Explore the Wines of Spain
Spain has long been my go-to for wines that offer a great price-quality ratio. It has many grape varieties to choose from and numerous notable wine producing regions, including: Rioja, Ribera Del Duero, Priorat, and the Penedes as well as lesser known Valencia, Yecla, and Jumilla in the south. There is something for everyone at every price point and seemingly every style.
Here are Sebastien Lafortune’s Top 6 Picks for Spanish Wines Worth Exploring:
A young Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
A juicy red wine filled with bright fruits, good structure, and a nice finish. The wine is approachable straight out of the bottle and doesn’t require food to enjoy.
An aged wine from Rioja, Spain
Fuller in body than the Haro, with a more tannic structure backed by cedary oak notes and dark, dense fruit. Attractively priced, this overachiever is sure to impress.
A ripe, bold Spanish Garnacha
This is a bold wine meant for the cellar, though enjoyable now after a long decanting and paired with your favourite grilled meat. with tons of black fruit, a terroir-driven minerality, smoke and big tannin. You can cellar another 5-8 years easily.
Cigales, Spain for a winning rosé
This is from a more obscure region southwest of Rioja called Cigales. They are well-known for producing rosé with Tempranillo. The result is a wine fully of bright red cherries, strawberries, and plums to offer a nice mouth-watering finish. Perfect on its own, this should also pair well with a wide range of dishes.
Explore the region of Yecla with this red wine blend
Fantastic value here. This wine is full of black fruits, has good structure, and is simply quite delicious. It definitely benefits from decanting an hour or so and will pair well with your favourite cut of beef. It is spicy, complex, and elegant with notes of red cherry, cranberry, and toasted oak. 70% Monastrell, 15% Grenache, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is another wine that over-delivers.
Top quality Tempranillo from Ribera Del Duero, Spain
Over a decade from vintage now and showing no signs of wear and tear. Outstanding year-in and year-out, you will be hard pressed to find an equal to this wine. The aromas and flavours are a complex mix of red and black fruit, smoke, leather, tobacco, wet stones, tar, and roses. Enjoy this wine tonight and over the next several years.