Category Archives: Spain

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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The Verdejo Wines of Rueda

We recently tasted several Verdejo wines from Spain’s Rueda region.  These wines are crisp and fresh with citrus and mineral notes.  They are a pleasant alternative to Sauvignon Blanc and can be paired with food in much the same way.  … Continue reading

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Bodegas Ramon Bilbao: New and Prior Releases from Rioja 2005-2010

This historic winery is currently owned and operated by Diego Zamora, S.A. one of the largest beverage groups in Spain.   The winery in located in Haro, Rioja Alta and sources grapes from its own 75 hectares of vineyards, located in … Continue reading

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Bodegas del Palacio de Fefiñanes: Albariño from Rias Baixas

Rias Baixas is famous for its Albariño, and the Bodegas del Palacio de Fefiñanes is one of the oldest and most prestigious wineries of the Rias Baixas DO [Denominación de Orígen]. Established in 1904, today the winery is housed in … Continue reading

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