A passion for the land, as seen through the glass
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 for Spanish wines 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 Spanish 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 Ramirez de la Piscina Gran Reserva 2013Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2013Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
Celler Pasanau Priorat Finca La Planeta 2013Cabernet Sauvignon from Priorat, Spain
Remelluri Rioja Reserva 2013Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
Hermanos Pecina Reserva 2013Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
Can Rafols dels Caus Terraprima Red 2013Other Red Blends from Penedes, Spain
Bodegas Fernando Remirez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva 2013Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain