When I’m not touring the Canary Isles, I’m drinking a bottle of a brand I’m sure I’ve never heard of.
When I find a bottle on the shelves of a small shop in the heart of the island, I am taken aback.
A Canary Island wine has always been a rarity.
The islands’ vineyards were planted by the British and American governments.
But their wines are unique, with the most distinctive flavour of their family, and a taste that would be hard to match on the supermarket shelf.
The best wines on Canary are a mix of a good variety of grapes, the mainstay of the region.
Most are sherry, but some are a blend of white wine, Pinot Noir, or other grapes, and they vary in age.
A typical wine is rich and juicy, but there’s also a subtle tinge of fruity, floral and fruity.
The Canary islands have an almost spiritual connection with wine.
“You know, the Canaries have been wine makers for generations,” says Peter O’Sullivan, a lecturer in the department of history at the University of Limerick.
“They’re like the old Romans, with a bit of a different take on the wine, but it’s not as different as you might think.”
The wine-growing region of the islands is famous for its sparkling wines, with more than 150 wineries and restaurants producing more than 1,500 different types.
They are also famous for their wines that are very complex, often with notes of spices, herbs, and fruit, or with complex flavors that have been added to the vineyard and barrel.
“We have a number of styles of Canary,” says O’Brien.
“Some of the wines are really great, some are really good, some really, really bad, but in general, there’s a range.
And some of the best, as well as the best wines, are very difficult to find.”
And how are they found?
The most obvious source of grapes for the islands’ wines is from the Caribbean, where the Canarians were born.
The British government has also been the first to import wine from the islands, through the St. Croix-based National Wine Board (now known as the Canarian International Wine Board).
The Canaries are also home to one of the world´s largest wine companies, Winery Piedmont.
Its wines are sold on supermarket shelves and on the islands by local wine retailers.
“It’s a bit like the big box wine stores, but they don’t have the same flavour of the wine,” says John Hoyle, Wineries Piedmill´s director of wine.
He says the company produces a range of wines from all over the world, but the best quality is from Canary.
“When we go out to market, it’s a little bit different than the big stores,” he says.
“The wine we sell is not the same as what you would get from a supermarket.
It’s very different, and it´s not a standard of quality, but we don´t make it any less special.”
In the 1990s, wine was considered a luxury item.
Today, it is almost a necessity for the average tourist.
It is expensive and, because of the country´s economic and cultural problems, it has also lost much of its appeal.
But in recent years, a new wave of luxury wines has begun to rise.
“If you go to any wine shop in Europe and you see that there’s wine that’s not from the Canaria, it really does indicate a new trend,” says Hoyle.
“But if you are a tourist, it just means that you are paying for the privilege of not having to visit the islands.”
There is also a strong community spirit to Canary wines.
“I am from the town of Bannockburn, and I think we have an incredibly good reputation,” says Paddy O’Donnell, president of the Canaire Vineyard Estate.
“In my lifetime, I haven’t come across a single person who didn’t like to be able to have a glass of a wine that had a distinctive taste and that they would like to share with others.”
The main reason for the success of Canaries wines is their quality.
A lot of the time, there are many varieties of grapes available in the region, which makes it easy to find a wine you like.
And although the islanders have many different vineyards and different styles of wine, the variety is often close to perfect.
“There are varieties that you could get at any other wine store in Ireland,” says Chris O’Neill, director of the Irish Wine Society, which has a branch in the Canarias.
“All of us at the Irish wine society have a strong passion for our region, and we really appreciate the fact that it’s all very well on the vineyards, but you can’t