• What is mistela?

    At Padró i Família we use mistela as the base wine for our Padró & Co. Blanco Reserva. But not many people know what mistela is, especially among the younger population who do not come across it very often. Mistela is not exactly a wine, so what then is it? During the grape…

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  • What is wormwood and why is it a necessary ingredient in Spanish vermouth?

    Wormwood or Artemisia, in Latin, is the quintessential herb, without which a vermouth quite simply, isn’t a vermouth. The base formula for any drink calling itself vermouth must be 75% wine and wormwood, one of the botanicals used. In fact, the world’s first vermouth, commonly thought to have sprung from…

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  • ¿Where does the grape come into the vermouth-making process?

    A good vermouth is the finished product of the blending together of several different factors, each of which is equally important in the vermouth-making process. Let’s look first at the grape, an essential fruit in the process. Each grape-growing region will have its own special characteristics, soil type, altitude and…

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