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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  • René Barbier White Blend Catalunya Mediterranean White NV

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    Is it a joke?! Remember http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS9ocP6FNvM Read More

    Wine review by BVWineS


  • Vivanco Rioja Blanco Viura/Malvasia 2008

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    crisp, clean refreshing, and highly acidic - lemon/lime citrus dominates both on the nose and palate Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • René Barbier White Blend Catalunya Mediterranean White NV

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    versatile light inexpensive white...good for sipping or with white fish. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Marqués de Cáceres White Blend Rioja Blanco 2008

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    Nice dry white wine. Not not extremely fruity, but good. Read More

    Wine review by dylanrallen


  • Reserva Real Cava Do

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    Great finesse, very drinkable. Dry cava with a long lasting finish. Read More

    Wine review by atonalprime


  • Cristalino Brut Cava 2005

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    I don't typically buy sparkling wines but I picked up a magnum of this one after seeing it at world market for $15. This was listed on the top 100 best buy wine list according to Wine Enthusiast in 2008. Citrus lemon-lime taste with a background of green apple. Long lasting finish with an overall clean, crisp taste. Nice value. Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad NV

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    Floral nose, crisp, clean. Busy in the mouth. Crab apple aftertaste, acidic ... acidic acid. A little flat. Macabeo, Zarella and Parellada grapes...no I am not going to try to pronounce the Read More

    Wine review by Athon


  • Castellroig Cava Brut NV

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    Bought from a tasting at California Wine Merchants in NY, a tour of non-Sonoma wines that included this bottle. After a trip to Spain in May and a Cava winery tour at Codorniu, it was a great first taste and opener to the flight we tasted that night. I bought a bottle to take home and used it for a special brunch at the end of the summer. The su... Read More

    Wine review by mistazang


  • Castellroig Cava Brut NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by mistazang


  • Marques Monistrol Vintage Cava 2006

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    Not bad really, good acidity and crisp, hints of apples, sherbet and some nuttyness in there. Fairly OK Read More

    Wine review by nickss


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