Category Archives: Spain

Galicia’s Quinta da Muradella: Authentic Wines from Monterrei

José Luis Mateo is one of Spain’s very special winemakers. He crafts authentic wines from unique terroir in Galicia using indigenous varieties, including ones he has discovered and rescued from abandoned mountain vineyards. He is one of those rarities in … Continue reading

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Hermanos Hernáiz La Emperatriz Wines from Rioja Alta

In 1996 the Hernáiz family purchased part of the former estate of Spanish-born Eugénie de Montijo, Empress of France and wife of Napoleon III. The estate is located on one of the highest plateaus in the Rioja Alta, including its … Continue reading

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75th Anniversary of La Rioja Alta’s Viña Ardanza: 1989-2008 Vertical

In 1942, Leandro Ardanza Angulo, President of La Rioja Alta, released the first vintage of the iconic wine, Viña Ardanza. His goal was to make a Rioja wine in the style of Burgundy and for that reason chose a Burgundy-style … Continue reading

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The Wines of Navarra Revisited

Navarra is Spain’s northernmost political region, bordering France, with which it shares the Pyrenées mountains. It’s a diverse region with a highly varied topography that includes snow-capped mountains, the plains of the Ebro River valley, and even Europe’s only desert. … Continue reading

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Utiel-Requena: New Releases from an Historic Spanish Wine Region

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Utiel-Requena, located west of the city of Valencia, is one of Spain’s up and coming wine regions. It has 35 thousand hectares (86 thousand acres) under vine, almost double that of California’s Napa Valley and over one hundred producers. Long … Continue reading

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Raventós i Blanc: Classy Sparkling Wines from Penedès

The house of Josep Raventós i Blanc was established in 1986 in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia by Josep-Maria Raventós, a breakaway member of the Codorníu family, with the objective of making Cavas of exceptional quality. Today, Josep’s grandson Pepe (shown here … Continue reading

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Albariño 2014 Vintage Releases from Rias Baixas

The Albariño wines of Rias Baixas are fresh and crisp, perfect companions to fresh seafood. We review some new releases from the 2014 vintage below from two of the five subzones of the Rias Baixas DO. We’ve previously reviewed Albariños … Continue reading

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The Brut Nature Cavas of Mestres

The family owned (since the 1600’s!) Heretat Mestres is one of Spain’s premiere Cava producers. It makes refined sparkling wines from the traditional grapes of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia in the Penedès (see map below), giving them extended aging on the … Continue reading

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The Best Palo Cortados from Sherry

Sherry is one of the world’s most complex wines, made in a unique way similar in respects to Champagne. The Sherry soleras yield a consistent house style, much like a non-vintage house Champagne. It’s also one of the world’s most … Continue reading

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2014 Rosés: New Releases from France, Spain and Elsewhere

Many fresh, crisp 2014 Rosés are already on the shelves waiting for consumers eager to welcome the warm weather with a cold glass of wine. In this article, we review a large number of the rosés we’ve tasted over the … Continue reading

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