Airén (I-wren)

The most widely planted grape of Spain, grown mainly on the central plains of Castilla La Mancha, immortalized by Don Quixote. Used in blending (it’s often the base for inexpensive sparkling wine around Europe) and on its own. Grown and made by small family wineries, can make a fresh, lively, minerally white (not unlike pinot grigio, only better) that’s a steal.


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