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DOC Rioja’s “Institutional Wines” for 2020

by  |  13-07-2020

DOC Rioja has announced the latest wines that will represent "typicity" in their respective category for the next year. From 163 submitted samples by 53 different wineries, they parred this down to eight individual wines... more » DOC Rioja has announced the latest wines that will represent "typicity" in... more »

Massive case of fraud emerges from DO Valdepeñas

by  |  06-07-2020

The big news story for the last couple of months in Spanish wine has revolved around the Denomination of Origin (DO) Valdepeñas. This centrally-located DO in the province of Ciudad Real is in the south... more » The big news story for the last couple of months in Spanish... more »

2020, the gift that keeps on giving

by  |  11-06-2020

Starting in March it became readily apparent that 2020 was going to be a real slog for wine. When restaurants, bars, and hotels are closed due to a global pandemic, wine doesn’t sell which is... more » Starting in March it became readily apparent that 2020 was going to... more »

“Over the Rainbow”, a very choice Covid-19 charity pack from DO Cariñena

by  |  25-05-2020 ~ 2 Comments

The town of Cariñena is quite literally at a crossroads. About a half hour southwest of Zaragoza in the Spanish region of Aragón, it sits on a rather vast, flat plateau around 500m in altitude.... more » The town of Cariñena is quite literally at a crossroads. About a... more »

Wine Advocate pisses off DO Ribeira Sacra

by  |  21-05-2020

On May 16th, the Denomination of Origin (DO) for Ribeira Sacra in Spain’s Galicia region took the rather atypical step of denouncing a recent report about the wines of this area in the Wine Advocate... more » On May 16th, the Denomination of Origin (DO) for Ribeira Sacra in... more »

How to get wine in Spain during the quarantine

by  |  30-03-2020 ~ 4 Comments

Trying to keep one's composure ain't easy these days and in no way should alcohol be turned to as a full-on escape from the troubles that surround us. Not only is this unhealthy but it's... more » Trying to keep one's composure ain't easy these days and in no... more »

DO Empordà first region in Spain to allow the Carinyena Blanca grape

by  |  04-03-2020

It has finally been announced in the almighty, Official Spanish State Bulletin (Boletín Oficial del Estado) that Carinyena Blanca (White Carignan) will be allowed for use in DO Empordà starting with the 2020 harvest, making... more » It has finally been announced in the almighty, Official Spanish State Bulletin... more »

The absolute best Rioja wines! (available in the UK…)

by  |  24-02-2020

If you’re going to hold a tasting that focuses on one of Spain’s oldest quality wine regions, a sure-fire way to juice it up a bit is to have the venue be one of the... more » If you’re going to hold a tasting that focuses on one of... more »

What the new DO Rueda classifications mean

by  |  02-12-2019 ~ 4 Comments

DO Rueda has announced a hefty overhaul of their governing rules or pliego de condiciones. For a DO that most people think of in terms of, "White wines. Verdejo grape, a little Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh,... more » DO Rueda has announced a hefty overhaul of their governing rules or... more »

Judging the “Best Cava Sommelier” of 2019

by  |  14-11-2019

One can’t claim that the DO Cava hasn’t been active over the last few months. An important reason for the new boost is having a new president. Another is having changed up their communications department,... more » One can’t claim that the DO Cava hasn’t been active over the... more »