Tag: Spain

Eat, drink and sleep: Rioja

With our focus firmly on Spain, Buyer Will Heslop offers an essential guide to planning a vinous adventure in Rioja, with tips on bodegas to visit, must-try dishes and where to stay. The quickest way to reach Rioja is to fly to Bilbao and drive due south – within an hour, you’re among the vineyards. […]

Spanish ageing explained

Our Spain Buyer Catriona Felstead MW de-codes three of the terms you’ll see on Spanish wine labels: Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva Most of us are used to seeing the terms “Crianza”, “Reserva” or “Gran Reserva” on wine labels – but what do they actually mean? In Spain (unlike South America) the use of these […]

The sheer appeal of Sherry

This month Damian Carrington muses the food matching power of Manzanilla and Fino, the absolute pleasure to be sought in a copita of Amontillado or Oloroso and the London spots serving serious Sherry alongside stonking Spanish food. As I know I have written before, I have a very soft spot for fortified wine and in […]

From Pétrus to Priorat: Álvaro Palacios

Winemaker of the moment Álvaro Palacios joined us earlier in the week to taste through the range of his 2015 wines. Having just been named Decanter Man of the Year 2015 and The Drinks Business’s 2016 Winemakers’ Winemaker Award, expectations were more than usually high – suffice to say, we were not disappointed. On terroir: […]