Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tuesday Tasting: Airén

Today I’m headed to a new restaurant for a review opportunity. While perusing the wine list in advance, I noticed they had, by the glass, a wine made from Airén grapes. Never heard of them, so I knew I had to try it.

Airén is a variety of Vitis vinifers, a is a white grape commonly used in Spanish winemaking. This grape is native to Spain, where it represents about 30% of all grapes grown. As of 2004, Airén was estimated to be the world's most grown grape variety in terms of planted surface, at 306,000 hectares (760,000 acres), although it is almost exclusively found in Spain. Since Airén tends to be planted at a low density, several other varieties are more planted in terms of number of vines. Plantations of Airén are declining as it is being replaced in Spanish vineyards with various red varieties, such as Tempranillo.

Airén is also known under the synonyms Aiden, Blancon, Forcallada, Forcallat, Forcallat Blanca, Forcallat Blanco, Forcayat, Forcellat Bianca, Forcellat Blanca, Laeren del Rey, Lairen, Layren, Manchega, Mantuo Laeren, Valdepenas, Valdepenera Blanca, and Valdepenero.

Can’t wait to try it! (Oh yeah, and add to my Wine Century Club list…)

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air%C3%A9n

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