Anthony Gismondi on Wine

Tempranillo and chardonnay seem strange bedfellows, but in the North-East of Spain, between Rioja and Bordeaux, Arínzano Estate grows both varieties to produce singular wines.

The goal is to create wines that express the singular character of the Arínzano estate and to pursue a viticulture that not only respects, but favours the natural environment. As a result, Arínzano is one of only 16 estates in all of Spain to be recognized with Pago status, and the first Pago in the North of Spain. We spoke with Manuel Louzada, Director General, about the significance and the decade of work required to obtain the coveted Pago status, Spain’s highest category for winemaking.


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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. He is currently in his 29th year as the wine columnist at the Vancouver Sun and a Partner and Principal Critic at www.winealign.comAnthony is also the co-host of the longest running, weekly, wine and food show in Canadian radio: The Best of Food and Wine. You can listen to the show across the Best of Food and Wine Radio Network multiple times per week. For air times in your city, or to listen live on the internet, check here.