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Spain's Delicious Wines Don't Break the Bank Can wines as reasonably priced as Spain's really be worth drinking? Lettie Teague finds that the diversity and deliciousness of the country's wines are as impressive as their price tags.

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In addition to its recent economic woes, Spain has experienced some pretty bad weather as well, specifically drought. Last year's drought was particularly severe; some called it the worst in 70 years, and in the hardest-hit winemaking regions, such as Ribiero, the crop was cut almost in half.

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The reduced harvest may result in higher wine prices, according to Patrick Mata, owner of Olé Imports, a Spanish-wine specialist. But Mr. Mata believes that Spanish wines will still have a big market edge—thanks, in part, to the age of the vineyards. Many people believe that old vines create wines of greater complexity and depth. There are many very old vineyards in Spain, Mr. Mata pointed out, including "100-plus-year-old vineyards whose fruit goes into wines costing $15 and less." Furthermore, in Spain, the cost of infrastructure is comparatively low; in most cases, the land was paid for long ago.

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Spain's Delicious Wines Don't Break the Bank Can wines as reasonably priced as Spain's really be worth drinking? Lettie Teague finds that the diversity and deliciousness of the country's wines are as impressive as their price tags.

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In addition to its recent economic woes, Spain has experienced some pretty bad weather as well, specifically drought. Last year's drought was particularly severe; some called it the worst in 70 years, and in the hardest-hit winemaking regions, such as Ribiero, the crop was cut almost in half.

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The reduced harvest may result in higher wine prices, according to Patrick Mata, owner of Olé Imports, a Spanish-wine specialist. But Mr. Mata believes that Spanish wines will still have a big market edge—thanks, in part, to the age of the vineyards. Many people believe that old vines create wines of greater complexity and depth. There are many very old vineyards in Spain, Mr. Mata pointed out, including "100-plus-year-old vineyards whose fruit goes into wines costing $15 and less." Furthermore, in Spain, the cost of infrastructure is comparatively low; in most cases, the land was paid for long ago.

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France's wine industry may be hurt the most if a tariff war between China and the European Union goes unresolved by August.

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Hong Kong (CNN) -- Exports of French Bordeaux, Italian Tuscans and Spanish Riojas could get more expensive in China if a tit-for-tat tariff war bubbles over between the world's most populous country and the European Union.

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On Wednesday, Beijing launched anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probes into imports of European wine. The inquiry follows new EU tariffs, only announced Tuesday, of nearly 12% on China-made solar panels that begin June 6. The European Commission has accused China's state-subsidized panel makers of flooding European markets with unfairly cheap products.

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Picnic-Friendly White Wines Here's a handful of white wines that are picnic-ready. Plus: no wine opener needed.

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Come summer, it’s ideal to have a chilled white wine ready to bring to an outdoor concert or picnic. To make your stash lighter, consider a bottle with a screw-cap enclosure. (Who wants to lug a heavy wine-bottle opener?) From New Zealand to Monterey, here are some solid suggestions. All are budget-friendly, leaving you room to splurge more on the edible fixings to pair with these wines.

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2011 Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Fume Blanc (Sonoma County, California, $15) is effervescent with guava and pear notes, and quick to the finish. ( ferrari-carano.com ) Non-vintage Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio (Sicily, Italy, $10) begins with rose-petal aromas before easing into creamy lemon notes and lots of minerals before a firm finish.

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“I want my wines to be honest”, seemed to be a recurring theme as I interviewed Chris Primus, wine maker and vineyard manager at San Juan Vineyards on San Juan Island, Washington State. From the first time I talked seriously with Chris about six years ago, he has been a proponent of making wine with as little influence from oak and other methods that he believes mask the true character of the wines. As he puts it, he likes to see honesty in the wines that he puts out there.

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At first, I did not fully buy into his wine making approach. However, as I’ve watched him develop as a wine maker and I’ve seen the marked improvement in the wines coming out of San Juan Vineyards I have to admit that his vision of how a wine should taste and express itself is paying off. After his recent white wine releases which I raved about on my Seattle P.I. blog, I felt it was time to sit down with Chris and get some of his insights on the world of wine and his wine making philosophy.

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As a member of generation X, Chris, at 40 years old would hardly be considered “old” for a wine maker. Yet, he has been around enough to stock away many different experiences in the wine world. Born in Vincennes Indiana, a small town in the southwestern part of the state, Chris was only there for two years before his family moved to West Lafayette Indiana, so his father could attend college at Purdue University. In 1975 his family moved again, this time to St. Joseph Missouri where Chris experienced his younger years as a mid-western boy. In 1983 the family moved once again to Jefferson City, Missouri where Chris spent his teenage years and graduated from high school in ’91. After graduating, he too went to Purdue University where he studied chemical engineering.

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