Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Kitchen Mouse’s Spanish Menu - Wine & Desserts

Originally published July 19, 1984

The Wines of Spain
From the earliest time of which we have any record, Spain has been one of the largest wine-producing countries of the Mediterranean. It is probable that wine was introduced into the country by the Phoenicians between 1000 and 600 B.C. In antiquity, as today, these wines have always been famous for their excellent quality and wide variety. The soil and climatic conditions of the different regions of Spain produce grapes of such varying characteristics that it is difficult to establish a too rigid classification, because wines are the combined results of soil, climate and vine. Spanish wines are mainly known by their geographical names according to the region where they were produced. The finest ones are further distinguished by the producer’s name which is also printed on the bottle.

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