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Christy Canterbury MW: “I have never, ever met someone who doesn’t like Albariño”

Amaya Cervera | September 24th, 2023

In our pursuit of fresh views on how Spanish wines fare in key markets, we spoke to an experienced American MW. She is not a Spanish specialist, but she has extensive knowledge of its main competitors.

USA 2023-09-24 05:09:03


Doug Frost: “Spain still has the advantage of its amazing diversity”

Bill Ward | May 16th, 2023

Master Sommelier and Master of Wine, this multi-talented man talks about the evolution of Spanish wines in the US and the enormous potential of many varieties and regions of Spain that are still unknown.

USA 2023-05-16 12:05:10


Solomon’s seal: Spanish wines with authenticity

Bill Ward | February 21st, 2023

Eric Solomon, the owner of European Cellars, imports into the US some of Spain’s most recognized brands such as Clos Erasmus or Comando G. He talks to Bill Ward about the present and future of Spanish wine.

USA 2023-02-21 05:02:48


Chef Katie Button: “The diversity of wines in Spain is just amazing”

Bill Ward | January 18th, 2022

The owner of the Cúrate group met her Catalan husband while working at Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli restaurant and now they run a thriving business in the US focused on Spanish food and wine. Our correspondent Bill Ward interviews them.

USA 2022-01-18 12:01:30


Restaurant renaissance should boost Spanish wines

Bill Ward | September 14th, 2021

With the pandemic receding across the land, Americans are, more than ever, into sharing. This is good news for the Spanish wine world, as small plates and by-the-glass offerings continue their pre-Covid ascendency.

USA 2021-09-14 09:09:40


Brighter outlook for Spanish wines but challenges remain

Bill Ward | April 13th, 2021

Producers, wine merchants and consumers breathe a big sigh of relief as US and EU officials pause tariffs on wines but the road ahead is far from being free of obstacles for the country’s wines.

USA 2021-04-13 07:04:44


Rioja and American oak: a slightly fading but still solid alliance

Bill Ward | July 13th, 2020

It has been a marriage made in vinous heaven: red Spanish grapes and American oak. Even today, venerable Rioja wineries such a R. López de Heredia and La Rioja Alta are deeply committed to barrels crafted from the white oak trees found in the US.

USA 2020-07-13 07:07:13


US businesses scramble to minimize tariff effects on Spanish wines

Bill Ward | March 11th, 2020

Small wineries and distributors are likely to be hurt the most by the 25% tariffs on some European wines, and medium-priced wines ($15 to $25) will take the biggest hits, say distributors and restaurateurs.

USA 2020-03-11 09:03:35


André Tamers on the progress of Spanish wine in the US

Amaya Cervera | October 22nd, 2019

Based in North Carolina, Tamers shares with us his experience selling Spanish wines in the US, the styles that will prevail in the 21st century and his thoughts on the new tariffs imposed by Donald Trump last week.

USA 2019-10-22 07:10:02


What do critics really value in Spanish wine?

Bill Ward | June 17th, 2019

They get to taste and review thousands of wines every year, yet it’s the quality, not the quantity, that drives Joshua Greene (Wine & Spirits), Michael Schachner (Wine Enthusiast), Josh Raynolds (Vinous) and Luis Gutiérrez (The Wine Advocate).

USA 2019-06-17 10:06:46


US consumers flock to Spain's enduring mainstays

Bill Ward | February 19th, 2019

Brand loyalty is built largely around buyers knowing that they can count on quality with every purchase. But that is not the only attribute to convince American wine enthusiasts to embrace premium Spanish wines.

USA 2019-02-19 07:02:46


Spanish wines break through the glass ceiling

Bill Ward | October 16th, 2018

A window into US enjoyment of Spanish wines does not contain glass. Boxed-wine options are rising steadily, but it’s larger and smaller vessels that are arguably the hottest options these days.

USA 2018-10-16 12:10:37


Spanish vermouth finds a sweet spot in America

Bill Ward | May 29th, 2018

Vermouth is gaining ground as the drink of choice among many Americans, who come back from their travels across Spain willing to reprise those experiences at home.

USA 2018-05-29 08:05:05


Selling Spanish wine in the US: It’s the “back story”, stupid

Bill Ward | January 23rd, 2018

Bill Ward asks US retailers and restaurateurs which Spanish wines’ “back stories” have proven enticing or enchanting to their customers.

USA 2018-01-23 10:01:56


Spanish reds for the American autumn

Bill Ward | October 24th, 2017

As the weather cools, Americans’ appetite for Spain’s red wines warms up. From coast to coast, retailers and restaurateurs see an uptick in sales of not just Riojas but also an increasingly diverse selection of Spanish reds.

USA 2017-10-24 12:10:11


Cava brings a sparkle to the US craft-cocktail movement

Bill Ward | July 26th, 2017

From Florida to California, mixed drinks containing Cava are a hot item. Mixmasters not only are finding it an affordable substitute for Champagne in staples like Mimosas, they also are making complicated cocktails that are finding favor with consumers.

USA 2017-07-26 09:07:14


Spanish grapes find a home in US vineyards

Bill Ward | April 11th, 2017

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.

USA 2017-04-11 10:04:51


Are Spanish wines a good match for Americans’ favorite foods?

Bill Ward | November 15th, 2016

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.

USA 2016-11-15 08:11:45


Stellar Spanish wine lists in the US destination cities

Bill Ward | July 12th, 2016

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. 

USA 2016-07-12 11:07:04


What next for Spanish whites after the rise and fall of Albariño?

Bill Ward | April 26th, 2016

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.

USA 2016-04-26 09:04:19


US importers seek out genuine Spanish producers

Lucas Payá | April 11th, 2016

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?

USA 2016-04-11 08:04:05


Millennials place 'value' on Spanish wine explorations

Bill Ward | February 9th, 2016

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.

USA 2016-02-09 10:02:01


US wholesalers warm up to Spanish wines

Lucas Payá | November 24th, 2015

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.

USA 2015-11-24 09:11:27


US importers who champion Spanish wines

Lucas Payá | October 20th, 2015

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.

USA 2015-10-20 09:10:58


Sangria gets a full makeover in the US

Bill Ward | July 16th, 2015

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.

USA 2015-07-16 08:07:53


America’s west coast opens up to new Spanish wines

Bill Ward | April 14th, 2015

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.

USA 2015-04-14 09:04:30


Sherry cocktails causing a stir in Manhattan and beyond

Bill Ward | February 10th, 2015

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

USA 2015-02-10 07:02:17


Spanish wines in Washington

Lucas Payá | December 23rd, 2014

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.

USA 2014-12-23 12:12:53


Adventurous US consumers seek out Spanish wines

Bill Ward | December 5th, 2014

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.

USA 2014-12-05 09:12:36