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Bodegas Roda – Sela 2014

by  |  30-06-2017

I was quite excited to receive this recent sample as I’d tasted the Sela 2013 sometime back and found it to be not only a great wine, but also a great value. I’m not really... more » I was quite excited to receive this recent sample as I’d tasted... more »

Rare wines grapes of Rioja: Maturana Tinta & Mazuelo

by  |  15-04-2017

It may seem like a tired trope to bang on the fact that most people, when hearing the regional name, “Rioja” think that all wines are made from Tempranillo, but it’s the most common word... more » It may seem like a tired trope to bang on the fact... more »

López de Heredia – Viña Tondonia Reserva 2004

by  |  07-04-2017

I’ve spent this whole week in La Rioja, a name in Spanish wine that even the most casual of wine drinkers have usually heard of if nothing else. It’s been a trip that’s been a... more » I’ve spent this whole week in La Rioja, a name in Spanish... more »

Bodegas Roda – Sela 2013

by  |  01-12-2016

Rioja is a place that continuously confuses me. It’s easy to hate on it simply because there are so many cheap wines produced from under its DOC mark–that extra ‘C’ meaning Calidad or Quality. Unfortunately... more » Rioja is a place that continuously confuses me. It’s easy to hate... more »

Tasting Rioja in Bodegas Lan

by  |  07-12-2015

For many people, a bottle of Lan might be their first bottle of Rioja or even Spanish wine for that matter. This winery has done a tremendous job in getting solid distribution in a great... more » For many people, a bottle of Lan might be their first bottle... more »

The wines of Bodegas Hermanos Peciña

by  |  11-10-2015

I recently received a set of samples from Bodegas Hermanos Peciña located in the Alta region of Rioja. When confronted with Rioja wines I generally know what to expect (although this is indeed changing) in... more » I recently received a set of samples from Bodegas Hermanos Peciña located... more »

González Puras Crianza 2012

by  |  18-09-2015

It’s the case that I’ve been tasting a decent swath of wines from Rioja lately. This is mainly just to see what’s out there these days as in general, I stay quite uninformed as to... more » It’s the case that I’ve been tasting a decent swath of wines... more »

Remelluri & Reserva 2008

by  |  20-08-2015

While I generally focus on Catalan wines as I find them to be quite dynamic these days, I also try to review other regions of Spain and thus we arrive at Remelluri from Rioja. This... more » While I generally focus on Catalan wines as I find them to... more »

In The Glass: Gómez de Segura Rosado

by  |  18-04-2014

This rosé is many things. For one, it’s a rosé. Two, it’s a Tempranillo. And three, it’s a Rioja. The three of these items in combination are something I tend to run the hell away... more » This rosé is many things. For one, it’s a rosé. Two, it’s... more »

Rendez-vous: Telmo Rodríguez at Moritz’s bar-à-vins

by  |  26-02-2013

We’ve been huge fans of the Bar-à-vins [sadly now defunct] in the Moritz beer factory since before it opened last September. Yes, that’s right, Barcelona’s best wine bar (together with Monvínic) is by a beer... more » We’ve been huge fans of the Bar-à-vins [sadly now defunct] in the... more »