For the final class in our trio of Island Wine explorations, we are headed to the Canary Islands! Technically Spanish, this volcanic archipelago is actually much closer to Africa than Spain. Due to their position in the Atlantic Ocean, the Canaries experience intense climates ranging from the sub-tropical to desert depending on their proximity to the African mainland. Intense wind currents also play a major role in the agricultural capabilities of these tiny islands. It would seem impossible to cultivate vines in such extremes, but somehow the farmers here have adapted to their environments! The Canaries have a long history of winemaking but are having a moment right now thanks to producers like Envínate and prominent placements on restaurant wine lists. Join me and see what the hype is all about as we explore wines from the islands Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote!
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