Rum, Spain

Spain is definitely one of the new-world players to keep an eye on. It is the land of old-vines, american oak and sherry! The main varieties grown in Spain are Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache) in the reds, and Airén, Viura/Macabeo, Verdejo and Albarino for the whites. Lesser grown whites include Palomino. Other reds successfully cultivated include Carignan, Mourvedre and Mencia.

Although Spain can be quite a warm country, the vast majority of vineyards are 600m or so above sea level, so the cooler nights allow the grapes to develop full colour and acidity.

Rioja is undoubtedly the long-standing king of all the Spanish wine regions, where Tempranillo and Garnacha are commonly blended. However more recently many more regions have come to the forefront of interest. Ribera Del Duero is producing excellent Tempranillo blends rivalling those coming out of Rioja. Jerez in the South is the home of the fortified wine Sherry.

Spanish wine laws created the Denominación de Origen (DO) system in 1932 and were later revised in 1970. These include:
  • - Denominación de Origen Calificada (formerly called DOCa) Priorat calls itself DOQ for Denominació d'Origen Qualificada in Catalan and has a track record of consistent quality and is meant to be a step above DO level.
  • - Denominación de Origen (DO)- Used for mainstream-quality wine regions. Nearly two thirds of the total vineyard area in Spain is within the boundaries of a DO region.
  • - Vino de Calidad Producido en Región Determinada (VCPRD) - This is somewhat of a stepping stone to DO status.
  • - Vinos de la Tierra (VdIT) - A level similar to France's vin de pays system, where the regions are much larger.
  • - Vino de Mesa (VdM)- The equivalent of 'table wines' from France or Italy
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  1. Dos Maderas 5 yrs + 3 yrs 700ml
    ONE SPIRIT, TWO CULTURES Every bottle of Dos Maderas represents an incredible journey, beginning with the Caribbean in Guyana and Barbados, then stopping in Jerez, Spain and ending in your glass. "TWO WOODS" Dos Maderas, meaning "Two Woods," is derived ... Learn More
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    Dos Maderas 5+5 PremRum 700ml: The Three Stage ageing process of Dos Maderas Rum creates an especially unique rum with a bouquet of incomparable flaovour and aroma. The elegant wood and Vanilla notes are backed with characteristic nuances of nuts, figs, ... Learn More
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    Dos Maderas Seleccion Rum is an extraordinary rum triple aged in both the Caribbean and Spain. Dos Maderas, meaning ‘two woods’, is produced by first aging rums from Barbados and Guyana for 10 years in the Caribbean, then blending the Williams & ... Learn More
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    Dos Maderas LUXUS, as with "Dos Maderas 5 + 3" and "Dos Maderas PX 5 +5 ", is a noble blend of soft and intense rum from Barbados and Guyana. Dos Maderas LUXUS is matured for 10 years at its place of origin in the Caribbean, before ... Learn More
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