Question: Confused at the 40th Vancouver International Wine Festival featuring Spain & Portugal by several red wines made from the same grape variety but using different names. Can you clarify?
Answer: Noticed that too but need more specific information from you to answer your question definitively. Tempranillo the well-known grape variety from Rioja in Spain was very prominent. But it was called Tinto Fino (or Tinta Del Pais) for Ribera Del Duero wines. Similarly Tempranillo was going by Ojo De Liebre (and Ull De LLebre) in the Penedes of Catalonia, Tinta de Toro, and the name Cencibel from the Valdepenas wine region of La Mancha. Moreover in Portugal Tempranillo wines are called Tinta Roriz (and sometimes Aragonez). Yes this is confusing! Other less recognized grape variety “nom de plumes” you may have encountered include Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan), and Monastrell and Mataro (both Mouvedre). Hope this helps clarify.
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