Macabeo

Common synonyms: Maccabeo, Macabeu, Viura (as well as, but less commonly, Alcañol, Alcañón, Blanca de Daroca, Charas Blanc, Forcalla, Gredelín, Lardot, Listan Andaludschii, Listan Andaluzskii, Lloza, Macaban, Macabeo, Macabeu, Maccabeo, Maccabeou, Maccabeu, Makkobeo, Malvoisie, Provensal, Queue de Renard, Rossan, Subirat, Tokay, Ugni Blanc, Viuna, Xarello)

Parentage of the grape: None available.

History of the grape: Macabeo is Spain’s most widely planted grape. From there, it has made its way to southern France’s Roussillon region, which is located just over the Pyrenees mountains. Though a text from 1854 suggests that it originated in the Middle East, its history is rather murky.

The variety must make up at least 51% of white Rioja, where it is prized for its ability to resist oxidation and to provide the acidity that Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca lack. However, it is being slowly edged out by international varieties such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Read more »

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  • Finca Muñoz Macabeo-Verdejo 2013

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    Want a cheaply priced wine that works at any outdoor gathering - especially with white meats or seafood? This may be your choice. A wine with peach notes on the nose and some allspice that also penetrates on entry, this Castilian number is good value. Not elegant or particularly subtle, but fairly soft and flavourful enough for everyday quaffi... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Segura Viudas Brut NV

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    Wine review by erickafilm


  • As we deck the halls, we should also remember to have wine on the brain while ... blend primarily made from Macabeo shows the diversity of the region. Plenty of fruit aromas are carried through the palate, offering a round mouthfeel that can stand up to white meats such as turkey. Suggested SRP $9 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier 2013 A unique... Read More

    From the article Real Holiday Wine for $10 or Less


  • Lots of articles come out this time of year suggesting wine pairings for large, ... ... BrutD.O. Cava, Spain50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo11.5% abv. Brut (a dry sparkling wine style with a lower amount of residual sugar per liter) is more or less the standard sparkling wine level. It’s not bone dry but has no appreciable sweetness ei... Read More

    From the article 5 Novice Wines for Your Holiday Table


  • Few meals arouse anticipation like Thanksgiving dinner. For weeks, if not ... ... be pricey. But this blend of Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel-lo from the Penedes region of Spain over-delivers on its price point. McManis Family Vineyards Viognier For a richer white wine, many will head to Chardonnay and its creamy mouthfeel. While that it certai... Read More

    From the article 5 Thanksgiving Wines That Won't Break the Bank


  • Croix Milhas Rivesaltes Ambre Vin Doux Naturel NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava NV

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    Earth and minerals, with bits of apple and citrus peel, just another great one at a low price point. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Cabre & Sabat Cava NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • So what’s the first thing you think of when you read Cariñena? I ... 30% followed by Cabernet, Macabeo (Viura), Syrah, Chardonnay, Merlot and Carignane. Also visited on my trip were the cellars of San Valero, the first to bottle wine commercially in Cariñena and one of the early leaders to sell wine under their own brands in the region. Drawin... Read More

    From the article Carinena Is Ready for You


  • Bodegas Paniza Viura 2013

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    Gassy with slightly green herb framed warm apricot fruit on the nose. Moderately rich on entry with good acid, supporting a little apricot and mostly green apple fruit with green plum on finish, good length, and a hint of rs covering the acid on the lemony finale. Fruity and straightforward with a hint of mineral spice. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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