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Talking about Spain around the internets

by  |  28-08-2020

August is usually a pretty slow month of spending a few days at the beach, dinners of cold dishes, and trying to get in dog walks before walking in the sun scorches you to a... more » August is usually a pretty slow month of spending a few days... more »
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A better understanding of Rioja’s “Viñedos Singulares”

by  |  17-08-2020

In 2019, the first “Viñedos Singulares” or “single vineyards” in DOC Rioja were certified. This first batch saw 84 vineyards certified under the new scheme, covering 154ha, which I think by any measure would be... more » In 2019, the first “Viñedos Singulares” or “single vineyards” in DOC Rioja... more »
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DOC Rioja’s “Institutional Wines” for 2020

by  |  13-07-2020 ~ 1 Comment

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 ~ 6 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 »