I have signed up for the Spanish Wine Educators Course to be given in New York at the Warwick Hotel on October 21 through October 23. Organized by the Spanish WIne Academy, the course will be given by Pancho Campo MW. I haven’t traveled to Spain’s wine regions. My only trip there was with a former boyfriend who had family in Seville and Gallicia. That was in the early ’90s before the wine thing took off in earnest. I remember I let the pig out at his grandmother’s farm. He later became ham.
The course will cover the country’s wine regions and end with a 50-question multiple choice test and a blind tasting of six wines where I’ll have to identify the grape and region and give a quality assessment. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll finally be able to memorize the Spanish aging requirements.
Red Crianza — six months in oak, two years before release.
White Crianza — six month in oak, one year before release.
Red Reserva — one year in oak, three years before release
White Reserva — six months in oak, two years before release
Red Gran Reserva — two years in oak, five years before release (with a min of 36 months in bottle)
White Gran Reserva — six months in oak, four years before release.
This stumps me every time.
[Map via Vino Vixenz]