Category Archives: Spain

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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Spanish “Value” Wines: New Releases from Beacon Wine Company

Bob Heymann of Beacon Wine Company, Inc. in San Francisco has been importing and distributing Spanish wines for 30 years.  During his career he has demonstrated a remarkable ability to identify excellent Spanish wines at highly affordable prices—well under $20 … Continue reading

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Mas Martinet and Venus La Universal

Mas Martinet is one of Priorat’s most exciting wineries and clearly belongs among the very best producers we earlier reviewed for our Report # 28 The Wines of Priorat.    The property is owned by José Luis Perez, one  of the … Continue reading

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Michel Rolland’s New Spanish Wines

Michel Rolland has made wine all over the world, and we’ve tasted his wines in many of the places where we’ve traveled—Argentina, South Africa, and, of course, France.  Now, he extends his global reach to a neighboring country, Spain, where … Continue reading

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Women Winemakers of Rioja

Women have always played an important role in tending the vines, picking the fruit, and pressing the grapes in Rioja, but in recent years they have also assumed an important role in winemaking. Indeed, no other wine region of the … Continue reading

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The Best Cavas of Catalonia

Cava is one of the most important wines of Catalonia (Cataluña) and thus is also a major part of our Report #42 The Wines of Catalonia, to be released May 2014.  We’ve tasted more than 100 Cavas, almost all from … Continue reading

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