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SWE Ep. 63 - Finca Bolandín

Spanish Wine Experience

Release Date: 11/23/2017

SWE Ep. 125 - 2020 Special show art SWE Ep. 125 - 2020 Special

Spanish Wine Experience

So we come to the end of this most terrible year. 2020 has been a truly rubbish one. With a bottle of Avelino Vargas Aureo in their hands Luke and Roque toast the end of the year; chatting about how 2020 has affected the wine industry and their shop, how things have evolved and their favourite wine discoveries! See you in 2021!

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SWE Ep. 124 - Vendimia Tardia (late harvest wines) show art SWE Ep. 124 - Vendimia Tardia (late harvest wines)

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It's nearing the end of the year so before Christmas arrives, Roque and Luke decided they fancied something sweet to get in the mood! The world of sweet wines is vast, so instead of talking in general terms they thought they would start with Late Harvest wines - and the evolved styles that can be attained from playing around with the simple fact of 'when you pick your grapes'. To aid in this endeavour they drink, far too quickly, an astonishing Basque sweet wine called Astobiza!

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SWE Ep. 123 - Pago Aylés show art SWE Ep. 123 - Pago Aylés

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Another week another region; well, sort of. With every passing week it is getting more difficult for Roque and Luke to find 'new' regions in the country - as they've drunk most of them already. But we mustn't forget the Vinos de Pago - singular estate DO regions. This week's star is the sexy Senda de Leñadores from Aragon's Pago Aylés. Enjoy!

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SWE Ep. 122 - Vins de Primeur (feat. carbonic maceration) show art SWE Ep. 122 - Vins de Primeur (feat. carbonic maceration)

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It's that time of the year again. November arrives and the youngest wines in the wine world flood the market. Vins de primeur, nouveau wines, vinos jóvenes. These super young wines have their fame mostly thanks to Beaujolais in France. But Spain has their own version: Primero. To talk about these styles of wine, and the process by which they are made - carbonic maceration - a bottle of Primero squares off against Beaujolais Nouveau from Louis Jadot.  

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SWE Ep. 121 - Weird Grapes: Verdil show art SWE Ep. 121 - Weird Grapes: Verdil

Spanish Wine Experience

Another week, another wine, another weird grape. This week Roque and Luke have a look at Verdil; an almost-extinct varietal and very hard to find, from Valencia. They sample a crisp, cold bottle of Los Arraez Verdil from Bodegas Arraez!

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SWE Ep. 120 - Non Vintage Wines show art SWE Ep. 120 - Non Vintage Wines

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Now when thoughts turn to the idea of non-vintage wines - if they do indeed turn at all - the most 'common' wine that presents itself is Champagne. There are others of course. But, what about red and white wines? Well, to sample something brand new and rather kooky, Roque and Luke head, somewhat unexpectedly, to traditional Rioja and try Bodega Tobia's new non-vintage still wines.

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SWE Ep. 119 - Sherry Blind Tasting show art SWE Ep. 119 - Sherry Blind Tasting

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This week was SHERRY WEEK all across the world so in order to look more deeply into this most delicious and Spanish of wines - and also Luke's favourite wine it the world - Roque thought it would be fun to set up a blind tasting of different styles as a way of explaining how each is made. Will Luke guess the wines? Find out here!

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SWE Ep 118 - Weird Grapes: Castellana Negra show art SWE Ep 118 - Weird Grapes: Castellana Negra

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This week Roque and Luke are starting a new sub-series to the podcast. In Spain there are hundreds of grapes, and many of them are completely unknown outside of the tiny remote areas where they are made. In this new series, published every few weeks or so, they will take a look at the weirder and more wonderful grapes of Spain. The grapes you'll never see in any of the shops. This will also give them a chance to look at the regions they are from in greater depth.  First up, the mysterious Castellana Negra from Tenerife. 

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SWE Ep. 117 - Women in Wine show art SWE Ep. 117 - Women in Wine

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The wine world - like many - is a traditionally a very male-dominated industry; and perhaps even more so in Old World Spain. This week, the day after the International Day of Rural Women, Roque and Luke want to toast those women working in the fields and vineyards, and to an extended extent, in the industry itself.  They share a bottle of V de Valmores from Esther at Bodega Cuarto Lote and then proceed to go through a few other female-led projects they they have in Madrid & Darracott.  https://www.madriddarracott.com/en/wine-shop/

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SWE Ep. 116 - Organic, Biodynamic, Natural: what does it all mean? show art SWE Ep. 116 - Organic, Biodynamic, Natural: what does it all mean?

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This week Roque and Luke dive deep into a topic they've touched on on many wines over the years. The hot topic in winemaking and wine-selling: is the wine organic, biodynamic, natural or what? What does it all mean? What are the differences between the different labels? Is it all just marketing nonsense or are there real differences in the wines? To talk about this topic they open two bottles: LAN Xtreme ecológico and Desig by Mas Candí. 

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