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 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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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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"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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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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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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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 project is run by...
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Only 2 leftMaestro 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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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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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. Derrickj Neleman decided that he wanted to make vegan and organic wines, so did...
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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! Derrickj Neleman decided that he wanted to make vegan and...
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