Mar
22

Spotlight on Spain: Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rosado 1993

Today’s entry, the last of the Rioja wines in my Spain profile, is somewhat of a genre-buster. As I’ve mentioned before, Rioja (and Spain generally) has a disparate and noncontiguous

Mar
17

Spotlight on Spain: Miguel Merino Gran Reserva 1999

What is the distinction between tradition and modernity? The modern derives from the past, so the separation is not simply time. When we say ‘modern’ we tend to imply a

Mar
14

Spotlight on Spain: Finca Allende Calvario 2002

Let’s speak of vintage. 2002 is considered by pretty much everyone in the wine world as a horrendous vintage for most of Europe. Lots of rain and snow and poor

Mar
13

Spotlight on Spain: La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2000

Moving from Spain’s second most famous region to its most famous, today’s post will start to explore the world of Rioja. Rioja is an intriguing land that has a history

Mar
7

Spotlight on Spain: Alejandro Fernandez Condado de Haza 2005

My next spotlight looks at a land with many histories, many traditions, many personalities and a flare for the confluence of modernity and tradition. It is also a land I

Dec
17

Quinta do Crasto Tinta Roriz 2003

Quinta do Crasto is one of the largest dry wine producers in Portugal. Fortunately, they are also one of the best. Situated in the Douro valley, where grapes for the

Nov
8

Muga Rioja Reserva 2004

Muga is a fairly traditional Spanish bodega from Rioja dating from 1932. Interestingly, they actually have a coopery on site that produces 1500 barrels a year from French and American

Nov
1

Miguel Merino Rioja Gran Reserva 1996

A good old Rioja red can have the structure of a aged Bordeaux and the elegance of a Burgundy Pinot Noir, and all usually for a fraction of the price.

Sep
28

Alejandro Fernandez Tinto Pesquera Crianza 2005

Infanticide – that’s what opening this bottle turned out to be. Still massively tannic and dense and awaiting full expression this Ribera del Duero Tempranillo was impressive but tight lipped.

Jun
29

Arrocal Seleccion 2004

With its minimalist design, the Arrocal is another excellent value red from Spain’s Ribera del Duero. If you like big robust reds at affordable prices look no further. It strikes