Thursday, June 5, 2014

Wine Infographic: Spanish Wine Cheat Sheet

I hope you were using your Sherry Cheat Sheet this week for International Sherry Week.

To close out Sherry Week, let's broaden our focus and learn about wine from all over Spain!

See the full collection of wine cheat sheets here.

To see the Cheat Sheet in full size…
…in Internet Explorer, right click on it and select “open in new tab.”
…in Chrome, right click on it and select “open link in new tab.”
…in Firefox, right click on it and select “view image.”   


  1. Hi Joanna, Thanks for the nice Spanish wine cheat sheet... I am a Spanish wine fan! How does someone subscribe to your blog posts? I don't do Twitter or Pinterest. My email is Thanks Shaan

    1. Thanks - I'm happy you like it!

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  2. Thanks for share this wine cheat sheet, is very useful to see some spanish wine online

  3. Dominant grape variety in Valdepenas DO is Airen

  4. Do you have a good source for this? I apparently didn’t write down where I got my information for Valdepenas, but my understanding is that most of the Airén grown in the region is used for brandy.

    Wine Searcher actually shows Verdejo as the dominant white grape.

    My outdated copy of Johnson’s Wine Atlas mentions Airén as dominant, but also mentions Viura, and that the plantings in the area are rapidly changing.

    Wikipedia says: “The Airén variety was extensively planted alter the phylloxera plague of 1911 due to its good resistance to high temperatures. As a result of this Airén makes up 65% of all vines planted in the area, although in recent years this percentage has been steadily declining. Other varieties, such as Macabeo, are also being used for white wines.” This information is problematic, since no source or date is given, and since part of it is not correct. Airén cannot make up 65% of all grapes, since the Vadepenas DO website shows that ~85% of the region’s production is red or rosé.