Tag Archives: Spain

Winery Profile: Valdespino

Who: Valdespino   What: Heritage of Jerez, Showing Off Sherry’s Splendor   Where: Jerez de la Frontera, Spain   Why: Because they’re one of the oldest, most traditional bodegas in Jerez, and they make some of the most old-school, thrillingly refined … Continue reading

Grape Files: Mourvèdre

Color: Red   Grown in: Provence, southern Rhône, Languedoc-Rousillon (France); Spain; California and Washington (U.S.); Australia   A.K.A.: Monastrell (Spain), Mataro (Spain, Australia, U.S.)   Profile: Mourvèdre loves hot weather. It’s thick-skinned and takes a while to ripen, so the … Continue reading

Grape Files: Merlot

Color: Red   Grown in: Bordeaux, Languedoc-Rousillon, Southwest France (France); Friuli, Trentino-Alto Adige, Tuscany (Italy); California, Washington (U.S.); Spain; Bulgaria; Chile; Australia; New Zealand   Profile: This plushly fruited, blue-black grape is the most widely planted in the French wine … Continue reading

Grape Files: Macabeo

Color: White   Grown in: Penedès and Rioja (Spain); Roussillon (France); Languedoc (France)   A.K.A. Macabeu, Maccabéo (in Roussillon); Viura (in Rioja)   Profile: Macabeo reminds us of bright, glossy lemons, cantaloupe and green apples sliced thinly and scattered with … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Txakolina

Where: Basque Country, northern Spain. There are technically three separate regions here: Getariako Txakolina, Bizkaiko Txakolina and Arabako Txakolina, though they’re commonly referred to en masse as just Txakolina.   What: Txakolina is the region in which Txakoli, a.k.a. Chacolí … Continue reading

Grape Files: Albariño

Color: White   Grown in: Rías Baixas (Galicia, Spain); Vinho Verde (Portugal); occasionally California   A.K.A.: Alvarinho (in Portugal)   Profile: This is another zippy white that falls in the “super aromatic” camp, with bright notes of peaches, apricots and … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Jerez

Where: Jerez, a portion of Andalucía on the southern coast of Spain.   What: A Spanish DO (Denominación de Origen), one of the greatest — and, today, most ridiculously underappreciated — wine regions on the planet, and home to the … Continue reading

Winery Profile: R. López de Heredia

Who: R. López de Heredia   What: Stalwart of Rioja Tradition (red, white and rosé)   Where: Haro (Rioja Alta, Spain) – Viña Tondonia, Viña Bosconia, Viña Zaconia, Viña Cubillo   Why: Because for well over 100 years, the López … Continue reading

Grape Files: Tempranillo

Color: Red   Grown in: Spain and Portugal; occasionally other areas in the U.S.   Profile: Bright strawberry, red plum and spice notes, often tobacco-scented earthiness, with medium tannins. Appears to have the fruit of Pinot Noir, with the body … Continue reading