This year’s summer was one of the hottest on record, which for many people represented the perfect excuse to drink refreshing white wines, such as Rieslings from Germany, Chardonnays from Burgundy, Chenin Blancs from the Loire, Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand and Bordeaux, and many others. But when it comes to Spanish wines, what region is the go-to place for the best whites? In previous … Continue reading What region of Spain makes the best White Wines?
If you ask any wine professional or enthusiast about the Spanish region they know most about, 9 out of 10 would probably mention Rioja, historically considered the gold standard of Spanish red wine. The relatively small (66,000 hectares or 160,000 acres) region of Rioja has a long tradition of quality winemaking – which started with the arrival of Bordelais producers fleeing the phylloxera epidemic in … Continue reading Rioja: Four Exciting Trends to look out for
A growing number of exciting rosé wines (“vinos rosados”) are coming from Spain. Nowadays, Spain not only produces fresh, simple, fruity rosés for summer but also a new wave of serious, gastronomic vinos rosados with the capacity to gain complexity with bottle age. Spain is the world’s second-largest producer (5.5m hl) and the leading exporter of rosé wines, and it has a centuries-old tradition crafting … Continue reading The Rise of Spanish Rosé
Spanish wines are undergoing a Renassaince, fueled by a newly-found self-belief in the unique combination of their land, their grapes, and the traditional know-how of their people across generations.Up to the recent past, Spanish winemakers always looked up to France as the gold standard and noticed how Italians used their deft marketing skills to build the image of Italian wine worldwide. During the last few … Continue reading Spanish Winemakers are embracing old traditions
Spain is a country of great diversity, as evidenced by its multiple languages, landscapes, customs, food, and, of course, wines. As discussed in a previous blog, Spain is going through a revolution in its vine-growing and winemaking practices. Producers are rediscovering indigenous grape varieties, regions, and forgotten vineyards, which is expanding the already rich list of different styles. From the point of view of the serious wine … Continue reading Must-have Spanish Wines for your cellar
I’ve been a fan of Spanish wines for quite some time. I admire the long winemaking tradition, wide diversity of regions and grapes and a large number of unique styles – from ethereal finos and manzanillas, elegant mature Riojas and bold and muscular Riberas del Duero. Overall, they represent great values in the market across all price points. During the last few years, there’s been … Continue reading Four exciting trends in Spanish wine
I’m a fan of tradition and deeply admire regions and people who do their best to preserve them from generation to generation. When first learning about wine, I came across a bottle of 1998 Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia Reserva and was totally impressed by the combination of freshness and complexity with unique signature aromas of tobacco, dill and damp earth. Lopez de Heredia is … Continue reading Rioja: As Old School as it gets