Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines...
Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.
Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.
Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico Tinto 2009Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
Bodegas Vinicola Real 200 Monges Reserva 2009Other Red Blends from Rioja, Spain
Bodegas Ramon Bilbao Mirto 2009Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain