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The view from London on the secondary market for Spanish wine

Anna Harris-Noble | May 11th, 2024

As Spain increases its presence in the Liv-Ex index and La Place de Bordeaux, wine investment companies and auction houses in the United Kingdom share their views on the secondary market for Spanish wine.

UK 2024-05-11 06:05:01


"The natural wine category has become a caricature of itself"

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | February 19th, 2024

We publish an in-depth interview with Pascaline Lepeltier, one of the world's leading sommeliers. She talks to SWL about wine, of course, but also about philosophy and the role of this drink in our surroundings and in our lives.

Insights 2024-02-19 09:02:04


Richard Bigg: “I’d love people to understand that Cava is better than Prosecco”

Anna Harris-Noble | October 16th, 2023

We interview the founder of Camino, a series of award-winning Spanish restaurants across London. His latest venture is the UK’s first bar dedicated exclusively to Rioja.

UK 2023-10-16 07:10:47


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


“Spain offers great value for money at every level”

Anna Harris-Noble | September 20th, 2022

We talk to Pierre Mansour, The Wine Society's wine director and Spanish buyer since 2008. The Wine Society is the oldest wine club in the world and a true institution in the UK with over 180,000 members.

UK 2022-09-20 11:09:05


From Cava to Quebec, the changing landscape of Spanish wine in Canada

Tom Firth | April 19th, 2022

This huge country, where various monopolies manage the import and sale of wine, offers opportunities for Spanish wine, although its reputation as a good value product can also be a double-edged sword.

Canada 2022-04-19 04:04:45


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


Spanish wine pays the price of Brexit

Mónica R. Goya | October 26th, 2021

The cost of exporting wine to the UK is now more expensive as a result of the delays at the border and the extra paperwork generated by the country's departure from the European Union. Importers and restaurateurs tell us about their experience.

UK 2021-10-26 08:10:25


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


How is the Spanish wine revolution viewed in the UK?

Anna Harris-Noble | February 20th, 2020

With the second edition of the ground-breaking Viñateros trade tasting in London next week, we have asked Jancis Robinson MW, Tim Atkin MW and Jamie Goode whether they think there really is a revolution underway in Spanish vineyards.

UK 2020-02-20 11:02:55


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


Five Spaniards share their somm life experiences in London

Mónica R. Goya | September 10th, 2019

Regardless of Brexit, it was the dynamic pace of life in London and the opportunity to focus their career on wine rather than having to combine it with front of house tasks that led these professionals to move to the UK.

UK 2019-09-10 09:09:30


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


Where to drink Spanish wine in London

Mónica R. Goya | April 16th, 2019

French wines dominate wine lists in the bars and restaurants that care about wine in the British capital, but Spain’s fine wines are gradually gaining ground, both in Spanish and international restaurants.

UK 2019-04-16 09:04:11


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


What could Brexit mean for Spanish wine?

Mónica R. Goya | January 15th, 2019

Wine is a very popular drink in the United Kingdom, therefore Brexit-induced anxiety felt across the industry comes as no surprise. What is going to happen in one of the world’s most relevant wine markets? And how will it affect Spanish wine?

UK 2019-01-15 09:01:51


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


Five MWs share their views on Spanish wines

Amaya Cervera | July 25th, 2018

The latest MW symposium held in June in Logroño brought together the largest concentration of Master of Wine ever seen in Spain. It was the perfect opportunity to find out their thoughts on Spanish wines.

Insights 2018-07-25 08:07:55


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


Adding value to Spain’s bulk wine

Cruz Liljegren | March 13th, 2018

As member of the jury at the International Bulk Wine Competition, Barcelona-based broker and SWL contributor Cruz Liljegren ponders how to add value to Spain’s bulk wines, currently the cheapest worldwide.

Europe 2018-03-13 10:03:33


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 wines in Germany’s Michelin-starred restaurants

Ana Margareto | June 26th, 2017

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.

Germany 2017-06-26 10:06:33


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


UK importers on the challenges facing terroir-driven Spanish wines

Amaya Cervera | March 8th, 2017

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.

UK 2017-03-08 08:03:17


Spanish wine struggles to leave its mark in Amsterdam

Cruz Liljegren | January 30th, 2017

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.

Netherlands 2017-01-30 07:01:29


Drinking Spanish wines in Vienna

Ana Margareto | December 27th, 2016

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.

Austria 2016-12-27 10:12:25


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


Finland still remains a tiny market for Spanish wines

Cruz Liljegren | October 11th, 2016

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.

Finland 2016-10-11 09:10:44


Top places to enjoy Spanish wines in Frankfurt

Ana Margareto | August 30th, 2016

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.

Germany 2016-08-30 10:08:55


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


The sweet secret of selling organic wine in Sweden

Cruz Liljegren | June 15th, 2016

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.

Sweden 2016-06-15 10:06:39


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


Copenhagen champions natural wines from Spain

Cruz Liljegren | March 7th, 2016

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

Denmark 2016-03-07 11:03:31


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


Spanish wines in Switzerland rise in quality

Sue Style | January 11th, 2016

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.

Switzerland 2016-01-11 10:01:20


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


Spanish wines gain ground in Oslo

Cruz Liljegren | October 5th, 2015

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.

Norway 2015-10-05 10:10:20


Moscow remains a challenge for Spanish wines

Anna Kukulina | September 8th, 2015

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.

Russia 2015-09-08 09:09:44


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


Spanish wine and Chinese food make a perfect match

Pedro Ballesteros MW | June 18th, 2015

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.

China 2015-06-18 08:06:01


Stockholm rekindles its love for Spanish wine

Cruz Liljegren | May 21st, 2015

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”

Sweden 2015-05-21 10:05:01


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


The London tapas explosion

Ricard Giner | March 24th, 2015

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.

UK 2015-03-24 01:03:59


Tokyo embraces Spanish regional gastronomy

Gonzalo Robledo | February 24th, 2015

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.

Japan 2015-02-24 07:02:36


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 look cool in London's hipster hangouts

Elisa Errea | January 21st, 2015

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.

UK 2015-01-21 08:01:39


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


Spanish wines are a click away from European wine lovers

Amaya Cervera | November 19th, 2014

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.

Europe 2014-11-19 09:11:22


Sherry lovers in Japan take to the art of venencia

Gonzalo Robledo | November 11th, 2014

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.

Japan 2014-11-11 09:11:36


Spanish wines down under

Elisa Errea | October 28th, 2014

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.

Australia 2014-10-28 10:10:06


Shopping for Spanish wine in México City

Maite Corsín | October 20th, 2014

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.

Mexico 2014-10-20 10:10:33


Top 10 apps for Spanish wine (and II)

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | September 25th, 2014

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.

Technology 2014-09-25 03:09:14


Top 10 apps for Spanish wines (I)

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | September 15th, 2014

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.

Technology 2014-09-15 05:09:21


Spanish wines in Brussels

Pedro Ballesteros MW | August 23rd, 2014

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.

Belgium 2014-08-23 02:08:30


A wine epiphany

Ricard Giner | August 21st, 2014

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.

UK 2014-08-21 01:08:14


Spanish wines in the heart of Tokyo

Gonzalo Robledo | August 19th, 2014

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.

Japan 2014-08-19 10:08:45