We’d been eagerly waiting on new Parker scores of Spanish wines for a couple weeks now (the latest scores date back to March) and finally, this weekend, The Wine Advocate surprises us with no less than three articles on Spanish wine.
I learned so much about Rioja wines and now I’d love to help you choose your own bottle. The first thing you want to look for is the “Denominación de Origen Calificada” or DOCa seal. This ensures that each wine (vineyard) meets the strict qualifications required to be authentically Rioja. The next thing you’ll look for is the classification of wine which denotes the ageing process of the wine.
I'm often asked: "What's a good inexpensive wine?" It makes sense: Everyone wants to save money; everyone wants their wine to be drinkable.
About 10 percent of the low-priced wines I've tried are any good, but recently I was truly amazed by a line out of Spain. Bodegas Juan Gil Family Estates encapsulates everything good about wine from Spain: It's inexpensive*, very good quality, and the labels are beautiful.
My visit starts on the perfect note: riding in an old, beat-up truck on windy, mountain roads. I’m struggling to speak Spanish to a French winemaker in one of Spain’s most exciting up-and-coming regions: Bierzo.
Mariano Garcia, winemaker and owner of Bodegas Mauro and the former winemaker of Vega Sicilia, was in India last week and presented a range of five red wines from his two wineries outside Ribera del Duero and in Toro, at the residence of Mr. Ramon Blecua, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Spain, writes Subhash Arora who was as impressed with the culinary skills of Blecua as the winemaker Mariano