sábado, 14 de octubre de 2017

Catarte Logroño: Maridaje de Queso, Fado y Bodegas Urbina



CATARTE LOGROÑO: MARIDAJE DE QUESO, FADO Y BODEGAS URBINA

La iniciativa "Catarte", que comenzó como un proyecto de maridaje con protagonismo cultural en el año 2012, se ha transformado en un ciclo de actividades culturales y gastronómicas. Cartarte consiste en el desarrollo de "diversas actividades de manera maridada" que ponen el valor el vino de Rioja, los productos gastronómicos de calidad y las propuestas de gastrónomos, artistas, músicos y artesanos que forman parte de la cultura del vino en nuestra ciudad y capital Riojana.


Catar vino de Rioja, disfrutar de la gastronomía de nuestra comunidad, dejarte llevar por la música, el teatro… el arte. "Carte" es un maridaje de sensaciones. Es buscar la mezcla de todos los sentidos que nos hacen disfrutar de la vida, el aroma, el paladar, la vista, el oído y el tacto. Catarte es como un paseo por nuestra ciudad, donde se mezcla vino, gastronomía y cultura.


Catarte se desarrolla en el Espacio Lagares, un lugar privilegiado del Casco Antiguo, done se encuentran algunos de los lagos de vino más interesantes de nuestra ciudad. Entre los siglos XVI y XIX, en estos lagares se elaboraba el vino de los vecinos de la ciudad de Logroño. En su rehabilitación se ha incluido una sala de usos múltiples con capacidad para 120 personas. Este espacio junto con el Centro de la Cultura del Rioja y el Calado de San Gregorio, componen el triángulo de oro del enoturismo de la ciudad.


Catarte es una iniciativa del Ayuntamiento de Logroño (La Rioja). Tiene lugar en el Espacio Lagares (calle Ruavieja, 18) todos los viernes desde el 7 de julio de 2017 al 26 de enero de 2018, a las 20:00h. La duración es de una hora y media aproximadamente. Más info: 941 291 260. Entrada 8€. Aforo limitado. Entradas a la venta en la Oficina de Turismo de La Rioja (Calle Portales, 50) o en (www.logrono.sacatuentrada.es).


El viernes 13 de octubre, en Catarte, tuvimos una velada magnifica con la degustación de los quesos de Los Cameros, fados con la cantante y actriz Rita Barber, actuación del pianista riojano Germán Barrio García y cata de los vinos de Bodegas Urbina. Detacar también el fatastico trabajo de Carles García Domingo y al Equipo Zarándula en Logroño (Gestión de Teatro y Producción musical).


RITA BARBER (CANTANTE DE FADOS Y ACTRIZ)

- Rita Barber Riudavets: Cantante, actriz y pedagoga. Es una de las voces actuales de teatro musical más conocida. Participa en las últimas grandes producciones puestas en cartel (El Alcalde de Zalamea, Sonrisas y lágrimas, Mamma mia, La Bella y la Bestia, etc.). Y también en aquellas producciones de Teatro Clásico que necesitan una voz especial para el recitado de versos. Pero como pasión absoluta, tiene la música. Y en particular la música mediterránea y los Fados. En esta ocasión nos propone un repertorio compuesto de fados de todos los tiempos.


Rita es cantante y actriz, con una voz con fuerza y carácter, cálidamente bañada por las aguas del Mediterráneo; menorquina de origen y representante de ese tipo de artistas de raíz, de tierra. A la riqueza y el brillo de su voz, se suma el matiz de la interpretación sentida en cada verso, en cada frase. El fado es su mejor vehículo de expresión, “fado es todo lo que digo, pero que no sé decir”, Rita. Así, las tres lenguas que usa en su repertorio, el portugués, el castellano, y el catalán se conjugan en el idioma universal de la emoción, Rita canta la emoción.


Rita Barber nos presenta su nuevo disco, de mar amar, resultado de años de investigación y trabajo sobre las culturas musicales portuguesa y mediterránea, en concreto de las Baleares, de donde ella proviene. "De mar a mar" está compuesto por canciones bañadas por el mar Mediterráneo y por el mar Atlántico y pretende ser una síntesis del espíritu lírico y musical que expresa el sentir de los pueblos que han crecido y soñado en la ribera de ambos mares.

  
- Fado: El fado es la expresión más conocida internacionalmente de la música portuguesa. En el fado se expresan los malos momentos de la vida a través del canto. Generalmente es cantado por una sola persona, acompañado por la "viola" (guitarra española) y la guitarra portuguesa. Los temas más cantados en el fado son la melancolía, la nostalgia o pequeñas historias del diario vivir de los barrios humildes, pero especialmente el fatalismo y la frustración.


Dicen unos que esta música nostálgica y profunda, estas canciones desgarradas, nacieron hace siete siglos, cuando los árabes vivían en la colina del castillo de San Jorge de Lisboa. Argumentan que el fado tiene parecido con la música popular del norte de África en sus prolongados quejidos y en el tratamiento de lo cotidiano. Otros piensan que el fado es más joven y se cantó, por primera vez, en alguna vieja taberna de Alfama, Graça o Mouraria, alguna noche triste del siglo XIX.


Documentalmente sólo se comprueba la existencia del fado a partir de 1838, aunque hay quien identifique su origen con los cantos de las gentes del mar, inspirados en la soledad, la nostalgia y los balanceos de los barcos sobre el agua. A pesar de los numerosos investigadores (Gonçalo Sampaio, Mascarenhas Barreto, Pinto de Carvalho o Rodney Gallop) el misterio de sus orígenes todavía no se ha desvelado.


Su origen es sin duda popular y tiene algunos paralelismos con otros estilos relevantes de la misma época, como el tango, rebetiko y el flamenco. Aunque protegido por las instituciones oficiales durante la dictadura salazarista, los amantes de este cante lo siguieron preservando durante la segunda mitad del siglo pasado. Hoy la popularidad del fado es cada vez mayor, principalmente entre las nuevas generaciones de cantantes portugueses.


Las casas de fado son restaurantes de los barrios antiguos de Lisboa (Bairro Alto, Alfama, Lapa o Alcântara), que suelen abrir sólo por las noches. Después de cenar y tomar un buen vino, se baja la intensidad de la luz, se hace silencio absoluto y uno se deja llevar por el ambiente íntimo y por las voces dulces de los fadistas. Aunque hay fados alegres, que son los más demandados, los melancólicos tienen más admiradores portugueses. En noviembre del 2011, la Unesco inscribió a El fado, canto popular urbano de Portugal como integrante de la Lista Representativa del Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial de la Humanidad.


DE MAR AMAR (DISCO DE RITA BARBER)

1 Garça perdida (Amuedo de Souza/ Joao mendonca)
2 Sa guiterra (Àngel Ruiz i Pablo/Rita Barber y Yayo Cáceres)
3 Vienen del mar (Páez-Camino/Rita Barber y Yayo Cáceres)
4 Lagrima (do santos Gonzalves y Amalia da piedade rodrigues)
5 Mar emigrante (Lidia Señarís)
6 Fátima de los naufragios (Rita Barber, Yayo Cáceres y Páez-Camino/Rita Barber y Yayo Cáceres)
7 (chis chis)
8 Hija del mar (Juan Carlos Talavera/Rita Barber y Yayo Cáceres)
9 Llegenda de Sa nuvia d Algendar
10 Sa nuvia d ́Algendar (popular menorquina)
11 Cançao do mar (Ferrer Trindade y Frederico de Brito)
12 La balada del agua del mar (Federico García Lorca/ Rita Barber y Mario Quiñones)
13 Alfonsina y el mar (Ariel Ramírez y Félix César Luna)
14 O gente da minha terra (Alexandre Pedroso y Amalia da piedade rodrigues)
15 No nos faltaba de nada (Juan Carlos Talavera/ Rita Barber y Mario Quiñones)
16 Sobrassada des meu cor (Llorenç Pons,Marga Cardona, JC Talavera y Rita Barber/Popular menorquina)


Garça perdida / Cançao do mar / O gente da minha terra y Lagrima son cuatro de los Fados que Rita Barber lleva años interpretando. Para este disco ha hecho una versión a piano de los tres primeros y una versión a guitarra de Lagrima, otro clásico de Amalia Rodríguez. La versión a piano y acordeón de Alfonsina y el mar está teniendo una maravillosa acogida, un tema vocalmente difícil que Rita resuelve con su depurada técnica y su ajustada interpretación.

Entre los temas que nos llegan desde su tierra natal, Menorca, encontramos una versión muy personal y original de la popular Sa nuvia d ́Algendar, interpretada a capela y con una introducción y un final trabajado desde el personaje de una bruja. Una vez más Rita Barber hace gala de ser una actriz curtida y gran comunicadora y le da a este tema tradicional una vuelta de tuerca  muy interesante.

Sobrassada des meu cor es otro de los temas populares menorquines que Rita Barber desempolva aportándole nuevas letras alegres y características de la esencia de una jota popular. Lo que hace de este disco algo muy personal son los temas propios que no son pocos y que reflejan esa comunión entre las dos músicas:

Sa Guiterra sería el ejemplo más claro de este diálogo entre el Fado y la mediterránea. La letra es un poema menorquín y la melodía (de Rita Barber y Yayo Cáceres) responde a una  de las cadencias de Fado más clásicas.

Fátima de los naufragios es también un Fado con la formación clásica (sólo que la guitarra portuguesa se sustituye por el Laúd, muy común en la música popular menorquina). La letra la extrae Rita Barber de un relato de Lourdes Ortiz.

De una leyenda islandesa surge la letra de Juan Carlos Talavera para Hijas del mar, otro tema original que le da al CD ese toque legendario y celta, tan común en las músicas populares y que está gustando tantísimo. De este mismo autor es la juguetona No nos faltaba de nada, con ella Rita Barber nos demuestra una vez más su versatilidad para cantarle a la alegría y el juego.

Vienen del mar es otro de los temas con más aclamación de este trabajo. Letra de Feliciano Páez-Camino y música de Rita Barber y Yayo Cáceres. Empezó queriendo ser una habanera (no puede faltar en un CD cuyo tema es el Mar) y acabó siendo un tango-habanera muy íntimo. Se ve cómo Rita Barber sabe teñir su instrumento de diferentes registros. No puede faltar la mención a uno de los temas más especiales de este trabajo, La balada del agua del mar, un poema de Federico García Lorca cuya composición musical llevada a cabo por Rita Barber y Mario Quiñones ha dado como resultado una canción con mucho misterio y con ecos también de habanera. Un resultado con tintes surrealistas.

El conjunto de estos temas sólo es posible si detrás encontramos una voz poderosa, cálida y dúctil como la de Rita Barber. El conjunto de músicos que hacen posible este maravilloso trabajo es también impecable. El piano de Fernando Galindo, rico en matices/ La guitarra virtuosa de Mario Quiñones/ El talento expresivo del Violonchelo de Cary Rosa/ La nota justa en el momento justo del acordeón de Yayo Cáceres y el toque mediterráneo del Laúd de Nacho Mateos.


GERMÁN BARRIO GARCÍA. PIANO (PIANISTA RIOJANO)

- Germán Barrio García. Piano: Inicia sus estudios de música en 1998 compaginando piano, trombón y violonchelo, obteniendo el Título Profesional de piano y trombón en el Conservatorio Profesional de Música de La Rioja. Obtiene el título Superior de Piano en el Conservatorio Superior de Salamanca. Actualmente cursa superior de Clave en el Conservatorio superior de Música de Aragón.

Ha sido galardonado en varias ocasiones con el premio Fermín Gurbindo y fuera de La Rioja obtuvo el tercer premio en la XXI edición del “Premi Ciutat de Manresa” y fue finalista en el III “Concurso de Piano de Barcelona”.

- Piano: El piano (palabra que en italiano significa "suave", y en este caso es apócope del término original, "pianoforte", que hacía referencia a sus matices suave y fuerte) es un instrumento musical armónico clasificado como instrumento de teclado y de cuerdas percutidas por el sistema de clasificación tradicional, y según la clasificación de Hornbostel-Sachs es un cordófono simple. El músico que toca el piano se llama pianista.

Está compuesto por una caja de resonancia, a la que se ha agregado un teclado mediante el cual se percuten las cuerdas de acero con macillos forrados de fieltro, produciendo el sonido. Las vibraciones se transmiten a través de los puentes a la tabla armónica, que las amplifica. Está formado por un arpa cromática de cuerdas múltiples, accionada por un mecanismo de percusión indirecta, a la que se le han añadido apagadores. Fue inventado en torno al año 1700 por el paduano Bartolomeo Cristofori. Entre sus antecesores se encuentran instrumentos como la cítara, el monocordio, el dulcémele, el clavicordio y el clavecín.

A lo largo de la historia han existido diferentes tipos de pianos, pero los más comunes son el piano de cola y el piano vertical o de pared. La afinación del piano es un factor primordial en la acústica del instrumento y se realiza modificando la tensión de las cuerdas de manera que estas vibren en las frecuencias adecuadas.

QUESO DE OVEJA DE LOS CAMEROS (LA RIOJA)

- Historia: Desde el siglo XVIII, una de las principales actividades desarrolladas en la sierra riojana, estuvo vinculada a la cría y explotación del ganado caprino. De hecho, desde que se instalara en Haro el Monasterio de Herrera, la presencia de su ganado va a ser motivo de permanentes pleitos entre monjes y propietarios de viñedos, por el carácter dañino de las cabras para este tipo de cultivo.

Y como documento histórico que avala este hecho, tenemos la siguiente Ordenanza aprobada por los Señores del Real Consejo de Castilla en 1729, bajo el reinado de Felipe V, en la que no deja lugar a la tradicional presencia del ganado caprino en el término de Haro, ya que como comprobamos, en la prohibición de pastar de los ganados, se alude específicamente a los denominados “mayores”, cabras.

- Queso Camerano o de los Cameros: Es un queso español originario de la Sierra de los Cameros en La Rioja. Se elabora con leche de cabra. Puede presentarse como queso fresco o ligeramente oleado. Actualmente cuenta con la categoría de Denominación de Origen protegida, habiéndose publicado en el BOE de 6 de noviembre de 2006 la solicitud de registro y en el BOR la decisión favorable para la tramitación de la solicitud de inscripción en el registro comunitario que finalizó en noviembre del 2009.

La zona de producción de leche apta para la elaboración de los quesos amparados por la Denominación está constituida por todos los municipios de La Rioja ubicados en las Comarcas de Rioja Alta, Sierra Rioja Alta, Sierra Rioja Media y Sierra de Rioja Baja y en una serie de municipios de las comarcas de Rioja Media y Rioja Baja, y que coinciden con la zona de elaboración y maduración y conservación del queso Camerano.

- Elaboración: Se elabora con leche de cabra, pasteurizada o no dependiendo de la variedad; procederá de cabras de las razas Serrana, Murciano-Granadina, Malagueña, Alpina y sus cruces.

La leche se filtra y si procede de diferentes ganaderías, se somete a higienización por centrifugación o método similar. Se pasteuriza a 71,7 ºC durante 15 segundos. Se adiciona cloruro cálcico, en un máximo de 250 mg/Kg de leche utilizada y bacterias productoras de ácido láctico. La coagulación de la leche se provoca con cuajo de cabrito, cordero o industrial. Obtenida la cuajada se somete a cortes sucesivos hasta conseguir que los granos adquieran el tamaño adecuado. En los quesos semicurados y curados, se eleva la temperatura de 2 a 5 °C por encima de la de cuajado.

Después de eliminarse el suero se mete la cuajada en moldes con forma de cilla y se prensa. La salazón se realiza por inmersión en salmuera fresca de cloruro sódico durante un máximo de 15 horas. Después se procede a su maduración, volteándose durante el tiempo que dura.

Se comercializa en pieza entera, debidamente etiquetados en el que, cuando se apruebe, habrá de mencionarse Denominación de Origen Protegida "Queso Camerano" y su logotipo con una numeración expedida por el Consejo Regulador.


CARACTERÍSTICAS DEL QUESO CAMERANO

Todos tienen forma cilíndrica aplanada, con marcas de las cillas (molde de mimbre trenzado) utilizadas en su elaboración. También se solicito la DOP para cuatro variedades de queso:

- Queso Camerano Fresco: Semigraso, leche pasteurizada, de coagulación enzimática y pasta blanda. No madurado. Peso entre 200-800 gramos. Sabor entre dulzón y ácido, muy desarrollado y definido. Extracto seco mínimo 40 %, materia grasa sobre extracto seco mínimo 35 %, cloruro sódico máximo 1,5% y pH mínimo 6.

- Queso Camerano Tierno: Semigraso, leche pasteurizada, de coagulación enzimática y pasta semidura, con una curación mínima de 15 días. Peso entre 200-1200 gramos, corteza definida y con mohos externos de color pardo verdoso; pasta de blanco a tonos blanco marfil, textura semidura a blanda y sin ojos. Sabor intenso, definido y con un toque ácido. Extracto seco mínimo 45 %, materia grasa sobre extracto seco mínimo 40 %, cloruro sódico máximo 2 % y pH 4,8-5,5.

- Queso Camerano Semicurado: Elaborado con leche pasteurizada, cuya curación tiene un mínimo de 30 días. Peso entre 200-1200 gramos, corteza claramente definida y con mohos externos de color pardo verdoso, textura de dura a semidura y con muy pocos ojos o ninguno. Sabor intenso definido y con un toque ácido. Extracto seco mínimo 45 %, materia grasa sobre extracto seco mínimo 50 %, cloruro sódico máximo 3 % y pH 4,9-5,6.

- Queso Camerano Curado: Elaborado con leche, cruda o pasteurizada, con una curación mínima de 75 días. Peso entre 200-1200 gramos de peso, corteza claramente definida y con mohos externos mayoritariamente de color pardo verdoso y pasta de blanco a blanco marfil, textura firme dura y con muy pocos ojos o ninguno. Sabor intenso y definido. Extracto seco mínimo 55 %, materia grasa sobre extracto seco mínimo 50 %, cloruro sódico máximo 2 % y pH 4,9-5,6.


VISITAR BODEGAS URBINA EN LA RIOJA

A través de las visitas a Bodegas Urbina todos los días de la semana, con un carácter cercano familiar nos facilitan un acercamiento al mundo del vino de una manera práctica, sencilla y entretenida. Bodegas Urbina se ha convertido en uno de los mejores puntos de encuentro donde poder intercambiar opiniones, aprender de la mano de profesionales las diferentes facetas del vino y como no, experimentar la realidad de una cata bien estructurada.

Sus vinos son una conjunción de uvas procedentes de Cuzcurrita, la zona más occidental de la D.O.C. Rioja, que produce vinos con una gran capacidad de envejecimiento, aptos para los Grandes Reservas y de los viñedos de Uruñuela, situados en el corazón de la denominación y que producen vinos de gran consistencia, con cuerpo, muy agradables.

En el viñedo se realiza una viticultura respetuosa aplicando abonados orgánicos para mantener la riqueza y estructura del suelo que nutrirá las vides con las que se elaboran los vinos Urbina. Durante la elaboración se emplean levaduras autóctonas que proporcionan al vino una personalidad única que le confiere al vino la complejidad característica de Urbina.

En la Cata se degustan y comentan todos los vinos de la Bodega:
- Vinos jóvenes: blanco, rosado, garnacha (maceración carbónica), tempranillo (joven, cosechero, vino del año).
- Vinos clásicos o tradicionales: crianza, reserva, gran reserva.
- Vinos modernos, de autor, de diseño, o de alta expresión: tinto especial (vendimia tardía o uvas pasificadas), plot.

En la cata se enfrenta la elaboración de vinos más clásica con la más moderna, en una cata brillante con discurso, junto con la personalidad del viñedo de una de las zonas más frías de Rioja. En este sentido, se realiza una cata vertical de los vinos de "Urbina" y "Salva".

En nueva gama Salva, la fruta primaria y la intensidad son las notas dominantes. Aunque prácticamente, estamos hablando de los mismos vinos, que salen ahora al mercado como Salva y que volverán a lanzarse como Urbina dentro de unos cuantos años después de un largo tiempo de estancia en botella y en depósitos.

- Nombre: Bodegas Urbina
- Actividades: Visitas a bodega, Enoturismo, Catas Comentadas, Cursos de Cata y Rutas del Vino.
- Dirección: c/ Campillo 33-35. 26214 Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón. La Rioja (España)
- Teléfono: 647 643 651 / 941 22 42 72
- Email: urbina@fer.es
- Web: www.urbinavinos.com

lunes, 9 de octubre de 2017

Spanish Acquisition Wine Distributor (Visiting Bodegas Urbina La Rioja)



SAPNISH AQUISITION WINE DISTRIBUTOR (VISITING BODEGAS UR)

Established in 2001, The Spanish Acquisition is a specialist importer and wholesale distributor of Spanish and Portuguese wines, spirits and beer. TSA is owned and run by writer, educator and all-round wineguy, Scott Wasley. Observing a void, Scott set out to become Australia's first and resident expert in all things Spanish-and-wine. The birth of TSA coincided with the emergence of modern Spanish wine as a prominent feature of the international wine scene.

- Business: Wine Distributor
- Name: The Spanish Acquisition
- Office: (+61) 3 93491804
- Fax: (+61) 3 93470749
- Adress: post: p.o. box 12158 a'beckett st, victoria 8006 Australia
- Web: www.thespanishacquisition.com


RIOJA WINE TOURS IN BODEGAS URBINA

The family behind Bodegas Urbina has one sole objective: to make the most regionally expressive rioja alta wine possible. Using the native varieties of Tempranillo Garnacha and Viura, sourced from their own vineyards in Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón, they produce unique amture and mordern wines, each one showing its own personality.

  
- Family Winery: Bodegas Urbina is a family winery with four generations since 1870 dedicated to grape growing and winemaking. The present winery designed, built and run by the family URBINA since 1986 has been created solely to facilitate the mission of the winemaker at the time of producing fine wines. The winemaking for commercialization dates from 1870 and performed in ancient underground Cuzcurrita drafts.

  
- Own Vineyards: Bodegas Urbina has 75 hectares of native varieties of Rioja, whose sole purpose is the quality of their wines. The wines are a combination of grapes from Cuzcurrita, the westernmost part of the DOC Rioja; It produces wines with great aging potential, fit for the Gran Reserva and Uruñuela vineyards located in the heart of the appellation produce wines of great consistency and body, very nice.

  
- Limited Production: Bodegas Urbina has the capacity to produce 300.000 bottles of red Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva and 50.000 bottles of White and Rose grapes from their own vineyards, which are grown under traditional practices, not using herbicides and limiting use of pesticides and fungicides. The cultivation is done in low-trained (vignes basses) and trellis, and does not force the production, not exceeding the 4,500 Kgrs. / Ha. Within the production capacity, wines are selected in order to be labeled as Urbina.


- Business: Winery
- Name: Bodegas Urbina
- Adress: Calle Campillo, 33-35, 26214 Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón, La Rioja (Spain)
- Phone: 941 22 42 72
- Web: www.urbinavinos.com

  
ABOUT THE SPANISH AQUISITION (BEST WINE DISTRIBUTOR IN AUSTRALIA)

- The Portfolio: Today's portfolio represents The Spanish Acquisition team's selection of Spain and Portugal's best 40-odd producers. Now, when they say Spain and Portugal's best, they do so with a caveat as to style of selection. Their wines are almost exclusively based on native Iberian varietals, avoiding the internationalising of Spain. They select wines which are both fruitful and authentically savoury and European - elegant, long, balanced, delicious wines are their go. Dried out super-traditional things don't get a look in here either.


- Temperature Controlled Shipping: All of their wines are shipped in temperature-controlled containers at 13 degrees Celsius, meaning that the best wines of Spain+Portugal arrive in perfect condition, every time. Less than 5% of wine imported into Australia is afforded this respect!!


- Website Pricing: This website suggests a recommended retail price. However, this is not definitive - the price you will pay is up to the many tiers and types of retailer out there. The prices listed at (www.thespanishacquisition.com) are in Australian dollars and indicative only.


- Retail Enquiries: As a wholesale business, TSA only distributes to retail outlets, restaurants and businesses with a Liquor License. They cannot sell directly to retail customers. Instead, they can work with you to establish what you'd like to purchase and either forward your order to the retailer of your choice, or make retail arrangements for you.


In the end you get exactly what you want - a case for the cellar. An exploration pack of single bottles on a theme, a tour of Spain dinner party selection, or a special bottle, whatever ... just by getting in touch with them via the Retail Query tab!!


- Wholesale Enquiries: If you'd like to stock any of the Spanish or Portuguese wines listed within the pages of the site (www.thespanishacquisition.com) and your business (restaurant, retail outlet, hotel, etc) has a Liquor Licence, TSA can be contacted via the Wholesale Query tab. They'll respond by forwarding you a wholesale priced portfolio, an account application form and we'll include you on their database so you can receive regular updates from them.

  
- Already Buying from TSA?: If you are already a wholesale customer of them, you can access a whole new world of TSA info - all of our tasting notes are now downloadable, and in addition to our regular updates, the News and Events sections will keep you up to date with stock and upcoming events.

  
TEMPRANILLO RED WINES

Tempranillo is Spain's primary indigenous variety, which is now being planted enthusiastically all over Australia. King Valley, Heathcote, Clare Valley, Margaret River ... While these plantings grow up, however, the gems reside in the old bush vines which proliferate in the high altitude regions of Central-Northern Spain.


Known by a different name in virtually every region - Tempranillo in Rioja, Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero, Tinta de Toro in Toro ... and Cencibel in La Mancha, Ulle de Llebre in Catalunya, Tinta del Pais in Spain, Aragonez or Tinta Roriz in Portugal and many others elsewhere. Tempranillo produces, when well grown, delicious pithy black cherry fruit, with ripe but usually gentle earthy tannins - has a meaty-earthy aspect, and usually some ripe dark spices. Can be wondrously perfumed in the mouth, in the same vein as Barolo and Burgundy.


It is a black grape variety widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain. Its name is the diminutive of the Spanish temprano ("early"), a reference to the fact that it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes. Tempranillo has been grown on the Iberian Peninsula since the time of Phoenician settlements. It is the main grape used in Rioja, and is often referred to as Spain's noble grape. The grape has been planted throughout the globe in places such as Mexico, New Zealand, California, Washington State, Oregon, South Africa, Texas, Australia, Argentina, Portugal, Uruguay, Turkey, Canada, Israel, and Arizona.


Unlike more aromatic red wine varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Pinot noir, Tempranillo has a relatively neutral profile so it is often blended with other varieties, such as Grenache and Carignan (known in Rioja as Mazuelo), or aged for extended periods in oak where the wine easily takes on the flavor of the barrel. Varietal examples of Tempranillo usually exhibit flavors of plum and strawberries.


Tempranillo is an early ripening variety that tends to thrive in chalky vineyard soils such as those of the Ribera del Duero region of Spain. In Portugal, where the grape is known as Tinto Roriz and Aragonez, it is blended with others to produce Port wine.

  
- History and Mutation: For some time, Tempranillo was thought to be related to the Pinot noir grape. According to legend, Cistercian monks left Pinot noir cuttings at monasteries along their pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. However, ampelographic studies have shown no genetic connection between the cultivars.


Spanish cultivation of Vitis vinifera, the common ancestor of almost all vines in existence today, began in earnest with Phoenician settlement in the southern provinces. Later, according to the Roman writer Columella, wines were grown all over Spain. Yet there are only scattered references to the name "Tempranillo". Ribera del Duero wine making extends back over 2,000 years, as evidenced by the 66-metre mosaic of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, that was unearthed in 1972, at Baños de Valdearados.


It is possible that this grape was introduced to America by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 17th century, as certain Criolla varieties in Argentina have a closer genetic relationship to Tempranillo than to a small handful of other European varieties against which the Criolla varieties were tested. Despite its apparent fragility, Tempranillo travelled widely during the 20th century and, following much trial and error, has become established throughout the world. In 1905, Frederic Bioletti brought Tempranillo to California where it received a cool reception not only due to the encroaching era of Prohibition, but also because of the grape's dislike of hot, dry climates. It was much later, during the 1980s, that Californian Tempranillo wine production began to flourish, following the establishment of suitably mountainous sites. Production in this area has more than doubled since 1993.


During the 1990s, Tempranillo started experiencing a renaissance in wine production worldwide. This surge began partly as a result of the efforts of a 'new wave' of Spanish growers who showed that it was possible to produce also wines of great character and quality in areas outside of the Rioja region. One result of this has been that Tempranillo varietal wines have become more common, especially in the better-suited, cooler Spanish regions like Ribera del Duero, Navarra, and Penedès. During the 1990s, growers in Australia and South Africa started significant Tempranillo plantations.

  
- Viticulture: Tempranillo is a black grape with a thick skin. It grows best at relatively high altitudes, but it also can tolerate a much warmer climate.  With regard to Tempranillo's production in various climates, wine expert Oz Clarke notes, "To get elegance and acidity out of Tempranillo, you need a cool climate. But to get high sugar levels and the thick skins that give deep color you need heat. In Spain these two opposites are best reconciled in the continental climate but high altitude of the Ribera del Duero".


In the Ribera del Duero the average July temperature is around 21.4° Celsius (70.5° Fahrenheit), though temperatures in the middle of the day in the lower valley can jump as high as 40 °C (104 °F). At night the region experiences a dramatic diurnal temperature variation, with temperatures dropping by as much as 16 °C (30 °F) from the daytime high. The Tempranillo grape is one of the few grapes that can adapt and thrive in continental Mediterranean climates like this.


Pests and diseases are a serious problem for this grape variety, since it has little resistance to either. The grape forms compact, cylindrical bunches of spherical, deep blue-black fruit with a colourless pulp. The leaves are large with five overlapping lobes.


The Tempranillo root absorbs potassium easily, which facilitates pH levels of 3.6 in the pulp and 4.3 in the skin when it reaches maturity. If it absorbs too much potassium, the must becomes salified (increased levels of salt), which slows the disappearance of malic acid, resulting in a higher pH. The skin does not present any herbaceous characters. The grape is very susceptible to inclement weather, contracting when there is a drought and swelling when there is too much humidity. The swelling has a negative effect on quality since it affects the colour of the wine. The effects of the weather are attenuated in places with limestone because of the effect of the clay and humidity in the roots. The effects are worse in sandy areas, as well as for vines that are less than twelve years old, as the roots are generally too superficial.



- Wines: Tempranillo wines are ruby red in colour, while aromas and flavours can include berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather and herb. Often making up as much as 90% of a blend, Tempranillo is less frequently bottled as a single varietal. Being low in both acidity and sugar content, it is most commonly blended with Grenache (known as Garnacha in Spain), Carignan (known as Mazuela in Spain), Graciano, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Blending the grape with Carignan makes a brighter and more acidic wine. Tempranillo is the major component of the typical Rioja blends and constitutes 90-100% of Ribera del Duero wines. In Australia, Tempranillo is blended with Grenache and Shiraz, also known as Syrah. In Portugal, where it is known as Tinta Roriz, it is a major grape in the production of some Port wines.

  
RIOJA WINE REGION

Rioja is a wine region in Spain, with Denominación de Origen Calificada (D.O.Ca., "Qualified Designation of Origin"). Rioja wine is made from grapes grown in the autonomous communities of La Rioja and Navarre, and the Basque province of Álava. Rioja is further subdivided into three zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. Many wines have traditionally blended fruit from all three regions, though there is a slow growth in single-zone wines.


- Geography and Climate: Located south of the Cantabrian Mountains along the Ebro river, La Rioja benefits from a continental climate. The mountains help to isolate the region which has a moderating effect on the climate. They also protect the vineyards from the fierce winds that are typical of northern Spain. The region is also home to the Oja river (Rio Oja), believed to have given the region its name. Most of the region is situated on a plateau, a little more than 1,500 feet (460 m) above sea level. The area is subdivided into three regions - Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. La Rioja Alavesa and la Rioja Alta, located closer to the mountains, are at slightly higher elevations and have a cooler climate. La Rioja Baja to the southeast is drier and warmer.[5] Annual rainfall in the region ranges from 12 inches (300 mm) in parts of Baja to more than 20 inches (510 mm) in La Rioja Alta and Alavesa. Many of Rioja's vineyards are found along the Ebro valley between the towns of Haro and Alfaro.


- History: The harvesting of wine in La Rioja has an ancient lineage with origins dating back to the Phoenicians and the Celtiberians. The earliest written evidence of the existence of the grape in La Rioja dates to 873, in the form of a document from the Public Notary of San Millán dealing with a donation to the San Andrés de Trepeana (Treviana) Monastery. As was the case in many Mediterranean lands in mediaeval times, monks were the main practitioners of winemaking in La Rioja and great advocates of its virtues. In the thirteenth century, Gonzalo de Berceo, clergyman of the Suso Monastery in San Millán de la Cogolla (La Rioja) and Spain's earliest known poet, mentions the wine in some of his works.


In the year 1063, the first testimony of viticulture in La Rioja appears in the "Carta de población de Longares" (Letter to the Settlers of Longares). The King of Navarra and Aragon gave the first legal recognition of Rioja wine in 1102. Vineyards occupied the usual part of rural landscapes in medieval Rioja during the High Middle Ages (10th-13th century). There are proofs of Rioja wine export towards other regions as early as the late 13th century, which testifies the beginnings of a commercial production. From the 15th century on, the Rioja Alta specialized in wine growing. In 1560, harvesters from Longares chose a symbol to represent the quality of the wines. In 1635, the mayor of Logroño prohibited the passing of carts through streets near wine cellars, in case the vibrations caused a deterioration of the quality of the wine. Several years later, in 1650, the first document to protect the quality of Rioja wines was drawn up. In 1790, at the inaugural meeting of the Real Sociedad Económica de Cosecheros de La Rioja (Royal Economic Society of Rioja Winegrowers), many initiatives as to how to construct, fix, and maintain the roads and other forms of access for transportation of wine were discussed. The Society was established to promote the cultivation and commercialisation of Rioja wines and 52 Rioja localities participated.


In 1852, Luciano Murrieta created the first fine wine of the Duque de la Victoria area, having learned the process in Bordeaux. In 1892, the Viticulture and Enology Station of Haro was founded for quality-control purposes. In 1902, a Royal Decree determining the origin of Rioja wines is promulgated. The Consejo Regulador (Regulating Council) was created in 1926 with the objective of limiting the zones of production, expanding the warranty of the wine and controlling the use of the name "Rioja". This Council became legally structured in 1945 and was finally inaugurated in 1953. In 1970 the Regulations for Denominación de Origen were approved as well as Regulations for the Regulating Council. In 1991, the prestigious "Calificada" (Qualified) nomination was awarded to La Rioja, making it Spain's first Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa).


In 2008, the Regulatory Council for the La Rioja Denomination of Origin created a new logo to go on all bottles of wine produced under this designation. From now on bottles of wine from the La Rioja Qualified Denomination of Origin will no longer bear the familiar logo. In an attempt to appeal to younger wine-lovers, the long-standing logo will now be replaced with a brighter, more modern logo with cleaner lines. The aim is to reflect the new, modern aspects of wine-growing in La Rioja without detracting from the traditional wines. In theory, the new logo represents a Tempranillo vine symbolising “heritage, creativity and dynamism”. Consumers should start seeing the labels in October 2008. The Joven from 2008, Crianza from 2006, Reserva from 2005, and Gran Reserva from 2003 being released this year should bear the new label, in theory.

  
- Classification: Rioja red wines are classified into four categories. The first, simply labeled Rioja, is the youngest, spending less than a year in an oak aging barrel. A crianza is wine aged for at least two years, at least one of which was in oak. Rioja Reserva is aged for at least three years, of which at least one year is in oak. Finally, Rioja Gran Reserva wines have been aged at least two years in oak and three years in bottle. Reserva and Gran Reserva wines are not necessarily produced each year. Also produced are wines in a semi-crianza style, those that have had a couple of months oak influence but not enough to be called a full crianza. The designation of crianza, Reserva etc. might not always appear on the front label but may appear on a neck or back label in the form of a stamp designation known as Consejo.


- Wineries: In Spain, wineries are commonly referred to as bodegas though this term may also refer to a wine cellar or warehouse. For quite some time, the Rioja wine industry has been dominated by local family vineyards and co-operatives that have bought the grapes and make the wine. Some bodegas would buy fermented wine from the co-ops and age the wine to sell under their own label. In recent times there has been more emphasis on securing vineyard land and making estate bottled wines from the bodegas.

sábado, 7 de octubre de 2017

Tim Atkin Visit Bodegas Urbina La Rioja (Wine Tasting)



TIM ATKIN VISIT BODEGAS URBINA LA RIOJA (WINE TASTING)

Tim Atkin (Master of Wine, Writer and Photographer), recently spent a few weeks in La Rioja rediscovering the best traditional wines and discover the latest wines and styles emerging from around the Region. In this trip, he met with many of Rioja's top winemakers and experts for private tastings in several wineries and vineyards.


Tim Atkin, is one of the best-known journalists and commentators in the world of wine. This is one of those persons whose CV (curriculum vitae resume) is truly impressive. He is not only a Master of Wine, he has won over thirty prizes for his wine journalism and photography, has written for all the top specialist magazines (Decanter, The World of Fine Wine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Imbibe) as well as popular publications like Jamie Magazine and is also the co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, one of the top wine competitions in the world.


Now days, Tim Atkin works for numerous international publications and has his own website where he publishes reports and articles. We look forward to getting Tim's impressions on Rioja wine soon!!

Tim Atkin Special Rioja Report 2017 



TIM ASTKIN RIOJA CLASSIFICATION (BODEGAS URBINA REPORT 2017)

(94 Points) 1996 Urbina Gran Reserva: Urbina is not as well known as bodegas like López de Heredia, but it deserves to be. This is another mature, bottle-aged triumph that will have Rioja lovers purring with pleasure. Sweet, seductive and well balanced with classic red berry, game and balsamic notes. 2017-21


(94 Points) 2001 Urbina Reserva Especial Reserva: If you’re a fan of traditional, oak- and bottle-aged Rioja and Urbina is not on your radar then you’re missing out. This fresh, mature, savour, sweetly oaked red from Cuzcurrita is an amazing bottle of wine for only £20. Such balance, such poise, such downright enjoyment. 2017-24


(93 Points) 1999 Urbina Selección Crianza: No, I didn’t make a mistake with the vintage. This is indeed a Crianza from 1999, made by one of the very best traditional producers from Tempranillo with 5% Graciano and Mazuelo. It’s a silky, mature, gamey, hedonistic style with lovely balance and the acidity of a cooler area. 2017-22

  
TIM ASTKIN RIOJA CLASSIFICATION (BODEGAS URBINA REPORT 2015)

(95 Points) 1994 Urbina Gran Reserva  Especial:
Showing the benefits of blind tasting, this remarkable blend of Tempranillo with 5% Mazuelo and Graciano from a family-owned winery in Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón showed very well at the 10 x 10 tasting in London. Amazingly fresh for its age, it has savoury, dried fruit notes, fine tannins, good structure and the intensity and acidity to age further. 2015-21



(91 Points) 2014 Urbina Garnacha: Why aren’t there more varietal Garnachas made in Rioja, given how delicious they can be? This has a vibrant, strawberryish rose with juicy gluggable spicy red fruit, and good structure. All about fruit and youth, rather than oak and age. 2015-20


- Urbina Gran Reserva 1994. Score: Red 95
- Urbina Gran Reserva 1996. Score: Red 94
- Urbina Reserva Especial 2001. Score: Red 94
- Urbina Selección Crianza 1999. Score: Red 93
- Urbina Garnacha Genérico 2014. Score: Red 91
- Urbina Crianza 2009. Score: Red 89
- Urbina Rosado Genérico 2015. Score: Rosé 87
- Urbina Viura Genérico 2014. Score: White 87


2017 TIM ATKIN RIOJA REPORT

Rioja is in on the verge of seismic changes, as it prepares to introduce a new tier of Single Vineyard wines to complement its more traditional Crianzas, Reservas and Gran Reservas. This second in-depth Tim Atkin report on Spain's most famous wine region tells you everything you need to know about what's happening in Rioja right now, based on three weeks of visits and tastings last year and three decades of experience.


This comprehensive, 112-page guide includes:
- The Ten Things You Need to Know about Rioja
- Top wines of the year (by style)
- Winemakers of the year
- Scores for nearly 900 wines
- 500 tasting notes (including drinking windows) for wines scoring over 90 points
- My second, controversial classification of Rioja's best producers
- Evocative photos of the region and its winemakers
- Recommendations for restaurants and further reading
- All this for £15, €20 or $25

  
2015 TIM ATKIN RIOJA REPORT

Welcome to Tim Atkin´s first ever in-depth Rioja report. Whether you like your Rioja in the modern or traditional style, whether you like minerally whites or single vineyard reds, there's something for you here. There's also something for fine wine lovers these days. Discover what makes Rioja rock, learn about the changes afoot in Spain's most famous wine region, meet the young guns and the old hands.





This comprehensive and ground-breaking guide includes:
- Top wines of the year (by style)
- Winemakers of the year
- Scores for over 500 wines
- 400 tasting notes (including drinking windows) for wines scoring over 90 points
- Tim Atkin controversial classification of Rioja's best producers
- Evocative photos of the region and its winemakers
- Recommendations for restaurants and further reading
- All this for £15, €20 or $25


BODEGAS URBINA IN RIOJA: DESCRIPTION, VINEYARDS AND PHILOSOPHY

- Family Winery: Bodegas Urbina is a family winery with four generations since 1870 dedicated to grape growing and winemaking. The present winery designed, built and run by the family Urbina since 1986 has been created solely to facilitate the mission of the winemaker at the time of producing fine wines. The winemaking for commercialization dates from 1870 and performed in ancient underground Cuzcurrita drafts.

  
- Own Vineyards: Bodegas Urbina has 75 hectares of native varieties of Rioja, whose sole purpose is the quality of their wines. The wines are a combination of grapes from Cuzcurrita, the westernmost part of the DOC Rioja; It produces wines with great aging potential, fit for the Gran Reserva and Uruñuela vineyards located in the heart of the appellation produce wines of great consistency and body, very nice.

  
- Limited Production: Bodegas Urbina has the capacity to produce 200.000 bottles of red Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva and 25.000 bottles of White and Rose grapes from their own vineyards, which are grown under traditional practices, not using herbicides and limiting use of pesticides and fungicides. The cultivation is done in low-trained (vignes basses) and trellis, and does not force the production, not exceeding the 4,500 Kgrs. / Ha. Within the production capacity, wines are selected in order to be labeled as Urbina.


TIM ATKIN "WINE EXPERT" AND "MASTER OF WINE"

Tim Atkin is a British Master of Wine, and an award-winning wine journalist, broadcaster and commentator. He is also a judge of several international wine competitions and a photographer. As a wine journalist he has an international following. He writes for Harpers, Decanter, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Jamie Magazine and Imbibe and has own, award-winning website, timatkin.com. He also has a second career as a photographer whose photos have been published in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the World of Fine Wine and exhibited in London, Provence, Poland and Lebanon.

  
- Education: Atkin holds a BA from Durham University in Modern Languages and a master's degree from the London School of Economics in European Studies. He became a Master of Wine in 2001, winning the Robert Mondavi Award for the best theory examination. He is a Caballero del Vino, a Chevalier du Tastevin and a member of the Ordre du Bontemps.

  
- Career: Atkin writes for a number of publications, including: a monthly column in Woman and Home, the Wine List Inspector for The Economist's Intelligent Life and Wine Editor at Large at Off Licence News. He also regularly contributes to: The World of Fine Wines, Imbibe, and Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine. On television, he appears regularly on BBC One's Saturday Kitchen as one of the programme's wine experts. In September 2012, Atkin appeared on a BBC One Inside Out programme about the English wine industry. On radio, he does interviews on Radio 4's Today Programme and Eddie Mair's PM show, among others.


Atkin judges several international wine competitions: he is as co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge and chairman of the New Wave Spain Awards, the South African Top 100 and the Vins de Pays Top 100. He speaks and teaches at wine conferences, wine associations, consumer, corporate and charity events.


Atkin is one of the Three Wine Men (together with Olly Smith and Oz Clarke), which holds events around the UK to bring wine consumers together with wine and food retailers and producers. Atkin's have been published in The Guardian, The Telegraph and The World of Fine Wines and exhibited in Beirut, Gigondas and London.


Previously, Atkin published a column in The Observer, Observer Food Monthly, and his interviews were published in The Guardian and The Observer (such as this account of the wine interests of David Ginola or this interview with Gérard Depardieu).


In early 2010, Atkin's weekly column in The Observer was reduced to two or three wine recommendations and he moved to The Times the following month, where he had a weekly column for a year. Atkin commented: "I am sad that The Observer has decided to reduce the scope of its wine coverage at a time when people need reliable advice more than ever. I will miss the challenge of writing what was (I hope) an engaging, informed and entertaining piece each week". In protest, a Facebook group called "Save the Wine Column" was formed and quickly amassed considerable support. At the time several newspapers had slashed their wine columns, for example The Sunday Times (Joanna Simon), The Independent on Sunday (Richard Ehrlich), and The Wall Street Journal (Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher).

  
TIM ATKIN AWARDS

1988, 1990, 1993, 2004, 2006: Glenfiddich Wine Writer of the Year
1991, 1992, 1994, 1996: UK Wine Guild Wine Correspondent of the Year
1994: Wines of France Award
1995: The Bunch Award for Wine Journalism
1995: Waterford Crystal Wine Correspondent of the Year
1999, 2002, 2003, 2004: Lanson Black Label Award
2005: Wines of Portugal Award
2007: International Wine & Spirit Communicator of the Year
2007: World Food Media Awards Best Drink Journalist[4]
2009: Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the Year
2011: Born Digital Award for www.timatkin.com and Louis Roederer Wine Website of the Year


TIM ATKIN INTERNATIONAL WINE REPORTS

Welcome to www.timatkin.com. I hope you like his wining award site and find lots to read and enjoy, especially the in-depth reports he has published on Rioja, the Rhône, South Africa, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Argentina, Chile, Brunello, Washington State, Napa and Oregon. There are also monthly columns by Ron Washam (aka The HoseMaster of Wine), Matt Walls, Sarah Abbott MW and Andrea Frost and Tim Atkin MW.



Read these special reports to get the inside track on some of the world's most important wine regions. I've walked the vineyards, talked to the producers and tasted the wines to provide you with unique advice and insights.


2017 Cape Classification: This is his fifth attempt to classify the Cape's best producers, an annual exercise that has stimulated considerable debate in South Africa. This is very loosely based on the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, although quality rather than price is the sole criterion that Tim Atkin uses. There are six different bands: first, second, third, fourth and fifth growths, consisting of 20 wines each, and a larger group...  £Free


2017 South Africa Special Report: In his sixth annual guide to South Africa, award-winning British journalist and Master of Wine Tim Atkin argues that the Cape is making the best wines in its 358 year history and that its industry is “dynamic, exciting and still evolving”. South Africa, he says, is “a match for any other New World country in terms of quality and ahead of the field on value”. Yet he warns...  £20


2016 Bordeaux Special Report: The 2016 Bordeaux vintage is very good to excellent for reds and good to very good for dry and sweet whites. The growing season was complicated, but serendipity, hard work, investment and no little talent have enabled the Bordelais to triumph over the elements.In my view, this is the second best vintage of the last decade behind... £20


2017 Argentina Special Report: This is his fifth annual guide to Argentina. With over 1,300 wines tasted and rated, it is the largest and most comprehensive yet. Based on three weeks spent visiting vineyards and wineries earlier this year, it is an in-depth portrait of a dynamic industry. Having visited Argentina almost every year since the early 1990s, I can comment on what's happening there with a measure of... £20


2017 Chile Special Report: In his first annual guide to Chile, award-winning British wine writer and Master of Wine Tim Atkin praises the country as a "South American success story" and highlights the changes that have occurred since his last visit in 2010. "Chile is finally beginning to make the most of its diverse range of climates and soil types," he says, "thanks to the initiative and investment of the... £15

  
2015 Burgundy Special Report: His annual Burgundy report is a labour of love. This is his seventh overview of the world's best wine region and it's his most comprehensive yet. The 2015 vintage is the most hyped of my professional lifetime. But is it any good? The reds are mostly very good to excellent, with impressive quality from generic to Grand Cru level. The... £20


2015 Rhône Special Report: This is an independent guide for wine lovers who want to know what to buy from the outstanding 2015 Rhône vintage that will bring them pleasure now, next year, and into the future. Not just wines for investment, but also smart buys for weekday drinking and those on a budget. It highlights wines with balance, finesse and drinkability, not just concentration and power. This report will... £15

  
2016 South Africa Special Report: In his fourth annual guide to South Africa, award-winning British wine-writer and Master of Wine Tim Atkin says the 2015 vintage is “the best I’ve tasted in 26 years of writing about the country’s wines” and should be a springboard to global recognition. "A winning combination of better viticulture, the development of new wine regions and the emergence of a young generation... £15


2016 Cape Classification: This was his fourth attempt to classify the Cape's best producers, an annual exercise that has stimulated considerable debate in South Africa. This is very loosely based on the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, although quality rather than price is my only criterion. There are six different bands: first, second, third, fourth and fifth growths, consisting of 15 wines each, and a larger group of 75... £Free