When in Spain

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When in Spain

The best way to explore a country in my opinion is by going to local wine stores and shops to see what they have to offer. I’m currently in Moraira (Spain) and I’ve discovered that they also produce wine in this part of Spain, which is classified as Marina Alta in the Alicante PDO...

The best way to explore a country in my opinion is by going to local wine stores and shops to see what they have to offer. I’m currently in Moraira (Spain) and I’ve discovered that they also produce wine in this part of Spain, which is classified as Marina Alta in the Alicante PDO. The grapes that are mostly used are Alexandria Muscat, Monastrell, Bobal and Alicante Bouschet.

The region of La Marina has a Mediterranean climate, with very hot summers. This is perfect for the Moscatel grape, which is mostly planted here. In these warm conditions the grapes build up a lot of sugar and thus are used for the region's traditional dessert, and fortified wines. The most famous one is Moscatel de Alicante.

Of course it would have been easy to find a sweet wine from this region, but I was very curious about the dry style of Alexandria Muscat produced in this part of Alicante. Because of my curiosity I went to a small but very interesting wine shop in the city of Teulada where I found what I was looking for.

When I tasted the wine, I concluded that searching and eventually finding the wine was more interesting then the wine itself.

The aromas were very tropical, intense and sweet but the taste was not very interesting. The wine was well made but did not have length.

It’s fun to explore new things and sometimes you find something very special but for now I prefer to drink a glass of wine for Mas Candí. Something totally different, but that’s more my cup of tea.

Greetings from Spain – Pander Vos