We love Spain, here’s proof:
So when we were invited to a Spanish wine tasting event at Pandemonium Estate, we were simultaneously thrilled and terrified. Spanish style wine, amazing! But what if people expected us to know something about Spanish wine, being like wine bloggers and all? How could we possibly bluff our way through this one?
Well, with our tried and true method of googling shit, of course.
We did a quick crash course in Spanish wine before the big day, wrote some notes on our arms and away we went. No one asked us any questions of course, except for ones we already knew the answers to (like “what’s your name?” and I’ve been on top of that one for ages), so it was all a complete waste of time. BUT we like to be prepared…here’s some stuff that we learnt just in case you end up on a Tinder date with a hot Spaniard and want to look knowledgeable about Spanish wine.
Fun Facts about Spanish Wine
Turns out the facts about Spanish wine aren’t really all that fun. Some would say they are actually just facts, and they would be correct. Regardless, here’s some shit to read about Spanish wine.
- Spain is the third largest producer of wine in the world after Italy and France
- Spain has over 400 native varieties of grapes, but over 80% of the wine production is from only 20 varieties, such as:
- Reds: Tempranillo, Grenacha, and Monastrell
- Whites: Albariño, Palomino, and Airmen
- And three Cava grapes: Parellada, Xarel-lo, and Macabeo. (Fuck spell check is annoying when you are trying to write about Spanish grape varieties).
- Spain exports the most wine of any country in the world, in 2016 exporting 22.6 hectolitres. Ie bucket loads of wine.
Cava is bigger in France than Champagne is in Spain. That says something as the Frogs know their sparkling.
- Sherry, the fortified wine, is Spanish. In Europe only wines produced in a certain area of Spain (the Sherry Triangle) can be called Sherry. In Australia we now call Sherry ‘Apera’. I did not know this and will now stop calling ‘Sherry’ ‘Sherry’ immediately.
Because the wine facts weren’t as fun as I’d hoped, here are some random facts about Spain that are fun.
Random Spanish Facts That Are Unrelated To Wine And Probably Useless in Your Life
- Nudity is legal in Spain. I have images of everyone driving cars, picking up the kids from school and doing the shopping nude. Having actually been to Spain I know this isn’t true, but its still a fun thought.
- The Spanish loooove chillin’. They devote approximately 16 out of every 24 hours to leisure, eating, drinking and sleeping.
- The book Don Quixote is considered to be the first modern novel, written in 1605.
- The stapler and the mop and bucket were were invented in Spain. Way to go, Team Spain.
Alright, random information that is probably of no use to you aside, how did the Spanish tasting at Pandemonium Estate go, I hear you ask. Well, it was, of course, fucking brilliant.
Pandemonium Estate Spanish Wine and Pintxos Flight
We were given four wines with matched pintxos to try. Pintxos (pronounced peen-chos) means toothpick food. It’s exactly the same as a tapas, in that it’s bite sized, tasty and undeniably Spanish, but it has a toothpick through it to stop the food on top sliding off. Basically it was a food that could have been invented for me.
This was the menu for the day:
- Savagnin ‘The Verrine’, which is a dry white wine tasting slightly of citrus and apple, and just really really fucking delicious on a hot summers day. I had never heard of let alone tried this type of wine before, and I am now a massive fan. This was paired with olives and white anchovies *swoon*. I don’t know about you, but the taste of a white anchovy is enough to bring my whole trip to Spain flooding back. So. Freaking. Delicious.
- Rose ‘The Rosier’, made from Grenache grapes (or as the Spanish like to call it Grenacha – knew all that research would pay off), a very dry style with red berry flavours. Another rip snorter to quaff on a hot summers days. This was paired with pear, cheese, thyme and drizzled with honey. Two big thumbs up.
- Tempranillo ‘limited release’, tasting of plum, blueberry and raspberry. Dry and medium bodied. This was paired with a white bean spread, marinated peppers and chorizo. Another classic Spanish combo I couldn’t get enough of.
- Shiraz Grenache ‘The Beast’, rich and full bodied, tasting of plum, spice and fruitcake. This was paired with prosciutto and preserved chilli. Hot and set ‘The Beast’ off perfectly.
You too can try this amazing Spanish style Wine and Pintxos Flight at Pandemonium Estate for only twenty bucks! And you can pull out some of the random shit you just learnt about Spain above while you are there, just for fun. Go visit them, they are bloody lovely and they know how to make wine.
Open Friday – Sunday and Public Holidays, 11am – 5 pm
1050 Great Northern Highway, baskerville, Western Australia 6056
P: 08 9296 3537 W: pandemoniumestate.com.au
PS Also, cuteness itself, but all the wines at Pandemonium are named after monsters and demons.