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SWE Ep. 63 - Finca Bolandín

Spanish Wine Experience

Release Date: 11/23/2017

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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SWE Ep. 115 - Table Wine show art SWE Ep. 115 - Table Wine

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Yes, you read that title right. Vino de Mesa...table wine. Surely Roque and Luke aren't planning to drink 'bad' wine for the next 40 minutes? Well, not exactly. Table wine is often a term used to define the terrible, non-DO, non-VT, unmarked bulk rubbish made in such high quantities in x or y country. But are there any good table wines? This week, to talk about vinos de mesa, the lads tuck into a bottle of Albahra by the cult wine group Envínate.

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SWE Ep. 114 - White Wine in Toro? show art SWE Ep. 114 - White Wine in Toro?

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This week Roque and Luke want to head into a fairly unknown world. The world of white wine from a region almost exclusively known for big and heavy reds. A world of the mysterious Malvasia grape. A harsh world where vino blanco is a rare bird indeed. To help talk about this topic they enlist the help of the delicious Águedas by Bodegas Fariña. 

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SWE Ep. 113 - Marvellous Moscatel show art SWE Ep. 113 - Marvellous Moscatel

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This week Roque and Luke decide once again to focus on one grape in particular. And that particular grape happens to be particularly tasty and one of their favourites. Moscatel. Somewhat misunderstood, this week they dive into the various style emanating from what is actually possibly the most versatile of all grapes. To toast the varietal they tuck in to the magnificent Uvas Cabrera dry Moscatel.  https://www.madriddarracott.com/en/product/ximo-cabrera-moscatel-seco/

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SWE Ep. 112 - Formentera show art SWE Ep. 112 - Formentera

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Another LOST episode this week. And Roque and Luke are very happy they found it; as it was the first one they recorded on opening the Madrid & Darracott wine shop! To celebrate they opened a bottle of Savina from Bodega Terramoll - one of only two wineries on the tiny Balearic island of Formentera. So let's step back in time and toast the end of summer with the Mediterranean blast from the past. 

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SWE Ep. 111 - Other Cavas show art SWE Ep. 111 - Other Cavas

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We all - well, almost all - know about Cava. That charming and affable sparkling wine from near Barcelona in Catalonia right? Well...to an extent yes. But actually Cava can be made all over the countries. This week Roque and Luke wanted to have a little review of Cava to shine the spotlight on the non-Catalan regions. To do this they drink a truly glorious bottle of Tantum Ergo from the south-east of the country and Bodegas Hispano Suizas. So, this is Cava...but not as you know it!  

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SWE Ep. 110 - Clarete show art SWE Ep. 110 - Clarete

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You have definitely heard of rosé wine - or rosado in Spain. But have you ever heard about the other, lesser known, Spanish pink called Clarete? Probably not! This is a hybrid of red and white wine that comes out as delightful and rosy as any rosado. So what is this wine and what is like? Luke and Roque sample a bottle of Quelías from Bodegas Sinforiano to explore the issue! Wine available at our online shop:  

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SWE Ep. 109 - CORPINNAT (LOST EP) show art SWE Ep. 109 - CORPINNAT (LOST EP)

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Recently Roque and I discovered a batch of podcast that we thought we had lost through the simple act of getting a new phone. But they had been saved! So here is the first of our resurrected pods: CORPINNAT, a new unofficial DO created by a few great Cava houses who decided to leave that DO. To discuss the changes and what it's all about they tuck into a delicious bottle of Torello Brut Reserva!  https://www.madriddarracott.com/en/wine-shop/

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SWE Ep. 108 - Picos de Europa show art SWE Ep. 108 - Picos de Europa

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Roque and Luke have a fascinating wine to try this week. A bunch of friends who some years ago decided to try their hand at making wine...in the Picos de Europa mountains...in Cantabria. This is the opposite of wine country. The wine is Finca Morillas from the Picos de Cabariezo winery. What's it like? And what is going on in the world of Mountain wines? And who are these crazy mavericks? https://www.madriddarracott.com/en/wine-shop/  

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This week Roque and Luke head back to the realm of the Vinos de Pago, but this time to a small microclimate tucked away in the south of Navarra: Pago de Cirsus, DO Pago Finca Bolandín. They chat food pairings for Thanksgiving and blather on about glasses. Expect the usual levels of geekery and stupidity.