Campo Viejo Albariño 2018 Rias Baixas

Albariño is currently rather fashionable, particularly when from Rias Baixas in Galicia. It’s a somewhat forgotten, often rainy inland area of North Western Spain. The salty hint to the wine makes it go particularly well with food. From Elena Adell, Campo Viejo’s talented wine maker. Tasting notes: Pale straw colour. Light-bodied. Citrus, apple and floral…

M&S Classics Albariño Rías Baixas 2019

With its ‘Classics’ range M&S set out to produce wines which are the epitome of a grape, blend or region. It includes repackaged wines from existing suppliers as well as new wines that buyers had to go out and hunt down. Sue Daniels set out “to find and redefine those lovely well-known regions and iconic…

Valiosa Brut NV Spain Laithwaite’s

This Spanish fizz from La Mancha came into being when the opportunist Solis brothers heard that there was a global prosecco shortage a few years ago and decided to try growing Glera grapes in the hot, inland plains south of Madrid. It didn’t work, so they employed similar methods of production (the Charmat or ‘tank’…

‘Cune’ Rioja Blanco, Barrel Fermented 2018

The viura grapes used for Cune white rioja originate from vines owned by the winery and also other estates found in the La Rioja region. Is the £10 Barrel fermented rioja much better than their £5 entry level Viura? This wine has benefited from fermentation in new American oak casks for a few weeks at cellar temperature (between…

‘Cune’ Imperial Rioja Reserva 2015

Cune Imperial Reserva is a rioja ‘Reserva’, which means that the wine must have some time aging in oak and futher ageing in the bottle.but not as long as a Gran Reserva. Although the label states ‘Tempranillo’, this wine is in fact a blend of Tempranillo, Mazuela and Graciano. The grapes used for Cune Imperial…

‘Cune’ Rioja Crianza Tempranillo 2016

I explained to a connoisseur once that it is really CVNE, and that ‘CUNE’ came about when a sign arrived on which the sign-writer had mistaken the V for a U – but the company ran with it. He told me I was wrong, and it was just CUNE. I futher explained that it is…

Campo Viejo White Rioja -2019

I met with the winemaker, Elena Adell at a Decanter magazine tasting at Michelin starred Ametsa with Arzak Instruction at Como The Halkin Hotel in Belgravia a few years ago. Their white rioja was up for tasting and I really liked it. The Tempranillo grape has been used in red rioja for ever. Seventeen years…

Viña Sol – Torres 2018 UPDATE

Founded in 1870, Torres have been producing this wine since the 1960s. It’s decent wine with a timeless quality to it and fairly good value. I buy it regularly in the summer and it remains popular in Spain. This wine comes in a thin, light bottle which is more environmentally friendly – more producers should…

Atalayo do Mar Godello – Virgin Wines

Godello, like Albariño has seen growing interest and sales as bored adventurous buyers seek out the next big thing. I’ve tried a few of each and usually visit Spain for a week every year. But not this year… At its current price point it is good value for money and will remind you of visits…

Vinedos Barrihuelo, Rioja Blanco, Sainsburys Taste the Difference

I continue to be impressed with Tesco’s revitalised ‘Finest’ range and with Sainsburys ‘Taste the Difference’ range.  The wine is from Bodegas Muriel: founded in 1926, it is now one of the largest family-owned and managed wine companies in Rioja. They create modern tasting wines and this was (I suspect) selected by Clem Yates: she…

Viña Sol, Torres

Founded in 1870, Torres have been producing this wine since the 1960s. Is it rather dated – like I found Viña Esmeralda to be? No – it’s decent wine with a timeless quality to it and fairly good value. I buy it regularly in the summer and it remains popular in Spain. Tasting notes: Pale…

Viña Esmeralda, Torres

Founded in 1870, Torres have been producing this wine since 1976. I’m a fan of Gewürztraminer, Reisling, Torrontes. I wanted to like this wine – which I have tried before – but it was sweeter than I recall and I’m sorry to say it tasted like wines I had in the 80s…   Tasting notes:…