Weekly wine defined: Xarel-lo

Mary writes:

Xarel-lo (pronounced: zar rel lo): is a white grape variety that is indigenous to Spain. The vines are found in both Catalonia and central Penedès at moderate elevations. In the Penedès region, it’s one of the base grape varieties of cava, blended with Parella and Macabeo.

Xarel-lo is a hardy plant with medium-sized, thick-skinned grapes. As a result of the thick skin, where all the flavors and aromas come from, the wines produced from Xarel-lo are full-flavored and aromatic.