Spain

So much more than Rioja, not that Rioja isn't lovely, but there is a lot to this country outside of the northern region.  Ribera del Duero is certainly up there competing with Rioja as the quality red wine region of Spain but it is the white wines that I think are offering the most exciting wines.  Albarino in Rias Baixas, Treixadura in Ribeiro and Verdejo in Rueda are stunning examples and of course, you have white Rioja that is transforming from a heavily oaked style of the past to a vibrant fruity style.

My favourite producers

Alma Das Donas | Bodegas Borsao | Bodegas Barrada | Inedito | Armas de GuerraCan Rafols dels Caus | Bodegas Rafael Cambra | Dominio de Punctum | Toro Albala | Joan d'Anguera | Juan Antonio Ponce | Quinta Milu | Bodegas Senorio Arana | Vina Zorzal | Neleman

Borsao Macabeo 2018 75cl
Fresh and floral nose with ripe peach and lemon. Nutty stone fruit characters are matched by a broad, textural palate and clean, fruity finish. Contains Sulphites
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Borsao Garnacha 2017 75cl
We love the bigger brother of this wine, so we thought we'd find out what the entry offering was from Borsao. It was fab - a medium weight spicy red that is super cheap! Contains Sulphites
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Borsao Rosado 2017 75cl
Delicate pink colour with aromas of ripe berry fruit and strawberry. Dry, approachable and wellbalanced, with more appealing juicy strawberry fruit and a creamy mouthfeel.
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"Cherry-red with violet tones, its aroma is reminiscent of licorice, violets and ripe fruits. It came with a well structured and balanced body, its best feature is its delicious after taste." Established as a co-operative in 1953, this business now...
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"A crystal clear appearance with flashes that give it a greenish yellow tone. Intense aroma, recalls the aroma of pineapple and floral memories. In the mouth it is tasty, light and with a delicious fresh finish of fleshy fruits that...
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Bodegas Barreda Mono Tempranillo 2019 75cl
"A delicious Tempranillo, all red berries, crisp and bright, with some delicious herby notes and a long, spice note on the finish." The Barreda family have been making wine since the 18th Century in the town of Corral de Almaguer,...
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Dominio de Punctum Lobetia Palido Rose 2017 75cl
Originally grocers in Madrid, the Fernandez faily decided to set up this biodynamic estate from scratch. They wanted to make biodynamic wines that were accessible and easy to drink and with 100 hectares of vineyards, they have really achieved this....
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Dominio de Punctum Lobetia Chardonnay 2017 75cl
Originally grocers in Madrid, the Fernandez faily decided to set up this biodynamic estate from scratch. They wanted to make biodynamic wines that were accessible and easy to drink and with 100 hectares of vineyards, they have really achieved this....
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4% offBodegas Ontanon Rioja Crianza 2015 75cl
Big aromas of cherry with some sweet pipe tobacco and vanilla emerging. The palate is nicely rounded with some wood spice coming out - firm tannin but very well integrated. The finish is warm and tasty. 89pts Contains Sulphites
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Armas de Guerra Blanco 2017 75cl
"Straw yellow with aromac white flowers and peach with hints of jasmine. The finish is very elegant and silky". Armas de Guerra was founded in 1879 and is one of the oldest wineries in Spain. Armas de Guerra translates to...
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Armas de Guerra Rosado 2017 75cl
"Summer pudding on the nose with a lovely onion skin pink colour. The finish is crisp and mouthwatering". Armas de Guerra was founded in 1879 and is one of the oldest wineries in Spain. Armas de Guerra translates to ‘Weapons...
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Fernando de Castilla Classic Fino NV 75cl
One of the most exceptional of the small, independent sherry houses, Fernando de Castilla was revitalised in 1999 by Jan Pettersen - a Norwegian with a passion for top quality sherry. Pale in colour with just a hint of straw...
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Neleman Cava Brut 75cl
Straw yellow Cava with greenish tones to the rim. Lively, fine & persistent bubbles. Fresh & zingy with aromas of white fruits & citrus notes with buttery elegant pastry background. On the palate it is round & easy. Great with...
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Juan Antonio Ponce Depaula 2017 75cl
The nose is marked by pure, sweet red fruit and plenty of freshness. The palate has lovely acidity and serious weight, yet is pleasurable and approachable. Juan Antonio is no longer a ‘promising winemaker’ – he has established himself as...
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Bodegas Lacus Inedito 3/3 Rioja 2018 75cl
"Light, bright and fruity. Some red berries and then some hints of Cherry and blackcurrant. A very nice soft palate, all fruit with a little earth on the finish." Lacus is situated in Aldeanueva de Ebro in the Rioja Baja...
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Fernando de Castilla Classic Amontillado NV 75cl
An extraordinarily fine, complex and sophisticated drink. Beautiful shining amber colour, fascinatingly complex raisined, nutty, tangy nose and a flavour displaying layer upon layer of deliciously plump sensations on the way. Contains Sulphites
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Maestro Sierra Fino 75cl
15% alcohol. Wonderfully rich, complex and aromatic. Salty, nutty and expressive, with lovely perfume. The palate is rounded and nutty with a savoury, tangy edge. Thrilling stuff: really complex and broad. 94/100' Contains Sulphites
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Cellars Joan d'Anguera Planella 2018 75cl
"A lovely dark earthy flavour with rich fruit and deep berry aromas. This is just a superb bottle of wine."  The Anguera family have been farming in Montsant for seven generations. It’s not unusual for winemakers to take a different...
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Cellers Joan d'Anguera Altaroses 2017 75cl
"This Grenache has been fermented in stainless steel tanks and old French barriques, so the fruit flavours of this younger vine wine are maintained rather than being dominated by oak flavour. A lovely easy drinker." The Anguera family have been...
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Maestro Sierra Oloroso 75cl
In 1832 the master carpenter Jos_ Antonio Sierra founded El Maestro Sierra. As one of the top coopers in the area, Jos_ Antonio was the person who made the barrels for all of the big Sherry houses. After years of...
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Juan Antonio Ponce PF 2017 75cl
"Intensely aromatic, with very ripe forest fruits, and underlying potency. The herbal notes of rosemary and thyme are also present. On the palate, there is a surprising level of acidity and minerality. Long, elegant and juicy." PF (Pie Franco) is...
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Mar 7 Manzanilla Sherry 75cl
Vinos Mar 7 are found in the centre of Sanlucar de Barrameda in a unique and privileged spot, given that it is a site on which a century old winery began. The location, from which wines have been cultivated since...
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Mar 7 Manzanilla Pasada Sherry 75cl
Vinos Mar 7 are found in the centre of Sanlucar de Barrameda in a unique and privileged spot, given that it is a site on which a century old winery began. The location, from which wines have been cultivated since...
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Muchada-Leclapart Univers 2018 75cl
Muchada-Léclapart is a collaboration between architect turned winemaker Alejandro Muchada and pioneer Champagne grower-producer David Léclapart. Together they biodynamically farm 3 hectares of old Palomino and Muscat vineyards, then in their small bodega in the historic Barrio Alto of Sanlúcar,...
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Neleman Wine in Books Red 300cl
This Bag in Box contains three liters of wine from extremely juicy monastrell and cabernet sauvignon grapes. Can be stored up to 3 weeks after opening. After his training as a biodynamic farmer, Derrick Neleman ended up on the vineyards...
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Neleman Wine in Books White 300cl
Juicy, fruity and deliciously fresh, thanks to the blend of 70% Macabeo and 30% Viognier, can be stored up to 3 weeks after opening because the wine is packed airtight! After his training as a biodynamic farmer, Derrick Neleman ended...
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