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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  • Turmeon Vermouth NV

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    Delicious aperitivo wine, and best Vermouth wine i have ever tasted. I can drink it at any time, refined flavours from the aged wine plus the complexity of the botanicals. Spectacular wine in the mouth with the spices and the figs flavours coming out, it touches your heart too. Very original label. Read More

    Wine review by Sofia Fisher


  • Cune Monopole White Rioja 2014

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    Light aromas of white peach and lemon are framed with a petrol edge. Slightly oily in the mouth, yet thin with predominantly citrus flavors of lemon and a nutty hint on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc 2013

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    This Cotes du Roussillon Blanc has an intriguing nose of pear, a hint of citrus and other (assorted) white fruit and a nice herbal yellow colour. On the palate is a delicious infusion of semi-sweet, almost candied pear, honeydew melon, a bit of salt and spice (reminiscent of spice cake). This wine would be a hit at any summer party or any othe... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Red wine should be served at room temperature. Or should it? This is one ... one ... Cava uses Xarello, Macabeo and Parellada varietals and is made specifically in the Catalan region of Penedes.” Farther down the list was the ever-present debate over red wine and the temperature at which it should be served.  Vinetur struck down the notion th... Read More

    From the article A Game of True & False: Spanish Wine Website Tests Readers' Wits


  • Freixenet Cava Sweet Cuvee Cordon Negro

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    A good sparkling wine. I would say it is a little bit fry, but that is fine. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • The next time you visit Barcelona, Spain, get yourself into the mountainous ... ... wine, generally from Macabeo and Garnacha Blanc, accounts for less than 5% of Priorat’s production; varieties that are also planted in Montsant. For any anoraks out there, there are also small plantings of Pedro Ximenez, Viognier and Chenin Blanc.  If Priorat ... Read More

    From the article Ride the Roller Coaster Vines: Priorat to Montsant


  • 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


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