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Top Spanish Red Wines - 2016

I tend to taste and drink a lot of wine over the course of a year.  I am in a few tasting groups, sometimes the wines are consumed at various local wine store tastings and a number drunk with friends and family. 

2001 Fernando Remírez de Ganuza Rioja

Grade: 
A
Score: 
95

In a great plae right now.  No hurry but showing mature development.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has some slight funk to it.  Not a lot, but some.  Cherries, dark cher

2013 Bodega Numanthia Toro Termes, Spain - Wine Reviews

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
91

Always a solid value, this vintage is no exception.  Purple in color.  The nose has dark cherries, coffee and splight plums.  On the palate, this is delcious.  Plenty of dark ch

2015 Bodegas El Nido Jumilla Clio, Spain, Jumilla - Wine Review

Grade: 
A
Score: 
94

This is a big wine for sure.  I suspect it will be a love it or hate it kind of wine.  Inky purple in color.  The nose has dusty dark cherries, plums and chocolate and spice.  O

NV Joios Cava Brut, Spain - Wine Review

Grade: 
B+
Score: 
89

$12 gets you this delightful sparkler.  Perfect for mixing or drinking on its own at parties.  Light gold in color.  Lots of medium to large bubbles.  The nose is lemony which c

2015 4 Monos Albillo Real, Spain, Madrid, Gredos - Wine Review

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
92

A really interesting wine.  We visited the winery in Gredos and brought this back.  Gredos is about 35 minutes west of Madrid and the vineyards are old, planted on sandy soils at high alt

2016 Familia Torres Pazo das Bruxas

Grade: 
B
Score: 
85

Light golden in color.  A very nice nose of crushed sea shells with bits of lime.  Not as good on the palate but still ok.  Nice minerality but it turns a bit bitter.  I would l

Top 30 Spanish Whites (and Light Sherries) to Try Before you Quit Drinking

In my previous article, I discussed the Top 20 Spanish Reds to Try Before You Quit Drinking. This time, the focus is on Spanish whites and light Sherries. What a task! I had to expand the list just to fit in more of the awesome white wines of Spain—there really are too many to choose from! As with the red wines of Spain, the quality of the whites is always increasing. There are more styles of wine than ever being produced (oaked Albariños meant to be aged, unfiltered Sherries released “en rama”), and some of Spain’s top winemakers are bringing the focus to indigenous varieties like Godello and Hondarrabi Zuri. Spain is famous for its Sherry, but with the quality level of these wines and their reasonable price tags (the majority of the wines on my list could be enjoyed during a causal lunch), fortified won’t be the only style buzzed about for long.

Top 20 Spanish Red Wines to Try Before You Quit Drinking

Spain is like the wild, wild west when it comes to wine. Unlike France, where individual plots of land have been set aside for centuries as the best spots for winemaking, producers in Spain are still out searching for new terroirs, new regions and new (old) indigenous grape varieties that have been pushed aside in favor of commercial winemaking. In the 1970s, Spain’s winemaking reputation was for poor-quality bulk wine. Today, regions like Priorat, Montsant and Mallorca are eclipsing the better-known regions of Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

Top Spanish Red Wines

Spain has more area under vine cultivation than any other country in the world, according to Wines From Spain. While much of Spain's wine production remains in-country, Spain exports wines to many other nations, including the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States.  Russia and Italy are importing more Spanish wines than ever before.

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