Spanish Wines

The tale of two Reservas: Rioja vs. Ribera del Duero

by  |  23-11-2022

Such an article could have easily been titled, “I drank these two supermarket Tempranillos so you didn’t have to” but in all fairness maybe one or the other of these two wines is actually very... more »
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DOP Cebreros hits a noteworthy milestone

by  |  28-10-2022

Most regions in Spain celebrate the end of the harvest with a deep exhalation and a press release celebrating the quality level (always Very Good or Excellent). There is also usually a smaller note about... more »

Sherry gets its newness made official

by  |  24-10-2022

There exists something of a "reg lag" when it comes to changes to European wine region laws. Folks in the wine community will often hear quite big changes announced and it seems that all is... more »

Two very, very different Valdemars

by  |  17-10-2022

Indeed, they’re not truly on opposite ends of the world. Oion in the Rioja region of Spain, and Walla Walla in the state of Washington in the United States are but a “mere” 8,500km from... more »

Coffee and vines and everything changing

by  |  13-10-2022

For those who’ve not been, Galicia is hand’s down, the wettest region in all of Spain. They have average rainfall running from 800mm in the driest areas all the way up to 2,200mm for those... more »

A new Rioja Viñedo Singular… that’s sparkling?

by  |  14-09-2022

Bodegas Valdemar in the village of Oyón in Rioja, Spain have released, “Finca Alto Cantabria Gran Añada” which is the first sparkling wine in the region to be produced with the new single-vineyard, or Viñedo... more »

Food Through Wine: Córdoba, Spain

by  |  12-09-2022

A regular series that reviews dining through the lens of wine. It was something of an ominous statement by my brother in-law that I would “eat very well” on my trip to Córdoba and Montilla-Moriles.... more »

Torres grows in Galicia

by  |  05-09-2022

The winemaking family Torres doesn’t seem to do anything small and has recently announced that they’ve purchased Bodegas Valdamor in Rías Baixas, Galicia, Spain, a 3,000 square meter facility that will allow greater expansion of... more »

The wines of Montilla-Moriles 2022

by  |  31-08-2022

At the beginning of June, I boarded a highspeed AVE train down to Córdoba in Andalucía, Spain. It was a trip of 4.5 hours (vs the 8.5 it would take to drive) but my fingers... more »

The 2022 vintage so far: Iberia and its northeast

by  |  05-08-2022

I’m usually quite loathe to talk about a vintage in progress unless there’s been some kind of major event such as the mildew insanity of 2020. Unknowns are a plenty and the knowns far and... more »