Mood of Living attended the “Spanish Wine, Cheese, and Charcuterie” tasting at Astor Center on May 19th. The event featured an array of aged, as well as young wines, all imported from Spain. Wine plays such a large part in Spanish culture, that it is usually incorporated into almost every meal. Spain even drinks more wine per year than the U.S., with a population of only 46.6 million people. Spain has more grape vines planted than Italy and France, but due to its abundance of hot areas, its total production is less than its neighboring countries. Since the EU invests a large amount of money into its wine production, Spain has to follow a strict classification system in order to ensure quality and consistency. This makes certain that each region keeps it’s significant style of wine, year after year.
The Mood of Living team was able to taste an extensive selection of wines from almost every corner of Spain, including red, white, Cava and Sherry. The wines from the hotter regions were typically sweeter, full-bodied, and higher in alcohol percentage. The wines from the cooler areas of Spain tended to be tart, light, and delicate. The event was a memorable glimpse into Spain’s wide range of wines it has to offer.
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Photos courtesy of Elise Nordby