Tag: Spain

Gary Barlow Organic white wine
24
Oct
2021

Gary Barlow Organic White

Here we go again with another celebrity wine this time from ‘Take That’ frontman Gary Barlow, following in the footsteps of others including Sir Ian Botham, Kylie Minogue, Cliff Richard,…

Juve Y Camps Cava
19
Sep
2021

In praise of Spanish Cava

Been hearing a lot about how good Spanish Cava is these days and how it’s reinvented itself over the last few years. So with the festive season rapidly approaching, I…

Pacheco Monastrell & Macerao Orange wineO
12
May
2021

Orange wine & Monastrell revisited

I hosted a Zoom tasting with friends recently in which we opened an Orange wine from Chile and a Monastrell from Spain. Not the first time I’ve tasted Orange wine…

Vina Mara Gran Reserva Rioja 2004
26
Apr
2021

Rioja Rocks !

Sunday roast lamb on the menu, so there’s only choice of wine to drink with it and that’s a Rioja but which one? Rummaging around my rack I came across…

Llumi Rosat 2018
11
Mar
2021

Llumi Rosat 2018

You only have to look at the picture to realise that this is going to be very different from your run of the mill Rosé (Rosat in Catalan). This is…

Eje Monastrell
31
Jan
2021

Lidl Iberian wine tour 2021 Pt 2

Another two reasonably priced bottles to talk about from Lidl’s latest ‘Iberian Wine Tour‘ this time a Portuguese White Branco made with the Muscat grape and a delicious Spanish Monastrell…

Lidl Agramont Garnacha
24
Jan
2021

Lidl Iberian wine tour 2021 – pt1

Wine tours are not a new thing for Lidl, usually they promote a series of them throughout the year on a WIGIG (when it’s gone it’s gone) although some of…

Priorat wine
02
Jan
2021

Harència del Padrí Priorat

Had this bottle sitting around now for a while, can’t even remember where I bought it, I know it wasn’t in this country, I’ve got a feeling I picked it…

Mas Querido Field Blend
15
Nov
2020

Más Querido Field Blend

Más Querido literally translates to (Most Beloved) and what’s a ‘White Field Blend’ ? I hear you cry, well, you may ask. My understanding is that it was popular years…

Hachon Verdejo
11
Sep
2020

Viva Verdejo

This Verdejo from Lidl found its way into my shopping basket without too much thought apart from the fact that it was £5.99 and Spanish. Stuck it in the fridge…

Mil historias Garnacha 2017
28
Aug
2020

Glorious Garnacha

Did I mention I like Spanish wine ? well, I may have done once or twice and no doubt regular readers will have noticed my affection not only with their…

L'Atzar Cava
02
Aug
2020

L’Atzar – Classy Cava

If Cava was ever underrated in its chequered past, let me tell you, this no longer applies as there is some serious classy Spanish fizz around now and this L’Atzar…

CEO Godello
10
Jul
2020

Godello – The hidden gem

Godello, a forgotten grape that almost became extinct in the 70’s is making a comeback and probably has been for a while now but it’s still not as popular as…

Vina Real Rioja 2010
19
May
2020

The ‘Real’ deal

Still in relative lock-down, still enjoying a glass of wine in the garden in splendid isolation with the sun shining. Not ideal but it’s where we are and rightly so,…

DAVIDA Garnacha
10
May
2020

DAVIDA Garnacha

Grenache or Garnacha is one of the most widely planted and versatile grape varieties in the world thriving in hotter climates where a lot of other grapes would struggle. So…

Decanter Fine Wine Encounter logo
02
Mar
2020

Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2020 – Spain & Portugal – Part 1

Part 1 (all about the white) This Decanter event has always been a highlight for me, never fails to impress and this year was no exception. The luxurious Landmark Hotel…

19
Sep
2019

Have you tried White Rioja ?

We all know and love a Rioja but mention Rioja and most people will associate it with Spanish red wine but have you tried the white version from this iconic…

La Bien Pinto Verdejo review
30
Jun
2019

La bien pintá, Verdejo

The Rueda region of Castilla y Leon in northern Spain produces some fabulously fresh and vibrant white wines and this Verdejo (a classic white grape of the region) from Lidl…

Cava Vilarnau Rosé Brut Reserva
26
Jun
2019

Spanish Pink Fun Fizz

‘At last’, I hear you all cry ‘the weather is warming up’, pink drinks start appearing, all kinds of Rosés and even pink gin but in my opinion nothing beats…

ANDA Tempranillo/Syrah
04
Nov
2018

Fiesta ‘ANDA’ Flamenco

Most people think of Andalucia as mainly a holiday area full of hotels, tourists, sunloungers and fiesta, so when you see this bottle on the shelf although there’s no doubting…

Scala Dei Priorat
29
Jul
2018

Climbing the Stairway to Heaven

Scala Dei 2011 If you like your wines with a bit of muscle and intensity then Scala Dei translated from Latin to literally mean ‘Ladder to God’ is one to…

13
Jun
2018

Celebrating my 60th with wine, what else !

I recently celebrated my 60th birthday and judging by the number of wine-related cards and bottles I got I think, perhaps some is trying to tell me something. Not that…

18
Apr
2018

The Cubist Old Vine Spanish Garnacha

Picking a wine on nothing but the name, label or bottle sometimes works, more often it doesn’t. That’s exactly what I did when buying this ‘Cubist Old Vine Garnacha’ that…

14
Apr
2018

Two Summer Whites to consider – Godello & Gruner Veltliner

With the weather improving and thoughts of summer barbecues ahead here are a couple of excellent white wines that generally don’t hit the headlines as much as they should.The first…