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Hudin: yr. 10 no. 6
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Hudin: yr. 10 no. 6
To say that times are strange does something of a disservice to pretty much all other moments in history. Wine vines are completely oblivious to our pandemic however and they haven't slowed down for second. Even if there's a plague of mildew that ravages the vineyards like we've seen this year, there are still grapes that need to be picked and wine that needs to be made.
Winemakers have an unenviable, unavoidable task this year and they're trying to do the best the can, all-the-while knowing that there may not even be a normalized market for the wines when they start coming of age next year. No winemaker is thinking about that at the moment and maybe it's a welcome distraction to everything else in the world that they have cellars to clean and vines to tend to.
Those of us who are but mere drinkers of this liquid have the easier part in this relationship and we must continue to do our part and "deal" with all these wines that are to issue forth!
And now, this:
Taking a deeper look at what wineries and their workers are facing for this vintage in Mediterranean regions. Spoiler Alert: It ain't pretty.
It's the age-old story of a variety only being viewed as a "blending grape" but little by little, we're seeing varietal versions emerge from Cinsault. First they popped up here and there in New World regions and now they're finally being seen back home in native France.
This is a must-read for anyone looking to further their wine education. The result of dozens of interviews, it takes a look at the two most prominent and internationally-recognized certification bodies for higher wine education, discussing their merits, approaches, and their downsides as well.
While we're just coming out of summer, these highlights by Zagreb-based writer, Morana Zibar can indeed be enjoyed year round. Most importantly, she also goes into depth on the native Croatian grapes in these wines that could be very new to many people.
Store-bought gazpacho is most definitely a thing in Spain these days, but is it any good? Here's a tasting report on 10 easy-to-find (in Spain) gazpachos to aid in your enjoyment of this fine Andalusian invention.
The advent of more finite classification systems across all of Spain is going to be confusing for some time. Here, we take a look at how the single-vineyard classification or “Viñedos Singulares” in Rioja differ a great deal from others around the Peninsula.
Miquel has had a busy August and here's a breakdown of various articles and talks from around the web that he's taken part in. Note that while these are all external from Hudin.com, they're all free to read and/or view.
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