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Spanish Wines

Two very different sides of DO Ribera del Duero

by  |  08-04-2022

This is a short comparison of the wines from Abadía de San Quirce and Bodegas Veganzones. While both are located in DO Ribera del Duero, they illustrate just how much difference there can be in... more » This is a short comparison of the wines from Abadía de San... more »

The state of Tempranillo Blanco in Rioja 2022

by  |  06-04-2022

While color mutations of grapes do happen from time to time, they’re not an everyday occurrence. Their existence is one thing but the real question is whether a mutation can actually produce a quality wine... more » While color mutations of grapes do happen from time to time, they’re... more »

Deeper details on Valencia’s wine border conflict

by  |  11-02-2022

For years now, a local skirmish between the three denominations of origin in Spain’s Autonomous Region of Valencia has been brewing. While in no way living up to geopolitical crisis that’s been unfolding in Ukraine,... more » For years now, a local skirmish between the three denominations of origin... more »

The state of Rioja’s Viñedos Singulares 2022

by  |  14-01-2022

If someone has not spent time in the Rioja region, it’s nearly impossible to impress upon them as to how incredibly large and diverse it is. Something like 100km long and 50km wine in terms... more » If someone has not spent time in the Rioja region, it’s nearly... more »

Best Spanish wines of 2021

by  |  08-12-2021

For the first time I'm doing a Best Spanish Wines list which is accompanying my yearly Best Catalan Wines list. Why are they separate? Some may assume it's some kind of political statement but the... more » For the first time I'm doing a Best Spanish Wines list which... more »

The growing fraud case of Reserva de la Tierra

by  |  25-10-2021

As I reported in my article for Decanter last week, there’s currently a breaking story of massive wine fraud unfolding in Southern Catalunya. The perpetrator is alleged to be the company, “Reserva de la Tierra”... more » As I reported in my article for Decanter last week, there’s currently... more »

I tasted these 2€ Spanish wines so you didn’t have to

by  |  04-10-2021

Spain has no problem selling its wines... as long as they're "a good value". This has become a double-edged sword given that the common perception, especially in markets like the UK, is that Spanish wines... more » Spain has no problem selling its wines... as long as they're "a... more »

In The Glass: Bodegas San Alejandro – Evodia 2019

by  |  03-09-2021

This is a wine I tasted at Bodegas San Alejandro for the DO Calatayud Report last spring. Quite simply, it’s 100% Grenache, aged in concrete (tanks and eggs) with only neutral French and American oak... more » This is a wine I tasted at Bodegas San Alejandro for the... more »

The wine trains of Spain

by  |  01-09-2021

For those coming to Spain I’ve noticed that there’s a tendency to underestimate just how big Spain actually is. Spoiler, it’s big, like, California big but squarish instead of rectangularish. Travelers often think it’s a... more » For those coming to Spain I’ve noticed that there’s a tendency to... more »

El Escocés Volante – Flying around Calatayud

by  |  02-08-2021

I’ve never lacked for wine on the table when in the presence of Norrel Robertson. Whether while it’s having post-judging drinks after a wine competition in Madrid or a Master of Wine seminar in Rioja,... more » I’ve never lacked for wine on the table when in the presence... more »