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It could be better Spain, Spanish wine tasting day 2014, Operaterrassen, Stockholm, 22-09-14 (15-10-14 by Nenad Jelisic) Among the most internationally well-known wine regions in Spain belongs: Priorat, Ribera del Duero and Rioja. Priorat is a DOCa-classified wine region, which belongs to the geographical area of Catalonia. Right now, only Rioja and Priorat are DOCa-classified. Priorat’s vineyards are planted on steep (15 to 60 degrees) terraced slopes along the Siruana and Montsant river valleys and lie at an altitude of 100 to 700 m above sea level. The region has both continental and Mediterranean climate. The summers are warm (max 35°C) while the winters are cold (min -4°C). On average it rains 400 to 600 mm per year (comparatively it rains 600 to 700 mm per year in Sweden) and the number of hours of sunshine per year is 2,600 (from 1,500 to 1,600 in Sweden). Rioja has 1,767 ha planted with grapes and it produces about 30,350 hl per year. The average yield is 1,500 kg of grapes per hectare and the maximum yield is 6.000 kg of grapes per hectare, corresponding to 39 hl/ha. The red wines consist usually of a blend of two, three or all of the following grapes: Garnacha Tinta, Cariñena, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Priorat has different soil types, but it is characterized for a mixture consisting of reddish-black slate and mica. The mixture, called llicorella, gives the wines a unique mineral character, good drainage properties and both reflects sunlight and store solar heat. When the sun goes down, the mixture begins emit the stored solar heat, which helps the ripening of the grapes. During the summer, the temperature in the mixture can reach 50°C.

 

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For the third year in a row, Bordeaux 2013 tasting, Mälarsalen, Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm, 04-09-2014 (07-09-2014 by Nenad Jelisic) For the third consecutive year, Bordeaux has been unlucky with the weather and this was clearly felt when wines from the 2013 vintage were tested. Just one red wine from this vintage got more than 2,5 Nenad Jelisic Points (NJP), all other red wines got between 0,5 and 1,5 NJP. This red wine was Château Léoville-Poyferré, which got 3,0 NJP. All wines presented at the tasting were tested, all together 76 wines. Only 5 wines (2 sweets and 3 reds) got more than 2,5 NJP i.e. only 7% of the tasted wines got more than 2,5 NJP.

 

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Très bon France, Bourgogne Wine Tour 2014, Grand Hotel, Stockholm, 12.02.2014 (20.02.2014 by Robert Jonasson) This was a nice tasting where there was plenty of time to taste all wines from the different producers and also time to talk to some of the producers. It can be explained by that this tasting was one hour longer than other ones, which were organized before, and that there were a relatively few visitors at the event.

 

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A lot of glasses (bicchieri) were missing at Gambero Rosso, Vini d'Italia tasting, Grand Hotel, Stockholm, 14.01.2014 (11-02-2014 by Nenad Jelisic) Gambero Rosso, Vini d'Italia is Italy's most international famous wine guide, which is published once a month. All wines that are tasted by the wine guide are blind tasted and only the wines that have got a glass (uno bicchieri), which is the lowest score, or more are presented in the wine guide. The wines that have got three glasses (three bicchieri), which is the highest rating, are considered by the wine guide to have an exceptionally high quality.

 

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Decanter Fine Wine Encounter (DFWE), Landmark Hotel, London, 16.11.2013-17.11.2013 (24.11.2013 by Nenad Jelisic) This is the third time that I participated at this two-day-long wine tasting and already now I can say that with 100% probability it was not the last time. Every year, I participate at many different wine tastings that take place in different countries, but DFWE at the five star Landmark is my absolute favorite. Everything was perfect, as usual, arranged on this wine tasting, from the clear division between the "old" wine countries (Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain) and the "new" wine countries (Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and USA), the beautiful and clear wine catalogue, the service to the wonderful ballrooms.

 

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