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Rioja to continue with harvest reductions for 2024

by  |  15-06-2024

For the 2024 harvest, the governing council of DOC Rioja has officially endorsed harvest yields for red grape varieties that are at 90% of what is allowed while white varieties remain the same. This shouldn't... more »

Gil Family Estates 2024

by  |  12-06-2024

A name in Spanish wine that a great many people have encountered is that of Juan Gil, part of the Gil Family Estates. With their first wines bottled in 1916, they’ve long-been an established name... more »

The wines of Alicante 2024

by  |  29-05-2024

Alicante came to be as a DO in the 1930s, but it wasn’t given a full regulatory council until 1957 as was the case for all the DOs in Valencia for some reason. But, much... more »

Estévez – Versos de Valtuille – La Vitoriana 2021

by  |  27-05-2024

It’s amazing how what we perceive as fixed, is never actually set in stone. You change even one piece of a greater entity and it’s just “different” even if it’s still “good”. Case in point,... more »

Ribera del Duero: Dominio del Soto, Pagos d’Anguix

by  |  08-05-2024

This is an interesting selection of wines from DO Ribera del Duero. First are the wines of Dominio del Soto. This is a winery owned by Northern Rhône biggie, M. Chapoutier. Because of the recent... more »

Bodega Laus 2023s, DO Somontano, Spain

by  |  18-04-2024

Here are the current releases for Bodegas Laus, a winery which I was first introduced to for the last DO Somontano report. While they have one aged, ‘Crianza’ wine, the main speciality of the winery... more »
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Your Madrid caviste

by  |  08-04-2024

In Spain, the caviste doesn’t seem nearly as important as it does in France where the concept of a wine shop owner is much more central to life. After all, if shopping for wine, it... more »

Spain’s newest Vino de Pago: Rosalejo

by  |  01-04-2024

Following upon the news of Spain's newest DO in a decade and a half granted to Campo de Calatrava is its newest PDO for a Vino de Pago called, "Rosalejo". Located in the region of... more »

Bodegas Ausàs – Interpretación 2021

by  |  04-03-2024

Reverse psychology can be a bitch when selling a wine. I say this as I have to assume that the following quote from a recent article reviewing wines from Ribera del Duero was attempting such... more »

Spain opens up green harvest funds for 2024

by  |  21-02-2024

While everyone was busy talking about 60,000 liters of intentionally-spilled wine in Ribera del Duero, another interesting item in Spanish wine news came to be which was the commitment of 21.4€ million in public money... more »