Alright – so Spanish wine is a complete gem. If you look for it in the States you’ll find that prices are still relatively low, although as people discover it, the prices have indeed been creeping upward. Don’t be deterred though, it’s worth the small investment! It will keep you coming back for more.
About Spanish wine
Did you know that Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation in the world and that it is the third largest wine producer behind Italy and France? Evidence shows that grapes were cultivated in Spain as far back as 4000 and 3000 BC….so these people should definitely know their wine! In the last several decades, Spanish wine has seen great improvements, between the democratization of Spain after Franco, to the lifting of certain irrigation laws, to the entrance into the EU. Just in the few years that I’ve been here, I’ve seen a massive increase in interest (and prices) in the US as people begin to discover the power of Spanish wine.
Great wine picks
In the US, I’ve found some great Spanish wine options at places like BevMo, Whole Foods, K&L Wine Merchants and Safeway. Below is a list of just some of those wines, but don’t be afraid to pick up just any old bottle as Spanish wines are consistently great. Below is a short list of wines that I’ve found on familiar websites – I hope to add more wines and details soon!
$ Juan Gil – one of our favorites, and at a very good price.
$ Conde de Valdemar Rioja Crianza – a solid, well-priced pick.
$ Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva – a classic bodega.
$ Descendientes de Jose Palacios “Petalos del Bierzo” Bierzo
$ La Rioja Alta “Viña Alberdi” Reserva Rioja
$$ Pago de los Capellanes Crianza Ribera Del Duero
$$ Bodegas Muga Reserva Rioja
$$ Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez “Pesquera” Tinto Ribera del Duero
$$$ Clio – we just tried this one at a wine tasting the other day. It’s a bit pricier – but well worth it for a special occasion.
$$$$ Bodegas El Nido “El Nido” Jumilla
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