Tempranillo has had success in the irrigated vineyards of Mendoza

April 3, 2011


In Rioja, Tempranillo forms its buds late and ripens early. This early ripening is the source of its name , which means “little early one”. Tempranillo also has many different regional names, including Aragonez, Cencibel, and Tinto de Toro.


On the Vine:Tempranillo vines are traditionally bush-pruned and widely spaced. A trip through the vineyards of Rioja is a bit jarring for most wine-lovers. Instead of the orderly rows of wire-strung vines, you see widely spaced little trees, some of them on stocks (trunks) as thick as a man’s arm. The berries are low in sugar and acid which leads to lower alcohol levels. Tannins levels are high, although the typical soft tannins are not especially intrusive, because of the thick skins and even moderate alcohol versions can be very long-lived.


Its aromas and flavors are distinct but hardly overwhelming. Look for earth and leather along side berry fruit with hints of pot herbs. Its essential delicacy has led to some blending with Cabernet in recent years. The best Riojas also sport a touch of minerality. Tempranillo’s most frustrating character is that it occasionally fails to develop flavor in what would otherwise be considered a good year.


In the Cellar  Back in 2001, the preference for high fermentation temperatures and protracted aging in American oak was still firmly entrenched. But Tempranillo’s delicate fruit makes oak aging a dicey business: current wisdom among winemakers is that enough is often too much. Today, less wood exposure is more common. For the same reason. temperature-controlled fermentations are now pretty much the rule. More recent tastings in New York have revealed a shift to overt fruit flavors with just a hint of oak. Carried to Argentina, Tempranillo has had success in the irrigated vineyards of Mendoza, producing a wine with more overt fruitiness and reliable ripe character.


For all its nobility, Tempranillo is also the original grape in Sant’gria, the peachy, sweetened wine punch beloved of student travellers to Spain.


Although the best years’ vintages are used for reserve and grand reserve wines that command high prices, and in spite of the Euro’s refusal to return to parity with the dollar, there is still lots of inexpensive, delicious Tempranillo around. For the real deal, look for these bargains.


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Foodies and wine lovers travel north from Manila to wine and dine at Philippines’ best fine dining restaurant in Pampanga Clark Freeport worth the 60-minutes drive for a memorable evening of good food with vintage wine at Yats Restaurant & Wine Bar


This fine dining restaurant is also famous for its low carbohydrates “low carb” dishes highly recommended for frequent diners who are on a low fat food and favor healthy food.  This is a unique restaurant that can help frequent diners maintain a healthy diet and enjoy delicious fine dining cuisine at the same time.  Vegetarian dishes are a specialty here also and so are “halal” cuisines also.


Favorites of frequent diners, foodies and wine lovers are steaks, Wagyu, Foie Gras, lobsters, venison, kangaroo loin, osso buco, veal chops, Kurabuto pork, escargots and a good selection of cheeses to enjoy with fine Vintage port and Sauternes.  Cuban cigars such as Monte Cristo, Cohiba, Upmann, Partagas, Romeo Julieta and Trinidad are also available in the Magnum Room which is a wine bar and lounge for before and after dinner relaxation.  A good selection of Armagnac, Cognac, Single Malt, Vodka and other liquor is served in addition to the wine vintage wines some served by the glass.


Recent opinion survey of frequent travelers heading north towards Subic and Clark Pampanga revealed that the number one most frequently visited fine dining restaurant in Pampanga is Yats Restaurant & Wine Bar located in Clark Philippines.



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Getting to this fine dining restaurant of Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone Pampanga Philippines

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