Category Archives: Spain

The Sherries of Bodegas Pedro Romero

Established in 1860 by Vincente Romero Carranza, Bodegas Pedro Romero is a family-owned winery located in Sanlucar de Barrameda at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River.  Its location near the Atlantic Ocean and the Guadalquivir River (closer than any of … Continue reading

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Bobal: The Grape of Utiel-Requena in Valencia

We traveled to Valencia last week and used the opportunity to learn more about the grapes and wines of the region.   On our first day we traveled west of Valencia to the Utiel-Requena region, an area famed for Bobal and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla by Peter Liem and Jesús Barquín

There’s renewed interest in Sherry these days, at least among the cognoscenti who know the difference between a dry Fino and a syrupy Pedro Ximenez, but too many consumers think Sherry is just their grandmother’s sweet afternoon Cream and avoid … Continue reading

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The Sherry and Manzanilla of Bodegas Dios Baco

Sherry today is neither well known nor appreciated by the average consumer. Yet it is one of the world’s most delicious and interesting wines and also presents great value relative to price. Fortunately, wine connoisseurs are once again exploring the … Continue reading

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Great Value Spanish Wine Selections $20 and Under

Imported by Beacon Wine Company, San Francisco, CA Bob Heymann of Beacon Wine Company, Inc. in San Francisco has the knack of identifying incredible bargain wines from Spain. Most of the wines reviewed here are well under $20 and are … Continue reading

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Great Value Cava from Penedés: Jaume Serra Cristalino

While Spanish Cava doesn’t have the unique growing conditions of Champagne (see our Report # 34 Champagne Revisited), it’s made the same way (méthode champenoise, or método tradicional) and results in a pleasant, sparkling wine that’s suitable both for meals … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Wine Region of Rioja by Ana Fabiano

Ana Fabiano’s The Wine Region of Rioja (Sterling Epicure, publisher) is one of those rare wine books that hits on all cylinders.  It is a comprehensive survey of the Rioja wine region of Spain covering geography, history, terroir, food, and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain.

This book is a part of the series of illustrated guides the University of California is publishing called Fine Wine Editions. The books follow an outline that will look familiar to the readers of the International Wine Review. The first … Continue reading

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Gramona: For Lovers of the Art of Cava

The Gramona family is one of Spain’s most distinguished producers of the sparkling wine called cava. Gramona is guided by a philosophy that places a premium on producing cavas that can be aged and express the unique character of their … Continue reading

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Cava from Sant Sadurni D’Anoia: Berberana, Marqués de la Concordia, Marqués de Monistrol

Cava from Penedès and elsewhere in Spain is one of the best bargains in wine today. Some excellent value Cavas are produced by Berberana, Marqués de la Concordia, and Marqués de Monistrol, and their wines are reviewed below. Made using … Continue reading

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