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The better white Spanish wines are produced from one or at most two varieties of grape. Dry white Spanish wines can be found that are 100% Chardonnay, Parellada, and Riesling, or 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Parellada, or 85% Chardonnay and 15% Parellada. These wines are certainly all worth discovering. You can drink this Spanish wine at 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).

The best Penedés wine is undoubtedly the Crianza made wholly from Chardonnay (such as Milmanda of Miguel Torres or the Jean Leon Chardonnay). These Spanish wines are powerful, abundantly scented and rich in taste, fresh, and refined, with ideal acidity. There are suggestions of vanilla, roasted hazelnut, butter, toast, and cocoa in both the nose and taste of the Jean Leon Chardonnay, or of fresh melon and exotic fruits, butter, toast, vanilla, and truffle with the Torres Milmanda. Drinking temperature for both Spanish wines: 53.6°F (12°C).

The semi-sweet wine from Penedés is also very surprising. The gentle sweetness of the Muscat and Gewürztraminer is specially exciting, with rich aromas of spices, floral notes, and fruit (lavender, aniseed, rose, orange blossom, peach, and sweet apples). Many experienced wine tasters will be pleasantly surprised too by the wine made with Parellada grapes. This has the unusual nose of quince, ripe bananas, sweet grapes, honey, and acacia. Drink temperature for this Spanish wine 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C). Penedés dry rosado wines are chiefly made with Garnatxa and Cariñena and are fresh and fruity (cherry and plum) with floral notes (iris and mimosa). Drinking temperature for this Spanish wine 50-53.6°F (10-12°C). The reds of Penedés come in every style and form.

You may encounter Spanish-type wines, chiefly from Tempranillo and Garnatxa grapes, but also more European-style wines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, many of which, but by no means all, may be blended with Tempranillo. Penedés also makes a few sweet wines. The Muscatel is produced from Muscat (Grano Menudo and/or Alexandria) and it is exceptionally aromatic with suggestions of orange blossom, honey, preserved orange peel, lemon peel, currant, rose, geranium, lily, tobacco, and spices. Choose a known and trusted label for these Muscatels because not all the wines are of the same quality or refinement.

Renowed Torres Rose Spanish WineThose that can be recommended include Moscatel d’Oro of Torres and Moscatel of Vallformosa. Drinking temperature fot this very taste Spanish wine 42.8-46.4°F(6-8°C).

You may also still find some old-fashioned type rancio wines made with Garnatxa. Those dessert wines that are produced from Garnatxa and Cariñena in stainless steel tanks and then aged in American oak are the better types. It is possible to discern date, plum, red fruit preserve, spices, and vanilla in these wines. Drinking temperature is 8-12°C (46.4-53.6°F).

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