about love and intrigue in wine country. Picturesque rioja, spains most prominent wine region, is a new world within a very old world. Radfords book is great for its photography and chapters on each wine area, focusing on history, culture, viticulture, vinification and grape varieties.
Over the last few decades spain has become one of the most exciting wine producing countries in the world. Spain produces some of the finest wines in the world, yet twenty years ago it was known only for sherry and rioja. The wines of northern spain the infinite ideas classic. The wines of spain faber books on wine jeffs, julian on. Spain is now one of the wine worlds most vibrant arenas.
Julian jeffs explores the wine regions and provides indepth information on winemaking and the leading bodegas and producers in each area. The vineyards of spain spread accross 967 000 hectares with an appellation system described below. Whites, roses, red wines, fine wines, cavas, sparkling wine. However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study. If youre just getting into wine, where do you start. These are some of the spanish wine books we used to prepare ourselves for traveling to spain and the spanish wine country. Located on the iberian peninsula, spain has over 1. A small encyclopedia about spanish food and wine foods. Until a decade ago, few people would have considered seeking out mallorcan wines while holidaying here, far less visiting wineries to get to know the distinctive fruits of these particular vines and the people working them. The 51 best wine books for 2020 california winery advisor. One of the things that will really help you to appreciate spanish gastronomy is, without a doubt, spanish wine. He organizes the main regions into catalonia, aragon, rioja, the centrenorth, castilla y leon, the north, the levant, the centre, extremadura, andalucia, and the islands. The wines of spain are as diverse as the vast countrys landscapes.
So today, during my 45 minute train ride to barcelona. But as highend tourism has developed, highquality winemaking has followed in its wake. We recommend that you spend some time on our spanish wine country regions to plan your trip. Learn about the various spain wine regions with wine enthusiast magazines easy to use spain wine guide. The wines of northern spain the infinite ideas classic wine library. Jerez has been a center of viniculture since wine making was introduced to spain by the phoenicians in 1100 b.
Despite spains rubbing shoulders with france and italy in terms of total wine produced, the number of texts about the country has always paled. This superbly illustrated book offers a detailed regionbyregion guide to the wines of both nations, as well as information on grapes, vinification, the wine industry, and recommendations of what to buy. The majority of the book is dedicated to wine producer profiles. Sherry is a fortified wine made in the city of jerez in andalusia. John radford takes the reader on a regionbyregion tour of spain s rapidly changing vineyards and wineries. Spanish red wines get a lot of press for being good values, but shopping in the spanish wine aisle can be as daunting if you arent sure what grows where within the world of spanish wines. A cookbook hardcover october 12, 1982 by penelope casas author. It could be argued that spain is a viticultural miracle.
Spain is one of the worlds top wine producing countries. The very best wine books picked by pros wine folly. The famous tour guide books have little about the wine country. Although rightly famed for the wines of rioja, the north of spain has even more to offer the wine adventurer. The practice was carried on by the romans when they took control of iberia around 200 b. These are the spanish wine books that we used to help us prepare for our trips to spain. John radford, born in nottingham on 1 december 1946, died on 19 october 2012, was a british writer and broadcaster in the field of wine and food, with an emphasis on spain. Grape types and varieties brief guide to spanish wine grapes. Wine map of spain the spanish wine regions and vineyards. Despite spain s rubbing shoulders with france and italy in terms of total wine produced, the number of texts about the country has always paled in comparison to these other two behemoths.
Buy wines of spain mitchell beazley wine guides 01 by read, jan isbn. A complete guide to contemporary spanish wine 01 by john radford, miguel torres isbn. Spanish red wine grapes the tendency to make singlevariety wines, dominant in spain for decades, has led to an increased interest in the identification and authenticity of native varieties. Investment and ambition in vineyard and winery are resulting in more and more rich often highly alcoholic spicy reds that are finding increasing favour among international consumers weaned on ripe new world wines.
The wines of spain faber books on wine julian jeffs on. Buy food and wine of spain 1 by casas, penelope isbn. This brandnew, second edition of the new spain is the only uptodate, illustrated reference to spanish wines. There are many notable styles from all over the country, ranging from traditional viticulture to modern and methodical, to rustic, value driven and food friendly young. Spain has a long history of producing quality wine, 50 percent of all the eecs vineyards are located here and it offers an excellent and memorable selection of reds, white and rose wines, which thankfully, are mostly inexpensive for the quality on offer.
It comprises most of the iberian peninsula with a divergence of cultures, climates and, por supuesto, types of wine. In this fully revised and updated second edition of the wines of spain, leading expert julian jeffs provides essential reference to the fastpaced developments that. The foods and wines of spain by penelope casas goodreads. The wines of spain classic wine library jeffs, julian on. Where to find the best white wines in spain wine enthusiast. Spain and portugal are two of the rising stars of the world of wine. Sarah jane evans, the worlds leading authority on the wines of spain, profiles and analyses the main regions, galicia, asturias and cantabria, castilla y leon, ribera del duero, rioja, navarra and aragon before opening out into discussion of the key producers and their top wines. Penelope casas is one of the bestknown and respected experts on spanish cuisine. Now, many other wine regions in spain are making seriously good wines. Casass seminal the foods and wines of spain features traditional dishes from even the most obscure spanish villages and restaurants. With this guide, we explore perhaps the most dynamic wine producing country in world, spain. This musthave guide covers everything a lover of spanish wines needs to know about the countrys wine regions and producers.
Ask a member of your family or friend to pour a red wine blind to drink while you read this short book and try to guess the grape variety and region. When it comes to learning about spanish wine, it is important to get to know the different grape varieties that are grown in spain as well as their geographic distribution. The finest wines of rioja and northwest spain by jesus barquin. Never has spanish wine been of such good quality, so vibrant and so exciting. Find the best wine books picked by pros what are the best wine books.
He was educated at stamford school in lincolnshire. Spain is one of the words largest wine producing regions. This book details the recent and fastpaced developments in spanish wine. Wine guides for the ultra curious, approach guides take an indepth look at a wine regions grapes, appellations and vintages to help you discover wines that meet your preferences. According to oiv international organisation of vine and wine, spain was the thrid biggest wine producer in the world in 2017 after italy and france. Many of spain s best red wines are labeled with the name of the wine. In spain, wines are classified into different wine regions, each with their own set of wine laws and quality.514 658 761 1445 143 229 1241 860 58 935 894 1306 541 282 967 98 660 1035 1474 241 981 703 703 191 1388 926 721 660 1565 1566 279 393 812 3 312 1007 980 30 1416 397 1195 290 256 254 1439 568