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:


2010 Lopez De Haro Rioja Crianza

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.


2010 Beronia Rioja Reserva

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.


2010 Finca El Puig Priorat

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.


2012 Carreduenas Cigales Rosado

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.


2012 Solanera Yecla

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.


2006 Prado Rey Ribera Del Duero Crianza

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.


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