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Celebrating 25 years in Corullón and tasting en primeur with Álvaro Palacios

Amaya Cervera | March 26th, 2024

As well as celebrating a quarter of a century with his nephew Ricardo Pérez in Bierzo, the en primeur tasting of Álvaro Palacios' 2023 wines was also an opportunity to introduce his daughter Lola and to present two new single-vineyard reds.

Recommended wines 2024-03-26 09:03:26

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Eight reds, a rosé and a ‘clarete’ to try in 2024

Amaya Cervera | January 23rd, 2024

Following last week’s compilation of white releases, it is now the turn for reds. Join us on a journey through Rioja, Bierzo, Ribera del Duero and several other regions in Castilla y Léon and Catalonia.

Recommended wines 2024-01-23 11:01:10

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Whites to taste in 2024 plus a sparkling and a sweet wine

Amaya Cervera | January 15th, 2024

This is the first of a two-part series featuring a selection of wines that we think are interesting and that are setting or reinforcing trends in their respective fields. This part includes white wines, a sparkling and a sweet wine.

Recommended wines 2024-01-15 03:01:13

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Bubbles of joy: a selection of 15 Cavas to enjoy all year round

Amaya Cervera | December 12th, 2023

The two exciting days of presentations, tastings and visits we spent last month at the Cava Meeting have allowed us to compile a selection of our favourite bubbly from a wide range of styles and grape varieties.

Recommended wines 2023-12-12 04:12:44

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The Garnacha landscapes of Navarra

Amaya Cervera | November 14th, 2023

In our second article on Garnacha from Navarra, we look at the main areas where it is grown, the different expressions of the variety and the most interesting wines we have found in each of them.

Recommended wines 2023-11-14 10:11:32

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New red releases to try in 2023

Amaya Cervera | May 22nd, 2023

As promised, we have compiled a list of new red wines that have stood out in our recent tastings. Unlike our previous selection of whites and sweet wines, the retail prices are considerably more varied here.

Recommended wines 2023-05-22 03:05:17

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New white and sweet releases in 2023

Amaya Cervera | March 27th, 2023

We have compiled a list of new releases that have stood out in our tastings over the last few weeks. We are starting with white and sweet wines and we will be looking at reds on a future article.

Recommended wines 2023-03-27 03:03:27

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New year, new bubbly

Amaya Cervera | December 27th, 2022

The sparkling wine scene is evolving rapidly in Spain. The number of bottles is generally small, but there is more and more to choose from beyond Cava and the producers who left this DO.

Recommended wines 2022-12-27 12:12:57

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Wines to enjoy in 2022 (and III): bubbles and generosos from southern Spain

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | July 25th, 2022

This is is the third and last article in our series of wines to try in 2022. We hope that this selection helps you to discover new producers or wines and that you enjoy the stories behind them.

Recommended wines 2022-07-25 12:07:52

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Red wines -plus a couple of rosés- to enjoy throughout 2022

Amaya Cervera | July 12th, 2022

With so many wine fairs, tastings and presentations in the second quarter of 2022, we were unable to write about many interesting wines that we have tried in recent months. This is why we have decided to focus on them this month.

Recommended wines 2022-07-12 08:07:11

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El Rapolao: Raúl Pérez builds a grand cru in Bierzo

Amaya Cervera | November 16th, 2021

El Rapolao is Spain’s first, ambitious attempt to capture the essence of an individual site from the perspective of different producers. Renowned winemaker Raúl Pérez conducted a tasting of seven of them at the second edition of the Duero Wine Fest.

Recommended wines 2021-11-16 05:11:20

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Spanish wines for Pinot Noir lovers

Álvaro Ribalta | October 12th, 2021

There are very few places in Spain where Pinot Noir can thrive, but some regions and grape varieties can provide a style of wines comparable with those made from Burgundy's legendary grape. Álvaro Ribalta MW has a list.

Recommended wines 2021-10-12 07:10:27

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More assorted tastings: Murcia, Rioja, Catalonia and olive oil aged in Sherry butts

Amaya Cervera | April 27th, 2021

The second part of our spring tastings features an original potpourri of wines: Monastrell from Murcia, a 1997 Remírez de Ganuza, some Catalan wines that recall episodes of the Spanish Civil War and an extra virgin olive oil aged in sherry butts.

Recommended wines 2021-04-27 05:04:20

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A motley selection of wines to welcome the spring

Amaya Cervera | April 20th, 2021

In the past weeks we have taken part in some interesting tastings which deserve to be reported in more detail than just a few words on our social media. We have published our impressions in two pieces arranged in chronological order.

Recommended wines 2021-04-20 04:04:31

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#CarpeDiemWine: is it time to uncork special bottles?

Amaya Cervera | November 11th, 2020

Thinking of wine lovers who wonder whether they should keep waiting to open some "precious bottles" in these uncertain times, SWL has compiled some joyful experiences with old vintages that we had the chance to taste in recent months.

Recommended wines 2020-11-11 07:11:52

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Txakoli: a guide to producers and wines

Amaya Cervera | October 20th, 2020

Who is who in the world of txakoli? We have profiled the producers we visited this past summer in the three Basque provinces plus a few others committed to sustainable or organic viticulture whose wines we had the chance to try.

Recommended wines 2020-10-20 10:10:29

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15 Spanish wines to mark the end of the lockdown

Amaya Cervera | June 16th, 2020

We say good-bye to the lockdown with 15 affordable, easy to drink wines that we think are particularly appealing to enjoy at this time of the year. As always, our choices are meant to cover a wide range of origins and styles.

Recommended wines 2020-06-16 12:06:52

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15 smart buys to enjoy throughout 2020

Amaya Cervera | January 21st, 2020

It is that time of the year again when most publications lists their best value wines. We are really lucky to have so many to choose from in Spain. Just check out this combination of classical labels, adventurous styles and new, little known names.

Recommended wines 2020-01-21 06:01:25

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New releases to try this Christmas

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | December 17th, 2019

What are you planning to drink this Christmas, wine lovers? We recommend allocating part of your budget to try these wines -most of them have been released in 2019; others simply deserve more attention.

Recommended wines 2019-12-17 07:12:17

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A green cloak and nine unique bottles

Amaya Cervera | June 9th, 2019

Last Tuesday I had the honour of being named Guardián del Vino (Guardian of Wine) together with several other wine professionals at Fevino wine fair in Ferrol (Galicia) where I also had the chance to taste some wonderful wines.

Recommended wines 2019-06-09 07:06:19

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Fifteen Spanish wines to welcome spring

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | March 19th, 2019

The end of the winter has been really mild across Spain so we are almost in the mood for summer. Right now, we feel like fresh, easy-to-drink light wines, yet we want them to be good, exciting and original. Are we asking too much?

Recommended wines 2019-03-19 10:03:24

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Twenty unforgettable wines we tasted at Vinoble

Amaya Cervera | June 12th, 2018

If there’s a wine fair in Spain that wine geeks feel drawn to, it is Vinoble in Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz). In early June and under the blue Andalusian skies, SWL attended this great stage for sweet, fortified and other special wines.

Recommended wines 2018-06-12 10:06:29

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Ten Spanish wines to try in 2018

Amaya Cervera | April 9th, 2018

Here is a selection of wines showing the wide diversity of styles we have in Spain. Different regions, grape varieties and styles —all of them are worth trying and have an interesting story behind them.

Recommended wines 2018-04-09 11:04:44

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Único 2006 recoups the essence of Vega Sicilia

Amaya Cervera | February 12th, 2018

We have been pleasantly surprised by Vega Sicilia Único’s latest vintage in the market. To explain our excitement for this 2006, we examine the house’s recent releases — unusually, they haven’t followed the usual time sequence.

Recommended wines 2018-02-12 12:02:40

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Seven great value reds from southeast Spain

Amaya Cervera | January 16th, 2018

With Christmas now behind us, it’s time to come back down to earth and do a reality check. In the world of wine that means affordable choices, so this year we bring a list of wines from southeastern Spain, an excellent source of great value reds.

Recommended wines 2018-01-16 06:01:19

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International experts choose their top Spanish wines

Amaya Cervera | December 19th, 2017

We have asked some leading wine experts from various countries around the world to reveal which Spanish wines have surprised them this year. They had total freedom to choose style, price and region and these are their answers.

Recommended wines 2017-12-19 08:12:14

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Ten smart buys that reflect Rioja’s amazing diversity

Amaya Cervera | October 18th, 2017

Rioja is arguably the most prestigious and mature wine producing region in Spain but its diversity of style never ceases to surprise. We reveal 10 great buys that caught our attention during our last trip to the area.

Recommended wines 2017-10-18 08:10:39

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The increasing diversity of reds in Priorat

Amaya Cervera | June 20th, 2017

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.

Recommended wines 2017-06-20 08:06:19

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Priorat whites: a tiny but appealing category

Amaya Cervera | June 6th, 2017

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

Recommended wines 2017-06-06 01:06:11

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Sherry Festival in San Sebastián: Our top 10 wines

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | May 16th, 2017

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

Recommended wines 2017-05-16 10:05:32

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Eight red wines under eight euros

Amaya Cervera | January 17th, 2017

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.

Recommended wines 2017-01-17 09:01:48

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Five top Riojas to enjoy this Christmas –plus a few affordable alternatives

Amaya Cervera | December 20th, 2016

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.

Recommended wines 2016-12-20 10:12:59

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Spanish somms reveal their favourite summer wines

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | August 5th, 2016

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.

Recommended wines 2016-08-05 09:08:51

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Spanish talent blends in with the world's wines

Amaya Cervera | December 29th, 2015

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.

Recommended wines 2015-12-29 11:12:01

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Spain’s best somms reveal their top Christmas wines

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | December 9th, 2015

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.

Recommended wines 2015-12-09 10:12:24