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Interview
“Instead of partying at the beach, I visit vineyards”
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-04-28 10:04:35

Guillermo Cruz is 29 years old and knows exactly what he wants. He knows he is one of Spain’s trendiest sommeliers but he aims higher and plans to become the country’s first Master Sommelier. Until that day, he enjoys wine with great gusto. ...

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People
“My dream is to compete on equal terms with Champagne”
Amaya Cervera| 2017-01-20 09:01:45

After his New York adventure, Pepe Raventós, Penedès’ 'enfant terrible' since he left the DO Cava, has returned home to go back to his roots and “practice instead of seeking.” He talked to SWL about his plans and his vision of life now....

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People
“Sherry has been badly mistreated”
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-04-19 09:04:55

Juan Ruiz Henestrosa is head sommelier at Aponiente, a two-Michelin starred restaurant on the cutting edge of Spanish gastronomy. Sensitive and passionate, Juan has managed to put Sherry at the same level as chef Ángel León’s celebrated dishes....

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Interview
“Spain should pay more attention to its vineyards”
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-05-18 09:05:17

The Wine Advocate taster who managed to turn his hobby into a profession talks at length to Spanish Wine Lover about the way his tastes have evolved, the bottles he stores in his cellar and his views about wine in Spain....

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Interview
“You don’t need to be a good taster to be a good sommelier”
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-11-29 10:11:02

Few sommeliers in Spain manage to inspire so much respect from his peers as Josep Roca, one of the three brothers behind El Celler de Can Roca in Girona. In this interview, he talks about his 30 years in the business and the challenges in his profession....

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Grapes
10 great-value reds to celebrate Grenache day
Amaya Cervera| 2014-09-18 12:09:47

Next Friday Grenache wine lovers will be celebrating G-Day all over the word. Spanish wine lovers are very lucky to have fantastic Grenache-based reds offering outstanding value....

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Recommended wines
31 wines to try in August
Amaya Cervera| 2015-07-31 07:07:11

SWL picks 31 wines to try this summer, one for each day of August. Stay tuned —a new flight of exciting wines will be added to this piece every week....

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Grapes
A better future for Spanish wines with pre-phylloxera grapes?
Amaya Cervera| 2017-02-16 12:02:47

For over 30 years Torres has been tracking Catalan vineyards in search of ancient grape varieties. We had the opportunity to taste some of their most promising discoveries a few days ago. Their names: Forcada, Pirene, Gonfaus, Moneu and Querol....

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Rioja
A group of Rioja Alavesa producers apply for a new DO
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-07-21 07:07:50

As half of Spain packs their suitcases to go on holiday, the Association of Rioja Alavesa Producers dropped the wine story of the summer with the announcement that it has officially requested the new appellation Arabako Mahastiak / Viñedos de Álava....

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Spanish terroirs
A Manifesto in favour of Spain’s unique vineyards
Amaya Cervera| 2016-01-08 05:01:31

In order to fight against the narrow-mindedness of many appellations in Spain, roughly 150 wine professionals including producers, journalist and retailers have signed a Manifesto in defence of terroir....

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People
A new generation of brave producers in Rioja (and II)
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-04-21 10:04:30

They are young and talented and they all fight to get their wines to mirror the terroir they come from. This is the second part in the series about some of the figures shaping the future in Rioja....

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People
A new generation of brave producers in Rioja (I)
Amaya Cervera| 2015-04-08 06:04:30

They are young, energetic and set on making wines in their own style. In this two-part piece, we talk to some of the new faces that are likely to shape the future of Rioja....

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Basics
A practical glance at Spain's wine regions
Amaya Cervera| 2014-08-19 12:08:16

I’ve tried to draw a mental map that divides Spain's main wine regions by style and type of wine. I hope it can be used as a practical guide to confront the shelves of your local wine store in a more relaxed way....

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Routes
A taste of the Basque capital
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-03-20 10:03:39

It doesn’t have the beaches and Michelin-starred restaurants of San Sebastian or the international notoriety of Bilbao, but Vitoria is worth a detour for food and wine lovers....

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Wineries to watch
A walk through 21st century Cvne with Víctor Urrutia
Amaya Cervera| 2015-09-02 09:09:48

A legendary producer based in Haro’s Barrio de la Estación, Cvne is living a sweet moment backed by awards and recognition. Nevertheless, CEO Víctor Urrutia is far from relaxed....

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UK
A wine epiphany
Ricard Giner| 2014-08-21 01:08:14

Our London-based contributor writes about his favourite Spanish wines and where to find them in the UK. His first article recalls the beginning of his wine passion, inspired by classic Riojas such as Viña Tondonia and Viña Real....

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Wineries to watch
Abadía Retuerta: in search of lost time
Amaya Cervera| 2016-06-02 09:06:02

It’s now 25 years since the recuperation of the Abadía Retuerta estate vineyards in Sardón de Duero (Castilla y León). The winery celebrated the anniversary with a tasting of the first 1996 vintage, which proved to be in pretty good shape....

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USA
Adventurous US consumers seek out Spanish wines
Bill Ward| 2014-12-05 09:12:36

It wasn’t so long ago that a Spanish restaurant in the United States would have a few tapas and native dishes, usually washed down with sangria. The Spanish section in a wine store, if it even existed, would have a handful of Riojas. ...

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Wineries to watch
Alba Viticultores: Sparkling a rebellion in Sanlúcar
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-11-03 09:11:30

Sparkling wine production in the Sherry Triangle started in the 19th century, but some producers like Alba Viticultores in Sanlúcar are recovering the tradition, with a little help from the winegrowers for whom they demand recognition....

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Wineries to watch
Albamar brings out the freshness of Albariño
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-03-02 09:03:48

Easy-going and always willing to learn, Xurxo Alba is since 2006 the visible face of Albamar, a small family venture in Galicia’s Salnés Valley where Albariño grapes are let to express their freshest and most vibrant side. ...

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Wineries to watch
Alejandro Fernández, making wine his own way since 1975
Amaya Cervera| 2015-05-04 10:05:53

Which are the clues behind Pesquera’s unique reds? We visit Alejandro Fernández and talk to his friends and acquaintances to find out more about one of Ribera del Duero’s most uncompromising characters....

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Barcelona
Alimentaria 2016: a four-day chronicle
Amaya Cervera| 2016-05-01 05:05:56

Alimentaria attracts huge crowds hence the numerous side wine events. In this edition, the tastings, parties and fiestas outside the Barcelona trade fair has un-doubtedly reached an all-time high....

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Wineries to watch
Alonso del Yerro, terroir-driven wines in Ribera
Amaya Cervera| 2014-10-06 12:10:54

It is not easy to stand out in Ribera del Duero, neither to commit to quality in times of recession but after 10 years of hard work, Viñedos Alonso del Yerro have made a name for themselves among the most distinguished brands in the appellation....

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Wineries to watch
Alta Alella: The search for terroir expression
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2017-06-06 09:06:42

Organic still wines and cavas that reflect terroir and vintage variations form the basis of this producer located just outside Barcelona. As well as natural wines, they are busy creating local varieties that are adapted to climate change....

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USA
America’s west coast opens up to new Spanish wines
Bill Ward| 2015-04-14 09:04:30

More than a decade after Spanish wine became “the next big thing” on America’s west coast, consumers are digging deeper for discovery, and finding much to their liking....

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Collecting
An online site to purchase old Spanish wines
Amaya Cervera| 2014-10-16 08:10:51

A specialized online retailer with a great selection of Riojas and other legendary brands like Vega Sicilia, Vino Vintage Santander is a paradise for fans of old Spanish wines....

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USA
Are Spanish wines a good match for Americans’ favorite foods?
Bill Ward| 2016-11-15 08:11:45

Unlike Spain, most popular foods in the US are not associated with particular regions. We ask three restaurant experts which Iberian wines they would match up best with classic American food....

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Wineries to watch
Barbadillo or the courage to tackle changes
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-07-05 09:07:43

This family producer, which pioneered wines such the white Castillo de San Diego and the bottlings of manzanilla en rama, rescues old winemaking traditions and novel styles in an effort to renew itself while keeping the essence of Sanlúcar....

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Spanish terroirs
Beauty and then vines
Pedro Ballesteros MW| 2016-12-13 07:12:04

Classic wine regions raise in our souls the beauty of landscapes and buildings, as much as the pleasures of wines and food. Pedro Ballesteros MW finds that magic balance in a former 16th century convent in Málaga, which now houses Descalzos Viejos....

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Wineries to watch
Belondrade, 20 years standing up for whites
Amaya Cervera| 2014-08-21 03:08:19

A pioneer in Rueda, Belondrade has celebrated its 20th anniversary uncorking wines dating back to 2001, thus showing an endless obsession with making the best possible Verdejo whites....

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Wineries to watch
Biodynamics and science coexist well at Gramona
Amaya Cervera| 2016-12-04 08:12:47

Over the course of two mornings we joined Jaume Gramona on a walk around his vineyards to learn about his newly discovered passion for biodynamics and, in a far more educational atmosphere, during a sparkling wines workshop he recently led in Madrid....

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Routes
Bodegas and tapas welcome visitors to Jerez
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2014-11-20 12:11:19

Thanks to their aging process, wines made in the cities of Jerez, El Puerto and Sanlúcar are unique in the world. In this two-part series, we review the best wineries, bars and eateries in the Sherry Triangle. This first piece covers the city of Jerez....

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News
Bodegas Barbadillo signs rising star Armando Guerra
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-11-20 10:11:37

The owner of the most famous wine tavern in the Sherry Triangle will lead the new Premium Production and Innovation Division in the Sanlúcar winery but without renouncing to hold his renowned summer tastings....

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Beyond wine
Breaking taboos with wine cocktails
François Monti| 2016-03-22 09:03:43

Wine has always been mixed, says expert François Monti. Delving into history helps to better understand why the new trends consider it as another ingredient to be used by audacious bartenders....

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Wineries to watch
Can Ràfols evokes the magic of Garraf’s chalky soils
Amaya Cervera| 2016-05-04 12:05:30

Carlos Esteva, the man behind Can Ràfols dels Caus, is a maverick producer. After almost 40 years of immersion in the Garraf terroir in Penedès, he culminates his work with a mammoth winery dug in the chalky rock that defines his wines....

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Wine regions
Cangas: from coal mines to fine wines
Pedro Ballesteros MW| 2017-02-07 10:02:32

Mines and wine have a shared past in the world’s history. In Spain, there is a great example in Cangas, a region in Asturias which came close to losing its vineyards. Today it is gradually reviving thanks to its unique scenery and grape varieties....

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Routes
Catalonia’s Cap de Creus for wine lovers
Miquel Hudin| 2015-05-18 10:05:27

Best known for its scenery, beaches and the artists who frequented the area, the recovery of the historic hill-terraced vineyards at Cap de Creus natural park offers a new appeal for wine lovers....

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Routes
Cathedrals and other tapas temples
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2014-08-19 07:08:14

This route follows the path of three major Gothic cathedrals (Burgos, Toledo and León) and their surrounding areas full of bars and restuarants. Three people who know their cities well recommend their favourite spots to eat and drink....

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In depth
Cava de Paraje Calificado - what’s it all about?
Amaya Cervera| 2016-12-16 10:12:04

Even if the official seal is not due to be issued until next year, we reveal some of the sparkling wines pursuing the new Cava de Paraje Calificado category, which aims to set the new benchmark of quality in Spain’s most famous bubbly....

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Wineries to watch
Celler del Roure: The future is in the past
Amaya Cervera| 2017-04-05 08:04:46

Based in the subarea of Clariano, this producer has brought new hope and distinctiveness to the DO Valencia thanks to the recovery of Mandó, a local grape variety with a marked fresh profile, and an ancient underground cellar stocked with amphorae....

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Wine gadgets
Choosing the right wine glass
Amaya Cervera| 2016-01-26 11:01:43

Is there such a thing as the perfect wine glass? Probably not, but with an increasingly wide range of models and sizes, any wine lover can find the perfect glass match. It all depends on the budget....

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Wineries to watch
Comando G rescues old Garnacha vines in Gredos
Amaya Cervera| 2015-04-02 10:04:21

Meet these young winemakers on a mission: to highlight the quality and potential of old Garnacha vines from the central Spanish Gredos mountains. Their light yet deep and mineral reds are the antithesis of Tempranillo....

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Denmark
Copenhagen champions natural wines from Spain
Cruz Liljegren| 2016-03-07 11:03:31

Danish restaurants and sommeliers have moved on from bold Spanish reds in favour of lighter wines produced with minimal intervention....

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Wine gadgets
Coravin or how to enjoy wine without uncorking the bottle
Amaya Cervera| 2014-11-06 01:11:21

Yesterday Coravin was officially launched in Spain. This gadget has allowed wine geeks to make their dreams come true by allowing to extend the life of their most beloved bottles without worrying about oxidation....

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Spanish terroirs
Covarrubias, Tempranillo’s hidden playground
Amaya Cervera| 2015-10-14 06:10:05

The most singular valley within the largely unknown Arlanza appellation in Burgos (Castilla y León) has attracted a handful of young, restless producers. SWL has visited the area to chart the region’s vineyards and wines....

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Wineries to watch
Descendientes J. Palacios spearheads change in Bierzo
Amaya Cervera| 2016-04-05 08:04:19

Álvaro Palacios and Ricardo Pérez have proved that Bierzo deserves a place of pride among Spain’s most prominent wine regions. We visited the winery and the vineyards to discover what’s behind their captivating wines....

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People
Destemming grapes with Abel Mendoza in Rioja
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-10-18 09:10:11

This Rioja producer, who embodies the concept of a Burgundian vigneron working his land to make honest wines, show us how he makes his Tempranillo Grano a Grano and his philosophy of life, which is based on terroir and respect for the environment. ...

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Wine gadgets
Do you need a separate glass for each wine?
Anna Harris-Noble| 2016-09-23 08:09:11

After attending a tasting led by glass manufacturer Georg Riedel in Madrid, our contributor Anna Harris-Noble decided to repeat the experience to try the same wine in different shaped glasses at home with her husband....

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In depth
Does terroir matter in Spain's appellations?
Amaya Cervera| 2015-11-10 08:11:39

It seems obvious that denominations of origin are meant to protect a wine region. Paradoxically, some producers in Spain do not feel comfortable in their DOs while others demand more differentiation, authenticity and attention to their needs....

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Wineries to watch
Drinking sherry history at Emilio Hidalgo
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2014-12-02 01:12:39

Among its 3,200 casks, visitors can feel the efforts carried out by this winery to preserve tradition and the work of generations to maintain a style of wine, beyond fashion trends and business strategies....

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Routes
Drinking smartly around Retiro park in Madrid
Anna Harris-Noble| 2016-10-25 08:10:00

It may not be Madrid’s youngest or trendiest neighbourhood, but there are few areas that can challenge the streets around Ibiza metro to the East of the Retiro Park for wine and tapas bars....

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Austria
Drinking Spanish wines in Vienna
Ana Margareto | 2016-12-27 10:12:25

Austrian wine lovers fiercely defend their own wines, but it is also possible to enjoy Spanish wines in this cosmopolitan city which will receive thousands of visitors to celebrate the New Year. Ana Margareto checks out the places to go....

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Recommended wines
Eight red wines under eight euros
Amaya Cervera| 2017-01-17 09:01:48

After the usual seasonal excesses —we are sure many of you spared no expenses with your favourite wines— it’s time to tighten our belts. Fortunately, Spain offers many fabulous wines to drink smartly without breaking the bank....

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Wineries to watch
El Maestro Sierra: a tale of courage and perseverance
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-08-04 09:08:35

The founder was determined to overcome all kinds of difficulties to fulfill his dream of becoming a wine almacenista, so it is no surprise that this renowned sherry winery is managed by three women who excel at going against the tide....

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Recommended wines
Eleven Albariño wines worth waiting for
Amaya Cervera| 2015-07-09 06:07:53

Albariño is much more than just a white grape from Spain. Despite expanding to other Galician regions beyond its Rías Baixas stronghold, Galicia’s white queen struggles for recognition for its ability to age. ...

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Wineries to watch
Emilio Rojo, the unconventional winegrower
Amaya Cervera| 2015-02-03 04:02:38

An unusual and unique character, Emilio Rojo is behind one of the most sought after whites in Spain of which roughly 5,000 bottles are produced each year....

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Basics
Everyone can be a Spanish wine lover
Amaya Cervera| 2014-10-13 12:10:00

There are many good reasons to try Spanish wines. Diversity is number one - I’d bet that every wine lover could be captivated by a style of wine, a grape variety or a region in Spain....

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Wine regions
Extremadura wines: in search of identity
Amaya Cervera| 2016-03-16 08:03:50

This huge region in southwestern Spain is far from being identified with a wine style of its own. Could this lack of definition actually be a blessing?...

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Finland
Finland still remains a tiny market for Spanish wines
Cruz Liljegren| 2016-10-11 09:10:44

Following on with his journey across Scandinavia, our contributor Cruz Liljegren arrives in Finland to find out the opportunities for Spanish wine in a strict market which is becoming more flexible and with wine consumption levels as high as Spain....

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Grapes
Five exotic reds to mark Tempranillo Day
Amaya Cervera| 2014-11-13 10:11:26

No matter whether it comes from Rioja, Ribera del Duero or Castilla-La Mancha… Tempranillo is what we Spaniards drink most often. Sounds boring? We hope these five reds bring some novelty to your palate....

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Recommended wines
Five top Riojas to enjoy this Christmas –plus a few affordable alternatives
Amaya Cervera| 2016-12-20 10:12:59

Rioja offers an overwhelming diversity of wines. That’s why it deserves a place of its own on any Spanish wine lover’s Christmas table. We present five stellar Rioja wines, plus some affordable alternatives to make the most of your budget....

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Recommended wines
Five unconventional whites to seek in 2015
Amaya Cervera| 2015-01-14 11:01:10

Do you fancy tasting something really different in 2015? We suggest five Spanish whites that escape all conventional routes either by their novelty, exotic grapes or style....

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Recommended wines
Five Verdejo wines that tell a different story
Amaya Cervera| 2015-05-12 09:05:28

Verdejo is a tremendously popular, easy-to-drink white wine that can be found almost everywhere in Spain. But Rueda’s native grape is also capable of producing some outstanding, distinctive whites. We select five that break down stereotypes. ...

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In depth
Further steps to demarcate terroir in Spain
Amaya Cervera| 2016-06-28 07:06:45

Zoning and land classification are contentious issues in Spain. Following the recent approval of a single-vineyard category for Cava, Rioja continues to discuss its future while other wine producing regions are going their own way....

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Grapes
Garnacha, can a grape be sexy?
Amaya Cervera| 2015-07-23 09:07:59

A bit showy, definitely pleasing, and probably the tastiest red grape on earth, Garnacha is going through an exciting renaissance in Spain. SWL cheers to its success with this practical style guide....

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Tastings
Getting a taste for old Paternina vintages at Conde de los Andes in Rioja
Amaya Cervera| 2017-05-23 08:05:27

What do past vintages taste like? A few weeks ago we had the chance to try Rioja vintages from the 1940s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s in Paternina's cellars, now owned by Muriel Group. This is our impression of such impeccably preserved bottles....

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News
Grape milestone: Spain unearths 210 new varieties
Amaya Cervera| 2015-02-18 07:02:20

The joint work of 25 research centres and over 70 grape experts unveils a huge –hitherto unknown- varietal diversity in Spain....

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Harvest
Grape picking fun across Spain
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2014-09-17 08:09:33

September and October are the best months of the year to visit the vineyards where wine is made. For those who want to be winemakers for one day, these are some of the most interesting opportunities across Spain to take part in the harvest....

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Grapes
Grenache soils in Spain
Amaya Cervera| 2014-09-22 09:09:39

Grenache is widely planted across Spain, where it grows in the most diverse type of soils. In this piece, Amaya Cervera digs up the most distinctive, explains where these soils are found and the kind of wines they produce....

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Wineries to watch
Hacienda Monasterio strengthens its position in Ribera del Duero
Amaya Cervera| 2015-11-02 10:11:37

Thanks to an enviable price positioning, almost 100 hectares of vineyards in Pesquera de Duero and the recent acquisition of a stake in Montecastro, Hacienda Monasterio emerges as one of the most solid producers in Ribera del Duero....

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Rioja
Haro’s Barrio de la Estación opens up to the world
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-09-22 10:09:31

Bringing together the seven wineries that make up Rioja’s most venerable wine district has not been easy, but the joint tasting held last week was a laudable initiative which highlights the area’s strong points in a crucial moment for the region....

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Rioja
Haro’s traditional producers champion blended wines
Amaya Cervera| 2016-09-19 11:09:12

The second Haro Station Wine Experience turned into a passionate defence of the art of blending wines thanks to a master class which revealed the secrets behind some of Rioja’s most iconic wines....

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Experiences
How can architecture and design help wine?
Amaya Cervera| 2016-02-16 08:02:35

As wine tourism becomes more popular in Spain and the rest of the world, winery architecture and design play an increasingly important role to enhance the experience of making and enjoying wine....

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Grapes
How many grapes are there in Spain?
Félix Cabello| 2014-08-23 03:08:27

In a three-part series, our grape expert Félix Cabello writes about three key areas of a study carried out in Spain over the last years: number of grape varieties, some conflicting issues around them which have now been resolved and vineyard ranking....

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Grapes
I say Malvasía, You say Rojal
Félix Cabello| 2014-09-13 09:09:18

Historical errors abound when it comes to identifying grape varieties. Chilean Carmenère was thought to be Merlot and Albariño vines planted in Australia turned out to be Savagnin. Spain has also suffered some mix-ups with Albillo and Malvasía vines....

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Collecting
In search of old Riojas (and III)
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2014-10-09 09:10:44

Despite the widespread lack of interest in old wines, there are a few restaurants in Spain that pride themselves on stocking the classics. In the last of this three-part series, we take a closer look at the leading ones beyond the Basque Country....

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Collecting
In search of old Riojas (I)
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2014-09-04 10:09:11

SWL presents a three-part series to understand the renewed excitement around these wines. This first piece includes experts' thoughts about storage and availability of old Riojas in Spain. The following articles list some of the best restaurants in Spain...

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Collecting
In search of old Riojas (II)
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2014-09-23 12:09:42

The Basque Country has more old Rioja aficionados than anywhere else in Spain. In the second of this three-part series, we highlight some of the best restaurants in the region to enjoy great classic vintages....

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Wine & Food
Is Sherry the most versatile wine in the world?
Sue Style| 2016-11-08 08:11:39

To anyone who loves Sherry, it’s a constant source of bewilderment just how misunderstood this magnificent wine can be. Our contributor Sue Style tries to entice novice drinkers to this multi-faceted wine with a wide array of international pairings....

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Beyond wine
It comes from Jerez but… it’s not sherry!
François Monti| 2017-01-10 10:01:21

The popularity of vermouth seems to be unstoppable. The introduction of new ingredients like sherry has brought extra dynamism onto the market and is helping to bring new flavours to consumers’ glasses, says our cocktail expert....

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Wineries to watch
Javier Arizcuren recovers the wine heritage of Rioja Baja
Amaya Cervera| 2016-10-04 09:10:47

Despite the very few bottles made by this architect and wine enthusiast, the story of Javier is a great example of the recovery of old vineyards in Spain. His are in Quel, his birthplace in Rioja Baja....

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People
Jean-Guillaume Prats is a Spanish wine lover
Amaya Cervera| 2014-10-08 10:10:43

The CEO of Estates & Wines, the LVMH luxury group’s wines division, visited Madrid last week for the launch of a new vintage of Numanthia. We got the chance to talk to him about Spanish wine....

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Wineries to watch
Jorge Monzón: bringing the soul of Burgundy to Ribera del Duero
Amaya Cervera| 2017-05-04 10:05:09

Judging from the impressive old vineyards that Jorge Monzón has managed to assemble in his hometown of La Aguilera (Burgos) in just over a decade, Dominio del Águila could soon become one of Ribera del Duero’s shining stars....

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Wineries to watch
Juan Antonio Ponce brings the magic out of Bobal
Amaya Cervera| 2016-08-03 10:08:02

This young winemaker has managed to bring out the best of Bobal, a rustic and harsh variety, while recovering local grapes like Albilla and Moravia Agria in DO Manchuela. His work proves that there is hope beyond Castilla La Mancha’s dull wine image....

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Spanish terroirs
Juancho Asenjo: “Rioja is known for its fine wines not for volume”
Amaya Cervera| 2017-03-28 01:03:00

Spanish expert and educator Juancho Asenjo yesterday championed terroir as he led the first tasting of “village wines” held in Rioja under the auspices of the region’s Association of Family Wineries....

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Wineries to watch
La Rioja Alta hails the revival of Gran Reserva wines
Amaya Cervera| 2015-03-03 07:03:32

As this legendary Rioja winery marks its 125 anniversary, we delve into the history and winemaking behind its famous Gran Reservas....

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Tastings
La Rioja Alta: The greatness of Gran Reserva through the decades
Amaya Cervera| 2015-09-15 06:09:38

Last week, Rioja producer La Rioja Alta held a landmark tasting to celebrate its 125th anniversary. Wines ranged from the legendary 1964 to 2001, which is regarded as the best vintage in modern times....

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People
Leading wine producers in Terra Alta
Amaya Cervera| 2016-09-27 08:09:37

After our recent piece about this Catalan region, focused primarily on Garnacha, we have profiled some of its most interesting winegrowers. This is our particular vision on who’s who in Terra Alta....

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Wineries to watch
Marqués de Murrieta. Back to its glory days
Amaya Cervera| 2014-11-03 10:11:35

Located on the outskirts of Logroño, this legendary Rioja winery has been closed to the public since 2005, immersed in a comprehensive renovation of its historic buildings. The spectacular Ygay estate has finally reopened its doors to visitors....

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Wineries to watch
Mauro paves the way for its expansion into Ribera
Amaya Cervera| 2016-02-01 08:02:37

After several years keeping a low profile, the García family recently released a white Mauro. Now they are set to launch their first Ribera del Duero and a top-of-the-range red in Toro....

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USA
Millennials place 'value' on Spanish wine explorations
Bill Ward| 2016-02-09 10:02:01

For young, hip Americans, Spain’s wines offer up a brave new world. The wide range of Iberian wines allows them to explore and experiment on the cheap....

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Barcelona
Monvínic – A different world of wine
Miquel Hudin| 2015-02-12 11:02:39

Since it opened its doors in 2008, this sleek bar in the centre of Barcelona has managed to attract every wine lover visiting the city with its huge wine selection and singular approach....

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Russia
Moscow remains a challenge for Spanish wines
Anna Kukulina| 2015-09-08 09:09:44

Spanish wines have a challenging task ahead in Russia. Beyond the wines from Rioja, Spanish producers need to focus on diversity and originality to succeed in the growing Russian market....

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Wineries to watch
Nanclares y Prieto: juggling with the many faces of Albariño
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-09-05 09:09:33

Having trained as an economist, Alberto Nanclares never consciously planned to become a winegrower but he is now one of Rías Baixas most accomplished interpreters of the Albariño variety along with his business partner Silvia Prieto....

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Experiences
Nosing around for victory
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-03-11 11:03:59

The Wine Tasting in Pairs Competition organized by retailer Vila Viniteca is a highly awaited event for #winelovers. One of Spanish Wine Lover’s writers took part this year and explains the ins and outs of the contest. ...

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Tastings
Old and new Rioja around Haro’s railway station
Amaya Cervera| 2015-09-23 11:09:46

This is our report of the various fabulous tastings that allowed us to assess, side by side, a great deal of wines made by the seven wineries in Haro’s Barrio de la Estación. We found tradition, modernity and a few surprises too. ...

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Harvest
One day picking grapes in Rioja
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2014-10-14 02:10:30

The smell of must permeates the surroundings of Luis Cañas, where there is a real buzz of activity. Spanish Wine Lover spends a day with its workers in the vineyard and at the winery to experience the hard work behind a bottle of wine....

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Experiences
Ordering Spanish wine in Spain
Tommasella Perniciaro | 2015-04-10 09:04:15

Spain offers a big advantage for wine lovers, compared to the rest of the world: you can taste some high-quality products at reasonable prices, but you’ll need a few tips to make a good choice....

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Beyond wine
Our favourite Wine Lover shots of the summer
Amaya Cervera| 2015-09-03 10:09:47

As promised, we have selected three great shots that capture the essence of wine happiness from all the photographs sent by our readers throughout the summer....

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Recommended wines
Our favourite wines in 2014
Amaya Cervera| 2014-12-29 10:12:01

The SWL team picks the wines (obviously Spanish) that have moved them most throughout the year. Many thanks to all contributors for sharing these highly personal choices....

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Recommended wines
Our red -and white- picks from Priorat
Amaya Cervera| 2015-06-25 01:06:43

During the three-day conference Espai Priorat held at the end of May we discovered a new trend towards fresher and more approachable styles in this steep, breathtaking region. Here is a selection of some favourites....

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Recommended wines
Our top cavas and sparkling wines for Christmas
Amaya Cervera| 2014-12-18 02:12:44

After tasting our way through a great deal of top Cavas and some interesting newcomers in the Spanish fizz market, we list our favourites to toast over the Christmas holidays....

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Wine & Food
Pairing cheese and Spanish whites
Amaya Cervera| 2015-02-20 08:02:51

After taking part in a highly stimulating white Rioja wine and cheese tasting, we have asked expert Guillermina Sánchez Cerezo to suggest five perfect pairings Made in Spain....

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Grapes
Penedès plays the local grape card
Amaya Cervera| 2017-04-24 10:04:15

This Catalan region welcomed international grapes with open arms in the last quarter of the 20th century but it is now focusing on indigenous varieties. White Xarel.lo is leading the way, but Sumoll, Malvasía and Xarel.lo Vermell are vying for space....

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People
Peter Sisseck, portrait of a mature winemaker
Amaya Cervera| 2014-09-16 10:09:36

This article is linked to the first post in our Photoblog. Pepe Franco is the author of an extensive photographic report about Peter Sisseck, the Danish winemaker behind Pingus in Ribera del Duero and a leading figure in Spanish wine....

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Recommended wines
Priorat whites: a tiny but appealing category
Amaya Cervera| 2017-06-06 01:06:11

One of the highlights of Espai Priorat’s latest edition, a biannual event to introduce the area to foreign opinion leaders and wine buyers, was the vitality of the region’s white wines. A really small category, it boasts more diversity than initially...

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In depth
Priorat: is it all about terroir?
Amaya Cervera| 2015-06-16 08:06:26

If it’s been a while since you last tasted a wine from Catalonia’s Priorat, you may be surprised by how much fresher and approachable the wines feel these days. With diversity on the rise, we embark on a journey to discover Priorat’s true character...

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Wineries to watch
Quinta da Muradella: the quiet search for wine purity
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-01-05 08:01:18

If good wines are a reflection of the terroir where they come from, in the case of Quinta da Muradella they also evidence the personality of José Luis Mateo, an honest and humble winegrower who has single-handedly placed Monterrei on the wine world map....

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Wineries to watch
Ramiro Ibáñez brings soils and terroir into Sherry country
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-10-02 12:10:34

Inquisitive, dynamic and always willing to learn from the past, Ramiro Ibáñez is, despite his youth, a highly respected winemaker among sherry enthusiasts. What’s so special about this maverick born in Sanlúcar in the 1979 vintage?...

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Wineries to watch
Recaredo, a terroir-driven Cava
Amaya Cervera| 2015-12-02 08:12:52

A singular producer exclusively crafting long-aged, bone-dry vintage Cava, Recaredo is securing its future with new plantings that will give indigenous white grape Xarel.lo a major role in their wines....

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Wine regions
Rioja in the 21st century: styles and categories of wine
Amaya Cervera| 2017-03-15 10:03:35

Three wide subareas and three aging categories (Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva) are not enough to explain a vast, complex wine area like Rioja. SWL charts its evolution and brings a guide to understand the region’s wines....

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Wineries to watch
Riscal has its eye on Verdejo old vines in Segovia
Amaya Cervera| 2017-03-02 02:03:21

The old Verdejo vineyards found in Segovia are a new source of excitement for Marqués de Riscal’s project in Rueda. They form the backbone of the new top-of the-range Barón de Chirel white and add consistence to other Verdejos in the range....

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Wine regions
Rufete grapes put Sierra de Salamanca on the wine map
Amaya Cervera| 2016-07-20 10:07:15

Despite its small size, Sierra de Salamanca boasts an enchanting scenery, interesting soils and a precious wine treasure: Rufete is a floral, delicate variety which fits in perfectly with the trend towards less-structured, Burgundy-style wines....

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Routes
San Sebastian: top spots for wine and pintxos
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2017-03-21 10:03:02

The most beautiful city in the Basque Country is also the pintxo capital of the world. Although finding top bites is not difficult, the same cannot be said of wine, so here is a list of the top addresses in town where wine matters as much as food....

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USA
Sangria gets a full makeover in the US
Bill Ward| 2015-07-16 08:07:53

Spain’s prototypical drink has found a welcome home in all corners of the country, even if it often bears little resemblance to traditional versions....

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Routes
Santander for wine lovers
Elisa Errea| 2015-09-17 03:09:52

After writing about Australia and London, our contributor Elisa Errea was eager to write about the best places for wine lovers in her home town....

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Wineries to watch
Scala Dei recovers the heritage of Priorat's monks
Amaya Cervera| 2015-07-02 09:07:19

Currently working many of the Carthusian’s historic vineyards, Cellers Scala Dei produces single-vineyard Garnacha wines from sites where monks were present 400 years ago....

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Beyond wine
Send us your best Wine Lover shots of the summer
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-07-07 12:07:55

Wine and summer are two words we love. We are pretty sure you readers share this feeling so we would like you to send as your best photos with these two ingredients. You are allowed to make us green with envy!...

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Harvest
Send us your pictures
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2014-09-02 12:09:17

Harvests in Spain take many forms and shapes - as many as the variety of landscapes, wineries and vineyards found across the country. Will you get the chance to have a look or even take part in one of them? ...

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Vintages
Severe frost will mark the 2017 vintage in northern Spain
Amaya Cervera| 2017-05-09 10:05:48

We’ve talked to leading producers and Regulatory Boards in the wine regions that were severely hit by frost in the northwest of Spain on the last week of April to assess the extent of the damage. Now it’s time to move forward, everyone agrees....

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Wine & Food
Sherry 101: An introduction to styles and pairings
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-10-25 07:10:23

On the eve of Sherry Week, Spanish Wine Lover joins the celebrations with this introduction to Sherry wines, styles and how to best enjoy them with a meal....

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USA
Sherry cocktails causing a stir in Manhattan and beyond
Bill Ward| 2015-02-10 07:02:17

Everything comes back around, the saying goes. That’s certainly true for sherry cocktails in the US, even if it has taken a century....

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Recommended wines
Sherry Festival in San Sebastián: Our top 10 wines
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2017-05-16 10:05:32

San Sebastián, home to a handful of Michelin-starred restaurants, was the city chosen by Sherry’s Regulatory Council to promote its wines in Spain this year. We have picked a selection of ten wines in a range of styles and prices among the 200 on show...

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Japan
Sherry lovers in Japan take to the art of venencia
Gonzalo Robledo| 2014-11-11 09:11:36

After witnessing a contest to choose Tokyo’s top venenciador (sherry-pourer), our correspondent in the Japanese capital recommends the best places in the city to enjoy these Andalusian wines....

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Trends
Sherry meets Rioja and other flor stories
Amaya Cervera| 2016-10-28 08:10:25

Sherry casts a long shadow. Following the nascent renaissance of Spain’s iconic region for fortified wines, some producers in Rioja and other Spanish wine regions are paying a particular homage to Sherry’s distinctive flavours....

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Mexico
Shopping for Spanish wine in México City
Maite Corsín| 2014-10-20 10:10:33

The Mexican capital is a paradise for lovers of well respected Spanish wine brands. Leading names are available in most shops, but lesser known producers are gradually finding a space on the most adventurous wine lists....

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Tastings
Southern treasures (I): Manzanilla
Amaya Cervera| 2015-02-17 07:02:23

We start a two-part feature focused on two fascinating wines from Andalucía in southern Spain: briny Manzanilla from Sanlúcar and the lovely cloying PX from Montilla-Moriles....

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Tastings
Southern treasures (II): Pedro Ximénez
Amaya Cervera| 2015-03-09 10:03:03

The second article of a two-part series about distinctive wines from Andalucía focuses on Montilla-Moriles PX, Spain’s most celebrated sweet wine made with dried grapes....

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Recommended wines
Spain’s best somms reveal their top Christmas wines
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-12-09 10:12:24

Sommeliers in Spain are gaining ground thanks to the new wave of young professionals who know and understand the wine scene in the country. Some of the leading lights in the business tell us what they’ll be enjoying over Christmas. ...

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Beyond wine
Spanish craft beers, more than pale blondes
José Carlos Román| 2017-04-19 10:04:01

Beer is much more than Spain’s favourite drink to face the heat. As microbreweries start to become more mainstream, sommelier José Carlos Román recommends some of the leading producers and specialist addresses in the country....

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USA
Spanish grapes find a home in US vineyards
Bill Ward| 2017-04-11 10:04:51

Tempranillo grapes have a long but spotty history in the United States. Albariño has almost no history, but both Spanish varieties have made great inroads in recent years, with domestic production rising sharply in quantity and quality. ...

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Beyond wine
Spanish olive oil rivals with wine in its diversity
Pilar Molestina| 2015-06-23 08:06:19

Spanish olive oil this past decade has turned into a foodie’s must. Pilar Molestina looks for clues and picks some favourite brands....

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Trends
Spanish rosés turn pale and aim for quality
Amaya Cervera| 2016-05-11 08:05:02

A lighter shade of red is not necessarily better, but behind the new trend towards light-coloured rosés, some quality-conscious Spanish producers are trying to make serious wines in this style....

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Recommended wines
Spanish somms reveal their favourite summer wines
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-08-05 09:08:51

We have asked sommeliers based in different locations across Spain to recommend us some of their favorite wines for the summer. Styles and tastes vary, but most of them choose wines away from the beaten track....

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Recommended wines
Spanish talent blends in with the world's wines
Amaya Cervera| 2015-12-29 11:12:01

Last week in Madrid, SWL attended a fun-filled tasting hosted by the Spanish Tasters Association (UEC) and conducted by Pedro Ballesteros MW featuring wines made abroad by Spanish winemakers and/or companies....

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China
Spanish wine and Chinese food make a perfect match
Pedro Ballesteros MW| 2015-06-18 08:06:01

China has become the main focus of numerous wine producers for its huge business potential. Pedro Ballesteros MW, who knows the country well, explains which Spanish wines are more likely to win over Chinese palates....

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Spanish terroirs
Spanish wine growers: first steps towards excellence
Amaya Cervera| 2016-05-20 07:05:20

The terroir movement in Spain seems unstoppable. The First Wine Growing Encounter held at Remelluri (Rioja Alavesa) brought together over 150 wine producers and trade professionals who attended presentations, tastings and an unforgettable al fresco lunch...

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Netherlands
Spanish wine struggles to leave its mark in Amsterdam
Cruz Liljegren| 2017-01-30 07:01:29

Cruz Liljegren goes wine drinking in Amsterdam and discovers some of the best places to drink Spanish wine in the Dutch city. Despite a few good finds, there are still plenty of work ahead for the country’s wines to gain visibility....

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Europe
Spanish wines are a click away from European wine lovers
Amaya Cervera| 2014-11-19 09:11:22

It has never been so easy for European consumers to source Spanish wines for their cellars. We review a selection of Spanish online wine stores that deliver directly to your home....

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Australia
Spanish wines down under
Elisa Errea| 2014-10-28 10:10:06

Although almost in our antipodes, Australians are great wine lovers and increasingly appreciate the quality of Spanish labels. Elisa Errea recalls her experiences during her last trip to the country....

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Norway
Spanish wines gain ground in Oslo
Cruz Liljegren| 2015-10-05 10:10:20

Spanish wines are vying for a place in the Norwegian market as the announcement to relax some of the current alcohol restrictions coincides with a surge of wine bars in Oslo....

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Belgium
Spanish wines in Brussels
Pedro Ballesteros MW| 2014-08-23 02:08:30

Spanish Master of Wine Pedro Ballesteros has been based in Brussels since the 1990s. This background allows him to offer tips and restaurant recommendations to wine aficionados looking to enjoy Spanish wines in the Belgian capital....

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Germany
Spanish wines in Germany’s Michelin-starred restaurants
Ana Margareto | 2017-06-26 10:06:33

Germany is Europe’s second Michelin-starred country only behind France. Ana Margareto investigates how Spanish wines perform across the 292 restaurants carrying this distinction to find an increasing interest for whites with a good story behind....

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Switzerland
Spanish wines in Switzerland rise in quality
Sue Style| 2016-01-11 10:01:20

Sue Style writes about the success story of Spanish wines in a country packed with wine lovers and recommends some interesting places to shop for them....

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Japan
Spanish wines in the heart of Tokyo
Gonzalo Robledo| 2014-08-19 10:08:45

The pioneering spirit at Cave du Relax is reflected in its choice of wines. Riojas are in short supply in contrast with other regions (Penedés, Tarragona, Alicante, Navarra…) and the variety of styles evidence their interest to remain unorthodox....

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USA
Spanish wines in Washington
Lucas Payá| 2014-12-23 12:12:53

After working for Spanish chef Ferran Adriá at El Bulli, sommelier Lucas Payá moved to Washington, where he now lives. He has discovered a pretty and quiet city with a vibrant activity around wine and plenty of serious aficionados....

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UK
Spanish wines look cool in London's hipster hangouts
Elisa Errea| 2015-01-21 08:01:39

When a European is in search of inspiration, London is the place to look at. Brits seem to have a special talent for creativity and entrepreneurship. Elisa Errea checks the latest trends in the wine world....

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USA
Stellar Spanish wine lists in the US destination cities
Bill Ward| 2016-07-12 11:07:04

It’s not a reach to say that the United States has a major dose of Iberian Fever. As Spanish wines continue to ascend in popularity, and as more brands are imported to the US, restaurant wine lists are making the most of it. ...

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Sweden
Stockholm rekindles its love for Spanish wine
Cruz Liljegren| 2015-05-21 10:05:01

A new breed of chefs and sommeliers are introducing new flavors into Swedish cuisine. Stockholm-born Cruz Liljegren sees a renewed interest in Spanish wines – adventurous wine lovers are increasingly well catered for in the “capital of Scandinavia”...

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Wineries to watch
Suertes del Marqués sets the style for Tenerife wines
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2017-02-03 10:02:54

There is a before and an after of the wines from Tenerife since the arrival of Suertes del Marqués. Their focus on native varieties grown on volcanic soils and devoid of unnecessary make-up have set the style of quality winemaking in the island....

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Tastings
Tasting natural, biodynamic and extreme Spanish wines
Amaya Cervera| 2015-05-25 01:05:51

In a short period of time we have visited various tastings focused on biodynamic, natural and supposedly extreme wines. Here are our picks from what I call the “flip side” of the Spanish wine scene. ...

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Grapes
Tempranillo, the Spanish red superstar
Amaya Cervera| 2014-11-10 06:11:45

Next Thursday, and subsequently every second Thursday in November, is International Tempranillo Day. Curiously enough, this celebration originated in the US but we thought it was a great opportunity to recall Tempranillo’s origins and styles of wines....

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Best value
Ten fun Spanish reds that won’t break the bank
Amaya Cervera| 2016-01-18 07:01:46

Bills, bleak weather and general dreariness can turn January into the most depressing month of the year; at SWL we’d rather start on a high enjoying some fruit-driven, affordable reds which express their origin and the varieties they are made from....

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Tastings
Ten good value wines under €6
Amaya Cervera| 2015-01-26 12:01:47

We have tasted some of the best selling wines in a well-known wine store in Madrid in search of great value wines to give your pockets an easier ride....

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Wine gadgets
Ten objects of desire for wine lovers
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2014-12-11 10:12:09

To ease the hassle of buying Christmas gifts, we list a bunch of wine-related gadgets and hedonistic experiences in this two-part piece....

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Recommended wines
Ten Spanish wines to discover in spring
Amaya Cervera| 2016-03-28 08:03:45

We have compiled a selection of new, exciting wines for wine lovers willing to discover new styles during the spring or in their next trip to Spain....

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Wine regions
Tenerife wines fall under the spell of the volcano
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2017-01-25 11:01:22

Canary Wine stopped being the island’s most sought-after product a long time ago, but the wines of Tenerife and its neighboring islands resonate again among experts and consumers thanks to a bunch of producers set on letting the world know about their ...

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Wine regions
Terra Alta: charting new roads for Garnacha
Amaya Cervera| 2016-09-14 10:09:06

Accounting for 33% of the total plantings of White Garnacha worldwide, Terra Alta has also started exploring the potential of its red wines. This unsung appellation in the far south of Catalonia is an interesting mix of landscape, architecture and wines....

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Routes
The best places to drink wine in Logroño
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-02-24 12:02:07

The capital of La Rioja boasts an impressive number of places to eat and drink, but we pick the best bars and restaurants to enjoy interesting wines....

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Wine regions
The breathtaking beauty of Gredos in pictures
Amaya Cervera| 2015-10-27 10:10:42

Pepe Franco’s pictures portray both dramatic landscapes and everyday tasks in Gredos, managing to capture the essence of a unique landscape, its vineyards and people. Find out more about this rugged and beautiful Spanish wine region....

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News
The challenges of selling wine online
Amaya Cervera| 2016-02-28 08:02:08

Smartphones will be the main tool for consumers buying wine in an increasingly competitive and crowded market. This was one of the main conclusions heard at wine and technology encounter ImaginextRioja, held in Logroño last week....

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Sherry Triangle
The essence of Pedro Romero lives in Sanlúcar
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-11-17 09:11:07

In the good old days it used to be the second largest bodega in Sanlúcar. A calamitous management concluded in tragedy for the Romero family and put an end to a glorious past which the new owners want to restore under the name Bodegas Alonso....

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Tastings
The essential guide to Spain’s sweet wines
Amaya Cervera| 2015-12-22 08:12:53

At SWL we believe Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate with dessert wines. Spain’s sweet universe offers an astonishingly wide range of styles, concentration levels and even wine colours....

2 Tastings
Grapes
The highs and lows of grape varieties in Spain
Félix Cabello| 2014-09-27 01:09:18

Which grape varieties are widely planted in Spain? Are there any fighting for survival? The last article in our grape patrimony series presents the figures...

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Recommended wines
The increasing diversity of reds in Priorat
Amaya Cervera| 2017-06-20 08:06:19

After taking part in the latest edition of Espai Priorat, I bring you a wide selection of reds form the area reflecting the great diversity of styles. I also tasted some older bottles that hint at how these wines can develop with time....

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UK
The London tapas explosion
Ricard Giner| 2015-03-24 01:03:59

Now, it’s possible for anyone in London to enjoy a slice of Spain on a plate and in the glass. Spanish food and wines have finally gone mainstream....

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Experiences
The long hard road to become a Master of Wine
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-07-14 11:07:38

They are just two letters of the alphabet, but together they become the key to throw open many wine doors to the 322 people who currently can call themselves Master of Wine (MW)....

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Vintages
The rain in Spain misses the plain
Amaya Cervera| 2014-10-27 08:10:24

With few exceptions, 2014 has failed to be a relaxed harvest in Spain. Some of the best producers in the country give us their verdict and recall their sometimes stressful experiences....

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Rioja
The rebirth of Rioja’s ancient cellars
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-06-09 10:06:20

Built in the 16th and 17th centuries, the old Paternina underground cellars in Ollauri house an impressive collection of 250,000 bottles with wines dating back almost a century. Their new owners open the doors of this treasure-trove to Spanish Wine Lover...

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Trends
The role of wine tourism and other ideas from Must Wine Summit
Amaya Cervera| 2017-06-14 09:06:45

What follows is a summary of some of the ideas fermented last week at Must Wine Summit, a three-day conference featuring leading wine speakers who discussed topics such as wine tourism, natural wines, big data, grape varieties or the Chinese market....

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Interview
The Spanish chef that took the tapas movement to America
Bill Ward| 2017-02-14 09:02:48

José Andrés is the leading ambassador of Spanish gastronomy in the US. Our contributor Bill Ward talked to him about the interest of Spanish wine among Americans and its presence in his restaurants’ menus....

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Sweden
The sweet secret of selling organic wine in Sweden
Cruz Liljegren| 2016-06-15 10:06:39

As the thirst for organic wines in Sweden shows no signs of relenting, some producers and brand owners have successfully adapted to the market with wines that appeal to the local, sweet taste, reports Cruz Liljegren....

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Wine regions
The uncertain future of Málaga’s sweet wines
Amaya Cervera| 2015-12-16 10:12:14

SWL explores the delicious rarity of an appellation which is almost entirely devoted to sweet wines; a captivating mix of landscape, history and complex winemaking traditions which are suitably apt to enjoy during the Christmas season....

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Tastings
Tio Pepe comes of age and proves its longevity
Cruz Liljegren| 2015-08-31 06:08:55

Very old sherries are very hard to find, hence the tasting led by Antonio Flores at Taberna Der Guerrita in Sanlúcar de Barrameda this summer with selections from the 1940s was exceptional....

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Japan
Tokyo embraces Spanish regional gastronomy
Gonzalo Robledo| 2015-02-24 07:02:36

Words like tapa or ibérico ham are part of the language of an average Japanese. Nowadays,there is a growing interest to learn more about Spain’s regional cuisines at specialist restaurants where wine lists are not constrained to specific areas....

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Technology
Top 10 apps for Spanish wine (and II)
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2014-09-25 03:09:14

In the last of this two-part series on wine apps, Spanish Wine Lover sifts through hundreds of options and selects the 10 most interesting and attractive ones to download onto your smartphone or tablet....

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Technology
Top 10 apps for Spanish wines (I)
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2014-09-15 05:09:21

There is a huge diversity of apps available for those who want to keep a cellar inventory or find out more about a particular brand or label. In this two-part piece, we try and taste 10 of them to track down the best for Spanish wine lovers....

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Germany
Top places to enjoy Spanish wines in Frankfurt
Ana Margareto | 2016-08-30 10:08:55

Spanish wines have a place of their own in Frankfurt, one of Germany’s most affluent cities and a great consumer of the country’s white wines. Our contributor Ana Margareto reveals the best places to find and enjoy them....

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Routes
Top sherry wineries and tapas in El Puerto and Sanlúcar
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2014-11-27 11:11:52

In this last piece about the Sherry Triangle, we visit the best wineries in the towns of El Puerto de Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda and little great bars to enjoy the area’s local gastronomy and wines. ...

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Experiences
Top wines and tables in Mallorca
Sue Style| 2016-06-21 09:06:19

Until a few years ago, few people holidaying on Mallorca would have considered seeking out local wines, far less visiting wineries to get to know the people who work them. But now that’s all changing....

3 Experiences
Wine regions
Toro: the land of hearty reds and old vines
Amaya Cervera| 2015-03-18 06:03:58

If there is a Spanish wine region capable of enveloping your palate, that is certainly Toro. Its powerful reds are shaped, in no small part, by the pre-phylloxera vineyards found in this area....

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People
Touching wine heaven with Vega Sicilia
Amaya Cervera| 2014-12-24 01:12:31

We have asked some leading figures in the world of wine to recall their most enduring memories of Vega Sicilia on the year this legendary winery celebrates its 150th anniversary....

2 People
Wineries to watch
Txakoli comes of age
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-06-02 10:06:51

The evolution of this wine in the past 25 years has been considerable thanks in no small part to producers like Itsasmendi, who are unashamedly trying to put txakoli on a level with other great white wines....

2 Wineries to watch
UK
UK importers on the challenges facing terroir-driven Spanish wines
Amaya Cervera| 2017-03-08 08:03:17

How can the new generation of Spanish winemakers position their wines in the British market? The Viñateros tasting held in London late last month was a great chance for SWL to hear the views of some of the wine importers attending the event....

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Gifts
Uncorking 10 unusual wine presents
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2014-12-17 11:12:43

Last week we published a list of ten wine-related objects of desire beyond the usual decanters and glasses. Today it’s the turn of 10 hedonistic experiences that will make great gifts ideas for winelovers....

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USA
US importers seek out genuine Spanish producers
Lucas Payá| 2016-04-11 08:04:05

To end his series of articles on leading importers of Spanish wines in the US, Lucas Payá asked them about the future: what’s in store for Spanish wines in such a competitive market?...

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USA
US importers who champion Spanish wines
Lucas Payá| 2015-10-20 09:10:58

Pioneering initiatives and young adventurous projects. We review the leading importers who have worked hard to improve the presence of Spanish wines in the world’s most important market....

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USA
US wholesalers warm up to Spanish wines
Lucas Payá| 2015-11-24 09:11:27

After his detailed piece on the leading importers of Spanish wine into the US, Lucas Payá takes a look at the presence of Spanish selections in the portfolios of large wholesale players....

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Wineries to watch
Vega Sicilia, 150 years later
Amaya Cervera| 2015-01-05 04:01:55

Vega Sicilia has been celebrating its 150th anniversary throughout 2014. We review the history of this legendary Spanish wine and ask owner Pablo Álvarez what has changed along the years....

2 Wineries to watch
In depth
Vinoble 2016 witnesses a change of cycle in Sherry
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-06-06 10:06:40

With lights and shadows in the organisation, the International Exhibition of Noble Wines confirmed a new stage in the Sherry Triangle and renewed dynamism both from new producers and some of the leading wineries in the region....

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Wineries to watch
Viña Sastre, winegrowers in La Horra
Amaya Cervera| 2017-01-03 06:01:24

Despite being the epitome of powerful Riberas, everything seems to happen easily at Viña Sastre. Extraction is not so much the style; instead, they look for naturally concentrated grapes sourced form some of the best –and oldest– vineyards in the DO...

2 Wineries to watch
Videos
Visiting Abadía Retuerta with Ángel Anocíbar
José Honorio| 2014-10-22 11:10:08

No doubt winemaker Ángel Anocíbar knows well the intricacies of Abadía Retuerta, in Ribera del Duero. That’s why we have asked him to show us around this beautiful winery....

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Rioja
Vivanco, the wine museum you must visit
Amaya Cervera| 2014-08-22 09:08:25

It clearly exceeds expectations thanks to its size, the variety of pieces on display and its ability to surprise. Located in Briones, it has become a major international tourist destination....

3 Rioja
Beyond wine
Waiter, there's Tempranillo in my vermouth
François Monti| 2015-05-06 10:05:29

Vermouth is back here to stay and with so much diversity of styles, we look into the new and almost endless possibilities of wine, its main ingredient....

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Experiences
Weddings among barrels
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-01-20 11:01:35

It might not be like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s wedding at their Château Miraval in Provence, but getting married in a winery is within everybody’s reach. ...

3 Experiences
USA
What next for Spanish whites after the rise and fall of Albariño?
Bill Ward| 2016-04-26 09:04:19

The range of Spanish whites is definitely broader in the US than 10 years ago, says Bill Ward, but there’s still a lot of work to do to bring awareness to them after Albariño’s stumbles in this highly competitive market....

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Vintages
What to expect from the 2016 vintage in Spain
Amaya Cervera| 2016-11-22 09:11:58

This year’s drought marked a sharp contrast between the high yields in Rioja and areas of Castilla y León and the low production in the Mediterranean. Yet quality expectations are high in many parts with reds set to be fresh and moderate in alcohol....

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In depth
What’s all the fuss about Cava?
Amaya Cervera| 2014-12-09 03:12:52

With some producers leaving the appellation and others seeking their own path, the regulatory board has announced a high-quality category for Cava. Despite the turmoil, there has never been so much diversity and good quality bubblies in Spain....

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News
Wine & Culinary: Creativity vs conformity
Amaya Cervera| 2014-09-29 10:09:10

Under the subject of Creativity and Market, the 2nd International Wine & Culinary Forum gathered leading wine and gastronomy professionals in an intense and inspiring day....

2 News
Wine & Food
Wine and food pairing: is it an overrated practice?
Amaya Cervera| 2016-10-14 12:10:38

How can we bring wine and food pairing into our daily lives without being too prissy or complicating things too much? These are our thoughts after taking part in the Wine & Culinary conference held in Barcelona last Sunday....

3 Wine & Food
Agenda
Wine tastings - February 2015
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-02-02 10:02:22

Wine events are starting to pick up a in February, with some interesting tastings taking place in Madrid and Barcelona. Come back to this page for further updates....

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Agenda
Wine tastings and events in May 2015
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-04-30 12:04:57

The good weather means more outdoor fairs and events, but this month we also offer our readers a chance to improve their wine education with a WSET Level 1 course at The Wine Studio in Madrid....

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Agenda
Wine tastings for December 2014
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2014-12-01 09:12:40

We list the most interesting activities for #winelovers held in Spain throughout December. Most of them take place in the first weeks of the month with champagne taking centre stage....

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Agenda
Wine tastings for January 2015
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-01-02 10:01:22

We list the most interesting activities for #winelovers held in Spain throughout the first month of the year....

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Agenda
Wine tastings for March 2015
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-03-02 11:03:03

The vertical tasting of Viñedos del Contino to mark its 40th anniversary takes centre stage this month, but there are a good deal of interesting activities for #winelovers throughout Spain....

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Agenda
Wine tastings for November 2014
Amaya Cervera| 2014-11-01 08:11:13

Are you a wine lover who is visiting Spain? If so, you’ve come to the right website! We have compiled some of the most interesting events scheduled for November in Spain. Check the details....

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Agenda
Wine tastings for October 2014 Spain
Amaya Cervera| 2014-10-01 12:10:45

Are you a wine lover visiting Spain? If so, you’ve come to the right website! We have compiled some of the most interesting events, such as the Wine Sessions in San Sebastián and Peñín’s annual tasting in Madrid. Check the details....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in April 2015
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-04-01 09:04:07

One of the most interesting activities this month for winelovers is El Alma de los Vinos Únicos, with over 100 producers gathering in the northern city of Burgos. Spanish Wine Lover is giving away two tickets. Join us there!...

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Wine tastings in April 2016
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-04-01 09:04:09

The showroom Música del Vi and the Wine Tasting in Pairs competition at Vila Viniteca in Barcelona are two of the top activities for wine lovers this month....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in April 2017
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2017-03-31 10:03:30

Feria del Viñerón in Santiago, Vitus Vinifera in Barcelona, Fira del Vi in Falset or Off the Record, which this year moves to Madrid, set the tastings agenda for this month....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in August 2015
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-08-01 01:08:27

A summary of some of the most interesting activities for wine lovers in Spain throughout August, with special attention on the tastings calendar at sherry specialist Taberna der Guerrita in Sanlúcar de Barrameda....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in August 2016
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-08-01 09:08:12

A summary of some of the most interesting activities for wine lovers in Spain throughout August, with a bunch of festivals combining music and wine....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in December 2015
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-12-01 10:12:58

Our monthly list with the most interesting activities for #winelovers held in Spain is back. Most of them take place in the first weeks of December and revolve around sweet and sparkling wines....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in December 2016
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-12-01 09:12:00

The last wine tastings agenda of the year includes, as usual, the country’s most interesting events. A large number of them involve bubbly and take place in the first weeks of the month....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in February 2016
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-02-01 10:02:53

Wine events are starting to pick up a in February, with some interesting tastings specially in Haro with its Wine Carnival and El Puerto de Santa María in Cádiz, where Cuatro Gatos Wine Fest will take place. Come back to this page for further updates....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in February 2017
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2017-01-31 12:01:09

Wine events are starting to pick up a in February, with some interesting tastings specially in El Puerto de Santa María in Cádiz with Cuatro Gatos Wine Fest and a historic tasting of López de Heredia wines in Santander....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in January 2016
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-01-02 10:01:52

We welcome the New Year with our monthly agenda of events for wine lovers in Spain. May 2016 be full of inspiring bottles and wine tastings!...

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Agenda
Wine tastings in January 2017
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2017-01-02 12:01:08

We welcome the New Year with our monthly agenda of events for wine lovers in Spain....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in July 2015
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-07-01 09:07:08

Summer is already here and wine events tend to be more fun-oriented with festivals focusing on music and wine intertwined with other events. ...

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Agenda
Wine tastings in July 2016
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-06-30 12:06:48

Summer is here, but wine activities continue non-stop. Check our calendar of events throughout the country in July....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in June 2015
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-06-01 09:06:53

Bubbles, Rioja and wines from Galicia take centre stage this month, but there are many other wine events held across Spain. We list the most interesting ones in our monthly wine agenda....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in June 2016
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-05-31 07:05:10

Some unmissable tastings in Sanlúcar and a wine battle are some of the main events for wine enthusiasts throughout this month, but there are plenty more across Spain. Check them out in our monthly calendar!...

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Agenda
Wine tastings in June 2017
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2017-05-31 09:05:36

Bubbles, unmissable tastings in Sanlúcar and a wine battle are some of the main events for wine enthusiasts throughout this month, but there are plenty more across Spain. Check them out in our monthly calendar!...

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Agenda
Wine tastings in March 2016
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-03-01 09:03:45

Our monthly compilation of interesting activities for wine lovers includes several festivals across the country plus tastings in the usual locations and a couple of new venues....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in March 2017
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2017-02-28 09:02:08

Our monthly compilation of interesting activities for wine lovers includes several fairs across the country plus tastings in the usual locations plus a couple of new venues....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in May 2016
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-05-02 11:05:44

Our monthly agenda with some of the most interesting tastings and wine events held across Spain for the general public....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in May 2017
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2017-05-01 08:05:41

Our monthly agenda with the most interesting tastings in Spain includes the Sherry Festival (San Sebastián), a tasting about Spain’s new winegrowers led by Amaya Cervera (Madrid) and El Alma de los Vinos Únicos (Burgos)....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in November 2015
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-11-02 10:11:43

A summary of some of the most interesting activities for wine lovers in Spain throughout the month with particular attention to International Sherry Week, which is being celebrated across the world during the first week of November....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in November 2016
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-11-01 10:11:13

A summary of some of the most interesting activities for wine lovers in Spain throughout the month with particular attention to International Sherry Week, which is being celebrated across the world during the second week of November....

3 Agenda
Agenda
Wine tastings in October 2015
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-09-29 09:09:01

Spanish Wine Lover lists the most interesting activities for #winelovers held in Spain throughout October....

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Agenda
Wine Tastings in October 2016
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-10-01 12:10:05

Spanish Wine Lover lists the most interesting activities for wine lovers held in Spain throughout October....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in September 2015
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-09-01 10:09:09

August is over and wine activities return to (almost) usual levels. Harvest Fiestas abound across the country this month, including Jerez and Rioja Alavesa. Nearby, the wineries in Haro’s legendary Barrio de la Estación en Haro hold a joint event....

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Agenda
Wine tastings in September 2016
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2016-09-01 10:09:08

August is over and wine activities return to (almost) usual levels. Harvest Fiestas abound across the country this month, including Jerez and Rioja Alavesa. Nearby, the wineries in Haro’s legendary Barrio de la Estación en Haro hold a joint tasting....

3 Agenda
Experiences
Wine tourism with a twist
Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | 2015-07-28 07:07:41

We’re in the midst of summer and for many, it is time to go on holiday, hit the beach and relax. For those who shy away from the sand or for wine lovers with alternative concerns, some wineries have planned wine activities with a twist....

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People
Xavier Ausàs: “I don’t forget that I’ve made a name thanks to Vega Sicilia”
Amaya Cervera| 2015-08-20 03:08:09

The Spanish wine world has been rocked by the news of Xavier Ausàs departure from Vega Sicilia. SWL has talked to him about his time at this iconic winery and his plans for the future....

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People
Zev Robinson films wine as an agricultural product
Amaya Cervera| 2014-11-24 12:11:50

His documentaries eschew glamour and actively seek what lies beneath wine, often in isolated rural environments. For Robinson, wine is an agricultural product, not an object of desire....

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Toro
Numanthia

The new phase under the ownership of the Moët Hennessy group in 2008 has not brought about any significant changes in the wines. On the contrary, both Numanthia and Termanthia have maintained their style, identity trademarks and quality levels instilled...

4 Toro
Bierzo
Paixar

This project, born on the 2000 vintage, is the result of a joint venture between the Luna family (Bodegas y Viñedos Luna Beberide) and the García brothers, Eduardo and Alberto (Mauro, Maurodos, Leda Viñas Viejas). Their father, Mariano García (former...

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Priorat
Bodega Torres Priorat

The key to the Torres group project in Priorat lies in the mix of grapes from the coolest area (Porrera) and from the warmest and southerly El Lloar, where the winery stands. The differenc...

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Málaga - Sierras de Málaga Varias zonas
Sedella Vinos

This is one of the most original projects to have emerged recently in Spain. Specially because it produced the first single varietal wine made from the almost unknown Romé red variety with a focus on quality. His creator, Lauren Rosillo, is well known f...

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Navarra
Domaines Lupier

Elisa Úcar and Enrique Basarte, a couple with years of experience in the wine world, started this project to rescue plots of old vine Garnacha located around the village of San Martín de Unx, in Baja Montaña (low mountain), a sub-area of the DO Navarr...

4 Navarra
Rioja
Marqués de Riscal

A century and a half after it was founded, Marqués de Riscal is known worldwide for the coloured curves of the hotel designed by Frank Gehry. Winelovers, however, prefer to dream of its historical cellar (The Cathedral) which stores bottles from every v...

4 Rioja
Rueda
Marqués de Riscal - Rueda

Marqués de Riscal settled in Rueda in 1972 under the conviction that the region had all the necessary elements to make quality white wines on a relatively high scale in Spain. Usi...

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Ribeiro
Viña Meín

The Meín vineyard, in the village of Leiro, appears in Galician history books as one of the first inhabited settlements around the San Clodio Monastery. The current winery, which has pioneered the recovery of Treixadura and other local varieties as well...

4 Ribeiro
Vinos de Madrid
Marañones

J. Fernando Cornejo is a lawyer, sociologist and businessman. He is also the owner of one of most highly recommended wineries for those in search of a memorable experience with the Sierra de Gredos Garnachas. This mountainous area lies at the northernmos...

4 Vinos de Madrid
Rioja
Sierra Cantabria

Established by patriarch Guillermo Eguren in 1957, the original winery of the Eguren family is the starting point for one of the most solid wine groups in Spain from a quality point of view. Located in the picturesque village of San Vicente de la Sonsier...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Viñedos de Páganos

The Eguren family set up this winery in 1998, right in the midst of modernisation in Rioja. It is located in Laguardia, beneath the protective barrier of the eastern end of Sierra Cantabria and within the boundaries of the Basque province of Alava, thus ...

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Rioja
Viñedos Sierra Cantabria

The brand Viñedos Sierra Cantabria incorporates all the Eguren family labels originating form vineyards or specific plots of land that used to be part of Sierra Cantabria. This group includes some of its most iconic labels such as Amancio, El Bosque and...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Señorío de San Vicente

This was the first prominent venture of the now famous Eguren family in Rioja. It perfectly exemplifies the origins of its single vineyard wines spread across different wineries since they carried out a masal selection of its oldest vineyards in the eigh...

4 Rioja
Toro
Teso La Monja

The Eguren family stands out for its ability to create a large number of high-profile labels, all of which have almost automatically joined the list of great wines from Spain. Most of them, including Amancio, La Nieta, Finca El Bosque or San Vicente, co...

4 Toro
Rioja
Cvne

It is one of the historical wineries located in the traditional Barrio de la Estación neighbourhood in Haro and counted itself among the few wine companies listed in the stock market until they recently ceased trading. It was founded in 1879 by two Basq...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Viñedos del Contino

The relationship with the Cvne group comes from long ago, but it has been intensified since the end of 2013, when the legendary Haro winery took control of 95% of the company. A pioneer ...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Viña Real

Part of the Cvne group, the brand Viña Real has in fact been in its portfolio until recently. Since its beginnings in the 1920s (even though the brand was not registered until the 1940s) V...

4 Rioja
Ribera del Duero
Conde de San Cristóbal

Part of the group Marqués de Vargas, the winery is located in the vicinity of Peñafiel (Valladolid) and follows the same vino de pago (single estate wine) model than the...

4 Ribera del Duero
Rioja
Marqués de Vargas

This vino de pago (single estate wine) project was established at the Prado Lagar family property, on the outskirts of Logroño, in the late 80s. Pelayo de la Mata, marquis of Vargas, built the winery surrounded by the vineyards planted by his ancestors....

4 Rioja
Rías Baixas
Pazo San Mauro

Part of the Marqués de Vargas group since 2003, the estate occupies 30 hectares in the Condado do Tea sub-area, the furthest inland in the DO Rías Baixas. The pazo that presid...

4 Rías Baixas
Rioja
La Emperatriz

Located in Baños de Rioja, 12km from Haro at the northwestern end of the Denomination of Origin, this is a single vineyard project started by the Hernáiz family. The renowned estate, purchased in 1999, belonged to Eugenia de Montijo, the last empress o...

4 Rioja
Rioja
R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia

López de Heredia is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful stories in the world of Spanish wine. The winery was founded in 1877 by Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, great-grandfather of the current owners, together with a French négociant who r...

4 Rioja
Rueda
Belondrade

Frenchman Didier Belondrade tried his first Verdejo in 1993. “There was elegance and finesse, it was interesting; I enjoyed the bitter, uncloying taste of the variety in the palate”, he recalls. A few months later, he travelled to Verdejo's native re...

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Rioja
Finca Allende

Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, one of the great revolutionaries who pushed for modernity in Rioja, is the man behind this project. His idea was to regain the region's essence based on the great wines of yesteryear. From this point of view, De Gregorio is a s...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Ostatu

Ostatu is a family winery whose roots can be traced back to several generations devoted to grape growing. It is a fitting example of the past and present of Rioja Alavesa, the subarea within the DO Rioja which belongs to the Basque Country. In 1970, D...

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Jumilla
Casa Castillo

Although officially founded in 1991, Casa Castillo lies on the grounds of an old farming property which incorporated a winery built by the French in 1870. The Vicente family has successfully managed to get the best out of the vines, all of them exposed t...

4 Jumilla
Ribera del Duero
Antídoto

During the 2000s, Frenchman Bertrand Sourdais was technical director at Dominio de Atauta, the winery that discovered the remote and extraordinary landscape filled with very old vines that laid hidden in the eastern end of Ribera del Duero, within the pr...

4 Ribera del Duero
Ribera del Duero
Dominio de Es

During the 2000s, Frenchman Bertrand Sourdais was technical director at Dominio de Atauta, the winery that discovered the remote and extraordinary landscape filled with very old vines that laid hidden in the east end of Ribera del Duero, within the provi...

4 Ribera del Duero
Vino de pago
Arínzano

Señorío de Arínzano wine estate, which once was the jewel of the Chivite family, was acquired by SPI group in 2015. Controlled by Russian millionaire Yuri Shefler, the ...

4 Vino de pago
Vinos sin indicación geográfica
Artadi

Artadi is key to understand the transformation of Spanish wine in the last decades as well as one of Rioja’s and the country’s quintessential icons in terms of quality, even after it left the Rioja appellation in December 2015. From this date, any wi...

4 Vinos sin indicación geográfica
Navarra
Artazu

This project was launched by Artadi, the legendary Rioja winery which settled in the area in 1996. Carlos López de Lacalle explains in this video that it initially started as a request b...

4 Navarra
Alicante
El Sequé

This project was launched by Artadi, the legendary Rioja winery which settled in the area in 1999 to work alongside Agapito Rico, a local producer with proven experience working with Monastrell (Mourvèdre) grapes in Jumilla. Far from its key Rioja pr...

4 Alicante
Vinos sin indicación geográfica
Gutiérrez de la Vega

Located in Parcent, in the Marina Alta area in Alicante, this small, family winery stands out for its efforts to revive the region's traditional wines, particularly sweet muscats. The founder, Felipe Gutiérrez de la Vega, has made good use of his love o...

4 Vinos sin indicación geográfica
Navarra
J. Chivite Family Estates

The Chivite family can boast of having one the most ancient wine traditions in Spain: a mortgage document dated from 1647 records the existence of a winery and vineyards. As the leading brand in Navarra, Chivite has set a trend for the region's rosé (Gr...

4 Navarra
Alella
Alta Alella

This is a beautiful amphitheatre-shaped property overlooking the sea. It is located in Serralda de Marina Natural Park, just 19 kilometres from Barcelona. A family-owned venture, oenologist Josep María Pujol-Busquets founded it in 1991 and devoted himse...

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Alicante
Bodegas E. Mendoza

The Mendoza family has been making quality wines in Alicante since the eighties. They chose foreign varieties to produce their reds, as did many producers based on lesser known regions than Rioja or Ribera del Duero. The Mendozas were among the first vit...

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Rías Baixas
Pazo Barrantes

Part of the Marqués de Murrieta group, the Barrantes pazo (manor house) has belonged to the count of Creixell family since the beginning of the 20th century. Vicente Dalmau C...

4 Rías Baixas
Cava
Juvé y Camps

It does not have, by any means, the size of Freixenet or Codorníu but, with an annual output of three million bottles, it can boast about being the leader in the Cava Gran Reserva category, which must be aged for a minimum of 30 months. Like many oth...

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Cava
Recaredo

It is one of the few wineries to have considerably increased cava's quality perception and to have proven that Spain's sparkling wines can achieve excellence. The winery dates back to 1924, when Josep Mata Capellades started to build, pick in hand, the c...

4 Cava
Rioja
Valenciso

Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso worked together for a long time at Bodegas Palacio, specially during the modernisation led by Jean Gervais and consultant Michel Rolland. After the winery was sold to Hijos de Antonio Barceló, they decided to start their...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Izadi

Founded in 1987 by businessman and restaurateur Gonzalo Antón along with a group of friends from the Basque city of Vitoria, the Villabuena-based winery in Rioja Alavesa lwas the start of what today forms Grupo Artevino, with Bodegas Orben also in Rioja...

4 Rioja
Toro
Vetus

Bodegas Vetus was born in 2003 and belongs to Grupo Artevino, which includes Rioja-based wineries Izadi and Orben and Ribera del Duero-based +Read more

4 Toro
Ribera del Duero
Finca Villacreces

Located in Quintanilla de Onésimo (Valladolid) adjacent to Vega Sicilia, Villacreces is one of the estates dotted along the star-studded N-122 road known as Ribera del Duero's “Golden Mile”. The property once belonged to the church -the name is said...

4 Ribera del Duero
Castilla y León
Abadía Retuerta

Located in Sardón de Duero, just outside the boundaries of Ribera del Duero (although some areas lie within the appellation), Santa María de Retuerta is one of the historical estates in the region. Its beautiful abbey is a reminder of a winemaking trad...

4 Castilla y León
Varias zonas
Familia Martínez Bujanda

The group Familia Martínez Bujanda includes several wineries based across the country: Finca Valpiedra and Viña Bujanda in Rioja; Finca Antigua in La Mancha; Finca Montepedroso in Rueda and Cosecheros y Criadores, devoted to PGI (Vino de la Tierra) and...

4 Varias zonas
Rías Baixas
Cía. de Vinos Tricó

Tricó is the word used in some small villages in Galicia to refer to the unexpected child born years after the elder siblings. Founder José Antonio López formerly worked with leading wineries in the Denomination such as Morgadío or Lusco. His third p...

4 Rías Baixas
Cava Penedès
Gramona

Gramona has achieved spectacular results in aging cavas for extended periods and stands out as Spain's leading producer in this field. The winery celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2006, even though its cava was not produced until the first quarter of t...

4 Cava Penedès
Rioja
La Rioja Alta

This historic winery, located in the Barrio de la Estación area in Haro and founded in 1890 by five Basque and Riojan vinegrowers, holds the honour of having converted the name of the Rioja subzone into their brand. At the time, French négociants

4 Rioja
Rías Baixas
Lagar de Fornelos

La Rioja Alta group settled in Rías Baixas at the end of the eighties, in a move similar to other Riojan wineries looking to increase their white wine production. A local winery was...

4 Rías Baixas
Rías Baixas
Pazo Señoráns

Pazo Señoráns stands out among the leading quality brands in Rías Baixas. Located in Val do Salnés, where Albariño inequivocally dominates the vineyards, the winery pioneered ageing on lees in stainless steel deposits in order to improve the complex...

4 Rías Baixas
Varias zonas
Alfredo Maestro

A prominent exponent of the natural movement in Spain, Maestro rose from wine geek to winemaker in the late nineties. Since then, he has devoted himself to the recovery of small and ancient plots of vineyards (mostly Tempranillo, Grenache and Albillo) in...

4 Varias zonas
Conca de Barberà
Celler Escoda Sanahuja

This is a small family-owned winery focused on natural wines and established by Joan Ramon Escoda, a pioneer and a reference within the natural movement in Spain. In fact, Escoda was a founder of the Natural Wine Producers' Association (PVN), he actively...

4 Conca de Barberà
Navarra
La Calandria

La Calandria (Pura Garnacha) was established by three childhood friends, two of them oenologists, with the aim of recovering very old Grenache vineyards in their native Navarra. Working from rented premises at a winery in Murchante, they own some small p...

4 Navarra
Bierzo
Luna Beberide

Established in 1987 in Cacabelos, the Luna family’s winery produces some of the best value reds from Bierzo right now, all of them based on the local grape Mencía. The basic young red, as well as the 12 months barrel-aged Finca La Cuesta have really s...

4 Bierzo
Rioja
Marqués de Murrieta

Murrieta is all about history and a must-visit winery, especially after the painstaking restoration of its historic buildings, notably the magnificent castle. No doubt this has been the icing on the cake for a venture that is over 160-years old and, toge...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Muga

Muga stands proudly in Haro’s mythical Barrio de la Estación among some of the oldest wine ventures in Rioja. Despite being less than 100 years old (it was established in 1932 and moved to its current location in 1970), it clearly stands out thanks to...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Muriel

Julián Murúa Entrena founded this winery in 1986 in Elciego (Rioja Alavesa) following the steps of his father. Back in 1926 José Murúa set up Bodegas Murúa to market bulk wines among négociants across northern Spain but then sold the winery to Masa...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Eguía

The Murúa family, owner of Bodegas Muriel in Elciego (Rioja Alavesa) purchased in 2010 some of the assets of Marqués de Arienzo in Rioja. The sale package included the winery, located at a stone's throw from Muriel's facilities, as well as all of its w...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Marqués de Elciego

Located in Elciego, in the heart of Rioja Alavesa, El Gallo is the plot that lies at the centre of the Murua's terroir-focused project. The 24-hectare plot rises to 540 metres of altitude, in the highest part of the village. Vines are planted on a vas...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Roda

This extremely ambitious project was founded in 1987 by entrepreneurs and wine lovers Mario Rotllan and Carmen Daurella. The name of the winery combines the first letters of their surnames. They dared to establish themselves at the legendary Haro’s Bar...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Abel Mendoza Monge

This small winery is owned by Abel Mendoza (vine growing) and Maite Fernández (winemaking), a husband and wife team based in San Vicente de la Sonsierra. Their wines are among the most interesting, rare and sought-after in Rioja, in part due to their a...

4 Rioja
Ribera del Duero
Dominio de Pingus

There are many reasons why Pingus is one of Spain's cult wines. It was the first garagiste wine to be made in the country; it became the most expensive Spanish wine overnight (a bottle costs around €900) and its creator was a Dane who had settle...

4 Ribera del Duero
Rioja
Luis Cañas

The Cañas family had a long tradition as grape growers and producers, but in 1970 they started bottling cosechero (young) wines, as it was customary in Rioja Alavesa at the time. The arrival of son Juan Luis at the end of the 1980s marked a turning poin...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Amaren

Amaren started as a new range of wines but by 2009 it had its own independent facilities within Bodegas Luis Cañas, located in the heart of Rioja Alavesa, and more recently a b...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Basilio Izquierdo

Basilio Izquierdo is an influential figure in Rioja. His more than three decades at Cvne (Imperial, Viña Real and some time at Contino) have given him a wide perspective of the region and its historical wines. Already in his 60s, he launched a projec...

4 Rioja
Priorat
Álvaro Palacios

Álvaro Palacios is arguably the leading figure in the winemaking revolution that took place in Spain in the 1980s. Energetic and passionate, Palacios admires Burgundy and other wine regions with a monastic past. A media-friendly maverick, he has become ...

4 Priorat
Bierzo
Descendientes de J. Palacios

The arrival of Álvaro Palacios in Bierzo along with nephew Ricardo Pérez at the end of the nineties caused a stir in a region that was starting to focus on the subtle personality of Mencía, the local red vari...

4 Bierzo
Rioja
Palacios Remondo

Founded in 1945, it has been the seed of a wine producing dynasty which has expanded beyond the Rioja confines. Álvaro is based in Priorat and in Bierzo wi...

4 Rioja
Rueda
José Pariente

Named after the owner's father, José Pariente was a hard-working grower and producer from Rueda whose vines served as base for the project launched by friends María Victoria (Mariví) Pariente and Victoria Benavides. They named the winery Bodegas y Vi...

4 Rueda
Montilla-Moriles
Alvear

Founded in 1729 by Don Diego de Alvear y Escalera, it is one of the oldest wineries in Spain and is currently managed by the seventh and eighth generation of the Alvear family. Production facilities are spread across Lagar de las Puentes, in the mountain...

4 Montilla-Moriles
Rioja
Marqués de Cáceres

Marqués de Cáceres is not only one of the largest producers in Rioja but it also stands among the leading Spanish wineries in the world. The brand is so ubiquitous that it seems it has always been present in the market. Even though its name suggests th...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Barón de Ley

Part of the Rioja group Barón de Ley, the parent company is listed in the stock market and incorporates El Coto, one of the largest wineries in the Denomination, as well as Finca Museum in Cigales and Bodegas Máximo, which produces table wines and sing...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Bodegas Palacio

Based in the lower part of Laguardia (Rioja Alavesa) since 1894, Bodegas Palacio is one of the ancient jewels of the Denomination. With brands such as Castillo de Rioja and Glorioso dating from the 20th century, it boasts a rich history full of anecdotes...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Bodegas Bilbaínas

Savignon Frères e Cíe, set up by French négociants in 1859 in the Cantarranas site, was the seed of Bodegas Bilbaínas. In 1901 a group of businessmen from Bilbao took over the firm and began a new life within the select group of traditional wineries ...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Faustino

The winery dates back from the second half of the 19th century when Eleuterio Martínez Arzok settled in Oyón (Rioja Alavesa) and started to produce wine for bulk sale. His son Faustino began bottling in 1920 and grandson Julio Faustino embarked on the...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Campillo

Part of the Faustino group, Campillo was arguably the most spectacular winery on view from the ancient walls at the hilltop of Laguardia (Rioja Alavesa), at least until the arriv...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Contador

Benjamín Romeo is one of Rioja's leading iconoclasts. He worked for Artadi in the 1990s where he led the winemaking revolution that swept the region. After that period, he started to buy small vineyards and launched his own project in an ancient cave un...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Pujanza

Carlos San Pedro is one of the leading winemakers in Rioja and a clear representative of modernity in the region. This winery is his personal project. As a member of a well-known wine dynasty from Laguardia (Rioja Alavesa), he went solo with one of the f...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Bodegas Lan

Born in 1972, in the midst of the 1970s production boom, the name is an acronim of the three provinces (La Rioja, Álava and Navarra) included in the Denomination of Origin Rioja. Located in an unappealing industrial estate in Fuenmayor, it is arguably a...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Remírez de Ganuza

An icon of modernity in Rioja, this winery mirrors the personality of founder Fernando Remírez de Ganuza, who shares its ownership with José Ramón Artasun since 2010. Despite having two directors, the winery is typically familiar, with Fernando's daug...

4 Rioja
Ribera del Duero
Cruz de Alba

Launched in the 2003 harvest, this project is part of the Ramón Bilbao group, which owns wineries in Rioja, Rías ...

4 Ribera del Duero
Rioja
Ramón Bilbao

Founder and wine aging pioneer Ramón Bilbao would have been delighted with the winery's excellent brand awareness nowadays, which is the result of the strategy developed by Diego Zamora Group -a heavywight in the drinks business with brands such as Lico...

4 Rioja
Rías Baixas
Mar de Frades

Located in the Salnés Valley, right in the heart of Albariño country in Galicia, this winery was purchased several years ago by Diego Zamora Group (Ramón Bilbao, Monte Blanco,

4 Rías Baixas
Rioja
Viñedos y Bodegas de la Marquesa

This winery was born during the production boom that took Rioja by storm in the second half of the 19th century thanks to the arrival of French négociants who fled phylloxera in search of wines. Francisco Javier Solano y Eulate, Marquis of Solana...

4 Rioja
Montsant
Joan d’Anguera

This winery goes back to 1820 when the d'Anguera ancestors started to make wine at the family home in the village of Darmós, 60 kilometres west of Tarragona. Joan d'Anguera started bottling under his own brand in 1989, when he introduced Syrah to the re...

4 Montsant
Varias zonas
Comando G Viticultores

Despite its youth, Comando G is key to understand the current success of Garnachas from Gredos, a region which spreads across three valleys (Alto Alberche, Alberche and Tiétar), three provinces (Ávila, Madrid, Toledo), three autonomous regions (Castill...

4 Varias zonas
Campo de Borja
Bodegas Aragonesas

Founded in 1984 in Fuendejalón, it is one of the largest wineries in the appellation with 3,700 hectares under vine and an annual output of seven million bottles. Its current structure goes back to the 1990s, when the Fuendejalón and Magallón cooperat...

4 Campo de Borja
Campo de Borja
Borsao

Bodegas Borsao approximately represents 35% of the 7,500 hectares in the DO Campo de Borja. Its origins go back to the 1950s, when the Borja cooperative was founded, but the big leap forward took place in 2001, after it joined forces with the cooperative...

4 Campo de Borja
Vinos de Madrid
Bernabeleva

Located in San Martín de Valdeiglesias, the Bernabeleva estate is owned by the Villamil family since 1923, when Dr Vicente Álvarez-Villamil purchased the property. Bernabeleva means “bear path”, hence the unconventional logo which represents “the...

4 Vinos de Madrid
Calatayud
San Alejandro

Founded as a cooperative in 1962 in Miedes de Aragón (Zaragoza), its name honours Saint Alexander, whose remains are buried in the village's Franciscan convent. The logo is inspired in the relics kept in Miedes' oldest brotherhood. Like most Garnach...

4 Calatayud
Rioja
Vivanco

Located in Briones, the winery is part of the large Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture. Manager Rafael Vivanco, who trained as an agricultural engineer and later as a winemaker in Bordeaux, has s...

4 Rioja
Priorat
Terroir al Limit

Launched in the mid 2000, this winery based in Torroja del Priorat revolutionised the working methods of this rugged appellation and anticipated some of the current trends in this Catalan region. Since then, Terroir al Limit has gone from being a tiny pr...

4 Priorat
Ribera del Duero
Viñedos Alonso del Yerro

Since its original inception, Viñedos Alonso del Yerro has been an exemplary project. At this family-run winery, grapes are sourced exclusively from their own vineyards and they are determined to produce an accesible range of terroir-driven wines with j...

4 Ribera del Duero
Rioja
DSG Vineyards

Above everything else, David Sampedro considers himself a vine grower. He displays an intimate knowledge of his vineyards and the soils where they lay, on the outskirts of Elvillar, one of the higher areas in Rioja Alavesa. His vineyards are organically ...

4 Rioja
Ribera del Duero
Cepa 21

This is the second project of the Moro family in Ribera del Duero. Launched in 2007 in Castrillo de Duero (Valladolid), it aims to provide a more modern and sophisticated approach to the region. From a vinous point of view, the idea was to craft bolder r...

4 Ribera del Duero
Ribera del Duero
Emilio Moro

This is one of the most successful examples of winegrowers taking the leap to winemaking in Ribera del Duero. It was in the late eighties, when the appellation was in full swing after its official approval in 1982. The project, led by brothers José ...

4 Ribera del Duero
Rías Baixas
Viña Nora

Founded in 2002 and part of the Avante Selecta group since 2007, Viña Nora is one of the leading wineries in Rias Baixas which has focused on working Albariño with its lees. The winery is located in As Neves, a small village in the inland subzone of Co...

4 Rías Baixas
Rueda
Naia

Founded in 2002 and part of the Avante Selecta group since 2007, Bodegas Naia is located in the village of La Seca (Valladolid), reputed for its high-quality Verdejos. Here the company owns 23.5 hectares - 20 of them are bush vines over 40 years old in a...

4 Rueda
Ribera del Duero
Dominio de Atauta

Due to its high altitude (980-1050 metres), its location close to the limits for wine-growing and the sandy nature of the soils that skipped phylloxera and make for a significant amount of ungrafted vines, the valley of Atauta (on the eastern end of Ribe...

4 Ribera del Duero
Rioja
Óbalo

Founded in 2006 and part of the Avante Selecta group, the winery is located in Ábalos (La Rioja) within the gorgeous Sonsierra landscape where the Sierra Cantabria mountain range protects the vineyards from the cool northern winds. Bodegas Óbalo own...

4 Rioja
Tierra del Vino de Zamora
Viñas del Cénit

This winery is part of the Avante Selecta group which owns other wine ventures in Rioja ( Bodegas Óbalo), Ribera del Duero (Dominio de Atauta), Rías Baixas (+Read more

4 Tierra del Vino de Zamora
Calatayud
El Escocés Volante

Flying winemaker and Master of Wine Norrel Robertson -known in Spain as “the Flying Scotsman”- settled in Calatayud in 2003 to manage his winemaking commitments both in Spain and southern France. He was so enthralled by the wealth and diversity of Ga...

4 Calatayud
Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Tradición

Despite its name, Bodegas Tradición (Tradition) does not have a long history. It was founded in 1998 by Joaquín Rivero, a property magnate who managed to join the ranks of the wealthiest people in Spain. He revitalised his family’s wine tradition aft...

4 Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Ximénez-Spínola

Despite its centuries-old tradition, Ximénez Spínola is not a typical sherry bodega. It is still controlled by the descendants of the family who founded the winery in 1729 -something increasingly unusual in the area- and all its wines are made exclusiv...

4 Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Cava
Freixenet

Freixenet is one of the largest sparkling wine producers in the world and the biggest player for Cava producing more than 114 million bottles. Interestingly, this has been achieved without losing its family-owned company status. Founded by Pere Ferrer an...

4 Cava
Valdejalón
Viñedos de Mancuso

Although rather unknown, the project launched by producers Jorge Navascués and Carlos San Pedro is very exciting. Both are highly respected in their respective regions —Navascués is the winemaker at Pago de Aylés (Cariñena) and consults for several...

4 Valdejalón
Ribera del Duero
Vega Sicilia

Spain’s most legendary winery celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2014. Located in Valbuena de Duero (Valladolid), the estate covers 985 hectares, 210 of which are planted with vines and 500 are pine forests. Bottling wines in Ribera del Duero is a rel...

4 Ribera del Duero
Ribera del Duero
Hnos. Pérez Pascuas

One of the historic wineries of Ribera del Duero. Confident of the quality of the family vineyard planted by their father Mauro, in 1980 the Pérez Pascuas brothers, Benjamín and Adolfo, produced their first harvest. Two years later, in 1982, they were ...

4 Ribera del Duero
Empordà
Perelada

Perelada represents a key point of reference for wine in the Empordà region, and today is an important group that is currently in the process of expanding. Miguel Mateu bought the complex of buildings at Peralada castle in 1923, including a magnificent ...

4 Empordà
Ribeiro
Emilio Rojo

An unusual and unique character, Emilio Rojo is behind one of the most sought-after white wines in Spain of which roughly 5,000 bottles are produced each year. He trained as an engineer and worked for Siemens for a time until he decided to make a living ...

4 Ribeiro
Cava
Codorníu

With production totalling around 45 million bottles, Codorníu is Spain’s second biggest cava producer after Freixenet. It is, however, the country’s oldest family company, with documented winemaking activity going back to the mid-16th century. The c...

4 Cava
Priorat
Cellers Scala Dei

This is the region’s great historical winery, linked to the arrival of Carthusian monks in Priorat in the 11th century, who were responsible for spreading the cultivation of grapevines. In the 1830s, with the Ecclesiastical Confiscations of Mendizábal...

4 Priorat
Ribera del Duero
Pago de los Capellanes

Pago de los Capellanes is one of the classic wineries of the Ribera del Duero appellation. Founded in 1996 by husband and wife Paco Rodero and Concha Villa, and supported by the winemaker Paco Casas, they produce between 800,000 and 950,000 bottles each ...

4 Ribera del Duero
Ribeiro
Luis Anxo Rodríguez Vázquez

Luis Anxo is a winegrower and producer linked to the Arnoia valley, where he has 3.7 hectares that are worked as traditional terraces, or socalcos, and are divided into multiple plots. In this area, the classic Galician smallholding goes to unimaginable ...

4 Ribeiro
Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
González Byass

This is one of the most prestigious and well-known sherry wineries in the world. It was founded by Manuel María González Ángel, a trading house employee born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda who in 1835 and with the help of his uncle José Ángel de la Peña...

4 Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Vino de mesa
Lagar de Sabariz

This winery is located against the backdrop of the Miño and Avia river valleys, although it lies outside the boundaries of the DO Ribeiro. In fact, everything is fairly atypical at Lagar de Sabariz, starting with the express desire of its founder, Pilar...

4 Vino de mesa
Ribeiro
Ramón do Casar

One of the newest in the appellation, this winery produced two wines from the 2013 harvest, with a total of around 50,000 bottles. This family project was started by the children of an emigrant, Ramón, who acquired land in the Castrelo do Miño area upo...

4 Ribeiro
Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Sacristía AB

A member of the extended Barbadillo saga, producers in Sanlúcar de Barrameda since 1821, Antonio Barbadillo Mateos launched his own project in 2010, after having grown up and worked in the family estate for several decades. He doesn’t have a winery...

4 Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Cava
Agustí Torelló Mata

Agustí Torelló Mata is a distinguished family company dedicated to producing reserva and gran reserva cavas in the Penedès region. The basis for the company’s sparkling wines are the traditional indigenous grape varieties of the area (Macabeo from t...

4 Cava
Rioja
Tentenublo

Roberto Oliván is one of the most exciting names among the new generation of young producers in Rioja. He works just under 10 hectares of family vines and others he is gradually acquiring in the vicinity of Viñaspre, a hamlet in the district of Lancieg...

4 Rioja
Rías Baixas
Palacio de Fefiñanes

One of the few wineries in Rías Baixas with historic records, Fefiñanes is a good place to explore the origins of Albariño. Founded in 1904, the winery forms part of the Fefiñanes Palace, an impressive Renaissance building located right in the centre...

4 Rías Baixas
Rioja
Gómez Cruzado

Despite being one of the oldest producers in Haro’s legendary Barrio de la Estación, it is also the smallest and, definitely, the least known. Founded in 1886 by Ángel Gómez de Arteche, a Mexican nobleman related to Moctezuma de Tultengo’s duchy, ...

4 Rioja
Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Hidalgo-La Gitana

The origins of Hidalgo La Gitana go back to 1792, when José Pantaleón Hidalgo bought from his father-in-law Roque Vejarano a small storage winery in Sanlúcar de Barrameda's Barrio Bajo, close to the river Guadalquivir. But success and fame did not mat...

4 Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Ribeira Sacra
Ponte da Boga

Located in Castro Caldelas (in the Ribeiras do Sil subzone) and owned by Hijos de Rivera (owners of the Estrella Galicia brewing group), Ponte da Boga is part of a new generation of producers working hard to recover vineyards and indigenous grapes in the...

4 Ribeira Sacra
Varias zonas
Olivier Riviere Vinos

Currently making wine in Rioja, Arlanza and Navarra, Frenchman Olivier Rivière is a good example of the new wave of young, small producers who have emerged in Spain over the last decade. He started to work with well-known producer Telmo Rodríguez b...

4 Varias zonas
Ribera del Duero
Bodegas Rodero

A well-know Ribera del Duero producer, wine grower Carmelo Rodero successfully became a winemaker in 1990. He owns over 120 hectares of vines around the village of Pedrosa del Duero, where the main grape is Tempranillo (or Tinto Fino as it is also called...

4 Ribera del Duero
Méntrida
Canopy

Belarmino Fernández’s family owns Asturianos, a well-known restaurant for wine lovers in Madrid, so it’s no surprise that he took the leap into winemaking. In 2003 he established Bodegas Canopy with winemaker Alfredo Chacón after discovering old Ga...

4 Méntrida
Bizkaiko Txakolina
Itsasmendi

Itsasmendi has greatly contributed to improve the image of Basque txakoli and turn it into a quality white wine. Although located on an industrial estate in Gernika (Bizkaia), Itsasmendi is planning to move to a nearby rural setting in the near future. A...

4 Bizkaiko Txakolina
Ribera del Duero
Dominio de Cair

Following other big Rioja producers that expanded into Ribera del Duero, Luis Cañas launched its own venture in the appellation in 2008. The winery is based in La Aguilera, a village located in the province of Burgos...

4 Ribera del Duero
Ribeira Sacra
Dominio do Bibei

One of the main driving forces behind the push for quality in Ribeira Sacra and Galicia as a whole, Dominio do Bibei was established in 2001 and first released their wines in the 2002 vintage. Javier Dominguez, brother of well-known Spanish fashion desig...

4 Ribeira Sacra
Rioja
Lacus

Luis Arnedo produces wines en Aldeanueva de Ebro (Rioja Baja) using only his own vines, which have been planted by either his grandfather, his father or himself. No wonder he intends to make the most of them, working hard both in the vineyard and at the ...

4 Rioja
Toro
Dominio del Bendito

Frechman Antony Terryn is one of the most unconventional winemakers in Toro. He discovered this region thanks to fellow countryman Jean François Hébrard, winemaker at Quinta Quietud where he completed his internship. Hébrard encouraged him to settle i...

4 Toro
Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Juan Piñero

Located in Sanlúcar de Barrameda’s lively Barrio Bajo, Juan Piñero occupies a traditional cellar, built between 1920-1930, with a central courtyard and a gabled roof which is a replica of Barbadillo’s La Arboledilla (1876), one of the most impressi...

4 Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Ribera del Duero
Hacienda Monasterio

Hacienda Monasterio is an estate wine project. All grapes come from their own surrounding vineyards which currently total 95 hectares. It is located in Pesquera de Duero in the province of Valladolid, close to Valbuena’s monastery and to Vega Sicilia, ...

4 Ribera del Duero
Ribera del Duero
Aalto

Founded in 1999, Mariano García and Javier Zaccagnini are the driving forces behind this renowned Ribera del Duero winery. Mariano worked as a winemaker at Vega Sicilia for over 30 years and together with his family started Mauro in the outskirts of the...

4 Ribera del Duero
Málaga - Sierras de Málaga
Bentomiz

Clara Verheij and André Both are a foodie and wine-loving Dutch couple who moved to Malaga’s Axarquía in 1995. In the mid-2000s they started one of the most singular wine projects in this steep and rugged wine region in Andalusia famous for its swee...

4 Málaga - Sierras de Málaga
Navarra
Viña Zorzal

Brothers Xabier, Iñaki and Mikel Sanz started this project with a 2007 Graciano but they almost immediately focused on recovering old Garnacha vineyards in the vicinity of Fitero in southern Navarra. The landscape in this area — encompassing the first...

4 Navarra
Varias zonas
Cía. de Vinos Telmo Rodríguez

Co-owned by winemaker friends Pablo Eguzkiza and Telmo Rodríguez, the Cía. was founded in the mid-1990s. Their first releases offered good value for money and were made with local grapes in distinctive wine regions like Navarra (Garnacha), Rueda (Verd...

4 Varias zonas
Castilla y León
Mauro

One of the first producers to label high quality reds as table wines in Spain, Mauro’s first vintage was 1978. The winery is located in Tudela de Duero, in the vicinity of Valladolid. The village wasn’t included within the boundaries of the Ribera de...

4 Castilla y León
Catalunya
Raventós i Blanc

Established in 1984, Raventós i Blanc was one of the most reputed Cava producers until its current manager, Pepe Raventós, decided to leave the appellation in November 2012. He moved to New York a few years earlier in order to boast international sales...

4 Catalunya
Valdeorras
Rafael Palacios

Rafael Palacios, the youngest of this saga of winemakers from Rioja whose best-known member is his brother Álvaro, is one of the leading white wine producers in Spain. He was behind the outstanding white Plácet in the family winery in Rioja, but found ...

4 Valdeorras
Manchuela
Altolandon

Manolo Garrote and Rosalía Molina planted their first vines in 1999. They set up the winery the following year and launched their first wine (just 5,000 bottles) in the 2004 vintage. They currently make six different wines totaling around 150,000 bottle...

4 Manchuela
Castilla y León
Ossian Vides y Vinos

This is an essential producer for white wine lovers. Vineyards are located in the province of Segovia, northwest of Madrid, most of them in the village of Nieva where the winery stands. All of the vines are within the Rueda appellation but all the wines ...

4 Castilla y León
Priorat
Mas Doix

This small winery located in the village of Poboleda was established in 1998 by the Doix and Llagostera families. There are records of several generations of the Doix family crafting award-winning wines at the Paris (1878) and Barcelona (1888) Universal ...

4 Priorat
Rías Baixas
Zárate

Located in Meaño, in the Salnés Valley, Bodegas Zárate pioneered the production of quality Albariño in the 1950s. Ernesto Zárate launched the Albariño Festival in Cambados and after winning the first prize to the best wine for three consecutive yea...

4 Rías Baixas
Rioja
Conde Valdemar

Located in Oyón (Álava), Conde Valdemar boasts a very long winemaking tradition —they celebrated their 125 anniversary in 2014. The company revamped its portfolio in the 1980s with the brand Conde Valdemar and a value-oriented philosophy that has bee...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Inspiración Valdemar

Inspiración Valdemar is Valdemar's single-vineyard wine project. As opposed to traditional reds sold under the Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva category, the Inspiración collection is entirely labelled as gen...

4 Rioja
Ribeiro
Finca Viñoa

This is a relatively new and exciting project in the DO Ribeiro in Galicia. It was set up by José González, the eldest son in the González Vázquez family, who also runs Casal de Arman nearby and winemaker José Manuel Martínez Juste with the aid of ...

4 Ribeiro
Extremadura
Palacio Quemado

This winery, located in Tierra de Barros in Extremadura, is the result of a partnership between the Losada Serra family, owners of a big agricultural holding in the area, and the Alvear family, who has been producing win...

4 Extremadura
Penedès
Jean Leon

Located at the very heart of the Penedès region in Catalonia, this is the only winery in the appellation to have achieved the Vino de Finca status equivalent to a grand cru. For some time now Jean Leon is part of the +Read more

4 Penedès
Rioja
Laventura

Bryan MacRobert is a young South African wine producer who, after falling in love with Campo Viejo’s winemaker Clara Canals, settled down in Rioja to produce his own wines in the area. Despite moving to Europe, he still manages his small project in his...

4 Rioja
Varias zonas
Bodegas Torres

Bodegas Torres is a heavyweight in Spanish wine with a foot on Chile and California. In 2015 the company's turnover rose to €263 million, up 9.7% from the previous year. It boasts 2,000 hectares of vines spread across different wine regions, most of th...

4 Varias zonas
Rioja
Artuke

Artuke is a small winery located in Baños de Ebro, a village in Rioja Alavesa on the banks of the river. In 1991, Roberto de Miguel decided to move away from bulk wine production onto bottled wine. Now his children Arturo and Kike, whose names are the b...

4 Rioja
Priorat
Portal del Priorat

Barcelona-born architect Alfredo Arribas started his wine project in Priorat in 2001 after purchasing the Clos del Portal estate in the southern area of the appellation close to the villages of El Lloar and Bellmunt. His first incursion in the area was i...

4 Priorat
Varias zonas
Gil Family Estates

The Gil family celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016. It was the saga’s great-grandfather Juan Gil Jiménez who decided to leave his job as a stone cutter and try his hand at making wine in Jumilla. In an area where bulk wine was the standard un...

4 Varias zonas
Varias zonas
Envínate

Alfonso Torrente, José Ángel Martínez, Laura Ramos and Roberto Santana met while studying Oenology at the University of Alicante in southwestern Spain and discovered they shared the same vision about wine. As a result they founded Envínate, a venture...

4 Varias zonas
Rías Baixas
Nanclares y Prieto

A sailing boat was the reason that drove Alberto Nanclares to leave his job as an economist in Madrid and settle in Rías Baixas in the early 1990s. Back then, he had no intention to work in wine but he gradually started to tend the vineyard surrounding ...

4 Rías Baixas
Rioja
Javier San Pedro

It is fair to say that Javier San Pedro Ortega carries wine in his blood. He belongs to the fifth generation of a saga of vinegrowers and winemakers in Laguardia (Rioja Alavesa). By the age of five, he could be seen helping to clean his grandfather’s c...

4 Rioja
Ribeiro
Coto de Gomariz

One of the leading producers in Ribeiro, Coto de Gomariz is proud to grow their vines in what they claim to be the first wine clos in the Iberian Peninsula dating from the 10th century, according to documents kept at the archive of Simancas. The stor...

4 Ribeiro
Navarra
Máximo Abete

This is a small family winery located in San Martín de Unx in Navarra’s Baja Montaña, a sub-area where Garnacha is the dominant grape. Vinegrower Máximo Abete used to sell his grapes to the local co-operative, but moved onto making his own wines in ...

4 Navarra
Navarra
Bodegas San Martín

The village of San Martín de Unx in Navarra can be regarded as the entrance door to the Baja Montaña sub-area. The original facilities of the local co-operative date from 1914 when 192 vinegrowers joined forces. The buildings still stand in the town ce...

4 Navarra
Rías Baixas
Gerardo Méndez

A respected producer in Rías Baixas (Galicia), Gerardo Méndez sums up the essence of growing vines in this green, rainy corner of northwestern Spain. Despite setting up his project in 1973, he is the third generation of a family of growers whose land h...

4 Rías Baixas
Valdejalón
Frontonio

Lacking a DO status, Valdejalón is arguably the least well-known wine region in Aragón. Located at the centre of a triangle formed by Campo de Borja, Cariñena and Calatayud appellations, it comprises the area around the river Jalón. The wines are so...

4 Valdejalón
Rioja
Finca Nueva

Finca Nueva is the second project of winemaker Miguel Ángel de Gregorio in Rioja. He likes to call them his “fun wines”, ready to be enjoyed as they reach the market, yet reflecting the region’s styles and categories at far more affordable prices ...

4 Rioja
Rioja
Gregorio Martínez

The current winery was built for the 2001 vintage, with grapes sourced from a 150-hectare estate, 32 of which are under vine. It is located in the Iregua Valley, between the villages of Nalda, Sorzano and Entrena. Behind the project was Gregorio Martíne...

4 Rioja
Penedès
Can Ràfols dels Caus

In 1979, Carlos Esteva (Barcelona, 1950) decided to settle on the farmhouse that his grandfather had acquired in 1939 and started making wine. Can Ràfols dels Caus lies on some 450 hectares, 90 of which are under vine –olive and almond trees are also ...

4 Penedès
Penedès
Pardas

For some time now producers from Penedès in Catalonia have been paying attention to their terroirs and to indigenous grapes with wineries like Celler Pardas leading this new approach. The project was set up in 1996 by local wine growers Ramón Parera...

4 Penedès
Toro
San Román

The official name of the winery is Maurodos but everyone refers to it as San Román, the name of their first and better known red. The project started in 1995. Winemaking facilities are located in the village of Villaester, within the boundaries of the p...

4 Toro
Navarra
Gonzalo Celayeta

In 2006 Gonzalo Celayeta started to work as a winemaker at Bodegas San Martín, the local cooperative in San Martín de Unx, within the subarea of Baja Montaña in the DO Navarra. This small village is one of the last strongholds of old Garnacha vines in...

4 Navarra
Vinos de Madrid
Uvas Veloces

Starting from the 2016 vintage, this project will be under the umbrella of the DO Vinos de Madrid. In fact, the Sierra Norte and the valley of Jarama areas, where the wine comes from, will be credited as the fourth subarea in this appellation. The new en...

4 Vinos de Madrid
Valle de la Orotava
Suertes del Marqués

Despite its short history –the project started in 2006, this small family winery has established new quality standards in the Canary Islands, not to mention an all-time high exposure thanks to the support of both Spanish and international wine influenc...

4 Valle de la Orotava
Mallorca
Ánima Negra

A driving force behind the recovery of quality wines in the Balearic Islands, the winery is located in the village of Felanitx, in southeast Mallorca. Wines are made at the ancient Son Bruguera “possesió” (the local word for farm) where winemaking f...

4 Mallorca
Ribera del Duero
Bohórquez

A member of the fourth generation of a farming family from Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz, Andalusia), entrepreneur and agronomist Javier Bohórquez set up this project in Ribera del Duero in 1999. He recalls being encouraged to enter the world of wine by ...

4 Ribera del Duero
Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Gutiérrez Colosía

Although the brand has barely been 20 years in the market, the Gutiérrez Colosía family has been working with sherry wines for over 100 years. The bodega in El Puerto de Santa María, built in 1838 and purchased by the family from the second Marquis of...

4 Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Emilio Hidalgo

Clavel street has always been the headquarters of this sherry producer since its foundation in 1874. Emilio Hidalgo purchased the vineyards in the Añina and Carrascal pagos and set up the business, which is still controlled by the fifth generation of th...

4 Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Manchuela
Ponce

After showing his winemaking talent at Cía de Vinos Telmo Rodríguez, where he had the chance to work in many different wine regions, Juan Antonio Ponce chose to return to Iniesta, his hometown in Cuenca (Castilla La Mancha), and try his luck with tanni...

4 Manchuela
Valdeorras
A Tapada

The official name of the winery is A Tapada, but everyone refers to it as Guitián, the owners’ surname and the brand used for their wines. Pioneering the recovery of local white grape Godello, the project was established in 1985 by the Guitián brothe...

4 Valdeorras
Bizkaiko Txakolina
Gorka Izagirre

Very few wine producers around the world can boast about having a 3 Michelin-starred restaurant as neighbour but this is the case at Gorka Izaguirre, in the village of Larrabetzu (Basque Country), just 20 kilometres from Bilbao. Producer Gorka Izagirre a...

4 Bizkaiko Txakolina
Somontano
Viñas del Vero

Located in Barbastro (Huesca), Viñas del Vero is the largest producer in Somontano, Aragon’s northernmost wine region. Founded in 1986 with the support of the local authorities, it was intended to speed up the development of the appellation as it succ...

4 Somontano
Sierra de Salamanca
La Zorra

Located just behind Mirasierra, the family restaurant in Mogarraz in the heart of Sierra de Francia in Castilla y León, La Zorra (literally “The Fox”) has notably contributed to the recovery of the winemaking tradition in the area as well as the ind...

4 Sierra de Salamanca
Sierra de Salamanca
Cámbrico

Local entrepreneur Fernando Maíllo started this project in 2002 joined by winemaker Alberto Martín and two American investors. Both Maíllo and Martín were born in the village of Sequeros, where Fernando has restored the family house and turned it int...

4 Sierra de Salamanca
Sierra de Salamanca
Mandrágora Vinos de Pueblo

César, Silvia, Rebeca and Nacho are behind this small project launched with the 2012 vintage. As well as friends, they are colleagues at wine merchant Alma Vinos and La Tintorería wine store in Madrid. In their opinion, Sierra de Salamanca and its indi...

4 Sierra de Salamanca
Varias zonas
Finca Herrera

Manuel Herrera Coronado is the third generation of a family with strong links to wine. His grandfather was a well-known oenologist who consulted for established producers like Pérez Pascuas in Ribera del Duero. His father Pascual is a key figure in Cast...

4 Varias zonas
Castilla y León
MicroBio

Winegrower Ismael Gozalo has deep roots in Nieva, a village in the province of Segovia which is part of the DO Rueda. Sandy soils are abundant here so it is still possible to find prephylloxera and ungrafted vines. Ismael’s family has been tradition...

4 Castilla y León
Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Barbadillo

One of the most important producers in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Barbadillo’s presence is notably felt in the town’s Barrio Alto district, overlooking the Guadalquivir riverbank, where the company owns 17 cellars plus its headquarters. La Arboledilla, ...

4 Jerez-Xeres-Sherry
Navarra
Ochoa

Winemaking tradition in the Ochoa family dates back to the late 19th century, yet the current winery was established in the 1990s by Javier Ochoa after having led EVENA, the Navarra Viticulture and Oenology Research Institute, between 1981 and 1992. T...

4 Navarra
Rioja
Finca de los Arandinos

Located in Entrena, just 13 kilometres south of Logroño, Finca Los Arandinos is a winery with an in-house restaurant, hotel and spa. In 2005 quantity surveyor Roberto Guillén decided to continue the winegrowing tradition of his wife’s family and emba...

4 Rioja
Bierzo
Mengoba

Bordeaux-born Grégory Pérez worked at Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste and Château Cos d’Estournel before he listened to his friends and moved to Spain. He settled down in Bierzo where he tends vineyards in Espadillo, a hamlet of the village of Arganza. I...

4 Bierzo
Rioja
Exopto

Frenchman Tom Puyaubert studied Agronomy and Winemaking in Bordeaux and moved to Rioja to do an apprenticeship at a large French cooperage. He fell in love with the vineyards in the foothills of Sierra de Cantabria and recognized the area’s great poten...

4 Rioja
Varias zonas
Jorge Ordóñez

A major player in the business of importing Spanish wines into America since founding Fine Estates from Spain in 1987, Jorge Ordóñez also gained a reputation for interfering in the wines of the producers he represented in the US. After being a minor sh...

4 Varias zonas
Ribeira Sacra
Guímaro

Located in Sober, in the subarea of Amandi, Adegas Guímaro makes terroir-focused wines in Ribeira Sacra. Pedro Manuel Rodríguez, the young producer in charge of this small business, is part of a long-standing saga of vine growers who have tamed the ext...

4 Ribeira Sacra
Penedès
Enric Soler

Enric Soler won Spain’s Sommelier Championship in 1997. He set up a tasting room in Barcelona, which he managed for 14 years, but after the death of his grandfather in 2004 he changed jobs and became a wine producer. Encouraged by friends, he decided n...

4 Penedès
Ribera del Duero
Sei Solo

This project is the brainchild of Javier Zaccagnini, former director of Ribera del Duero’s Regulatory Board and a current partner in Aalto, one of the most successful wineries in the appellation. In partnership with wi...

4 Ribera del Duero
Ribera del Duero
Garmón

Garmón is the latest project of the respected García family who owns Mauro in Castilla y León and San Román in Toro. With 30 years of experience as winemaker at Vega Sicilia, Mar...

4 Ribera del Duero
Cava
Sumarroca

Wine is one of the many business concerns of the Sumarroca family, who owns Teyco, a construction company, and is a shareholder in Comsa Coporation, a big player in the engineering and infrastructure sector. Wine, however, is an integral part of the busi...

4 Cava
Cava
Castellroig

Located in Penedès, the Sabaté i Coca estate stretches along the Bitlles valley between the villages of Torrelavid and Sant Pere de Riudebitlles. Brothers Josep and Marcel, winemaker and alma mater of the project, are the fourth generation of winegrowe...

4 Cava
Rioja
Ojuel

Ojuel is the brainchild of winegrower Miguel Martínez Díez. He is working hard to recover the ancient tradition of supurao, a sweet wine made in Rioja with grape bunches that are hung in rafters indoors to dry and concentrate sugar. His winer...

4 Rioja
Barco del Corneta

Although Beatriz Herranz Sanz tends the vines and makes the wines, the history of Barco del Corneta draws on the vineyards that her grandfather owned in the village of La Seca in Valladolid. There, in an area known as Cantarranas at 700 metres of altitud...

4
Terra Alta
Bàrbara Forés

Boasting a long wine tradition in the area, this producer has pioneered modern Garnacha Blanca wines in the area. Carme Ferrer and Manuel Sanmartín released their first bottle in 1994 inspired by the family’s long wine background. The project is named...

4 Terra Alta
Castilla-La Mancha
Vallegarcía

A declared wine lover, Spanish entrepreneur Alfonso Cortina used his hunting estate in Ciudad Real, very close to Cabañeros Natural Park and the Mountains of Toledo, to set up his own wine project in the late 1990s. Carlos Falcó, who pioneered high-qua...

4 Castilla-La Mancha
Ribeiro
Casal de Armán

This winery was set up in the late 1990s to bring back the family’s tradition of winegrowing over four generations. It is located on the left bank of the Avia river, next to the magnificent rectory house of Santo André de Camporredondo, which has been...

4 Ribeiro
Bierzo
Castro Ventosa

Wine growers in Valtuille since 1752, this family winery has gained new momentum after the return in 2010 of Raúl Pérez, a winemaker who has opened new paths for red Mencía, both in Bierzo (León) and Ribeira Sacra (Galicia), and who for several years...

4 Bierzo
Rueda
Menade

Located near the banks of the river Duero in Rueda, Bodegas Menade was set up in 2005 by the Sanz siblings, fifth generation of winegrowers and producers. Marco (viticulture), Richard (winemaking) and Alejandra (marketing and communication) are the ...

4 Rueda
Terra Alta
Edètaria

After working for several multinational corporations and to his father’s amazement (who always linked winegrowing to hard life), Joan Ángel Lliberia decided to return to his hometown of Gandesa to work the family vineyards and launch his project. An a...

4 Terra Alta
Bierzo
Losada Vinos de Finca

Founded in 2005, the winery is located in Pieros, a hamlet in the heart of the Camino de Santiago (St. James’ Way) route, between the villages of Cacabelos and Villafranca. Architect Jesús Manzanares found inspiration in the wall surrounding the n...

4 Bierzo
Penedès
Loxarel

Loxarel is a family winery set up by Josep Mitjans in 1985 when he was just 16 years old and made his first 1,000 bottles of Cava. This small production led to a real U-turn from the bulk wine traditionally made at his family’s farmhouse in Penedès to...

4 Penedès
Valencia
Celler del Roure

Celler del Roure is an interesting producer in Clariano, in the southwestern corner of the province of Valencia. After Pablo Calatayud completed his agronomy studies, he launched the project with his father in the late 1990s. Neither of them had previ...

4 Valencia
Rioja
Castillo de Cuzcurrita

Owned since 1999 by Bergé, a company with interests in several business areas, Castillo de Cuzcurrita may not be a very famous producer in Rioja but it boasts real charm, so much so that it has its own castle. It is not a replica of a Bordelais wine ch...

4 Rioja
Bierzo
Dominio de Tares

Dominio de Tares Viñas Viejas was one of the first ambassadors of Mencía from Bierzo as it introduced this grape variety to many consumers both in Spain and abroad. Founded in 2000 by a group of investors and wine lovers, the company expanded in 2005 t...

4 Bierzo
Penedès
Mas Candí

Currently owned by Ramón Jané and Mercè Cusco, the project was set up in 2006 by four winegrower friends. One of them, Toni Carbó, is still very close to the couple despite setting up on his own with Celler La Salada –in fact, most of Carbó’s wi...

4 Penedès
Empordà
Sota els Àngels

This is the lifetime project of María Jesús de Polanco and her Welsh husband Guy Jones. Located in the heart of Les Gavarres massif, in the village of Cruïlles-Monells-Sant Sadurní de l'Heura in Baix Empordà (Catalonia), the property has an old mas...

4 Empordà
Valdeorras
Valdesil

Located in the village of Vilamartín de Valdeorras (Ourense, Galicia), this family winery boasts a long-standing growing tradition. They own what are considered to be some of the oldest Godello vineyards in the appellation, particularly Pedrouzos which ...

4 Valdeorras
Rías Baixas
Forjas del Salnés

The work of Rodrigo Rodri Méndez in the Salnés valley has been an exciting source of inspiration in Rías Baixas since its launch in the mid-2000s. The nephew of Do Ferreiro's Gerardo Méndez, another notable Albariño producer, Rodri named his winery ...

4 Rías Baixas
Rías Baixas
Lagar de Pintos

Located in Ribadumia in the heart of the Salnés Valley, Lagar de Pintos is located in a traditional pazo, a typical manor house found in the Galician countryside, which has belonged to the Pintos family for four generations. The grandfather planted the ...

4 Rías Baixas
Ycoden-Daute-Isora
Borja Pérez Viticultor

Although his family had been wine producers for years, Borja Pérez took the reins of this Tenerife winery in 2011. On that year, this ex racing car mechanic and firefighter changed the name of the business to Ignios Orígenes and turned the style of the...

4 Ycoden-Daute-Isora
Rioja
Juan Carlos Sancha

Given his experience teaching Oenology at the University of La Rioja and his work with professor Fernando Martínez de Toda to recover minority grape varieties in the appellation, it is no surprise that Juan Carlos Sancha’s personal venture is based on...

4 Rioja
Tokyo
Cave du Relax

Located in Toranomon, Tokyo's business district, this shop was founded in 1999 and boast one of the largest selections of wine in the Japanese capital. Operating as a wholesaler, its knowledgeable staff are specialised in different wine regions around th...

5 Tokyo
La Rioja
Venta Moncalvillo

The Echapestro brothers opened their restaurant in a hidden village 20 kilometres from Logroño. Such location was no accident; quality, creativity and loyalty to their surroundings are the trademarks of a place that instills calm and demands a leisurely...

5 La Rioja
Gipuzkoa
Rekondo

Rekondo, in the Basque city of San Sebastian, is undoubtedly one of the world’s must-visit restaurants for winelovers. At this oenological Louvre, owner Txomin Rekondo acts as patron and caretaker of over 125,000 bottles and around 4,000 selections whi...

5 Gipuzkoa
Barcelona
Bar Brutal

Since it opened in mid-2013, Bar Brutal has become the trendiest hotspot in Barcelona to enjoy natural and artisan wines. The place is actually two different premises with separate entrances, but they are interconnected: a wine store that resembles the t...

5 Barcelona
Barcelona
L'Anima del Vi

Located in the lively Born district of Barcelona, this is one of the most authentic places to discover the world of natural wines. Proprietor Benoît Valée established himself in Barcelona in the mid-2000s and opened a wine shop in the Gracia district. ...

5 Barcelona
La Rioja
Echaurren

Echaurren started as a posthouse and tavern in Ezcaray (La Rioja) at the end of the 19th century but has now turned into a gastronomic conglomerate which encompasses a hotel, two restaurants (Echaurren Tradición and El Portal de Echaurren), a bistrot ca...

5 La Rioja
Madrid
Álbora

Located in a desirable location in the centre of Madrid, Álbora is one of the most interesting and versatile addresses in the Salamanca district. Its vibrant and lively bar is well-known for its jamón tapa -three different vintages of the excellent Jos...

5 Madrid
Girona
Plaça del Vi 7

Located in central Plaça del Vi in Girona’s medieval quarter, this wine bar owned by sommelier Roger Viusà -who runs the place- and Carlos Orta (chef at Villa Más in Sant Feliu de Guíxo...

5 Girona
Cádiz
El Colmado del Central

As well as some traditional and wonderfully stocked fish stalls, Cádiz central market now boasts a diverse collection of tapas and wine kiosks which share outside space and tables for all the market’s customers. One of the most interesting places i...

5 Cádiz
Cantabria
La Abacería de la Sal

Leticia González is responsible for the success of this small bistrot in Cabezón de la Sal, a town of 8,000 people located 42 kilometres from Santander. Nobody should visit Abacería de la Sal expecting to eat the traditional hearty stews or T-bone sta...

5 Cantabria
La Rioja
Wine Fandango

The citizens of Logroño are lucky. As well as having hundreds of Rioja wineries with superb wines a short drive away, they can stroll to several great little restaurants like La Tavina or Tondeluna who care for this lovely beverage. The last one to join...

5 La Rioja
Huelva
Acánthum

Chef Xanty Elías has a larger than life personality which is reflected on the dishes he prepares at the restaurant he opened in 2011 in Huelva, his hometown in southwestern Spain. A great champion of local pr...

5 Huelva
Cádiz
Aponiente

The economic turmoil seems to have passed by Ángel León’s restaurant without knocking on the door of the space he opened eight years ago in a quiet street of El Puerto de Santa María, in the Sherry Triangle in southern Spain. His dishes are all s...

5 Cádiz
Girona
El Celler de Can Roca

After 10 years in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and three Michelin stars, El Celler de Can Roca’s gastronomic credentials are well known. But what is really special about El Celler is that it has been able to maintain its hospitable family essence,...

5 Girona
Bizkaia
Cork

It opened barely a couple of years ago, but Cork has turned into one of the most interesting and dynamic bars not only in Bilbao, but in the whole of the Basque Country. Its wine by the glass menu is long, varied, international and original —a breath o...

5 Bizkaia
Madrid
Montia

Montia is firmly rooted in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a town about 45 km northwest of Madrid. It is located 500 metres away from Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo, a historical residence of the Spanish royals. Its name — which comes from Montia Fontan...

5 Madrid
Madrid
Vinoteca García de la Navarra

Having hosted customers at classic Madrid restaurants like Príncipe de Viana, El Amparo and Aldaba, Luis Garcia de la Navarra is a very well-known sommelier in the city. In December 2011 he joined forces with his brother and chef Pedro to start Vinoteca...

5 Madrid
La Rioja
La Tavina

La Tavina is one of those places where we, wine berserks, get a tingly feeling in our stomachs; a small amusement park with three floors entirely devoted to tasting, drinking, buying and enjoying wine unceremoniously. Located at the start of calle Lau...

5 La Rioja
Barcelona
Windsor

The first impression of the Windsor makes one believe it is fully aware of its setting but in not wanting to rub your face in it, has nestled itself effortlessly in to one of the old homes in Eixample. Perhaps unassuming from the outside (at least in an ...

5 Barcelona
Valladolid
La Vinoteca de Abadía Retuerta

La Vinoteca is one of the gastronomic spaces in Abadía Retuerta, the gorgeous wine estate located on the banks of the river Duero with over 200 hectares of vineyards, a state-of-the-art winery and a 12th centur...

5 Valladolid
Madrid
Surtopía

Surtopía is a sort of gastroembassy of Spain’s south in Madrid, the perfect spot for nostalgics of Andalusian tapas and dishes that chef and owner José Calleja have personalized with generous doses of creativity. Trained at classy restaurants like...

5 Madrid
Bizkaia
La Viña del Ensanche

Located in one of the most central and emblematic areas of Bilbao, just behind the building housing the region’s government, La Viña del Ensanche is an institution in the city since Bautista González, born in the Spanish city of León, started the bu...

5 Bizkaia
Madrid
Cuenllas

Cuenllas is one of those places that seems to have been around forever in Madrid. Founded by the Cuenllas family in 1939, the business started as a delicatessen where well-to-do families purchased legumes, canned foods, cold meats and other quality produ...

5 Madrid
Madrid
Poncelet Cheese Bar

Poncelet is a big name for cheese in Spain. Since Jesús Pombo opened the original store in Argensola St. in Madrid in 2004, the business has grown to include a pioneering cheese maturing centre that carefully controls the maturations of all the cheese b...

5 Madrid
Tarragona
Celler de l'Àspic

For anyone who visits the wine regions of DOQ Priorat or DO Montsant you will undoubtedly pass through Falset, the capital of the county. A larger village of around 2,000 inhabitants, it forms a good base for exploring the region with a couple of hotels...

5 Tarragona
Bizkaia
Cubita

Located in Getxo, next to the Aixerrota windmill —an 18th century building turned into an art gallery— the first thing that draws your attention at Cubita is its terrace, with imposing views of the sprawling Abra port on the Basque coast close to Bil...

5 Bizkaia
Girona
Vicus

While Empordà received a great deal of fame via El Bulli, there have been many quality restaurants in the comarca for some time.  It's easy to see why, with its direct access to fresh seafood as well as sitting at the crossroads of French and Iberian c...

5 Girona
Gipuzkoa
Essencia Wine Bar & Store

It is hard to find bars and restaurants in Spain whose owners are really passionate about wine and appreciate quality as much as the profits obtained with each serving. Fortunately for enthusiasts, there are wine nerds who dare to set up businesses like ...

5 Gipuzkoa
Madrid
Lavinia Restaurante

For most wine lovers Lavinia is one of the leading wine shops in Madrid, but they rarely remember its restaurant, located on the top floor of the store. They should, though, as it arguably offers the most varied and extensive wine list in town. The great...

5 Madrid
Gipuzkoa
Kaia-Kaipe

Established in 1962, Kaia-Kaipe is an institution among wine producers who drive the 125 kilometres (77 miles) separating Rioja from the Basque town of Getaria to revel in its large and well stocked cellar and feast on delicious fish cooked on the restau...

5 Gipuzkoa
Barcelona
Bardot

To make a mention of tree-lined streets in Barcelona would be to talk about nearly every street in the city. This is why to talk specifically about Carrer Enric Granados is noteworthy. Completely closed to cars (even taxis) in the blocks that lead up t...

5 Barcelona
Pontevedra
A Curva

The beach bars and stalls along the Portonovo waterfront do not easily give away the surprise that awaits inside Taberna A Curva, at the end of this coastal village in Galicia, in northwestern Spain. Neither the pleasant outdoor terrace nor the wood t...

5 Pontevedra
Bizkaia
Remenetxe

Award-winning sommelier Jon Andoni Rementeria has turned Remenetxe grill house into a great meeting point for wine lovers. Located in the Basque region of Urdaibai (Bizkaia), it is a good stopover for those visiting this beautiful area surrounding the Ge...

5 Bizkaia
Álava
El Clarete

When brothers Unai and Patxi Fernández de Retana took over the running of El Clarete in Vitoria in 1998, their aim was clear: to serve good food and drinks to their clients. Awards and recognition were not on their minds. Perhaps this humble attitude a...

5 Álava
Pontevedra
Viñoteca Bagos

It is easy to pass by Viñoteca Bagos without noticing that what lies beneath the door is a little gem of a place built to enjoy good wines. Located in a basement in central Pontevedra, in northwestern Spain, the front door of the restaurant is discreet ...

5 Pontevedra
Madrid
La Tintorería

Wine geeks will undoubtedly feel at home here given La Tintorería’s focus on small producers like Raúl Pérez, David Sampedro, Rodrigo Méndez or Marc Isart. The shop, located in ...

5 Madrid
Cádiz
El Campero

The food in Andalusia goes well beyond traditional pescaíto frito (fried whitebait) and that is evident at El Campero, in the coastal town of Barbate, near Cádiz. Its menu changes every year to include a large variety of fish and meat cuts, but ...

5 Cádiz
Madrid
La Fisna

"Being wine lovers and regular wine drinkers we are aware that other people like us may find great pleasure in tasting brands that are not mainstream”, says Delia Baeza, founder of this small wine store in Doctor Fourquet, a hidden and quiet street in ...

5 Madrid
Cádiz
Taberna der Guerrita

“Hidden since 1978 in Sanlúcar’s Barrio Bajo”. This is Taberna der Guerrita’s catchphrase, but there are actually few sherry enthusiasts who are unaware of its existence. In fact, it is a pilgrimage destination that flor and albariza worship...

5 Cádiz
Madrid
Reserva y Cata

Located between Paseo de la Castellana and the lively Chueca district, Reserva y Cata is a good place to get into wine in Madrid. With around 600 to 700 wines on offer, up to 90% of which are Spanish, wine lovers will find a balanced mix of affordable, e...

5 Madrid
Barcelona
Monvínic

Opened in 2008 by Sergi Ferrer-Salat —a renowned wine lover in Catalonia who also owns Ferrer-Bobet in Priorat— Monvínic has quickly risen to be one of the world's top wine destinations. This is admittedly hefty praise for what is at its core a win...

5 Barcelona
Bizkaia
Asador Etxebarri

Located in the beautiful Atxondo valley, 45 minutes south east of Bilbao, in deep rural Bizkaia in the Basque Country, Asador Etxebarri is impressive even before crossing the restaurant’s door. Protected by the imposing stone walls of Anboto mountain, ...

5 Bizkaia
Málaga
Los Patios de Beatas

Those who complain about how difficult it is to drink local wines in the tourist-oriented province of Málaga, should make a note of this address in the old part of the capital. A veritable temple for wine lovers, it offers a wine list with some 450 rota...

5 Málaga
London
Highbury Vintners

Located in Highbury, in northern London, this is one of the top addresses to find Spanish wines in London. An independent wine merchant, Highbury Vintners was distinguished earlier this year with Decanter's best Spanish and Portugal retailer award for th...

5 London
Madrid
Enoteca Barolo

The brainchild of Italian and Barolo wine lover Miguel Prohens, who lived and worked as financial manager for a multinational company in Milan, and Ángel Fontes, a wine enthusiast keen to leave behind the real state sector, Barolo boasts a long list of ...

5 Madrid
La Rioja
Guardaviñas Wine Bistró

When he set off on this adventure, Alberto Ruiz knew that Guardaviñas would have both good quality seasonal products and an off-beat wine list beyond the dozen Crianzas usually found in most restaurants in the Rioja capital. Barely two months have g...

5 La Rioja
Barcelona
Jovani & Vins

For some time the Jovani siblings —Montsa, Robert, and Sergi— have been making their Berdié Cavas and still wines from Origami. While the Cava is based in Penedès, the Origami wines are sourced from vineyards in DOQ Priorat, DO Montsant, and DO Pen...

5 Barcelona
Cantabria
Bodega Cigaleña

It is easy to imagine what La Cigaleña looked like when it opened its doors for the first time in the centre of Santander in 1949. It still has that country-style décor which must have been there since Mariano and Moisesa moved there from Cigales, in t...

5 Cantabria
Barcelona
Vila Viniteca

Established since 1932 in Barcelona’s popular El Born district, Vila Viniteca has become a key player in Spain’s wine industry. The old-style flavor of this former grocery shop remains in the deli store, a must-go destination for cheese lovers thanks...

5 Barcelona
Bizkaia
Bodega Urbana

Bodega Urbana is the brainchild of winemakers Ana Martín and Pepe Hidalgo who launched this project to bring wine closer to consumers. A trendy wine venue boasting large premises in Bilbao, it is within walking distance to the Euskalduna Congress & Musi...

5 Bizkaia
Tarragona
Vinum Priorat

Despite Priorat being a world-renowned wine region, there are precious few wine shops located within the appellation. Each of the 12 villages that produce these wonderful wines should have a local shop to buy the village wines. Sadly, only a handful do...

5 Tarragona
La Rioja
La Bodega de Rivas

Despite Rivas de Tereso’s small size, the 15 inhabitants who officially live in this Rioja hamlet on the slopes of Sierra del Toloño have a much wider choice of places to feed their bodies and souls than many other villages in the area. The two chu...

5 La Rioja
Madrid
El Fogón de Trifón

Wine lovers will be delighted to know that this traditional and authentic restaurant in Madrid lists the whole range of wines made by Álvaro Palacios thanks to the longstanding friendship between its owner and the most media-friendly member of the Palac...

5 Madrid
Toledo
Locum

This restaurant, located next to Toledo’s magnificent cathedral in Central Spain, is a good address for wine lovers visiting the city, specially if they want to enjoy fine wines in the best condition. Opened 12 years ago by chef and owner Víctor Sanch...

5 Toledo
Barcelona
La Vinícola

Despite La Vinícola being a relative newcomer to the Barcelona wine scene, the owner, Víctor Jiménez, has been around for some time. He has worked in various capacities throughout the city for the last decade and in the fall of 2014, he saw an opport...

5 Barcelona
Madrid
Vinoteca La Mercería

This wine store located in Boadilla del Monte, in the outskirts of Madrid, bears the very atypical name of “La Mercería” (The Haberdashery). It has nothing to do with any previous activities in the facilities as it is the case with Madrid’s cult...

5 Madrid
Pontevedra
Vinoteca Ribeira de Fefiñans

Cambados, a small seaside town which looks out over the Ría de Arousa in the heart of Galicia’s Rias Baixas region, is the self-styled capital of Albariño. Every year the town gives itself over to a joyous festival in honour of the celebrated grape. ...

5 Pontevedra
Madrid
Miyama

Miyama (literally “the beautiful mountain”) is one of the few Japanese restaurants in Madrid recommended by Japanese expats in the city given its array of authentic dishes beyond their flawless sushi and sashimi. There are currently two Miyamas in...

5 Madrid
UK
José Pizarro

José Pizarro is the eponymous third restaurant opened in 2015 by one of Spain’s finest exports. Extremadura-born José Pizarro moved to the UK 15 years ago, after abandoning his studies in dentistry to indulge his love of cooking at catering school i...

5 UK
La Rioja
Kiro Sushi

Kiro Sushi’s owner and chef was born and bred in Rioja, but the look and feel —and specially the quietness— of this new restaurant are a thousand miles away from the usual hustle and bustle of nearby calle Laurel in Logroño or most of Spain’s ea...

5 La Rioja
Navarra
Restaurante Merindad de Olite

Merindad de Olite Hotel is an attractive accommodation within the walled old town of Olite in Navarra where visitors are instantly taken back to past times. But the Celayeta brothers, Álvaro and Gonzalo, are also wine lovers, so in 2013 they renewed ...

5 Navarra
Madrid
Taberna Palo Cortado

Wines in the Sherry Triangle are going through a renaissance. New York sommeliers serve them in cocktails or by the glass and Sherry bars spring up in London making words like Fino en Rama or Amontillado part of the vocabulary of many consumers who have ...

5 Madrid
Alicante
La Taberna del Gourmet

A well-established 40-year old venture, the Gourmet Group is a small culinary empire in Alicante led by former handball goalkeeper José Perramón, his wife María José San Román and their children. It comprises four restaurants: Monastrell, which has ...

5 Alicante
Madrid
Angelita Madrid

Brothers Mario and David Villalón are back in the restaurant scene in Madrid after a hiatus of a few months when they moved from El Padre, their former restaurant located in the city’s chic Salamanca district. It’s been worth waiting for their new v...

5 Madrid
Navarra
Hostal Remigio

One of life’s greatest and simplest pleasures is eating fresh seasonal produce and this is devotedly practiced in the restaurant of Hostal Remigio. A classic establishment located next to the main square in Tudela (Navarra), it is easily recognizable f...

5 Navarra
Madrid
Lúa

After having been awarded its first Michelin star in November, it seems that last year’s revamp to create a casual bar area on the ground floor is bearing fruit. If it is your first time at Lua’s don’t feel intimidated by the solid, old wooden d...

5 Madrid
Barcelona
Moritz Bistrot de Vins

The re-opening of the historic 19th century Moritz factory in the Sant Antoni neighborhood of Barcelona was greatly heralded back in December, 2011. It has since gone on to be a destination for both visitors and locals alike featuring a small brewery whe...

5 Barcelona
Sevilla
La Mojigata

Located on the corner of a small street in central Seville, behind Hotel Colón —a favorite among bullfighters staying in town— La Mojigata is a tapas bar with a twist and one that stands apart from the standard offer in the Andalusian capital. Al...

5 Sevilla
Barcelona
Maitea

Neither Nico (economist) nor his brother Andrés (gardener) ever imagined that the passion for food instilled by their amatxo (affectionate Basque word for mum) would ever be nothing more than a hobby, but the premature death of his parents, Maite and Ca...

5 Barcelona
Valladolid
El Buen Gusto Vinos

Located in Valladolid, El Buen Gusto Vinos is a key player in the wine scene of this beautiful city in Castilla y León. Owner Fructuoso Prieto aka Fortu inherited his passion for wine from his father who still runs a wine store in the city centre. Toget...

5 Valladolid
Cáceres
Atrio

Considered to be one of Spain’s most impressive temples of wine, the cellar in Atrio, a restaurant managed by partners Toño Pérez and José Polo, stores on their silent shelves around 35,000 bottles and 3,600 selections from across the world. The ...

5 Cáceres
Madrid
Bodega Santa Cecilia

A Madrid-based wine merchant with a long-standing tradition, its origins date back to the old bodega managed by Pedro Santa Cecilia Muñoz since 1922. In 1968 his son Pedro Santa Cecilia Berlinches created what the family says is "the first self-service ...

5 Madrid
Cádiz
Tabanco El Guitarrón

Its clients are not the workers who used to drop by for a glass of wine before earning the day’s pay on the vineyards, but both El Guitarrón and the rest of tabancos in Jerez still maintain that laid-back style that these traditional bars must have ha...

5 Cádiz
Madrid
Kabuki Wellington

Boasting a Michelin star and the distinctive Japanese-Mediterranean fusion cuisine practiced by chef Ricardo Sanz, there is no doubt that Kabuki Wellington has put together one of the best wine lists in Madrid. The flagship restaurant in a group which ha...

5 Madrid
Sevilla
Manolo Cateca

Occupying a corner behind calle Sierpes, right in the heart of Seville, Manolo Cateca is a traditional tavern with colorful Triana tiles, an old wooden counter and sherry butts adorning the wall behind the bar. Current owner Manuel Rodríguez, whom ev...

5 Sevilla
Girona
Pera Batlla

Andalusia-born chef-patron Antonia Quiñones moved her restaurant and kitchen garden here from nearby Ventalló in 2011 and has never looked back. There’s a gorgeous shaded terrace for long summer evenings with views out over the stream that once drove...

5 Girona
Madrid
Taberna Verdejo

This cosy bistro located in a narrow side street a few metres away from the bustling Goya and Príncipe de Vergara crossroads in the centre of Madrid is a nice little discovery. The place is tiny with just enough room for four tables, a few stools and a ...

5 Madrid
Cantabria
El Cenador de Amós

Cantabria in northern Spain offers countless idyllic sceneries and El Cenador de Amós, located in an imposing 18th century mansion, is surrounded by the green colours that define the area around Villaverde de Pontones, a small quiet village nestled betw...

5 Cantabria
Valladolid
Villa Paramesa

Just 100 meters away from Plaza Mayor (main square) in Valladolid, right in the heart of the city, Villa Paramesa is a fun and slightly different choice in a region where traditional products (and wines) tend to be overwhelmingly present. With José i...

5 Valladolid
Girona
Vins i Licors Grau

Standing outside the huge, stone-faced wine emporium in Palafrugell that is Grau today, it’s hard to imagine that this thriving operation began in 1951 as a tiny bar-cum-bodega in the centre of town, where local customers would stand in line ready to f...

5 Girona
Madrid
Taberna Laredo

Laredo has long been one of Madrid’s top destinations for food and, particularly, wine. In fact, whenever any winemakers I know come to the capital, I’ll usually get a message saying, “We’re in Laredo” at some point. So, what are the secrets...

5 Madrid
Valladolid
Majuelos Singulares

“Exciting wines, terroir wines” are the words emblazoned on the sign above the entrance to this small shop in the centre of Valladolid and that is exactly the philosophy of its owner, Julio Díez, a former commercial director at Bodega Cámbrico in t...

5 Valladolid
Barcelona
Més de Vi

Més de Vi, a small wine bar which opened three years ago in Barcelona’s trendy Poblenou district down near the Port Olímpic, is my kind of place. Situated on a narrow, traffic-free street just behind the Rambla de Poblenou, it’s about the size of a...

5 Barcelona
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Cumai

Curro in the kitchen and María in the front-of-house are the couple behind Cumai, a tiny and pleasant restaurant located in a colonial style house in the centre of La Orotova, in the north of Tenerife. Their move from Barcelona to the Canary Islands ...

5 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Madrid
ERA Espacio Gastronómico

Size is not important when it comes to discovering good food, a fact that is obvious in this small corner on the second floor of Barceló Market, in the centre of Madrid. What’s important is a generous dose of energy, good produce in the kitchen and pa...

5 Madrid
Madrid
Vinoteca Tierra

Since it opened its doors in 2014, this wine store tucked inside Mercado de la Paz in Barrio de Salamanca, a well-heeled district in the centre of Madrid, opted to go off the beaten track and skip the sort of wines you’d expect to find in an area boast...

5 Madrid
Tarragona
Miravall

In 2013 Ricard Vidal took over the family restaurant in Batea, a town in the heart of the Terra Alta wine region. His parents had started the business in the mid-1990s –his mother worked in the kitchen and his father looked after the customers. Ricard ...

5 Tarragona
Barcelona
La Festival

Maybe as a reaction against the standardization of shops in general or because of the obvious gentrification of the Gràcia district in Barcelona, the number of businesses trying to balance modernity and tradition selling local products has risen exponen...

5 Barcelona
Madrid
La Raquetista

La Raquetista, the bar-restaurant in the Retiro district of Madrid opened just over a year ago and has already hit most of the “best of” lists in the capital. Owned by the Aparicio brothers behind Cachivache in the barrio Salamanca, it combines a fr...

5 Madrid
La Rioja
La Vieja Bodega

Located in an old 17th century cellar, this restaurant in Casalarreina, very close to Haro in La Rioja, was lovingly restored after the fire that destroyed the building in 2001. It feels homely despite its large size thanks to its tasteful decor, the woo...

5 La Rioja
Madrid
Wine Attack

Wine Attack is a new wine store in Madrid entirely devoted to natural wines. Under such a provocative name and featuring a logo of a bottle turned into a canyon, it also operates as a wine bar on weekends. Its central location, near Comendadoras Square i...

5 Madrid
Álava
Marqués de Riscal

The titanium plates on the roof of Marqués de Riscal hide the most exclusive restaurant of this five-star hotel designed by Canadian architect Frank Gehry in Elciego, in the heart of Rioja Alavesa. Undoubtedly, the design is part of the attraction of th...

5 Álava
Gipuzkoa
Dolarea

A blackboard behind the counter at Dolarea informs clients that one of the wines of the week is 7 Fuentes, the red wine that Suertes del Marqués makes in Valle de La Orotava in Tenerife. It might not be much in wine-savvy taverns and bars in Madrid or B...

5 Gipuzkoa
Cantabria
La Casona del Judío

Sergio Bastard (pronounced with the stress on the last 'a') was meant to be a lawyer, but after doing the entry exam to study at prestigious Luis Irizar cooking school in San Sebastián, he realized that his real call was in the kitchens and abandoned th...

5 Cantabria
Girona
Maran

I’ve loved Barcelona for a while now, delighting in its lively markets, terrific wine bars, richly varied restaurant offer and the Mediterranean lapping gently at the feet of the Platja del Bogatell. Tarragona is a more recent discovery, and I can forg...

5 Girona
Cádiz
Joselito Huerta

Our host in Jerez pulled a wry face when we announced we planned to spend a whole day in Sanlúcar de Barrameda at the mouth of the River Guadalquivir: “The town is very small, and there’s not a lot to do”, she warned. We shrugged, and set off anyw...

5 Cádiz
Toro
Termes 2012 Tinto
Numanthia| 2015-03-06 - 16.5

Garnet in colour, this wine has a hint of the exotic (cedar), with aromas of smoky ripe black fruit (plum and cherry in liqueur), spice and liqueur bonbons. On the palate there is concentrated fruit and dark chocolate, with ample freshness. This is a goo...

6 Toro
Toro
Numanthia 2011 Tinto
Numanthia| 2015-01-21 - 17.0

Intense garnet colour with a complex, mineral nose, featuring notes of black fruit (plum), tea leaves and bitumen, with roasted and balsamic aromas (pine nuts, cedar). Strong and serious on the palate, with firm tannins, this is a soothing, well-composed...

6 Toro
Toro
Termanthia 2010 Tinto
Numanthia| 2015-01-21 - 17.5

This is a wine with great personality that comes from a pre-phylloxeric vineyard. Intense ruby in colour, it is deep and complex with notes of pine nuts, earth and candied black and blue fruits (plum, blueberry), as well as coffee over a subtle aniseed-f...

6 Toro
Bierzo
Paixar 2011 Tinto
Paixar| 2104-02-06 - 17.0

Tasted just before bottling. Intense red cherry colour. Alluring and oozing finesse on the nose (rose petals, cherry liqueur, paprika). Red fruit and earthy (mineral) notes are finely blended on the palate ending with a warm (slate) and smoky finish. A b...

6 Bierzo
Priorat
Perpetual 2009 Tinto
Bodega Torres Priorat| 2014-02-04 - 17.0

Deep cherry colour. Fragrant and complex nose (resin, dark chocolate, mint). Good acidity and fruit concentration; a well-made Priorat wine from an outstanding (for this particular brand) vintage.......

6 Priorat
Priorat
Perpetual 2010 Tinto
Bodega Torres Priorat| 2014-02-04 - 16.0

Deep cherry colour, almost opaque. Ripe fruit liqueur, fruit preserve notes and shoe polish nuances. Slightly warm palate, somewhat firm tannins and good acidity which could mean it has potential to develop. (I tried this wine on a vertical tasting)......

6 Priorat
Priorat
Perpetual 2011 Tinto
Bodega Torres Priorat| 2014-02-04 - 16.5

Deep cherry colour, almost black. Ripe black fruit, slightly closed nose, white flower nuances. Surprisingly lively on the palate. Fine, well-integrated red fruit and mineral notes typical of the region. Much more expressive than the 2010 vintage. (I tri...

6 Priorat
Priorat
Salmos 2012 Tinto
Bodega Torres Priorat| 2015-05-27 - 16.5

Deep ruby colour. Sweet spices, balsamic and kirsch aromas in this powerful fruit-driven wine, yet it is a perfectly drinkable, tasty Priorat. Reasonable price to start exploring the area.......

6 Priorat
Priorat
Perpetual 2012 Tinto
Bodega Torres Priorat| 2015-05-27 - 17.0

Carignan comes mostly from the villages of Bellmunt and El Lloar in southern Priorat with some grapes sourced from a plot in the cooler area of Porrera. Deep ruby colour. Plenty of black fruit notes in this mineral, slightly warm red with a pleasant text...

6 Priorat
Málaga - Sierras de Málaga
Sedella 2012 Tinto
Sedella Vinos| 2014-09-25 - 16.5

Deep cherry colour. Intense Mediterranean herb (rosemary, thyme) aromas and hints of grape skins and maceration. Medium-bodied, fresh herbaceous flavour, aromatic, long and dry finish with pharmacy-like notes. A wine with plenty of character.......

6 Málaga - Sierras de Málaga
Málaga - Sierras de Málaga
Sedella 2013 Tinto
Sedella Vinos| 2015-10-20 - 17.0

With his tiny project in the rugged Axarquía region, winemaker Lauren Rosillo has pioneered wines made from the obscure red grape Romé. This vintage displays a deep red colour and intense fruit aromas (plums, blood oranges). There’s a fresh herbaceou...

6 Málaga - Sierras de Málaga
Málaga - Sierras de Málaga
Laderas de Sedella 2013 Tinto
Sedella Vinos| 2015-10-20 - 16.0

This wine comes from young vines planted on a southern exposure plot as a replica of the ancient north-facing vineyard whose grapes are destined for Sedella, the producer’s flagship wine. It was first made in the 2012 vintage and is sold exclusively in...

6 Málaga - Sierras de Málaga
Navarra
El Terroir 2010 Tinto
Domaines Lupier| 2014-07-29 - 17.0

Intense deep cherry colour. Ripe red fruit, shrubs, wild herbs and dairy (white chocolate) nuances. A neat, succulent and racy palate, with lovely texture and a pleasant fine herbs finish.......

6 Navarra
Navarra
La Dama 2010 Tinto
Domaines Lupier| 2014-07-29 - 17.5

Deep cherry colour. A complex nose with orange rind notes, flowers (lavender), peach, and wild herbs. Rich and succulent on the palate, good tannic structure and racy acidity, great balance and length; a superb wine.......

6 Navarra
Navarra
El Terroir 2012 Tinto
Domaines Lupier| 2015-10-28 - 17.0

A clean, captivating Garnacha in line with the elegant style of this producer. Medium ruby colour. Fragrant, precise nose with lavender, bay leaves, aniseed and pommegranate aromas. There's a lot of citric acidity on the palate, yet it is perfectly balan...

6 Navarra
Navarra
La Dama 2012 Tinto
Domaines Lupier| 2015-10-29 - 18.0

Medium ruby colour. Very delicate nose with white flowers and red fruit aromas but far more intriguing than El Terroir, their other red wine. This is a savoury, highly aromatic wine with vibrant acidity and a long finish. A very expressive red with tre...

6 Navarra
Rioja
Marqués de Riscal Reserva 2010 Tinto
Marqués de Riscal| 2014-10-27 - 15.0

Light ruby colour. Kirsch, spices (vanilla, cinnamon) and a hint of hazelnuts on the nose. This is a classic Rioja with light to medium-bodied, distinctive American oak character and dry tannins.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Marqués de Riscal Reserva 2011 Tinto
Marqués de Riscal| 2015-12-07 - 15.5

One of Rioja’s most classic and available wines with roughly 3 million bottles produced. Medium ruby colour with orange rim. Complex nose with spicy aromas (clove, vanilla) over a roast beef background. This a dry, gently textured, warm red that finish...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Finca Torrea 2011 Tinto
Marqués de Riscal| 2015-12-07 - 16.0

This is Riscal’s approach to modernity, labelled as a generic red as it skips aging classifications. Deep ruby colour. Black fruit (blackberry, blackcurrant), dark chocolate and leather aromas are followed by a fruit-driven mid-palate with roasted coff...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Barón de Chirel Reserva 2010 Tinto
Marqués de Riscal| 2015-12-07 - 17.5

With 30% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. The Bordeaux grape is only allowed in Rioja on an experimental basis but Riscal has been growing it since the 19th century —it played an important role in their classic Reserva Médoc reds. Aging in French oak ...

6 Rioja
Rueda
Finca Montico 2014 Blanco
Marqués de Riscal - Rueda| 2015-09-21 - 16.5

This wine comes from one of the first vineyards planted by Riscal in Rueda; it appears on the label as seen from the sky by Google. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts and the wine is aged some five months in contact ...

6 Rueda
Rueda
Finca Montico 2015 Blanco
Marqués de Riscal - Rueda| 2017-02-06 - 16.5

This is a single vineyard Verdejo with distinctive gravelly soils in the village of La Seca. The wine matured with its lees in stainless steel tanks and was blended with a small batch aged in foudre. Quite fine nose with well-defined white and stone frui...

6 Rueda
Rueda
Marqués de Riscal Limousin 2015 Blanco
Marqués de Riscal - Rueda| 2017-02-06 - 16.0

This wine is made with a selection of old bush vines from Rueda and around 30% from Segovia. In order to soften oak aromas, aging times have been reduced and 600-litre casks are currently used instead of smaller containers. Deep gold colour. Stone fruit,...

6 Rueda
Castilla y León
Barón de Chirel Verdejo Viñas Centenarias 2014 Blanco
Marqués de Riscal - Rueda| 2017-02-06 - 17.0

This is the first, fabulous vintage of Riscal’s new top-of-the-range white in Rueda, although it hasn’t been released under this appellation but as VT Castilla y León. Grapes were sourced from two extremely old vineyards in Segovia and the wine aged...

6 Castilla y León
Castilla y León
Barón de Chirel Verdejo Viñas Centenarias 2015 Blanco
Marqués de Riscal - Rueda| 2017-02-06 - 16.5

This soon-to-be-released second vintage is a blend of three extremely old vines from Segovia. The vintage 2015 was a bit hotter and richer than 2014. Nutty, toasted notes with lemon zest aromas. Somewhat closed, so oxigenation is recommended –it wouldn...

6 Castilla y León
Ribeiro
Viña Meín 2013 Blanco
Viña Meín| 2014-06-30 - 15.5

Greenish yellow. Quite intense, well-defined fruit (pear, apricot, citrus). Less weight than other vintages, but gets enough attention, nice saline touch on the finish. A good example from its region. ......

6 Ribeiro
Ribeiro
Viña Meín F. Barrica 2012 Blanco
Viña Meín| 2014-06-30 - 15.5

Greenish yellow. Slightly ripe (syrup, pineapple), herbs and a brine note more commonly found in albariños. Nice texture on the palate, a bit warm and prevalent oak at the moment, so better wait a few months for a more harmonious sip.......

6 Ribeiro
Ribeiro
Viña Meín F. Barrica 2014 Blanco
Viña Meín| 2015-11-05 - 16.0

This blend has been modified slightly due to the arrival of Comando G team from Gredos as consultants. Godello now accounts for as much as 50% and the rest is Treixadura. Pale yellow colour. Ripe white fruit and toasted aromas followed by a balanced pala...

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Ribeiro
Tega do Sal 2014 Blanco
Viña Meín| 2015-11-05 - 17.0

This is the first vintage of this wine following the arrival of Comando G team from Gredos, who are now consulting for Viña Meín. The wine is sourced from two single vineyards located in Vilerma (Avia valley). It has fermented and aged in large barrels...

6 Ribeiro
Ribeiro
Viña Meín Tinto Atlántico 2014 Tinto
Viña Meín| 2015-11-05 - 16.0

Expected to be released in December 2015, this red wine follows the new line taken by the winery since Comando G consults for them. Looking for a fresh, Atlantic character, grapes were sourced from a vineyard with an eastern exposure on the opposite bank...

6 Ribeiro
Ribeiro
Viña Meín 2015 Blanco
Viña Meín| 2016-06-20 - 16.0

Pale lemon colour with a greenish hue. White fruit and fine herbs (fennel) aromas offer a nice expression of the region and its grape varieties. Savoury palate with citrus, bright acidity and nice texture. It will probably improve with time. ......

6 Ribeiro
Ribeiro
Eiras Altas 2014 Blanco
Viña Meín| 2106-06-20 - 16.5

Viña Meín's barrel fermented white incorporated a new blend in the 2013 vintage, and on the 2014 edition it features a new name. Additional changes include 50% of whole clusters plus cold maceration with grape skins resulting in a fresher, more herbal ...

6 Ribeiro
Ribeiro
Eiras Altas 2015 Blanco
Viña Meín| 2017-01-23 - 17.0

There’s a new blend in this new, interesting vintage (far better than 2014): Albariño and Loureiro have replaced Godello and the wine feels more focused and mineral. White fruit (pear) and citrus aromas are followed by a fresh, delineated palate with ...

6 Ribeiro
Ribeiro
Tega do Sal 2015 Blanco
Viña Meín| 2017-01-23 - 17.0

Pale lemon colour with a greenish hue. Expressive nose showcasing white fruit and citrus zest. Deep, unctuous palate with well-defined fruit and nice persistence. This serious white offers son elegant bitterness on the end and will develop nicely over th...

6 Ribeiro
Vinos de Madrid
Treinta Mil Maravedíes 2012 Tinto
Marañones| 2014-02-03 - 16.0

Garnet. Perfumed and floral, spicy notes, red fruit (pomegranate). Light-bodied and aromatic, it flows nicely leading to a salty finish, quite common in Garnachas from Gredos' granitic soils. This wine has gained in complexity since syrah was replaced b...

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Vinos de Madrid
Peña Caballera 2011 Tinto
Marañones| 2014-02-03 - 17.0

Garnet colour with pale red rim. Red fruit (plums, sloe berries, pomegranate), wild herbs. A bit short of structure but with fine acidity building up towards a long finish. Mineral and balsamic herbs nuances. A wine with a great personality.......

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Vinos de Madrid
Picarana 2012 Blanco
Marañones| 2014-02-03 - 16.5

Lemon colour. Intense fruit character, fine toasted nuances (sunflower seeds). Saline and intensely mineral on the palate, it is long and complex and displays hints of almonds and citrus peel. Excellent vintage in the life of this brand so far.......

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Vinos de Madrid
Pies Descalzos 2012 Blanco
Marañones| 2014-02-03 - 17.0

Grapes come from Peña Cruzada, a plot of shallow soils at an altitude of 750 metres. Intense lemon colour. Slightly closed nose but hinting at deep aromas and dairy notes. It displays an intense mineral character which is typical of the region and sweet...

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Vinos de Madrid
Picarana 2014 Blanco
Marañones| 2015-11-04 - 16.5

Pale yellow colour. Fragrant, floral, mineral nose with preserved lemon aromas. This is a young and savoury white with a marked briny character. Mineral notes win over the fruit, but it will benefit from some additional time in bottle. Best to wait for a...

6 Vinos de Madrid
Vinos de Madrid
Pies Descalzos 2014 Blanco
Marañones| 2015-11-04 - 17.0

This white wine comes from a small plot with pink granite soils. Pale yellow colour. Clean nose with citrus and peach skin aromas; minty and mineral notes on the background. This is a serious, consistent and long white wine with the saline notes so commo...

6 Vinos de Madrid
Vinos de Madrid
Treintamil Maravedíes 2014 Tinto
Marañones| 2015-11-04 - 16.0

This wine comes form six plots located at 650-850 meters of altitude planted with 30- to 70-year-old vines. Morello used to be included in the blend but it has now been replaced by Morate, a red variety with a longer ripening cycle than Garnacha. Fermen...

6 Vinos de Madrid
Vinos de Madrid
Marañones 2013 Tinto
Marañones| 2015-11-04 - 17.0

Grapes are sourced from three hillside vineyards (750-850 meters of altitude) planted with 50 to 70-year-old vines. The wine is fermented with stems and aged in 500-litre French oak barrels. Medium ruby colour. A step up from Treintamil Maravedíes, it d...

6 Vinos de Madrid
Vinos de Madrid
Peña Caballera 2013 Tinto
Marañones| 2015-11-04 - 17.0

Grapes are sourced from the highest plots (up to 850 meters) with northern exposures so expect a sharp red wine. Fermentation with stems is standard in this house. Medium to light ruby colour. Sharp nose with red fruit (pomegranate) and dry stone aromas....

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Vinos sin indicación geográfica
Darío 2014 Tinto
Marañones| 2016-03-15 - 16.0

Darío is the first 100% Morate made in Gredos but for some time the grape was thought to be Morenillo. It was made with full clusters. On the nose, the wine is earthy rather that fruity but there are wild berries and lots of freshness on the palate. It ...

6 Vinos sin indicación geográfica
Castilla-La Mancha
Códice 2012 Tinto
Sierra Cantabria| 2014-05-06 - 15.0

It comes actually from Dominio de Eguren, the vins de pays winery from the famous Riojan familiy. Deep cherry. Red plums well ripened and well-defined red fruits (cherries, redcurrant). Very good for its price, with presence in the middle-palate and int...

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Rioja
Murmurón 2013 Tinto
Sierra Cantabria| 2014-05-06 - 14.5

Deep cherry with purple rim. Earthy, with redcurrant and violet notes but slightly tannic. Well-made but it's obvious that 2013 was a difficult vintage in Rioja.......

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Rioja
Sierra Cantabria Selección 2012 Tinto
Sierra Cantabria| 2014-05-06 - 16.0

Cherry garnet. Jelly beans and pleasantly ripe fruit on the nose. Medium-bodied, packed with fruit, unctuous, very easy to drink anytime, anywhere.......

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Rioja
Sierra Cantabria 2013 Rosado
Sierra Cantabria| 2014-05-06 - 15.0

Made as a clarete (with skins) but with a certain refinement. Salmon colour. Preserved cherries, aniseed and lollipop nuances. Tasty and with enough weight on the palate, is a perfect accompaniment for a meal.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2010 Tinto
Sierra Cantabria| 2014-05-06 - 16.5

Nutmeg and orange zest combined with red fruits. A pleasant fruit-driven wine with round, integrated tannins. Impeccable. Great value red. ......

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Rioja
Sierra Cantabria Reserva 2008 Tinto
Sierra Cantabria| 2014-05-06 - 15.5

Cherry centre with ruby rim. Dark aromas (pencil, ink and ripe black fruit). Fruit and oak nicely balanced on the palate. Slightly less unctuous than expected, perhaps lacking the sparkle of a great vintage but good anyway.......

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Rioja
Sierra Cantabria Gran Reserva 2004 Tinto
Sierra Cantabria| 2014-06-06 - 17.0

Mid ruby. Somewhat closed but showing some firm, spicy notes. Still lots of fruit, and a nice touch of hazelnut. Intense and rich mouthfeel, well-defined and elegant. There's clearly a great vintage behind. Quite impressive.......

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Rioja
Sierra Cantabria Garnacha 2011 Tinto
Sierra Cantabria| 2014-05-06 - 16.0

Purple rim with cherry centre. Ripe red fruits, dried herbs (bay leaves) and tobacco. A rather original wine. A bit sharp but stimulating and bright red fruit notes. Definitely Atlantic in style and with plenty of life ahead.......

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Rioja
El Puntido 2010 Tinto
Viñedos de Páganos| 2014-05-06 - 17.0

Cherry with a garnet rim. Intense, deep, mineral, well defined fruit (ink, black cherry, kirsch). There's tension on the palate, a delicate earthy touch, firm and well integrated tannins and an intriguing bitterness (cherries) at the end. Great vintage.....

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Rioja
La Nieta 2011 Tinto
Viñedos de Páganos| 2014-05-06 - 17.5

Deep purple. Dark chocolate, creamy, preserved black fruit, intriguing. Ripe and concentrated fruit; deep flavours. As subtle and elegant as usual, but a few more months in bottle would likely improve its appeal. ......

6 Rioja
Rioja
El Puntido Gran Reserva 2006 Tinto
Viñedos de Páganos| 2014-05-06 - 17.0

Cherry colour with a ruby rim. A dark (shoe polish, black fruit) and creamy (hazelnut, dairy, praline) red with an earthy character. Minerality prevails over the oak notes resulting in a balanced palate.......

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Rioja
Sierra Cantabria Organza 2012 Blanco
Viñedos Sierra Cantabria| 2014-05-06 - 16.0

Greenish yellow. It certainly has character: medicinal, brewing herbs (camomile), fleshy white fruit, orange blossom. A kind of chalky texture on the palate, aromatic. Worth waiting to see how it develops. ......

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Rioja
Sierra Cantabria Cuvée 2010 Tinto
Viñedos Sierra Cantabria| 2014-05-06 - 17.0

Purple cherry. Modern rioja, black fruit (blackcurrant, black plum), spicy and creamy notes. Full-bodied and velvety. There's really an extra intensity (the mark of the extraordinary 2010 vintage). ......

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Rioja
Sierra Cantabria Colección Privada 2011 Tinto
Viñedos Sierra Cantabria| 2014-05-06 - 17.0

Purple with garnet rim. Spicy notes (cinnamon), kirsch and fresh fruit at the same time (50% of the wine undergoes carbonic maceration). Powerful, ripe fruit, firm and serious tannins. Creamy oak on the finish.......

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Rioja
Finca El Bosque 2011 Tinto
Viñedos Sierra Cantabria| 2014-05-06 - 17.5

Purple black. Fresh milk, creamy notes from the barrel, concentrated black fruits, grape essence. Powerful and concentrated palate; firm and sound but balanced at the same time. Clearly needs more bottle time. Huge potential.......

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Rioja
Amancio 2010 Tinto
Viñedos Sierra Cantabria| 2014-06-06 - 18.5

Deep purple. Distinctive, perfectly-defined and a very expressive example of the great 2010 vintage. Complex (cocoa, plum preserve). Broad, aromatic and multi-layered (herbs, spices, preserved fruits, creamy notes). Evocative and even touching. A great w...

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Rioja
San Vicente 2010 Tinto
Señorío de San Vicente| 2014-05-06 - 18.0

Medium red centre with ruby rim. Elegant and complex with notes of cocoa, praline and dark fruit. Seductive and with great potential. Perhaps the best San Vicente I've ever tasted. Velvety, generous and juicy. A great wine.......

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Toro
Almirez 2012 Tinto
Teso La Monja| 2014-05-06 - 16.5

Purple cherry colour. Floral notes (violet), blueberries, expressive. Fruity and juicy on the palate, with a pleasant fresh texture. You can almost feel the grapes.......

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Toro
Victorino 2011 Tinto
Teso La Monja| 2014-05-06 - 17.0

Purple black. Concentrated dark fruit (blackberry, blueberry), violets, nuts. Powerful and packed with fruit and firm, integrated tannins. Very serious stuff here.......

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Toro
Alabaster 2011 Tinto
Teso La Monja| 2014-05-06 - 18.0

Black cherry colour. Deep, intense dairy and mineral nuances, concentrated black cherries and violets. Powerful and firm yet capable of offering a velvety texture; long and evocative finish. Impressive.......

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Toro
Románico 2012 Tinto
Teso La Monja| 2015-01-30 - 16.0

Intense ruby in colour with a garnet rim. The nose features aromas of black fruits (prune, candied blackberry and blueberry) and violet, with a certain freshness. Intense on the palate, it is also very fruity with firm tannins blanketed in the fruit. The...

6 Toro
Toro
Victorino 2012 Tinto
Teso La Monja| 2015-01-30 - 17.0

Garnet in colour, this is an elegant, perfumed wine with floral (violet) aromas as well as ripe red fruit and broom. Flavourful and powerful on the palate, with bags of black fruit and firm tannins, while also balanced. Very well made, although it needs ...

6 Toro
Toro
Alabaster 2012 Tinto
Teso La Monja| 2015-01-30 - 18.0

Opaque garnet in colour, this wine features a very complex, elegant nose with floral aromas (rose petal and violet), turning into blue and black fruits (blueberry, black plum, blackberry) with delicate spice (nutmeg, cinnamon) and broom. Elegant and inte...

6 Toro
Rioja
Cune Crianza 2011 Tinto
Cvne | 2014-10-27 - 15.5

Light ruby colour. Red fruit, vanilla and fresh herbs. Fresh and easy to drink with appealing sweet strawberry flavours. Great value.......

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Rioja
Imperial Reserva 2009 Tinto
Cvne | 2014-10-27 - 17.0

Deep ruby colour. This is a youthful yet complex red with ripe black fruit preserve, cocoa and spice aromas. Lively and fresh on the palate, this is a juicy, mouthwatering and intense Reserva with great acidity and well integrated oak. Looking forward to...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Cune Reserva 2010 Tinto
Cvne | 2014-12-15 - 16.0

Medium ruby colour. Red and black seasoned fruit, dairy nuances (cream). This a juiciy wine packed with red fruit and well wrapped-up tannins. Although it is not light it is balanced and easy to drink. Highly enjoyable over the next five years.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Cune Reserva 2011 Tinto
Cvne | 2015-09-18 - 15.5

Medium-ruby color. Red fruits (cherry) with a hint of vanilla on the nose. A bit light on the palate but it displays fresh red fruit. Well-made and pleasant to drink although perhaps less expressive that the outstanding 2010 vintage.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Imperial Gran Reserva 2008 Tinto
Cvne | 2015-09-18 - 17.0

Medium ruby color with a garnet rim. Complex and distinctive nose with well-defined red fruit (cherry), minty aromas and spices. Medium-bodied with bright acidity that adds persistence on the finish and reveals a cool year in Rioja; less structured than ...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Contino Graciano 2009 Tinto
Viñedos del Contino | 2014-10-27 - 17.0

Deep purple colour. Lively and rather exotic nose with hot stones, roastbeef, violet and blackberry aromas. Vibrant and youthful on the palate. What fascinates me about this wine is the way it manages to combine fresh and warm nuances: red liitle fruits ...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Contino Garnacha 2010 Tinto
Viñedos del Contino | 2014-07-24 - 16.5

Medium to light ruby colour. Well-ripened fruit, roasted skins, sweet spices (cinnamon). Juicy and opulent on the palate, it really portraits this grape variety at its best. This is a medium-bodied, balanced red (you wouldn't tell its high alcohol level)...

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Rioja
Contino Reserva 2009 Tinto
Viñedos del Contino | 2015-09-18 - 17.0

Deep-ruby color with a garnet rim. Lush, black fruit, spices and liquorice aromas. This is an intense, structured red with a harmonious medium-palate and distinctive ripe fruit character coming from the estate’s stony soils, yet without losing balance;...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Contino Mágnum Gran Reserva 2007 Tinto
Viñedos del Contino | 2015-09-18 - 17.5

This is almost a secret wine that it is rarely released and always comes in magnum. It manages to capture beautifully the character of Contino and is a great choice for collectors. The style fits somewhere in-between the Reserva and the very modern Viñ...

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Rioja
Viña Real Reserva 2010 Tinto
Viña Real| 2014-10-27 - 16.5

Deep ruby colour. Very clean on the nose with lots of red fruit and scented oak (vanilla, wafer, praliné). Medium-bodied and fruit-driven on the palate, it feels fresh, juicy and harmonious. Is it becoming increasingly modern? No doubt this is a great v...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Viña Real 2014 Rosado
Viña Real| 2015-09-18 - 16.0

This is the first vintage of this original rosé that cleverly follows the pale-coloured trend by using a generous amount of white Viura and just a hint of Tempranillo. The result is a fragrant, fine wine with herbs and red fruit aromas. It’s savoury a...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Viña Real Crianza 2012 Tinto
Viña Real| 2015-09-18 - 15.5

Medium ruby color with a garnet rim. A lovely mix of red fruits and oak nuances (vanilla) with plenty of fruit. Medium-bodied, well-made and displaying a nicely-balanced palate. A Rioja to drink generously.......

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Rioja
Viña Real Gran Reserva 2008 Tinto
Viña Real| 2015-09-18 - 17.0

Bright ruby color. The wine's tertiary nuances (ink, spices) happily fail to overshadow the fragrant, bright red fruit (cherry) aromas. This is an elegant, medium-bodied red, with a well-defined palate and plenty of potential; some noticeable tannins no...

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Ribera del Duero
Conde de San Cristóbal 2011 Tinto
Conde de San Cristóbal| 2015-09-22 - 15.5

Deep ruby colour with purple rim. Dark, fully ripe fruit (plums), liquorice and peppery aromas are followed by a fruit-driven palate with good acidity. Tannins are a bit grippy so I’d give it some extra time in bottle.......

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Ribera del Duero
Conde de San Cristóbal Raíces Reserva 2010 Tinto
Conde de San Cristóbal| 2015-09-30 - 16.5

Deep ruby colour with purple rim. Dairy notes and ripe black and red fruit aromas are present over a sweet spicy background (cinnamon). This is a powerful, yet balanced red with good acidity, polished up tannins and a pleasant texture. No doubt oak will ...

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Rioja
Marqués de Vargas Reserva 2009 Tinto
Marqués de Vargas| 2014-10-27 - 16.0

Ruby colour with garnet rim. A bit reduced, it opens up progressively; preserved fruit, dried fruit and black chocolate aromas. Well-structured with firm tannins and balsamic nuances. Varieties other than Tempranillo appear clearly (fresh herbs). This is...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Marqués de Vargas Reserva Privada Reserva 2007 Tinto
Marqués de Vargas| 2015-09-22 - 17.0

Ruby colour with garnet rim. Dark fruit, undergrowth, tobacco and spicy aromas with the familiar roasted red pepper notes usually found on Mediterranean Cabernet. Juicy palate with fresh blackcurrants that balance out the oak; minty note shoeing on a lon...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Hacienda Pradolagar Reserva 2005 Tinto
Marqués de Vargas| 2015-09-30 - 17.0

Deep ruby colour. Complex, deep nose with blackcurrant, red plums, spices and cocoa aromas. This is a balanced, consistent, well-defined red wine with bright acidity and fine tannins. Long and elegant.......

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Rías Baixas
Pazo San Mauro 2014 Blanco
Pazo San Mauro| 2015-09-22 - 15.5

Pale yellow colour with a greenish hue. Well-defined white fruit and fine herb aromas on the nose. Unctuous palate with pineapple and melon fruit and a fairly good combination of citrus and bitter notes. The continental climate of the area where grapes a...

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Rías Baixas
Sanamaro 2012 Blanco
Pazo San Mauro| 2015-09-22 - 16.0

This wine comes from the two sunniest plots in the estate and benefits from some decanting. Gold colour with a greenish hue. Fruit syrup, dried herbs and faintly smoked aromas are followed by depth and stone fruit notes on the palate. A persistent white ...

6 Rías Baixas
Rioja
Finca La Emperatriz Crianza 2010 Tinto
La Emperatriz| 2014-10-27 - 15.5

Medium to light ruby colour. Scented nose with red fruit and balsamic notes. A round, easy to drink red Crianza which pleases almost everyone.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Finca La Emperatriz Terruño 2010 Tinto
La Emperatriz| 2104-10-27 - 17.0

Medium ruby colour. This is a complex and characterful red with strawberry jam, liquorice, and earthy notes on the background. Well-defined red fruit on the palate. It gives me the impression that there's less extraction and more finesse than in previous...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Finca La Emperatriz Crianza 2012 Tinto
La Emperatriz| 2016-04-04 - 15.5

Medium ruby colour. Seasoned fruits with well-integrated oak aromas. Balanced palate with ripe fruit. Good structure and more consistency than you might expect in the Crianza category. A sensible choice for daily drinking. Good value.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Finca La Emperatriz Reserva 2010 Tinto
La Emperatriz| 2016-04-04 - 16.5

Medium ruby colour. Ripe fruit, sweet spicy aromas and a hint of leather with well-integrated oak. Juicy palate with good acidity. This is a balanced Reserva clearly reflecting the outstanding quality of the 2010 vintage in Rioja.......

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Rioja
Finca La Emperatriz Terruño 2011 Tinto
La Emperatriz| 2016-04-04 - 16.5

Grapes are sourced from plot number 10 out of 22 parcels identified in the estate. All vines are 100% trellised Tempranillo planted in 1997. Deep ruby colour. Somewhat closed on the nose with dark aromas of black fruit, shoe polish and pencil lead aromas...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Finca La Emperatriz Parcela Nº 1 2012 Tinto
La Emperatriz| 2016-04-04 - 17.0

This is La Emperatriz’s top red. It comes from their oldest Tempranillo bush vines with ages ranging from 65 to 70 years old. Dark ruby colour. Lots of dark fruit on the nose with a mineral edge (graphite). Pretty powerful on the palate with firm but s...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Finca La Emperatriz Terruño 2005 Tinto
La Emperatriz| 2016-04-05 - 17.0

A warm and powerful vintage in Rioja, in 2005 it was very common to bleed the tanks in order to achieve more extraction. This wine displays fully ripe black fruit, jammy aromas followed by hazelnuts and spices evolving towards minty notes. It is still fi...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Finca La Emperatriz Viura Cepas Viejas 2010 Blanco
La Emperatriz| 2016-04-05 - 17.0

This is arguably not the standard evolution of this white barrel-aged Viura made from 70-year-old vines, but it displays a fine oxidative note that adds extra complexity. Nuts, bakery and buttery aromas are followed by a creamy, enveloping palate with to...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Viña Tondonia Reserva 2002 Tinto
R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia| 2014-05-12 - 16.0

This is the current vintage on sale for the Reserva, López de Heredia's flagship wine. Medium ruby. Leather, spices (cinnamon, clove), red fruit and and a touch of ink. Characteristically polished on the palate (as if it had been decanted many times), w...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Viña Tondonia 1970 Tinto
R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia| 2015-06-11 - 17.5

This is the equivalent of a Gran Reserva although at that time most wines were released as Crianza. The current aging indication became compulsory in the early 1980s, says María José López de Heredia. As it is usually the case with old vintages from t...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Viña Gravonia Crianza 2005 Blanco
R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia| 2015-09-18 - 16.5

Golden color. A bit reduced at first and with some petrol notes on the nose; best if decanted. Far more expressive on the palate; this is a rich white with plenty of glycerin and dried fruits aromas (salted almonds). Texture is specially pleasant and the...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Viña Tondonia Reserva 2002 Blanco
R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia| 2015-05-18 - 17.0

Golden color. Fine, complex nose with some reduction at the beginning, then with lovely toasted nuances. The wine's great acidity makes it feel bright and youthful. Dried fruit nuances (almonds and nuts) on the palate and lots of glycerin that create a d...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Viña Cubillo Crianza 2008 Tinto
R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia| 2017-04-04 - 16.0

Tondonia’s lesser known wine is a great introduction to fine classic Rioja reds at an unbeatable price. Light ruby colour. Leather, sweet spices (cinnamon) and inky notes on the nose are followed by a light, dry, vibrant palate with round, smooth textu...

6 Rioja
Rueda
Belondrade y Lurton 2012 Blanco
Belondrade| 2014-06-21 - 17.5

Deep lemon. Nice intensity and well-defined fruit (fennel, white fruit, lemon peel), more creamy than smoked. A good, fleshy and balanced Verdejo with a saline touch that reflects minerality and terroir. Much less oak influence than usual at this point.....

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Rueda
Belondrade y Lurton 2011 Blanco
Belondrade| 2014-06-21 - 16.5

Deep lemon. Toasted and dairy notes, infusion herbs (fennel), fresh butter. Quite a good concentration here with saline notes and a long finish.......

6 Rueda
Rueda
Belondrade y Lurton 2010 Blanco
Belondrade| 2014-06-21 - 17.0

From a vertical tasting. Deep lemon. Dried grass (hay), candle wax, white fruit and citrus with a smoked note. Quite toasted (sunflower seeds), lightly warm, intense and powerful in the middle palate. It certainly reflects Belondrade’s style.......

6 Rueda
Rueda
Belondrade y Lurton 2009 Blanco
Belondrade| 2014-06-21 - 16.5

From a vertical tasting. Intense gold. The bottle has nicely done its work (infusion herbs, chamomile, balsamic notes and nutmeg) and the lees also speak quite clear (toasted notes, butterscotch, praline). Toasty, creamy and very unctuous on the palate. ...

6 Rueda
Rueda
Belondrade y Lurton 2008 Blanco
Belondrade| 2014-06-21 - 15.0

From a vertical tasting. Deep gold. A fresh herbaceous note followed by toasted nuances (smoked and butter), quite elegant. Oak gets most of the attention on the palate; there’s a deep balsamic note afterwards and some bitterness. A bitter edge on the ...

6 Rueda
Rueda
Belondrade y Lurton 2006 Blanco
Belondrade| 2014-06-21 - 16.5

From a vertical tasting. Deep gold. Very buttery on the nose, almost in a chardonnay-style; elegant though. Intense and flavorful on the palate, slightly warm, but creamy and nicely structured. Oak stands out clearly but there’s a nice and distinctive ...

6 Rueda
Rueda
Belondrade y Lurton 2005 Blanco
Belondrade| 2014-06-21 - 17.0

From a vertical tasting. Deep gold. Dairy and toasted notes (praline), infusion herbs, well defined aromas. Nicely structured and mineral, it fills the palate but it’s well balanced. Balsamic notes on the finish. Really good stuff, well developed in bo...

6 Rueda
Rueda
Belondrade y Lurton 2004 Blanco
Belondrade| 2014-06-21 - 16.5

From a vertical tasting. Deep gold. A bit closed on the nose, but quite delicate and complex, with balsamic and toasty notes. Good structure, balanced and tasty, not spectacular but everything is in the right place. I think everybody would love to find t...

6 Rueda
Rueda
Belondrade y Lurton 2003 Blanco
Belondrade| 2014-06-21 - 13.5

From a vertical tasting. Amber gold. Passed its time, but nobody would expect to find a great wine from the very hot 2003 vintage.......

6 Rueda
Rueda
Belondrade y Lurton 2002 Blanco
Belondrade| 2014-06-21 - 14.0

From a vertical tasting. Deep gold. Interesting nose (herbs, toasted nuances, a touch of syrup). The oak is very noticeable on the palate but acidity counterbalances its effects. Slightly bitter on the finish. About to start fading.......

6 Rueda
Rueda
Belondrade y Lurton 2001 Blanco
Belondrade| 2014-06-21 - 14.0

From a vertical tasting. Amber gold. Dusty, slightly reduced, with dairy notes. There is some bitterness on the palate that shows the wine's age; orange marmalade nuances on the finish.......

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Rueda
Belondrade y Lurton 2014 Blanco
Belondrade| 2015-11-24 - 16.5

2014 was one of the earliest harvests on record for Belondrade, second only to 2015. Temperatures were high but grapes were very healthy. This is a rich white with stone fruit, aromatic herbs and smoke aromas with an opulent, almost fleshy palate. There...

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Rioja
Allende 2012 Blanco
Finca Allende| 2015-10-29 - 16.5

Viura is seen by many as a rather neutral white grape, but it is actually very well suited for oak-aging and can produce highly versatile balanced wines. Allende, which is fermented and aged in barrels for over a year, is a fine example within the catego...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Allende 2010 Tinto
Finca Allende| 2015-10-29 - 16.5

Deep to medium ruby colour. Ripe cherry almost kirsch-like aromas with blueberries and balsamic notes. This is a gentle, savoury, medium-bodied red which is very approachable and easy to drink.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Lore de Ostatu 2013 Blanco
Ostatu| 2016-05-15 - 16.5

Despite its low production (2,582 bottles), this is an affordable white with the ability to develop over the next years. Sourced from a north-facing vineyard, freshness is reinforced by the cool character of the 2013 vintage. While Malvasia adds complexi...

6 Rioja
Jumilla
El Molar 2012 Tinto
Casa Castillo| 2014-03-11 - 15.5

Garnacha is really rare in Jumilla, where Monastrell is the prevalent grape. Ruby colour. Apricot and strawberry candy. A syrupy hint makes you feel a warm vintage here although there's enough acidity to balance the wine. An original red that has been ag...

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Jumilla
El Molar 2014 Tinto
Casa Castillo| 2016-03-03 - 16.5

Garnacha is thriving at Casa Castillo's estate in Jumilla where it displays good definition and refreshing acidity. A clean, crisp, fruit-driven red. Difficult to get tired of it.......

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Jumilla
Casa Castillo Monastrell 2014 Tinto
Casa Castillo| 2016-04-04 - 16.0

Coming from such a dry, sun-drenched area with no irrigation, these wines surprise for their freshness. Lots of forest notes on the nose and palate together with ripe and acid fruits (blueberries, sloes). Finely integrated tannins. A delicious, great val...

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Jumilla
Casa Castillo Las Gravas 2013 Tinto
Casa Castillo| 2016-04-04 - 17.0

Perfect blend of Mediterranean grapes. Complex, deep nose with kirsch,ink and ripe fruit aromas. Intense, fruit-driven palate, surprisingly fresh and juicy red with mineral notes (dry stones) and well-integrated tannins. An essential wine to learn about ...

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Jumilla
Valtosca 2013 Tinto
Casa Castillo| 2016-04-04 - 16.0

This is the most powerful wine within Casa Castillo’s range and the only one made entirely with a foreign grape variety; despite this, its essence is Mediterranean as Syrah has successfully adapted to the estate's characteristics. Dark purple colour. V...

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Ribera del Duero
Le Rosé de Antídoto 2014 Rosado
Antídoto| 2015-10-29 - 16.5

A very peculiar rosé made from equal parts of Tinto Fino and Ribera’s indigenous white grape Albillo grown on chalky soils. The wine ferments and ages in 600-litre casks. Pale salmon pink colour. Petals, candied citrus and sunflower seeds on the nose....

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Ribera del Duero
Antídoto 2014 Tinto
Antídoto| 2016-04-04 - 16.5

Perhaps my favourite vintage of this wine. The hot and dry 2014 vintage seems to have thrived in this cool and extremely harsh area of Ribera which falls within the province of Soria. Fruit plays the main role with delicious aromas of blackberries and br...

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Ribera del Duero
Roselito 2015 Rosado
Antídoto| 2016-04-04 - 16.0

Mixing white and red grapes is proving to be a very effective technique to obtain those pale coloured rosé wines which are gaining ground in Spain. Light salmon colour. Slightly fizzy on the nose, with sunflowers seed aromas adding complexity. Fresh aci...

6 Ribera del Duero
Ribera del Duero
Le Rosé de Antídoto 2015 Rosado
Antídoto| 2016-04-04 - 17.0

Lots of ambition in this rosé that will be released in a few months. It is the sort of wine which would throw off a great deal of people if it were tasted in black glasses. As Bertrand Sourdais puts it, there is a certain degree of provocation in making...

6 Ribera del Duero
Ribera del Duero
Dominio de Es Viñas Viejas 2013 Tinto
Dominio de Es| 2015-10-29 - 17.5

Fifty per cent of this wine was made with whole bunch fermentation. Dark black fruit on the nose, with inky, balsamic and some earthy notes. Fabulous silky texture on the palate with lots of sweet fruits balanced by a fine bitter note on the finish. This...

6 Ribera del Duero
Ribera del Duero
Dominio de Es La Diva 2012 Tinto
Dominio de Es| 2015-10-29 - 17.0

An extremely expensive and rare wine with a limited production of 300 bottles. It comes from Valdegatiles, an ungrafted, very old vineyard which Bertrand Sourdais already worked with when he worked as winemaker at Dominio de Atauta. It was slightly close...

6 Ribera del Duero
Rioja
Viñas de Gaín 2013 Tinto
Artadi| 2015-10-29 - 17.0

Artadi has turned a cool, late ripening vintage into a fragrant, delicious red of which you never grow tired. Medium ruby colour. Expressive, fresh and seasoned red fruit aromas with balsamic hints. This is a vibrant red with lots of well-defined red fru...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Valdeginés 2013 Tinto
Artadi| 2015-10-29 - 17.5

One of Artadi's single-vineyard reds, Valdeginés' eastern exposure avoids the afternoon sun so the style is always fresh. Deep ruby colour. Complex nose with concentrated red and black fruit and minty notes on the background. There's lots of vibrant red...

6 Rioja
Rioja
La Poza de Ballesteros 2013 Tinto
Artadi| 2015-10-28 - 17.5

From a west-facing vineyard, the fruit here feels riper than in Valdeginés. The wine displays seductive, deep plum and black fruit jam aromas. It definetely has weight on the palate, yet there's a lingering acidity which drives flavours towards a long f...

6 Rioja
Navarra
Artazuri 2013 Tinto
Artazu| 2014-07-29 - 16.0

Deep purple. Intense, lavender, blueberries and dark plums. Like a fruit explosion on the palate and yet smooth and gentle. A really appealing red with outstanding value.......

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Navarra
Pasos de San Martín 2013 Tinto
Artazu| 2014-07-29 - 16.5

From San Martín de Unx, in the Baja Montaña sub-zone (DO Navarra). Deep cherry colour, purple rim. Black fruit, spices and fine herbs (rosemary, thyme) on the nose, and a sweet, flavourful and easy palate.......

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Navarra
Santa Cruz de Artazu 2012 Tinto
Artazu| 2014-07-29 - 17.5

Deep cherry colour, purple rim. Fragrant notes of ripe black plums, dairy and delicate floral (lavender) nuances. Rich and unctuous on the palate with great structure. Fruit and oak are well-integrated toasted evolving towards a chocolaty finish. Great ...

6 Navarra
Navarra
Artazuri 2013 Blanco
Artazu| 2014-07-29 - 15.5

Deep straw colour. Toasted notes from the lees and ripe citrus aromas, rather complex. Fresh with good acidity and citrus notes on the palate. Well made. Great QPR.......

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Navarra
Artazuri 2013 Rosado
Artazu| 2014-07-29 - 15.5

Pinkish colour. Floral notes, red fruits and citrus background. Medium-bodied, balanced, zesty and nervy, blueberries on the finish. Very pleasant.......

6 Navarra
Navarra
Garnacha by Artazu 2014 Rosado
Artazu| 2015-05-07 - 16.0

Artadi has renewed its Navarra winery entry-level range. The former Artazuri rosé is now a single vineyard rosé coming from a 18-year old plot and bearing the name Garnacha by Artazu. Salmon-pinkish colour. Fine nose with rose petals, talcum powder and...

6 Navarra
Navarra
Pasos de San Martin 2012 Tinto
Artazu| 2015-10-29 - 16.0

Deep ruby colour. Seasoned fruit and kirsch aromas are followed by a savoury palate with good depth. Plenty of ripe fruits (sloe berries), slightly warm yet displaying round tannins. A pleasant sip.......

6 Navarra
Alicante
El Sequé 2013 Tinto
El Sequé| 2015-10-29 - 17.5

This is one of the best vintages I can remember of El Sequé. It's not always easy to achieve such freshness and expresiveness in this dry, sun-drenched area. Purple colour. Deep, fragrant nose with black and blue fruits (blueberry) and finely scented vi...

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Vino de España
Casta Diva Cosecha Miel 2013 Blanco
Gutiérrez de la Vega| 2014-12-23 - 17.0

Deep golden colour. Grapey, honeyed nose with concentrated aromas of stone fruit (peach), candied orange zest and vanilla; a textbook Mediterranean Muscat. This is a viscous, glyceric sweet Muscat, with good acidity and fruit concentration on the mid-pal...

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Viñedos de España
Recóndita Armonía 2013 Tinto
Gutiérrez de la Vega| 2015-12-23 - 15.5

Deep purple colour. Youthful nose with concentrated seasoned fruit, floral (violets) and roastbeef aromas. Intense, sweet and powerful with a wealth of dark fruit notes (blackberries, kirsch) and some oak tannins on the finish that will need some time to...

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Navarra
Chivite Selección Especial Finca de Villatuerta 2010 Tinto
J. Chivite Family Estates| 2015-03-18 - 16.0

Medium ruby colour. Clean nose showing ripe blackberries and blackcurrants, undergrowth, damp earth and spicy (green pepper) aromas. This is a juicy medium-bodied red with fine tannins and balance; slightly warm on the finish but very drinkable and balan...

6 Navarra
Navarra
Chivite Finca de Villatuerta Syrah 2010 Tinto
J. Chivite Family Estates| 2015-03-18 - 15.5

Deep ruby colour. Spicy and black pepper notes on the nose together with black fruit (plum and blueberies) aromas and plenty of minty nuances. Pleasant acidity and juiciness balance even off its highly ripe character, although it feels slightly warm on t...

6 Navarra
Navarra
Chivite Colección 125 Reserva 2010 Tinto
J. Chivite Family Estates| 2015-03-18 - 17.0

Bright ruby colour. This is an elegant and complex red showing red fruit, rose petals, broom and cocoa aromas. It displays the right amount of structure on the palate and a pleasant aromatic character with ripe red fruit and spicy flavours. An elegant, v...

6 Navarra
Navarra
Chivite Finca de Villatuerta Chardonnay 2012
J. Chivite Family Estates| 2015-03-18 - 15.0

Pale lemon colour. Smoky and hey notes, followed by citrus aromas. Unctuous and well-defined on the palate, with toasted sunfower seed nuances plus white and citrus fruit. Slightly warm on the finish. ......

6 Navarra
Navarra
Chivite Colección 125 F. Barrica 2012 Blanco
J. Chivite Family Estates| 2015-03-18 - 17.0

A flagship Chardonnay in Spain. Pale lemon colour with golden reflections. This is a complex and richly aromatic white with butter, nuts, white fruit, peach skin and lemon peel notes. Full-bodied and very well made, it displays white fruit and toasty nua...

6 Navarra
Navarra
Chivite Colección 125 2012 Rosado
J. Chivite Family Estates| 2015-03-18 - 16.5

Pinkish salmon colour. Fresh herbs, lees, wild berries, rose petal and cream aromas. Bright citrus acidity on the palate together with a distinctive unctuousness and discreet wood. This is a fine and subtle rosé with great versatility to pair with food....

6 Navarra
Navarra
Chivite Colección 125 Vendimia Tardía 2010 Blanco
J. Chivite Family Estates| 2015-03-18 - 17.0

Golden colour with greenish reflections. This late harvest white offers a tremendously complex nose with Muscat berry aromas as well as peach skin, candied fruit, herbs (basil), tangerine and pink grapefruit. Full-bodied palate with concentrated fruit, a...

6 Navarra
Cava
Capsigrany Rosé Reserva 2013 Espumoso
Alta Alella| 2014-12-18 - 15.5

A natural Cava with no added sulfites, it comes from a 1957 plot planted on a slope with sandy soils which are locally known as sauló. The grape is the rare Pansa Rosada, native to Alta Alella. Slightly mature and vinous style with notes of ripe fruit (...

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Cava
AA Laietà Gran Reserva 2011 Espumoso
Alta Alella| 2014-12-17 - 15.5

Medium straw colour. White fruit (pear) and citrus (grapefruit) aromas, hazelnuts, bakery, smoked nuances. Broad when entering the palate, it turns acidic and lively, finishing with a clean aftertaste. This would pair very well with sushi.......

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Cava
Alta Alella Opus Evolutium Gran Reserva 2011 Espumoso
Alta Alella| 2015-12-14 - 16.5

Made from organic grapes, the Chardonnay included in the blend is fermented in barrels. Yellow gold colour. A trademark Cava style with characteristic aniseed and Meditarranean herbs aromas over a toasty background. This is a serious Cava with vibrant ac...

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Cava
Alta Alella Bruant Reserva 2015 Espumoso
Alta Alella| 2017-03-06 - 16.0

With not a single drop of additional sulfur, this is one of the very few natural Cavas currently available in the market. Seamlessly made, the nose is very clean with aniseed, apple and bakery aromas. The palate has bright acidity and is sharp and vibran...

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Alicante
Enrique Mendoza Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Tinto
Bodegas E. Mendoza| 2015-09-21 - 16.0

One of the most solid wines in Enrique Mendoza's portfolio, a producer who pioneered French grape varieties in Alicante focusing on quality. It is one of the few Spanish producers to use the Australian spelling for the Rhône grape. Deep ruby color. Spi...

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Alicante
Estrecho 2012 Tinto
Bodegas E. Mendoza| 2015-09-21 - 16.5

In recent years the Mendoza family has focused its efforts on the indigenous Monastrell. Grapes are sourced from the Estrecho de Pipa vineyard in Villena at 700m. of altitude and with poor, sandy soils. Deep ruby colour. Seasoned fruit and kirsch aromas...

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Alicante
Enrique Mendoza Santa Rosa 2011 Tinto
Bodegas E. Mendoza| 2015-09-21 - 16.5

Once the top-of-the-range wine within Mendoza’s portfolio, Santa Rosa manages to hold its place well despite the rash of trendy Monastrell single-varietals that the winery has released in recent years. With grapes sourced from the El Chaconero vineyard...

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Rías Baixas
Pazo Barrantes 2015 Blanco
Pazo Barrantes| 2016-04-28 - 16.0

This wine is about to be released, but we would advise to wait for a few months before opening a bottle. This Albariño usually develops beautifully for at least three years –it gains complexity and honeyed nuances. Pale lemon colour. Bay leaves and fr...

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Rías Baixas
La Comtesse 2013 Blanco
Pazo Barrantes| 2016-04-28 - 16.5

Pale lemon colour. Fine ripe citrus aromas with light smoky nuances. Good Albariño despite the difficult and challenging 2013 vintage in Rías Baixas. Perhaps less rich than in previous years, but displaying good acidity, citrus fruit and a distinctive ...

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Cava
Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia Gran Reserva 2010 Espumoso
Juvé y Camps| 2014-10-30 - 16.0

Medium straw colour. Hay and dried herbs on the nose together with citrus and aniseed nuances. Fresh on the palate with well-integrated bubbles. This is a lively and citrus Cava with a pleasant bitterness on the finish (grapefruit).......

6 Cava
Cava
Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia Mágnum Gran Reserva 2010 Espumoso
Juvé y Camps| 2014-10-30 - 16.5

Medium straw colour. Fennel, green apples and citrus aromas. Savoury and balanced on the palate, well-defined, persistent and with a pleasant grapefruit note on the finish. A really fresh Cava that works very well as an aperitif - the magnum format offer...

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Cava
Gran Juvé & Camps Gran Reserva 2008 Espumoso
Juvé y Camps| 2014-10-30 - 17.0

The best parcels in the Espiells vineyard are destined to this 70-month old Cava. Deep golden colour. Its long aging process (toast and bakery notes) derive in powerful but fine aromas. This is a creamy and almost opulent sparkling wine, with plenty of t...

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Cava
Juvé y Camps Finca La Capella Gran Reserva 2005 Espumoso
Juvé y Camps| 2014-10-30 - 17.0

This is the first vintage of a limited production (3,000 bottles) Cava that has been aged for over eight years. Grapes come from a single plot located in the Espiells vineyard lying on a distinctive shallow chalk soil. Golden colour. Candied citrus aroma...

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Cava
Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia Gran Reserva 2011 Espumoso
Juvé y Camps| 2015-10-14 - 16.0

This widely available Cava Gran Reserva (production 2m bottles), never disappoints. Yellow colour with a greenish hue. Fresh aniseed and herb aromas combined with fine toasted nuances (grilled bread) and the sort of complexity achieved with extended agin...

6 Cava
Cava
Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia Gran Reserva 2012 Espumoso
Juvé y Camps| 2016-07-19 - 15.5

This brand offers a good introduction to the Cava category. Lemon colour with greenish hues. Green apples, aniseed notes and brioche aromas are followed by a savoury and medium-bodied palate which feels slightly warmer than other vintages. The magnum ver...

6 Cava
Cava
Gran Juvé & Camps Gran Reserva 2012 Espumoso
Juvé y Camps| 2016-12-14 - 16.5

A new packaging marks the 50th anniversary of the brand. White fruit, almond blossom, aniseed and marked toasted aromas. Intense, structured and intense palate with fine bubbles ending on a dry, slightly bitter note. Residual sugar needs integrating. ......

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Cava
Juvé y Camps Finca La Capella Gran Reserva 2006 Espumoso
Juvé y Camps| 2016-11-23 - 17.5

The second vintage of Juvé y Camps’s premium fizz is expected to join the new Cava de Paraje Calificado category. Complex aromas of dried flowers, toasted bread and a hint of petrol followed by a powerful, enveloping, almost fleshy palate with nicely ...

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Cava
Juvé & Camps Reserva de la Familia Mágnum Gran Reserva 2012 Espumoso
Juvé y Camps| 2017-03-01 - 16.0

If you have the chance, don’t hesitate and choose the magnum version of this Cava. It always delivers extra freshness (fennel, lemon zest) on the nose and more tension on the palate. The bright acidity is offset by pleasant bitter notes. A Cava that yo...

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Cava
Recaredo Brut de Brut Gran Reserva 2006 Espumoso
Recaredo| 2014-06-09 - 17.0

The news is that starting from this vintage the Brut de Brut will come from a single vineyard. Deep and bright straw colour with a greenish hue. It shows marked autolysis (brioche) and fresh fennel on the nose. Broader and creamier that usual, bubbles ar...

6 Cava
Cava
Recaredo Gran Reserva 2008 Espumoso
Recaredo| 2014-06-09 - 16.5

Disgorged May 2014. Straw colour with greenish reflections. Fresh and nicely scented with green apple and fennel aromas together with bakery notes. Aging character is more evident on the palate which is quite full, clean and persistent. A very good text-...

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Cava
Recaredo Brut de Brut Gran Reserva 2005 Espumoso
Recaredo| 2014-06-09 - 16.0

Golden colour. It is quite evident that it comes from a rather hot vintage showing dry flowers and honeyed aromas. It feels rather intense and almost powerful on the palate, with plenty of toasted and dried fruit flavours. It has already developed so not...

6 Cava
Cava
Recaredo Reserva Particular Gran Reserva 2004 Espumoso
Recaredo| 2014-06-09 - 18.0

I tasted this Cava with 108 months of aging. It comes from two vineyards planted in the early 50s. Deep straw with greenish hues. Really elegant on the nose with lemon zest and citrus aromas, honeyed and floral notes and herbal infusions. This is a fine ...

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Cava
Recaredo Reserva Particular Gran Reserva 2002 Espumoso
Recaredo| 2014-06-09 - 17.5

Medium golden colour with greenish reflections. Expressive herbal infusion, dairy and fine autolysis (brioche) aromas. Remarkably fresh and with a small and well-integrated bubble. This is a perfectly crafted Cava with a long and delicious finish worth l...

6 Cava
Cava
Recaredo Reserva Particular Gran Reserva 2001 Espumoso
Recaredo| 2014-06-09 - 17.5

Golden colour. Strong herbal and toasted aromas. Intense and broad on the palate, it really opens up nicely showing great balance as if everything was in the right place. This is a great example of how good some Cavas can be and their capacity to age gra...

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Cava
Recaredo Intense Gran Reserva 2012 Espumoso Rosado
Recaredo| 2016-10-03 - 16.0

As part of Recaredo’s focus on indigenous grapes, Pinot Noir is gradually being removed from this blend, but Intense still maintains its singular deep colour —rather unusual for a sparkling rosé. Sweet red fruit (strawberries, cherries), toast and h...

6 Cava
Cava
Recaredo Terrers Gran Reserva 2009 Espumoso
Recaredo| 2016-10-03 - 16.5

Fine, evocative nose with citrus, aniseed and yeasty aromas. The palate is firm and well-defined, perhaps with less acidity than in previous vintages but with good length. A very suitable cava to enjoy with food.......

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Cava
Recaredo Subtil Gran Reserva 2008 Espumoso
Recaredo| 2016-01-03 - 16.5

With all grapes sourced from Serral del Roure estate, Subtil is gradually losing the Chardonnay to become a single-varietal Xarel.lo. Complex nose with petrol, doughy and toasty aromas. The palate feels mature with almond notes underpinned by enough acid...

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Cava
Recaredo Brut de Brut Gran Reserva 2007 Espumoso
Recaredo| 2017-11-03 - 17.0

This single-vineyard Cava has applied to join the new Cava de Paraje Calificado category. Grapes are sourced from Serral del Vell, the estate which surrounds Turó d’en Mota, the family’s best known plot. This is really fine and shows the complexity ...

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Cava
Recaredo Reserva Particular Gran Reserva 2005 Espumoso
Recaredo| 2106-10-03 - 17.5

Perhaps 2005 is not as thrilling a vintage as 2004, but it still is outstanding and proves Cava’s capacity to stand the test of time like the best sparkling wines in the world. Astonishingly firm despite its extensive aging (over 100 months), the nose ...

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Cava
Turó d’en Mota Gran Reserva 2005 Espumoso
Recaredo| 2016-10-03 - 18.0

Recaredo released the vintage 2005 before the outstanding 2004, which is likely to go on sale after 140 months of aging. 2005 was a ripe, powerful vintage, but Turó d’en Mota’s distinctive austerity prevails. Complex nose with withered flowers, cham...

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Cava
Recaredo Terrers Gran Reserva 2010 Espumoso
Recaredo| 2017-03-01 - 16.5

Apple, citrus fruit on the nose followed by aniseed and toasty aromas. A bone dry, creamy Cava with good weight on the palate. Slightly mature but the right style to match with food.......

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Rioja
Valenciso Reserva 2007 Tinto
Valenciso| 2014-06-23 - 17.0

Deep cherry. Red fruits and smoky notes build an elegant nose. This is a harmonious red, with fine tannins and well-defined red fruit that evokes a fresh vintage. Good length. A refined rioja......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Valenciso F. Barrica 2012 Blanco
Valenciso| 2014-06-23 - 16.0

Straw yellow. Complex with floral, honeyed and citrus notes. It perfectly fills the palate: unctuous, balanced and showing fresh herbs on the finish. Very well made and able to evolve nicely in the bottle.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Valenciso Reserva 2008 Tinto
Valenciso| 2014-10-27 - 17.0

Deep ruby colour. Fine nose with sweet black fruits (plum, blackberry), vanilla, cocoa and minty nuances on the background. Juicy and with the elegant touch that distinguishes this winery. Fine tannins but a slight bitter edge quickly counterbalanced by ...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Larrosa 2013 Rosado
Izadi| 2014-04-01 - 15.5

High altitude (720 metres) Garnacha grown in Sierra de Cantabria. Salmony pink colour. Floral (petals, talcum powder), raspberry and fragrant herbs. Fresh, lively and easy to drink.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Izadi Crianza 2011 Tinto
Izadi| 2014-10-27 - 15.5

Deep ruby colour. Good intensity on the nose with ripe red fruit and vanilla nuances. Oak is present as usual in the region but this wine is well crafted and very drinkable. A modern rioja.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Izadi El Regalo Reserva 2009 Tinto
Izadi| 2015-03-09 - 16.0

Deep ruby colour, black fruit aromas (kirsch, blueberries), fine spicy and smoked notes (cocoa) and some balsamic nuances on the background. This is a full-bodied fruit-driven red, showing good balance between alcohol and acidity and with well integrated...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Larrosa 2015 Rosado
Izadi| 2016-02-21 - 15.5

Pale salmon colour. Petals, talcum powder and red fruit (raspberry) aromas. Savoury, unctuous palate with bright acidity and some persistence on the finish. A refined rosé.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Izadi Crianza 2012 Tinto
Izadi| 2016-02-26 - 15.5

Ruby colour with a garnet rim. Ripe black fruit, orange zest and spices (cinnamon) on the nose followed by a medium-bodied palate with well-integrated fruit and oak. A good example of modern Rioja Crianza.......

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Rioja
Izadi El Regalo Reserva 2012 Tinto
Izadi| 2016-01-26 - 16.0

Deep ruby colour. Fine nose with red ripe fruit aromas together with spices and toasty notes. Flavorful on the palate with fruit and oak nicely integrated. Slightly warm, yet rich and well-made.......

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Toro
Flor de Vetus 2013 Tinto
Vetus| 2015-01-21 - 15.0

Medium ruby with purple rim. This is a youthful and easy-to-drink red with red fruit and candy aromas (raspberry) together with a hint of mint. The winery has aimed for a lighter version of Toro for its entry-level red in the area.......

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Toro
Vetus 2009 Tinto
Vetus| 2015-01-21 - 16.0

Deep to medium ruby colour. Quite complex on the nose: red and black fruit (plums), minty and spicy notes (nutmeg, vanilla, licorice). This is a savoury and tight red with an aromatic character (balsamic notes) showing freshness. Good cellaring potential...

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Toro
Celsus 2011 Tinto
Vetus| 2015-01-21 - 17.0

Deep ruby colour. Highly aromatic showing depth and complexity on the nose. It starts with red plums and broom shrub notes evolving towards spicy hints (clove, pepper). This is a firm, mineral and multi-layerd red that will need some time to offer its fu...

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Rueda
Flor de Vetus 2014 Blanco
Vetus| 2015-03-12 - 15.0

Straw greenish colour. Medium intensity on the nose showing white fruits (melon, pear) and floral notes. Fruit-driven and with a certain unctuousness on the palate. ......

6 Rueda
Toro
Flor de Vetus 2014 Tinto
Vetus| 2016-01-26 - 15.0

Deep ruby colour. Balsamic nose with minty and red fruit aromas. This wine shows less structured than expected in this region along with green, balsamic notes on the palate. Easy to drink.......

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Toro
Celsus 2012 Tinto
Vetus| 2016-02-03 - 17.0

This wine comes from a very old, ungrafted plot called Caparrón located in Morales de Toro. A modern, refined approach to Toro trying to keep power under control. Rich chocolate and kirsch aromas on the nose. Lovely texture, bright acidity and lots of r...

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Ribera del Duero
Pruno 2013 Tinto
Finca Villacreces| 2015-03-06 - 15.5

Deep ruby color with bright red rim. Candy and red fruit aromas along with an earthy note that adds character. This is an intense fruit-driven red, perhaps showing more tannins and less mid-palate than in previous vintages given that the 2013 harvest was...

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Ribera del Duero
Finca Villacreces 2011 Tinto
Finca Villacreces| 2015-03-06 - 16.5

Deep ruby colour. Complex on the nose with lots of black fruit and licorice aromas as well as kirsch, fine wood and a hint of mint in the background. Balanced and ripe with just a touch of oak and again that black fruit and licorice character present on ...

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Ribera del Duero
Pruno 2014 Tinto
Finca Villacreces| 2016-12-26 - 16.0

This vintage has been released three months earlier than usual –there’s high demand for this wine after being considered one of the greatest values worldwide by Robert Parker. This 2014 delivers lots of balsamic notes with broom, red fruits and liqu...

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Ribera del Duero
Finca Villacreces 2012 Tinto
Finca Villacreces| 2016-01-26 - 17.0

Deep ruby colour. Complex, clean nose with perfectly ripe fruit and spicy notes. Well-defined palate, showing balance and finesse. This is a refined Ribera that drinks beautifully right now. Wine lovers who have been disappointed in the past by an excess...

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Ribera del Duero
Pruno 2015 Tinto
Finca Villacreces| 2017-01-12 - 16.0

Dark ruby color. Well-defined, fruit-driven nose with red and black plums and floral aromas (violet). This is a really pleasant wine with intense flavours, bright fruit expression, good acidity and well-integrated oak. Balance is clearly preferred to ext...

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Castilla y León
Abadía Retuerta Le Domaine 2013 Blanco
Abadía Retuerta| 2014-09-09 - 16.0

Deep greenish straw. Intense smoked, dairy and exotic notes (lime, herbs, mint, lemon and mandarine zest). Flavourful and with considerable weight on the palate, citric nuances and fresh pineapple. Quite different to other Spanish whites. It will benefit...

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Ribera del Duero
Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial 2010 Tinto
Abadía Retuerta| 2014-09-09 - 16.5

Dark cherry color. Quite a noticeable French varietal (pirazines) character and black fruit preserve. Flavourful and spicy on the palate and delicate oak nuances. A fine example of this winery's style.......

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Ribera del Duero
Abadía Retuerta X Aniversario 2006 Tinto
Abadía Retuerta| 2014-09-09 - 17.5

Dark cherry colour, garnet rim. A sharp, neat nose with spices and hints of hazelnut chocolate. Intense, firm and fleshy palate, ripe fruit, good structure and fruit on the mid-palate. A very good effort with potential to develop.......

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Castilla y León
Abadía Retuerta Selección Especial 2011 Tinto
Abadía Retuerta| 2015-04-22 - 16.5

Dark ruby colour. Lots of black fruit on the nose (blackcurrants, blackberries, plums) and kirsch with lively dried herb aromas on the background. This is a powerful, big red in tune with the very ripe 2011 vintage. Lively fruit on the mid-palate, with s...

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Castilla y León
Abadía Retuerta Pago Negralada 2012 Tinto
Abadía Retuerta| 2015-04-22 - 17.0

This Tempranillo comes from gravely soils with sand on the surface. Dark ruby colour. Fine nose with red and black fruit aromas and a lovely spicy touch. This is a well-built red wine with firm tannins and lots of fruit to wrap them up. Long finish. The ...

6 Castilla y León
Castilla y León
Abadía Retuerta Pago Valdebellón 2012 Tinto
Abadía Retuerta| 2015-04-22 - 17.5

The Valdebellón plot stands on distinctive chalky soils. Purple colour. Very well-defined nose with crunchy red fruit (raspberries, blackcurrant), really fine and expressive. This is an outstanding vintage for Cabernet at Abadía Retuerta which almost p...

6 Castilla y León
Castilla y León
Abadía Retuerta Pago Garduña 2012 Tinto
Abadía Retuerta| 2015-04-22 - 16.5

This Syrah is grown on chalky soils. Deep ruby colour. Ripe plum notes with spicy, meaty (roastbeef) aromas followed by a juicy, fruit-driven, full palate. Warm and slightly earthy.......

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Castilla y León
Abadía Retuerta PV 2012 Tinto
Abadía Retuerta| 2015-04-22 - 17.0

This is Abadía Retuerta's special rarity. A very expensive low-production red wine (only 1,500 bottles have been made) reserved for wine lovers with very deep pockets. Bright ruby color with purple rim. This was a good vintage for Petit Verdot with jamm...

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Castilla y León
Abadía Retuerta Le Domaine 2014 Blanco
Abadía Retuerta| 2015-05-22 - 16.5

A very unusual blend in Spain which is made possible by the less strict rules within the VT Castilla y León category. Yellow greenish colour. Fresh nose with apple, stone fruit, fennel and some grapey aromas. This is a well-structured, persistent white ...

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La Mancha
Finca Antigua Syrah 2011 Tinto
Familia Martínez Bujanda| 2014-09-25 - 15.5

Deep ruby colour. Intense ripe plum and chocolate aromas and fresh balsamic notes. Oak is a bit dominant on the palate but there is plenty of fruit present as well as spicy nuances and pleasant acidity. Good wine.......

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La Mancha
Finca Antigua Crianza 2010 Tinto
Familia Martínez Bujanda| 2014-09-25 - 15.5

Medium ruby colour. Quite harmonious aromas of red meat, preserved fruit and cocoa. Medium-bodied and fresh on the palate, the oak is noticeable but it is a pleasant wine to drink.......

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Rioja
Viña Bujanda Crianza 2011 Tinto
Familia Martínez Bujanda| 2014-09-25 - 15.0

Garnet colour. Red fruit and a hint of leather on the nose; mature. Light bodied and fresh with lively red fruit notes but rather dry tannins on the finish.......

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Rioja
Cantos de Valpiedra Crianza 2011 Tinto
Familia Martínez Bujanda| 2014-09-25 - 16.0

Bright ruby colour. Persistent aromas of fully ripe red fruit, roastbeef, spices and cocoa. Medium bodied with acidity providing backbone, well-integrated tannins and toasted notes on the finish. This is a versatile wine to pair with food.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Finca Valpiedra Reserva 2008 Tinto
Familia Martínez Bujanda| 3014-09-25 - 17.0

This is an estate wine that comes from distictive stony soils. Deep ruby with a garnet rim. Complex and spicy on the nose (clove, cinnamon, vanilla), minty nuances and damp earth aromas. Savoury and intense on the palate, nice texture, fine-grained tanni...

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Rueda
Finca Montepedroso Verdejo 2013 Blanco
Familia Martínez Bujanda| 2014-08-25 - 15.5

Straw colour with greenish reflections. Intense aromas of pear, pinapple and herbaceous notes (fennel). Medium bodied and nicely textured fruit with a pleasent bitter note on the finish. A Verdejo that manages to express the variety and the region charac...

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Rueda
Finca Montepedroso Verdejo 2014 Blanco
Familia Martínez Bujanda| 2015-07-10 - 16.0

Despite recent criticism about Rueda's cheap Verdejo, 2014 was a great vintage in the region so consumers who come across serious producers will be rewarded. This wine, made by Rioja's Martínez Bujanda Family group, is excellent. Yellow colour with gree...

6 Rueda
Rioja
Finca Valpiedra Reserva 2009 Tinto
Familia Martínez Bujanda| 2015-10-11 - 17.0

Medium ruby colour. Fine, clean nose with red fruit and spicy notes (cigar box). This is a medium-bodied, delicious red with lively acidity. It’s obvious that the focus is finesse, not extraction. Lovely fine tannins and a long finish. A good ambassado...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Cantos de Valpiedra Crianza 2012 Tinto
Familia Martínez Bujanda| 2016-01-07 - 16.0

Deep ruby colour. Lots of fruit on the nose followed by spicy and smoky aromas. The palate delivers extra fruit and good structure with ripe, well-integrated tannins; you cannot ask for more from a Crianza. A modern-style Rioja which manages to be loyal ...

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Cava
Gramona Imperial Gran Reserva 2008 Espumoso
Gramona| 2014-12-11 - 16.0

Medium golden colour. Persistent toasty and creamy notes (you can really feel the autolysis here) with dried fruit aromas (hazelnut). It shows good structure and richness on the palate with creamy and well-integrated bubbles and a pleasant acidity. Toast...

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Cava
Gramona III Lustros Gran Reserva 2007 Espumoso
Gramona| 2014-12-11 - 17.0

Bright golden colour. This a serious and complex Cava offering well-defined lemon zest and toasted aromas. Rich and creamy on the palate yet showing lively acidity and citrus nuances that add freshness and definition (it will really make you salivate). T...

6 Cava
Cava
Gramona Argent Gran Reserva 2010 Espumoso
Gramona| 2014-12-11 - 16.5

Medium golden colour. Not an intense nose but delicate and quite complex with ripe white fruit, bakery and classic smoky aromas from Chardonnay. Savoury and creamy texture on the palate with lemon zest and additional smoky notes. This Cava will go very w...

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Cava
Gramona Argent Rosé Gran Reserva 2011 Espumoso
Gramona| 2014-12-11 - 16.5

Deep straw colour with hardly any pink traces, even less than some blanc de noirs. Fresh nose with bakery (yeasty) notes and some exotic brewing herbs. Ample, with citrus notes, lively acidity and a sophisticated touch both inside and outside thanks to i...

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Penedès
Ovum Xarel.lo 2014 Blanco
Gramona| 2016-04-04 - 16.5

What’s interesting about this wine is that it has not been in contact with oak at all; instead it has been fermented and aged in concrete eggs and earthenware vessels. The nose is floral with xarel.lo’s usual aniseed aromas over a chalky background. ...

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Cava
Gramona Imperial Gran Reserva 2010 Espumoso
Gramona| 2016-04-04 - 16.0

Lemon colour with a greenish hue. Fresh aniseed aromas with brioche and buttery notes. Lively palate with a hint of petrol adding complexity and the distinctive creaminess usually found in most of Gramona’s aged Cavas. This a is a balanced, widely avai...

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Cava
Gramona Celler Batllé Gran Reserva 2005 Espumoso
Gramona| 2016-04-04 - 17.5

This is a really serious cava which is suitable for cellaring. Complex nose with herbs and rich, toasted bakery aromas followed by notes of brandy, probably due to its dosage, sourced from very old ‘soleras’ owned by the family. A powerful, full-bodi...

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Cava
Gramona Argent Gran Reserva 2011 Espumoso
Gramona| 2016-04-04 - 16.5

Pleasant bakery and aniseed aromas are followed by a savoury palate with fine bubbles and good acidity. This wine seems to have gained finesse over time.......

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Penedès
Font Jui Xarel.lo 2014 Blanco
Gramona| 2016-04-04 - 16.0

The Xarel.lo collection includes different styles of Penedès’s best known local white grape. This is Gramona’s traditional Xarel.lo, which on this occasion has been fermented and aged in 300-litre new and used barrels. It nicely combines citrus frui...

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Cava
Gramona Argent Rosé Gran Reserva 2012 Espumoso
Gramona| 2016-12-23 - 16.5

Deeper colour than the ultra pale 2011, although it still looks like a Blanc de Noirs rather than a rosé. Fine nose with dough and yeast aromas over a citrus background. This is an elegant sparkling wine with fine bead and pleasant bitter notes on the f...

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Cava
Gramona Enoteca Gran Reserva 2001 Espumoso
Gramona| 2016-12-23 - 18.0

A really outstanding Cava which can compete with top sparkling wines from classic regions. Gramona pushes aging times to the limit and manages to succeed obtaining complex toasty (praline) aromas along with petrol notes, aromatic herbs, dried herbs, almo...

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Cava
Gramona Imperial Gran Reserva 2011 Espumoso
Gramona| 2017-03-01 - 16.5

A Brut style with six grams of residual sugar. Clean, defined nose with a nice combination of toast and aniseed aromas. Enveloping, creamy palate as is the style of this producer; lovely balance between sweet, acidic and bitter nuances. A safe bet for sp...

6 Cava
Cava
Gramona III Lustros Gran Reserva 2009 Espumoso
Gramona| 2017-03-01 - 17.0

Complex, rich, mature nose with toasty and ripe citrus aromas. Dry, well-defined palate with bright, lingering acidity and a long finish. This will keep nicely for a few years.......

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Cava
Gramona Celler Batlle Gran Reserva 2006 Espumoso
Gramona| 2017-03-01 - 17.5

Complex, toasty, spicy nose with dried herbs and citrus aromas on the background evolving towards petrol nuances. Rich, creamy, powerful palate with well-integrated bubbles and again petrol notes. This wine shows the ability of top Cavas to handle extend...

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Rioja
Viña Arana Reserva 2006 Tinto
La Rioja Alta| 2014-06-04 - 16.0

Light ruby colour. Kirsch, leather, sweet spices, pastry and dairy aromas. Tasty on the palate with sweet fruit and spices and a lovely round texture; a balanced and very pleasant to drink red wine. This is a classic Rioja with an easily recognisable sty...

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Rioja
Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005 Tinto
La Rioja Alta| 2014-06-03 - 17.0

Medium ruby colour with tawny rim. Fine on the nose with spices (clove), mint, leather and dairy aromas. Silky and intense, with a pleasant mid-palate, supple tannins and a rounded texture. A serious and consistent red. Long lasting, with spicy and black...

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Rioja
904 Gran Reserva 2004 Tinto
La Rioja Alta| 2014-06-03 - 17.5

Medium ruby colour with tawny rim. Somewhat closed and reduced at the start, it develops towards complex coffee ground aromas, sweet spices, mint, chocolate and dried fruits. Very intense on the palate with a leathery character, good acidity and round ye...

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Rioja
890 Selección Especial Gran Reserva 2001 Tinto
La Rioja Alta| 2014-11-12 - 18.0

Deep ruby colour with orange rim. Fruit compote aromas (prunes, dried apricots), aromatic herbs, sweet spices (cinnamon), cigar box, fine leather. Complex and almost hypnotic on the nose. The wine is really smooth on the palate with round tannins, but st...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Viña Ardanza Reserva 2007 Tinto
La Rioja Alta| 2015-10-07 - 17.0

Aging times for Garnacha have been reduced to 30 months compared to 36 months for Tempranillo. Medium ruby colour with orange rim. Clean and powerful nose with sweet spices, black fruit (blackberries) and inky aromas. Lovely and deep palate with vibrant ...

6 Rioja
Rioja
904 Gran Reserva 2005 Tinto
La Rioja Alta| 2015-11-07 - 17.5

After 2004, here it comes another great vintage for this classic Rioja producer based in Haro’s Barrio de la Estación. Ruby colour. Powerful, complex nose with orange peel, sweet spices (cinnamon, vanilla), tobacco and fine leather aromas. Silky yet f...

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Rioja
890 Gran Reserva 2004 Tinto
La Rioja Alta| 2015-10-07 - 17.5

In order to extend its aging potential, the most powerful and structured grapes are destined to this Gran Reserva 890. That’s why it often feels closed in comparison to the 904. Regardless of this fact, it displays its trademark aromatic complexity wit...

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Rías Baixas
Pazo Señoráns Albariño 2014 Blanco
Pazo Señoráns| 2015-03-10 - 16.0

Lemon-green colour. This wine has primary and floral (jasmine) aromas, with notes of white fruit (pear, melon) and grapefruit. Well structured on the palate with a viscous texture and citrus character, featuring a hint of Atlantic salinity in the finish....

6 Rías Baixas
Rías Baixas
Pazo Señoráns Albariño 2013 Blanco
Pazo Señoráns| 2015-02-10 - 16.0

Lemon-green colour. The aroma features floral notes (petals) and prominent fruits (pear, apricot). Good body on the palate, with a dryness and stone fruit flavours, finishing with a herbal aftertaste......

6 Rías Baixas
Rías Baixas
Pazo Señoráns Colección 2011 Blanco
Pazo Señoráns| 2015-03-10 - 16.0

The first vintage on the market, this is the standard Señoráns that has been cellar aged and is released four years after the harvest date. It is a fresh vintage, with a slight note of talc on the nose and a syrupy touch, in addition to candied fruit. ...

6 Rías Baixas
Rías Baixas
Pazo Señoráns Albariño 2010 Blanco
Pazo Señoráns| 2015-03-10 - 16.5

Tasted during a vertical in March 2015 and proof that warmer vintage years also develop well. Gold in colour with intense stone fruit and syrupy aromas followed by a fullness and concentration of flavours on the palate, featuring candied citrus fruits. T...

6 Rías Baixas
Rías Baixas
Pazo Señoráns Selección de Añada 2007 Blanco
Pazo Señoráns| 2015-03-10 - 17.5

This wine is aged on its lees in stainless steel vats for 30 months. It shows great delicacy and features very prominent white and stone fruits, as well as bay and syrup on the nose. It is exceptionally intense and concentrated on the palate with great p...

6 Rías Baixas
Castilla y León
Viña Almate Garnacha 2012 Tinto
Alfredo Maestro| 2013-12-19 - 16.0

Grenache from Peñafiel and Cuevas de Provanco, in the province of Segovia, fermented with the stems and matured in 225 and 500 litre barrels. Expressive red fruit notes and good varietal expression, with a lively and flavourful palate, light dairy notes...

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Varias zonas
La Olmera 2012 Tinto
Alfredo Maestro| 2013-12-19 - 16.5

Made from Tempranillo grown in Bocos de Duero, near Peñafiel, in a limestone pocket that crosses the vineyard. Flavourful palate and deeply mineral. Firm and polished. Unlike other wines by Alfredo Maestro, this one has had some sulphur added. ......

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Vino de mesa
Tierga 2010 Tinto
La Calandria| 2014-07-24 - 16.5

Medium to light ruby colour. Earthy notes and roasted skins prevail over the fruit (kirsch), there's a balsamic, pharmacy-like character too. This intense Garnacha fills the palate with ripe fruit and earthy nuances. The wine is rather warm, slightly tan...

6 Vino de mesa
Navarra
Cientruenos 2012 Tinto
La Calandria| 2014-07-24 - 15.0

Deep ruby colour. Kirsch, carob bean and very ripe fruit aromas. There's a touch of citrus acidity on the palate and earthy notes that add a certain character.......

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Bierzo
Finca La Cuesta 2011 Tinto
Luna Beberide| 2014-02-06 - 16.5

Red cherry colour. Fully ripe fruit (blackberries, kirsch), roastbeef. Mouthcoating; acidity, alcohol and texture are nicely balanced. Earthy notes on the finish reflect the character of Bierzo's Mencía. Great value. Luna Beberide is a producer to watch...

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Bierzo
Luna Beberide Mencía 2013 Tinto
Luna Beberide| 2014-02-06 - 15.5

Deep cherry colour, purple rim. Good fruit expression (brambleberry, strawberry) and varietal character, red meat nuances. Fresh and lively on the palate, delicate earthy notes, fine tannins and food matching potential (specially pulses). An excellent yo...

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Bierzo
Art 2010 Tinto
Luna Beberide| 2014-02-06 - 16.5

High altitude (700 metres) Mencía planted on schist soil. Intense red cherry colour. Sour red cherry, fruit liqueur, shoe polish, charcoal and forest floor notes. Rich, mineral palate with excellent acidity and length.......

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Vino de mesa
Alma de Luna 2011 Blanco
Luna Beberide| 2014-02-06 - 15.5

A real oddity this Petit Manseng from Bierzo, a “naturalmente dulce” (no sugar or alcohol added) with 250 g/l sugar content made from overripe bunches. Golden colour. Slightly one-dimensional (peach preserve) but quite flavourful, with good texture a...

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Bierzo
Godello LB 2013 Blanco
Luna Beberide| 2014-02-06 - 14.5

Unoaked white. Golden colour. Somewhat dull nose showing fruit salad and floral notes. Just fine, perhaps lacking some expression and balance.......

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Rioja
Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2008 Tinto
Marqués de Murrieta| 2014-10-01 - 16.0

Deep ruby with orange rim. Clean on the nose with sweet spices, kirsch and creamy wooden notes. Nice and savoury fruit on the palate with more creamy nuances. Medium-bodied and round tannins make for an easy and pleasant sip.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva 2005 Tinto
Marqués de Murrieta| 2014-10-01 - 18.0

Medium ruby colour. Very complex nose with seasoned fruit (bluberries, cherries), spicy and balsamic nuances (scrub herbs), red meat and orange zest. This is a complex and well defined red that keeps developing in the glass. Intense, elegant and juicy, w...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Capellanía Reserva 2009 Blanco
Marqués de Murrieta| 2014-10-01 - 16.5

Deep gold colour. Clean and refined nose with smoked and citrus aromas. Powerful, structured and showing a smoky character. Rather tight right now but shows great potential.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Dalmau Reserva 2009 Tinto
Marqués de Murrieta| 2014-10-01 - 17.5

Deep purple colour. Intense, fruit-driven but with a touch of oak also present (balsamic nuances, black chocolate) and showing great potential. Ripe fruit on the palate, minty and spicy (pepper) notes, yet achieving elegance. Less structured than it woul...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Marqués de Murrieta Primer Rosé 2015 Rosado
Marqués de Murrieta| 2016-04-28 - 16.5

Sourced from Ygay’s highest plot at 500m of altitude and fermented at 10ºC as if it were a white wine, Murrieta has dared to make a modern rosé a world away from the style once made in the estate. It is made from Mazuelo (Carignan), a particularly im...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Capellanía Reserva 2011 Blanco
Marqués de Murrieta| 2014-04-28 - 16.5

With an exclusive white Ygay 1986 set to be released in the summer, Capellanía has gradually evolved towards a less oxidative style and this fact is specially evident in this vintage. Medium lemon colour (not gold). Smoky, buttery aromas over a white fr...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2010 Tinto
Marqués de Murrieta| 2016-04-04 - 16.5

Ruby colour with orange rim. Complex nose with sweet spices, cocoa and kirsch. Excellent ripe tannins capture the quality of the 2010 vintage. Silky texture, good acidity, with finesses and balance. A great Murrieta Reserva.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Dalmau Reserva 2011 Tinto
Marqués de Murrieta| 2016-04-04 - 17.5

Featuring a new packaging and a daring typeface, it is pretty clear that Vicente Cebrián wants to set clear differences between his two top reds: absolute classicism for Ygay and modernity in this dark, mineral Dalmau with ripe fruit and minty aromas. T...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva 2007 Tinto
Marqués de Murrieta| 2016-04-04 - 17.5

Medium ruby colour. Complex nose with sweet spices (cinnamon) aromas, hazelnut, kirsch. Showing different stages on the palate, all of them marked by finesse and balance. Silky, well-integrated tannins, long finish. Perhaps not as impressive as 2004 and ...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2011 Tinto
Marqués de Murrieta| 2016-10-05 - 16.5

Deep ruby colour. This is quite a classic style on the nose with black fruit jam and spicy aromas but without the tertiary notes usually found in the past. A medium-bodied red with soft tannins which show how approachable and enjoyable Rioja can be.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2012 Tinto
Marqués de Murrieta| 2016-10-05 - 17.0

This vintage won’t be available in Spain until early 2017. The blend includes more Garnacha and Graciano than in the previous vintage. This wine seems to be moving away from the traditional Reserva style in favor of reflecting Murrieta’s terroir in e...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Marqués de Murrieta Gran Reserva 2010 Tinto
Marqués de Murrieta| 2016-10-05 - 17.5

This Gran Reserva comes from a selection of wines showing more aging potential among those destined to become Reserva. As the style of the Reserva has been modernized to become more fruit-driven and direct, this Gran Reserva has adopted a more classic st...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Marqués de Murrieta Gran Reserva 2009 Tinto
Marqués de Murrieta| 2016-10-05 - 16.5

This Gran Reserva has been made exclusively for the export markets, but it is due to be released in Spain in 2017 even if it is not clear whether Murrieta will start with this vintage or the 2010. The wine is made from the wines which show more aging pot...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Dalmau Reserva 2012 Tinto
Marqués de Murrieta| 2016-10-05 - 17.5

The warm character of the vintage can be felt in the ripeness of the fruit (blackcurrant jam), although the nose is very expressive with inky and spicy aromas. The palate is impressive: juicy, medium-bodied and almost spherical. There is some Cabernet in...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva 1986 Blanco
Marqués de Murrieta| 2016-10-05 - 19.0

The wine, which feels extremely young after having been aged in barrel for 22 years, was bottled in January 2014 and feels very different from other old Rioja whites such as López de Heredia's. Deep gold colour. Preserved lemon, orange peel and spicy ar...

6 Rioja
Cava
Conde de Haro Rosé Espumoso
Muga| 2014-12-11 - 15.5

Pale salmon in colour, with fresh, red fruit aromas and a hint of petal. Clean and lively on the palate with good acidity, red fruit and well-integrated bubbles. Perfect as an aperitif and for chilling as desired. ......

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Rioja
Muga F. Barrica 2013 Blanco
Muga| 2014-10-28 - 15.5

Lemon in colour featuring white fruit with underlying herbs and a light smokiness. Intense and citric on the palate, with a certain salinity, this is a wine to make your mouth water.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Muga Selección Especial Reserva 1994 Tinto
Muga| 2014-10-28 - 17.0

The first vintage year in which the winery’s reserve was designated as Selección Especial (“special selection”). Ruby in colour with a slightly tawny rim. On the nose, there are aromas of leather, fruit in liqueur, sweet spice (cinnamon), roasted ...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Muga Selección Especial Reserva 2010 Tinto
Muga| 2015-06-10 - 17.0

Deep ruby colour with garnet rim. This is a truly complex, expressive red with lots of spices and fully ripe red and black fruits aromas (plum, blackberry). Well structured on the palate, it displays generous fruit flavors counterbalanced by the oak and ...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Muga Selección Especial Mágnum Reserva 2006 Tinto
Muga| 2014-10-28 - 16.5

Deep garnet in colour with an intense aroma of roasted meat, embers and rich red and black fruits, with a hint of leather. Strong on the palate, with a full, tannic flavour that is very well composed and would benefit from ageing in the bottle. A wine fo...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Muga F. Barrica 2014 Blanco
Muga| 2015-06-10 - 16.0

Straw colour. White fruit and grapefruit aromas followed by a crisp palate full of citrus character and a fine bitter edge with acidity leading to a long finish. A refreshing sip for the summer.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Muga 2014 Rosado
Muga| 2015-06-10 - 15.5

The Muga's grandfather was known as "Claretes Muga" (in Spanish "clarete" is the word used for a rosé made blending red and white grapes), so this wine fermented in 2,000-litre-oak vats keeps the family tradition alive. Salmon colour. Red fruits and ros...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Muga Crianza 2011 Tinto
Muga| 2014-05-10 - 16.0

Medium ruby colour. Pleasant ripe red fruit aromas with spicy notes (nutmeg) and a touch of leather. This is a medium-bodied yet consistent and flavorful red showing well-integrated tannins, some kirsch and a touch of leather on the finish. A textbook Ri...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Prado Enea Gran Reserva 2006 Tinto
Muga| 2015-06-10 - 18.0

The Muga family defines this wine as a "classic contemporary" meaning that it has evolved with the times without loosing its Gran Reserva character. Medium ruby colour with an orange rim. Complex and fine nose with lovely spiciness (cinnamon, tobacco, nu...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Torre Muga 2011 Tinto
Muga| 2015-06-10 - 17.5

Muga's modern approach to winemaking, Torre Muga's production reaches 20,000 to 40,000 bottles. This is a deep purple colour red displaying black fruit jam, roasted pepper and inky aromas with some mineral notes on the background. Fruit-driven, almost ex...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Roda Reserva 2009 Tinto
Roda| 2015-03-18 - 16.5

Medium ruby colour. This is a consistent and fruit-driven red with strawberry jam and fine wood (cream, cocoa) aromas and a balsamic background. It shows good balance and juiciness on the palate; tannins are perfectly integrated so it's already enjoyable...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Sela 2012 Tinto
Roda| 2015-10-14 - 15.5

Deep ruby colour. Oak is noticeable on the nose (vanilla, cocoa, spices) with red fruit jam notes on the background which lead towards seasoned fruit and licorice aromas. Savoury on the palate with bags of ripe red fruit and toasted notes (hazelnuts on ...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Sela 2013 Tinto
Roda| 2016-01-16 - 16.5

This may very well be the best vintage of Roda’s entry level red since it was first released in the 2008 vintage. It reflects the cool character of the 2013 harvest and delivers red fruit, spices and aromatic herbs. Savoury, crisp and fruit-driven; a d...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Luis Cañas Crianza 2011 Tinto
Luis Cañas| 2014-10-27 - 16.0

Deep ruby colour. Clean nose with ripe plums, blackberries and minty aromas that add complexity. Juicy and more structured than other Crianzas, it really fills the mid-palate. Even if oak is quite evident it has enough grip to integrate it in the coming ...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Amaren F. Barrica 2014 Blanco
Amaren| 2016-06-22 - 16.5

This white wine comes from 50+ year-old vines grown at the top of the vineyard slopes as it was traditional in Rioja. The elegant nose is a lovely mixture of fine smoky and aniseed aromas with a perfect balance between fruit and oak. A medium-bodied whit...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Amaren Tempranillo Garnacha Crianza 2012 Tinto
Amaren| 2016-11-28 - 15.5

Garnacha plays and interest role in this red. It is sourced from the villages of Villabuena and Leza in Rioja Alavesa and it helps to build a lively, expressive nose with cherries, blackberries and candy aromas. A fresh, supple and pleasant red and a cle...

6 Rioja
Priorat
Les Terrasses 2012 Tinto
Álvaro Palacios| 2014-03-11 - 16.5

Deep garnet with purple hue. Perfumed and fruity (violet, blueberry, rosemary). Medium-bodied, nice aromatic dimension, pleasant and supple.......

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Priorat
Gratallops Vi de la Vila 2012 Tinto
Álvaro Palacios| 2014-03-11 - 17.5

Light garnet colour. Evocative aromas of pomegranate, rosemary, thyme; an earthy note is a reminder of Priorat's schist soils, but this isn't heavy at all, as it fills the palate with aroma rather than weight. Nice supple texture and long finish. Definit...

6 Priorat
Priorat
Finca Dofí 2012 Tinto
Álvaro Palacios| 2014-03-11 - 18.0

Bright cherry. Lovely ripe red and black plums, with a clear earthy and mineral edge. A much lighter version compared to previous vintages, which included international grapes. Times are changing in Priorat and this Dofi is a perfect example of the new t...

6 Priorat
Priorat
L’Ermita 2012 Tinto
Álvaro Palacios| 2015-05-27 - 18.5

It’s been a long time since I last tasted L’Ermita but I finally had a chance at Espai Priorat. Despite having been decanted, it was rather closed even if it showed an array of aromas: aniseed, liquorice, red and black crisp fruit. Concentration and ...

6 Priorat
Priorat
Camins del Priorat 2015 Tinto
Álvaro Palacios| 2016-01-04 - 16.0

Despite the hot 2015 summer, winter snowfalls provided plenty of water that helped to have an easy harvest. This a straight-forward red, with blueberry and violet aromas. Really savoury, fruit-driven and pleasant to drink. A very gentle wine to experienc...

6 Priorat
Priorat
Les Terrasses 2014 Tinto
Álvaro Palacios| 0000-00-00 - 16.5

Still a fresh vintage following the style of 2013, this wine has been fermented in concrete and stainless steel tanks before aging in barrel for a year. Grapes are sourced from different villages in the area, all of them grown on schist soils. Deep ruby ...

6 Priorat
Priorat
Finca Dofí 2013 Tinto
Álvaro Palacios| 2016-11-18 - 18.5

Álvaro Palacios describes this wine as a Garnacha from warm soils (slate) and fresh exposure. Aside from being a cool, high-quality vintage in Priorat, 2013 brought concentration as coulure drastically reduced yields. Ruby colour with a purple rim. Cris...

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Bierzo
Pétalos del Bierzo 2012 Tinto
Descendientes de J. Palacios| 2014-03-11 - 15.0

Floral and rather herbaceous, this had just been bottled when I tasted it. The use of stems in the fermentation was quite noticeable and brought forward a rustic edge. The palate was good, though: small berries backed by supple tannins; pleasant to drink...

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Bierzo
Villa de Corullón 2012 Tinto
Descendientes de J. Palacios| 2014-03-11 - 17.0

Cherry colour with purple hue. Black and red fruits nicely ripened. I like the way stems work in this red. There's a beautiful herbaceous touch that adds complexity and freshness, and yet the wine is supple and captivating. Ricardo Palacios succeeds at e...

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Bierzo
Moncerbal 2012 Tinto
Descendientes de J. Palacios| 2014-03-11 - 17.5

A single-vineyard red coming from a shallow terrain on a bedrock of slate and quartzite cover. Purple cherry. Fruit-driven, very aromatic and with noticeable earthiness. Very deep and juicy; it's got the most earthy-mineral character of the range. A high...

6 Bierzo
Rioja
La Montesa Crianza 2011 Tinto
Palacios Remondo| 2014-09-14 - 16.0

Pale garnet. Floral and balsamic notes, quite sexy. Light on the palate, with red fruits notes and a soft texture. Lovely and really easy to drink. No doubt you'll finish the bottle. ......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Propiedad 2010 Tinto
Palacios Remondo| 2014-09-17 - 15.5

Medium to light ruby colour. Some complexity on the nose, red fruit preserve, balsamic notes, hints of charcoal and bay leaf. Medium-bodied, toasted oak and a saline finish. ......

6 Rioja
Rueda
José Pariente F. Barrica 2012 Blanco
José Pariente| 2014-10-16 - 16.5

Straw colour with greenish reflections. Intense, herb (fennel) aromas; lively and expressive. Very fresh and with well-defined fruit; it really fills the palate. You can hardly notice the oak as bigger barrels are standard in the winery these days. One o...

6 Rueda
Rueda
José Pariente Verdejo 2014 Blanco
José Pariente| 2015-05-23 - 16.5

Pale yellow straw colour. Grass and fresh fruit aromas (passion fruit, lychee, grapefruit zest). Fruit driven on the palate with crisp acidity, rich texture, and nice cleansing bitterness on the long finish. This is a very good vintage and a very express...

6 Rueda
Rueda
José Pariente Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Blanco
José Pariente| 2015-03-23 - 15.5

Straw yellow colour with a greenish rim. Citrus (grape fruit) and tropical (mango, kiwi) fruit on the nose followed by some sweetness on the palate combined with a bitter edge on the finish and lots of exotic fruit. ......

6 Rueda
Rueda
José Pariente Cuvée Especial 2013 Blanco
José Pariente| 2015-05-23 - 16.5

On the nose the wine is far more restrained than the winery’s young Verdejo although it feels more complex on the nose with peachy, white fruit and hay aromas. Savoury and with structure on the palate, it displays a marked briny/mineral character.......

6 Rueda
Rueda
José Pariente Verdejo 2015 Blanco
José Pariente| 2016-04-27 - 16.0

The severe drought conditions suffered in the area meant that 2015 was a small vintage, but this classic Verdejo offers a powerful nose with fennel and passion fruit aromas. Well-defined, almost explosive fruit on the palate with fresh citrus flavours (l...

6 Rueda
Rueda
José Pariente Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Blanco
José Pariente| 2016-04-27 - 15.5

Light lemon colour with a green rim. Ripe exotic fruit (passion fruit) and grass aromas are followed by a fresh, medium-bodied palate with some unctuousness and noticeable varietal notes.......

6 Rueda
Rueda
José Pariente Verdejo F. Barrica 2014 Blanco
José Pariente| 2016-04-26 - 16.5

Oak feels much more restrained than in past vintages. The wine is fermented and aged for six months in barrels plus an extra five months in stainless steel vats. Pale lemon colour. Somewhat closed on the nose but displaying finesse. Subtle smoked notes t...

6 Rueda
Rueda
José Pariente Cuvée Especial 2014 Blanco
José Pariente| 2016-04-27 - 17.0

Aged in egg-shaped concrete vats, this Verdejo is becoming one of the most interesting whites from José Pariente and is really outstanding in this vintage. Pale lemon colour. Fine nose with well-defined citrus character (lemon zest). It shows weight on ...

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Montilla-Moriles
Alvear Fino CB
Alvear| 2014-06-12 - 16.0

Pale straw. High intensity, toasted almonds, with a salty character. Unctuous on the palate, salty almonds again, toasted notes, persistent.......

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Montilla-Moriles
Alvear Fino en Rama 2008
Alvear| 2014-06-12 - 16.0

Pale straw. Medium intensity, subtle, salty and toasted notes on the nose, rather elegant. More intense on the palate, chalky texture, dry and distinctve. The vintage is stated on the label, which is uncommon in the fino category. "En rama" means that it...

6 Montilla-Moriles
Montilla-Moriles
Alvear Pedro Ximénez de Añada 2011
Alvear| 2014-06-12 - 16.5

Amber. Intense and distinctive notes of raisins, dried figs, honey and caramel. Full-bodied, intensely sweet and rich, this is almost a sticky wine made out of sun dried grapes usually harvested in August. In contrast to the traditional soleras, Alvear p...

6 Montilla-Moriles
Montilla-Moriles
Alvear PX Dulce Viejo 2000
Alvear| 2014-06-12 - 18.0

Dark and dense mahogany color. Complex and intense notes of roasted coffee, raisins, nuts, wooden furniture. It shows incredible density and weight on the palate but feels like velvet. Extremely long finish (preserve fruit, chocolate, nuts and almonds) t...

6 Montilla-Moriles
Montilla-Moriles
Alvear PX Solera 1830
Alvear| 2015-03-18 - 18.5

Almost black colour with a mahogany rim. This is an extremely old Solera form Alvear displaying amazing levels of concentration. A multi-layered PX which feels like pure essence of raisins, toffee, dark chocolate and hazelnut. Extremely rich and cloying ...

6 Montilla-Moriles
Montilla-Moriles
Alvear Pedro Ximénez de Añada 2013
Alvear| 2015-02-02 - 16.5

Intense amber in colour, the aroma of this wine features a fruity note that goes beyond raisin (dried apricot, compote, candied fruit), as well as featuring a hint of orange peel. Unctuous, thick and sweet on the palate, there is a trace of orange peel p...

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Montilla-Moriles
Fino Viejísimo Capataz Solera de la Casa
Alvear| 2016-10-27 - 17.0

Alvear’s renewed range of wines goes beyond the fabulous redesign of its packaging. The aging time of Fino Capataz has increased up to 12 years, almost on the verge of becoming an Amontillado. It is interesting to appreciate that Montilla's Finos reach...

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Montilla-Moriles
Amontillado Viejísimo Solera Fundación Generoso
Alvear| 2016-10-27 - 18.0

It seems to be a great moment for fortified wines in Spain. Alvear has fired on all cylinders with their new range of very old wines which perfectly complement their traditional ancient Soleras of sweet Pedro Ximénez. This Amontillado with over 50 years...

6 Montilla-Moriles
Montilla-Moriles
Abuelo Diego Palo Cortado Viejísimo Generoso
Alvear| 0206-10-27 - 18.0

The name Amontillado originated in Montilla-Moriles but Palo Cortado is a rare category in this wine region north of Jerez. Coming from a 50+ year old Solera, it is far more concentrated than the Amontillado. Incredibly complex nose with lots of spices (...

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Rioja
Marqués de Cáceres Reserva 2009 Tinto
Marqués de Cáceres| 2014-10-27 - 14.5

Medium ruby colour. Kirsch, preserved red fruit and dried fruit aromas. It is rather mature although it is lively on the palate. Savoury but with drying tannins on the finish.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Barón de Ley Varietales Garnacha 2011 Tinto
Barón de Ley| 2014-04-10 - 16.0

Medium garnet. Perfumed nose, strawberry and candy, rosemary. Very fresh, supple and pure, it reminds of a cool Atlantic breeze. Lots of balsamic notes and well-integrated tannins. ......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Finca Monasterio 2010 Tinto
Barón de Ley| 2014-04-10 - 16.5

Deep cherry colour, purple rim. Creamy oak, spicy and balsamic herbs. Fleshy and mouth-coating, the oak is noticeable but it displays good balance and potential. ......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Barón de Ley Varietales Maturana 2011 Tinto
Barón de Ley| 2014-04-10 - 15.5

Deep cherry colur, purple rim. Vibrant, spicy (black pepper) and balsamic on the nose. Good structure, ripe tannins and an eucalyptus finish. Could this be a new era in Rioja?......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Barón de Ley Varietales Tempranillo 2010 Tinto
Barón de Ley| 2014-04-10 - 16.0

High altitude (850 metres) Tempranillo grapes. Deep red cherry colour. Intensely balsamic (eucalyptus) nose, primary notes with a strong herbal character. Intense, vibrant palate and great acidity; a far cry from the average Tempranillo from Rioja.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Barón de Ley Varietales Graciano 2010 Tinto
Barón de Ley| 2014-04-10 - 16.0

Intense cherry colour. Strong herbal nose reflects great typicity. Good texture, well-integrated tannins. A fine, ready-to-drink Graciano. ......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Barón de Ley Reserva 2010 Tinto
Barón de Ley| 2014-04-10 - 15.5

Intense red cherry colour. Ripe black fruit, vanilla, with good fruit expression. It incorporates Maturana for the first time adding vibrancy to the blend. ......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Barón de Ley Gran Reserva 2007 Tinto
Barón de Ley| 2014-04-10 - 16.0

Red cherry colour. Ripe nose, balsamic herbs and spices (vanilla). Flavourful, supple and polished palate, pretty much in line with what is expected from this category. ......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Barón de Ley Tres Viñas Reserva 2009 Blanco
Barón de Ley| 2014-04-10 - 15.5

A new Rioja white to add to the increasing popularity of this type of wines in the region. Lemon colour. White fruit, butter and smoked notes on the nose. A rather elegant wine overall, although with overt wood notes on the palate.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Barón de Ley Varietales Graciano 2014 Tinto
Barón de Ley| 2016-10-05 - 16.0

A faithful example of the grape variety it is made from, this Graciano has distinctive herbaceous notes (thyme, eucalyptus) and bitter red fruit aromas followed by a vivacious, juicy palate. It’s pretty unusual to find young Gracianos which are as acce...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Glorioso Reserva 2009 Tinto
Bodegas Palacio| 2014-10-27 - 16.0

Deep ruby. Intense and well-defined on the nose: black fruit, liquorice, spices and balsamic nuances. Really flavorful with sweet fruit and a round texture that makes for a very pleasant sip. Perfectly balanced and great value.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Glorioso Crianza 2011 Tinto
Bodegas Palacio| 2014-10-27 - 15.0

Medium ruby. Clean nose with sweet strawberry aromas and fresh balsamic notes. There's plenty of sweet red fruit on the palate; tannins slightly marked on the finish but food will notably improve that feeling. This an easy to drink, everyday wine.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Cosme Palacio Crianza 2011 Tinto
Bodegas Palacio| 2014-10-27 - 16.5

Deep ruby with purple rim. Fresh black fruit (plum, bluberry) and a floral touch (violet). Intense and fruit-driven, great texture. Perfectly integrated oak and nicely balanced. Although it can be drunk now, there's a great potential ahead; I'd love to s...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Cosme Palacio Crianza 2012 Tinto
Bodegas Palacio| 2015-09-24 - 16.5

Deep ruby color with purple hue. Explosive aromatics in this Rioja, with intense, well defined red fruit and a pleasant minty background. Much fresher that you’d expect from the 2012 vintage in the area. The oak is hardly noticeable; instead expressive...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Cosme Palacio Crianza 2013 Tinto
Bodegas Palacio| 2016-10-06 - 16.5

Its new label reads “high altitude vineyards” so I was expecting a fresh style, which I indeed found, not least for the characteristics of the 2013 vintage in Rioja, which can be defined as Atlantic. Wild herbs and minty aromas evoking the landscape ...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Glorioso Reserva 2012 Tinto
Bodegas Palacio| 2016-10-06 - 16.0

Medium ruby colour. Spices (cinnamon), mint and red and black fruit (cherries) aromas and a medium-bodied palate. A balanced, great value Rioja with the right amount of fruit and oak. Suitable for all sorts of occasions.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Cosme Palacio Reserva 2012 Tinto
Bodegas Palacio| 2016-10-06 - 16.5

Grapes are sourced from +70-year-old vines planted on clay-limestone soils in the village of Laguardia. Deep ruby colour. Complex, elegant nose with ripe fruit, some graphite, fine oak and spices (clove). The palate is tasty and slightly minty with round...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Cosme Palacio 1894 2012 Tinto
Bodegas Palacio| 2016-10-06 - 17.0

Deep purple colour. This is a fruit-driven, energetic red wine with blackberries, liquorice and violet aromas. Lovely, vibrant palate with a well-defined expression of Tempranillo grown in Laguardia. Right now the fruit is dominant but it shows great pot...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Viña Pomal Crianza 2011 Tinto
Bodegas Bilbaínas| 2014-10-27 - 15.5

Medium ruby colour. Clean nose with preserved fruit and vanilla aromas. Medium-bodied, with fresh red fruit on the palate, well integrated oak and round tannins. This is a good Crianza indeed.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Viña Pomal Reserva 2009 Tinto
Bodegas Bilbaínas| 2014-10-27 - 15.0

Medium to light ruby. This is a mature wine with orange zest, leather and preserved fruit aromas. A little livelier on the palate, quite juicy but slightly drying tannins on the finish.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Bodegas Bilbaínas Garnacha 2010 Tinto
Bodegas Bilbaínas| 2014-07-24 - 15.5

Medium ruby colour. Well-ripened grapes (kirsch) and rather prominent wood notes. This is undoubtedly a wine with high quality fruit but perhaps it falls a little short in order to absorb all that oak.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Viña Pomal 106 Barricas Reserva 2010 Tinto
Bodegas Bilbaínas| 2014-01-30 - 16.5

This is a new release to mark 106 years of making Reservas at Bodegas Bilbaínas using a high quality vintage like 2010. Deep ruby colour. The nose shows a lovely Rioja character, with red and black fruits (blackberries), fine toasted notes, spices and a...

6 Rioja
Cava
Viña Pomal Blanc de Noirs Reserva 2013 Espumoso
Bodegas Bilbaínas| 2015-09-18 - 16.0

A brand new release by Bodegas Bilbaínas, the hundred-year-old winery based in Haro which boasts a long sparkling wine tradition with brands like Lumen and Royal Carlton. This pale coloured, fresh and vibrant blanc de noirs is made from Garnacha grapes....

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Rioja
Faustino V Reserva 2009 Tinto
Faustino| 2014-10-27 - 15.0

Ruby colour with tawny rim. Quite intense on the nose with balsamic nuances (bay leaves) and sweet spices (cinnamon). Balanced and well defined on the palate with a hint of leather. It drinks nicely right now.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Campillo Selecta Reserva 2007 Tinto
Campillo| 2014-10-27 - 16.5

Deep ruby colour. Complex and spicy with vanilla, cinnamon and aniseed aromas and good ripe fruit. This a fresh, juicy and well-defined red with firm tannins and a long finish. It perfectly reflects the racy and fresh 2007 vintage which should definitely...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Finca Valdepoleo 2012 Tinto
Pujanza| 2016-04-06 - 16.5

Medium ruby colour. 2012 was a hot vintage thus fruit comes in the form of black berries instead of the red fruit character which typically defines Carlos San Pedro’s reds. Moderate structure but juicy. Fresher than expected and mouth-watering palate l...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Pujanza Hado 2013 Tinto
Pujanza| 2016-04-06 - 15.5

Light to medium ruby colour. Red berries and fresh, herbal aromas on the nose are followed by a fresh, light palate with herbal notes reflecting a cool vintage. Nonetheless it is a juicy, easy-to-drink red.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Pujanza Norte 2013 Tinto
Pujanza| 2016-04-06 - 17.5

Medium ruby colour. Seductive and complex nose showcasing lots of ripe red fruit, fine spices (white pepper) and smoked notes. On the palate, grape skin flavours are followed by well-defined red fruit. One of the most serious and distinctive terroir-driv...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Pujanza Añadas Frías 2013 Blanco
Pujanza| 2016-04-06 - 17.0

As its name suggests, this white wine is only made in cool vintages. Fermentation starts in stainless steel tanks and ends in oak barrels where the wine rests for about 16 months. Lemon colour with a greenish rim. Somewhat closed on the attack with petro...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Cisma 2012 Tinto
Pujanza| 2015-04-06 - 18.0

This red wine comes from a vineyard with less than a hectare planted in 1925 on clay soils at 600 metres of altitude in Laguardia (Rioja Alavesa). It displays a hypnotic nose with red meat (roast beef), kirsch, blackberries and dried flower aromas. Deep ...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Pujanza Hado 2014 Tinto
Pujanza| 2016-11-28 - 16.0

Pujanza’s search for freshness in their reds is also evident in Hado, their entry-level wine. Lovely, crunchy red fruit followed by some floral and fresh herbal aromas. Fresh, juicy palate. Great value and a good choice for wine lovers who enjoy Atlant...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Finca Valdepoleo 2013 Tinto
Pujanza| 2017-11-28 - 16.5

Medium to light ruby colour reflecting a cool vintage in Rioja. The nose is very fresh, with delicate, floral notes, vibrant red fruit and herbal aromas. A medium-bodied red with little extraction but fresh and balanced. Rioja meets the Atlantic.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Lan A Mano 2010 Tinto
Bodegas Lan| 2014-10-27 - 16.5

Deep purple colour. Black fruit (blackberry, cherry) preserve, fine oak and quite elegant despite its high level of extraction. Intense and concentrated on the palate, this is a fruit-driven red with lots of acidity which will need some time to settle do...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Lan D-12 2011 Tinto
Bodegas Lan| 2014-10-27 - 16.0

Deep ruby colour. Concentrated black fruit, pencil lead, beef broth. Savoury as it enters the palate, rather warm later and showing some marked citrus acidity followed by an extremely clean finish. Feels like a mixed bag right now, but I'd love to retast...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Viña Lanciano Reserva 2010 Tinto
Bodegas Lan| 2015-03-03 - 16.0

This vintage year has been relaunched with a new label that puts more emphasis on its source at the Viña Lanciano estate. Dark ruby in colour, this wine has spiced, aromatic notes from the oak, as well as hints of aniseed. It is medium bodied, with lots...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Lan A Mano 2011 Tinto
Bodegas Lan| 2015-03-03 - 16.5

This wine comes from Viña Lanciano’s El Rincón vineyard and is called “a mano” (“by hand”) because it is not filtered or clarified. Intense ruby in colour, the wine has aromas of plum and liquorice, as well as roasted notes, with complexity, ...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Culmen Reserva 2010 Tinto
Bodegas Lan| 2015-03-03 - 17.0

Intense garnet in colour, this wine comes from the El Rincón vineyard on the Viña Lanciano estate. It features soft notes of aniseed and herbs, giving it complexity, with underlying aromas of ripe plum and spice (clove, bright tobacco, almond). Flavour...

6 Rioja
Ribera del Duero
Cruz de Alba Crianza 2013 Tinto
Cruz de Alba| 2015-11-30 - 15.5

Deep ruby colour. Clean, fruit-driven nose with ripe plum aromas. Oak notes dominate the palate, although it seems to have enough fruit to integrate the wood after some time in bottle.......

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Rioja
Ramón Bilbao 2015 Rosado
Ramón Bilbao| 2016-01-26 - 15.0

This is a 100% Garnacha sourced from the Alto Najerilla Valley, a traditional area for claretes (made by blending red and white grapes) in the Rioja appellation that is being rediscovered. Pale colour. A straight, fruity, dry wine with strawberry aromas ...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Ramón Bilbao Reserva 2011 Tinto
Ramón Bilbao| 2016-01-26 - 15.0

Garnet colour with orange rim. Kirsch, vanilla, cocoa and spices on the nose. Savoury but rather dominated by oak; tannins are noticeable.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Ramón Bilbao Viñedos de Altura 2013 Tinto
Ramón Bilbao| 2016-01-26 - 16.0

Original blend made with 50% Tempranillo and 50% Garnacha sourced from vineyards located 80km apart: Villalba in Rioja Alta and Tudelilla, in Rioja Baja lying at an altitude of 700 and 650 metres respectively. Ruby colour. Fresh, balsamic nose with pine ...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Ramón Bilbao Edición Limitada 2013 Tinto
Ramón Bilbao| 2016-01-26 - 16.5

A popular, great value wine. Bottles are still numbered even though production exceeds 250,000. Starting this vintage, it comes in Burgundy-shaped bottles. Deep ruby colour. Complex nose with cocoa, red fruit jam, toasted aromas and aniseed notes on the ...

6 Rioja
Rioja
Mirto 2011 Tinto
Ramón Bilbao| 2016-01-26 - 17.0

Due to be released in March-April 2016. This is single-varietal Tempranillo sourced from old vines grown in cool areas of Rioja Alta. Deep ruby colour with an orange rim. Fine, complex nose, showing cocoa, spices and lovely ripe red and black fruit aroma...

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Rías Baixas
Mar de Frades NV Espumoso
Mar de Frades| 2016-01-26 - 15.0

This was the first sparkling wine made from Albariño. Following the producer’s style it comes in a bright blue bottle. As it is the case with Cava, the second fermentation is done in the bottle but with barely nine months of aging the price seems a bi...

6 Rías Baixas
Rías Baixas
Mar de Frades 2015 Blanco
Mar de Frades| 2016-02-26 - 16.0

Medium gold colour. Pleasant nose with white fruit, lees and hey aromas. Vibrant palate with zesty acidity and citrus fruit. After the difficult and rainy 2014 vintage, 2015 is again a mouth-filling Albariño.......

6 Rías Baixas
Rías Baixas
Finca Valiñas 2014 Blanco
Mar de Frades| 2106-01-26 - 16.0

Half of the wine is fermented and aged in oak while the rest is fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged with its lees. Stone fruit, sugar syrup and quince aromas are followed by a savoury palate with some oak notes and syrupy fruit. Balanced and read...

6 Rías Baixas
Rioja
Valserrano Crianza 2011 Tinto
Viñedos y Bodegas de la Marquesa| 2014-10-27 - 14.5

Medium ruby colour. Balsamic and red fruit aromas. The fruit feels ripe on the palate giving off a warm sensation. A wine that reflects the hot and dry 2011 vintage.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Valserrano Finca Monteviejo 2010 Tinto
Viñedos y Bodegas de la Marquesa| 2014-10-27 - 17.0

Deep purple colour. Very deep and pure red fruit, violets and olive aromas. A fruit-driven red with noticeable but high-quality tannins. The wine feels rather closed at the moment but there's great stuff here. Just give it some time.......

6 Rioja
Rioja
Valserrano Garnacha 2009 Tinto
Viñedos y Bodegas de la Marquesa| 2014-07-24 - 15.0

Vivid ruby colour. Blackberry, strawberry, spices and new oak aromas. High levels of citrus acidity on the palate and some noticeable oak on the finish; slightly drying tannins in this vintage.......

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Rioja
Valserrano Gran Reserva 2008 Blanco
Viñedos y Bodegas de la Marquesa| 2015-04-21 - 16.5

Barrel-aged white Riojas deserve attention despite their small production. Wine lovers will be rewarded with diversity since almost each producer has his/her own style, like Valserrano, which goes for long aging times. This white wine displays distinctiv...

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Montsant
Altaroses 2012 Tinto
Joan d’Anguera| 2014-07-24 - 15.5

Medium garnet. Floral, talcum powder and red fruit aromas. Juicy and fresh on the palate, red fruits (syrup), there's clearly a chalky character and talc-like tannins that add character to the wine.......

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Montsant
Finca L Argatà 2012 Tinto
Joan d’Anguera| 2014-07-24 - 16.5

Medium to light ruby colour. Floral scented, ripe red fruit and sweet stone fruit, herbal infusion notes; very aromatic. Fresh on the palate, medium to light bodied, but with a grip on the aftertaste. This is a juicy, earthy red with a long salty finish....

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Vinos de Madrid
La Bruja Avería 2013 Tinto
Comando G Viticultores| 2014-05-12 - 15.5

Deep red colour with pale purple rim. Jellybeans, strawberry drops and herbs. Fruity, tasty and very easy to drink. ......

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Vinos de Madrid
Las Umbrías 2012 Tinto
Comando G Viticultores| 2014-05-12 - 16.0

Pale colour, resembling a rosé rather than a red. Grapes sourced from the Tiétar River Valley, 2 hours west of Madrid. It was slightly closed the day I tasted it, with more mineral than fruit notes. It requires time to open up. ......

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Castilla y León
Tumba del Rey Moro 2012 Tinto
Comando G Viticultores| 2014-05-12 - 17.5

From an extremely steep plot surrounded by trees high up on the Alberche River Valley, it shows exuberantly neat red fruit and oozes freshness. Firm and flavourful palate with great length that faithfully reflects the vineyard’s character.......

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Castilla y León
Rumbo al Norte 2012 Tinto
Comando G Viticultores| 2014-05-12 - 17.5

Vines planted in an extremely rocky plot at high altitude on the upper stretches of the Alto Alberche Valley, in the province of Ávila. Quite an Atlantic (cool, breezy, polished) rendering in terms of style, it shows herbal and spicy (green pepper) note...

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Castilla y León
El Tamboril 2012 Blanco
Comando G Viticultores| 2014-05-12 - 16.5

Sourced from some old vineyards in Navatalgordo (Alto Alberche Valley, in the province of Ávila. Bright lemon skin colour. White fruit and orange blossom aromas; intense and mineral on the palate, with citrus notes and good persistence.......

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Campo de Borja
Coto de Hayas Garnacha Centenaria 2012 Tinto
Bodegas Aragonesas| 2014-07-30 - 16.0

Dark cherry with purple rim. Expressive almond blossom aromas. Good structure on the palate, intense, oak smewhat present, but there are lots of dark plums and black tea notes to balance, fine-grained tannins.......

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Campo de Borja
Fagus de Coto de Hayas Selección Especial 2011 Tinto
Bodegas Aragonesas| 2014-07-30 - 17.0

Intense cherry colour, deep red rim. Very ripe plum aromas, mineral, truffle, tapenade and a faint floral/black plum whiff. Flavourful, creamy and somewhat warm on the palate but balanced by the acidity. Rich (peanut butter, treacle) finish. ......

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Campo de Borja
Aragonia 2010 Tinto
Bodegas Aragonesas| 2014-07-30 - 16.0

Deep cherry colour. Black plum, tar, toasted oak and a noticeable mineral (pencil lead) character. Powerful, structured and warm on the palate,supple and with very ripe fruit but not quite as expressive as Fagus. ......

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Campo de Borja
Borsao Selección 2013 Tinto
Borsao| 2014-07-30 - 16.0

Dark cherry. Clean nose, red and black plums and inky notes. Fresh and mouthcoating on the palate. Very well made; an excellent entry-level red with intense and lingering flavours of blackberries and plums.......

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Campo de Borja
Tres Picos Garnacha 2012 Tinto
Borsao| 2014-07-30 - 17.0

Deep cherry colour. Quite complex and expressive on the nose with black and red plums, white flowers and balsamic herbs. Flavourful and fresh on the palate, with great texture, richness, balance and well-integrated oak. No doubt it is the region's flagsh...

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Campo de Borja
Berola 2010 Tinto
Borsao| 2014-07-30 - 15.0

Black cherry colour with garnet rim. Plum preserve and sweet wood notes, good ripeness. Macerated grape skin notes on the palate, harsh tannins (at least for now). It needs bottling time.......

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Vinos de Madrid
Navaherreros 2011 Tinto
Bernabeleva| 2014-05-05 - 16.0

Bunches are fermented with their stems. Pale cherry. Floral and strawberry candy notes. Intense on the palate, with lots of red fruit and an earthy, salty character. You can taste terroir here at a very attractive price. ......

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Vinos de Madrid
Bernabeleva Arroyo de Tórtolas 2011 Tinto
Bernabeleva| 2014-05-05 - 16.5

This wine comes from a small plot with granitic soil and some iron traces. Garnet colour and pale red rim. Fruit preserve and a fresh herbal edge. Ripe fruit, fleshy and finely structured palate. A solid expression of Gredos mountains Garnacha which will...

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Vinos de Madrid
Bernabeleva Garnacha de Viña Bonita 2011 Tinto
Bernabeleva| 2014-05-05 - 17.0

One of the most singular plots of this winery (shallow granitic soil with high quartz content). Garnet with pale red rim, ripe black fruit and liquorice. Strong saline and mineral notes, firm tannins that need to be tamed. A somewhat extreme rendering bu...

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Vinos de Madrid
Navaherreros 2012 Tinto
Bernabeleva| 2015-11-04 - 16.0

This savoury, affordable Garnacha is a very good introduction to the renaissance of Gredos, north of Madrid. Medium ruby colour. Fragrant nose with talcum powder and red fruit notes (berries, pomegranate). This is a savoury red wine with considerable wei...

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Vinos de Madrid
Bernabeleva Arroyo de Tórtolas 2013 Tinto
Bernabeleva| 2015-11-04 - 17.0

This wine comes from an early ripening, north facing plot. Medium ruby colour. Red berry aromas on the attack developing towards aromatic herbs and talcum powder notes. A consistent, savoury Garnacha with round, fine tannins.......

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Vinos de Madrid
Cantocuerdas Albillo de Bernabeleva 2014 Blanco
Bernabeleva| 2015-11-04 - 16.5

Despite Garnacha being the most widely grown variety in Gredos, it’s worth exploring some of the rare whites made with indigenous Albillo grapes. Floral nose with citrus zest and very discreet oak. Medium-bodied with good volume and a distinctive unctu...

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Vinos de Madrid
Cantocuerdas Moscatel de Bernabeleva 2013 Blanco
Bernabeleva| 2015-12-15 - 16.5

This is a singular sweet wine. The grapes undergo fermentation until yeasts can work, so the outcome can vary notably form one vintage to another. Sweetness was really moderate in 2013, so this is an interesting choice to pair with cheeses and spicy food...

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Vinos de Madrid
Navaherreros 2013 Tinto
Bernabeleva| 2013-02-11 - 16.5

Light to medium ruby colour. Seductive, spicy nose with floral, orange zest, kirsch and cinnamon aromas. Fresh and juicy on the palate, with lots of red berries and Mediterranean herbs. This is a fresh red with a lovely texture and a bitter touch on the ...

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Vinos de Madrid
Navaherreros 2014 Blanco
Bernabeleva| 2016-02-11 - 16.0

Gold colour. Candied citrus fruit, lanolin, herbs and quince aromas are followed by a creamy, unctuous palate which define the Albillo variety. White fruit notes and persistent finish. A great introduction to the white wines from Gredos in Central Spain ...

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Calatayud
Baltasar Gracián El Político Garnacha 2013 Tinto
San Alejandro| 2014-07-30 - 16.0

Red cherry with purple hue. Red cherries, fresh herbs and floral notes. Very fresh and aromatic on the palate with a pleasant herbaceous touch, really expressive. Great value. ......

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Calatayud
Las Rocas de San Alejandro 2012 Tinto
San Alejandro| 2014-07-30 - 15.5

Lively garnet colour. Fragrant, delicate nose, floral (lavender). Flavourful and pleasant palate with red fruit and floral notes. Long finish. ......

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Calatayud
Clos de Baltasar Gracián Garnacha Nativa Edición Limitada 2011 Tinto
San Alejandro| 2014-07-30 - 15.5

Cherry colour with purple rim. Slightly closed nose with sun-drenched grape skins and mineral nuances. Sweet, juicy fruit on the palate, firm tannins, with more structure than the rest of the wines from this winery. Slightly warm but with some character....

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Rioja
Colección Vivanco Parcelas de Garnacha 2011 Tinto
Vivanco| 2014-07-24 - 17.0

Deep ruby colour. Well-ripened fruit but nervy and aromatic and fine toasted notes. This is a very intense, lively and juicy red. It feels firm and rather energetic right now but it's literally packed with fruit all the way towards a long finish. I'm sur...

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Rioja
Vivanco 2013 Blanco
Vivanco| 2014-05-20 - 15.0

Pale straw colour. Ripe white fruit on the nose finishing with scrub herb aromas. Fresh and tasty on the palate offering the same white fruit character. Both Viura and Malvasia are grown in Briones while the white Tempranillo comes from a 700-metre high ...

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Rioja
Vivanco Crianza 2010 Tinto
Vivanco| 2014-05-20 - 15.5

Medium ruby colour. This shows a classic and clean nose with vanilla and spicy aromas and a balsamic touch. Medium-bodied, balanced, fresh and vanilla flavour on the palate. Well-made, pleasant and unmistakably Rioja.......

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Rioja
Colección Vivanco Parcelas de Mazuelo 2011 Tinto
Vivanco| 2014-05-20 - 16.0

Deep purple colour. Concentrated and vivid fruit aromas (blackberry and plums), there's also a maceration character and creamy oak notes. Deep and balsamic on the palate. Although tannins are a bit earthy and coarse, this is an interesting and consistent...

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Rioja
Colección Vivanco Parcelas de Maturana 2011 Tinto
Vivanco| 2014-05-20 - 16.5

Deep purple colour. Floral, spicy and peppery notes on the nose. This red shows plenty of character and is quite different from what Rioja normally offers. Intense, ripe fruit on the palate, yet vivid. Tannins are polished so the wine can be enjoyed righ...

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Rioja
Colección Vivanco 4 Varietales 2012 Tinto
Vivanco| 2014-05-20 - 17.0

Deep ruby colour. Complex and elegant nose. Intense and lively on the palate thanks to the other grape varieties blended with Tempranillo. There's really and extra energy here. A perfectly built red with fine-grained tannins.......

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Rioja
Colección Vivanco 4 Varietales Dulce de Invierno 2011 Tinto
Vivanco| 2014-05-20 - 16.5

Mists form the Ebro river help to develop some botrytis in bunches that are harvested in late January. This is a naturally sweet wine with over 100 grs. of residual sugar. Amber ruby colour. Kirsch aromas. Good intensity on the palate, with toasted stem-...

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Rioja
La Maldita Garnacha 2016 Tinto
Vivanco| 2017-04-03 - 15.5

La Maldita Garnacha (literally “Damn Grenache”) is a new range of wines launched by Vivanco which includes this red, plus a white and a rosé, all 100% Garnacha. This collection was Vivanco’s answer to their American importer who was looking for a ...

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Priorat
Les Manyes 2011 Tinto
Terroir al Limit| 2014-09-18 - 17.5

Deep cherry colour. Complex and structured, with ink, white flowers, sweet spices and Mediterranean forest (thyme) aromas. Expressive and complex palate with fleshy fruit, firm tannins (it is fermented with stems) and intensely aromatic on the finish. A ...

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Priorat
Terra de Cuques 2013 Blanco
Terroir al Limit| 2015-05-27 - 16.5

Muscat leaves its mark on the nose (fresh grapes, sweet fruit, herbs), but the wine feels crisp, with delicious citrus and chalky notes on the palate. Pretty unusual for Priorat but pleasant and worth trying.......

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Priorat
Torroja Vi de la Vila 2013 Tinto
Terroir al Limit| 2015-05-27 - 16.0

Medium ruby colour. A bit reduced at the beginning, it benefits from some airing. Fresh red fruit with balsamic and herbaceous aromas coming from the stems which are used in fermentation. More mineral (earthy) than fruit-driven on the palate. Tannins are...

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Priorat
Pedra de Guix 2012 Blanco
Terroir al Limit| 2015-05-27 - 17.0

Very fresh nose with grapefruit and Mediterranean herb aromas. There’s a marked citrus note on the palate which contrast with the usual style in the area. This is a well-defined, mineral, long wine. Terroir al Limit is best known for its reds but I fou...

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Priorat
Les Manyes 2012 Tinto
Terroir al Limit| 2015-05-27 - 17.5

Terroir al Limit pioneered single varietal Garnachas from soils other than schist. This wine comes from one of the highest, clay-soils vineyards in the appellation right on the Montsant mountain. Les Manyes is an evocative red full of Mediterranean chara...