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. For 30 years he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. His twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to 10 million readers. Anthony co-hosts the 20-year-strong BC Food & Wine Radio Show, which is broadcast in seven markets in B.C. and available online everywhere on iHeartRadio.ca. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.