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:…

Codorniu Cuvee Barcelona 1872

Codorníu is the world’s oldest and second-largest producer of bottle-fermented sparkling wine, known as cava, made by the traditional champagne method and it was founded in Barcelona, Spain in 1551. I first visited Sant Sadurní d’Anoia 20 years ago and was in Catalunya again last month, so I picked up a bottle of this cava. The…

Albariño, Vinas de Rey, Tesco Finest

Tesco’s updated ‘Finest’ range is doing a good job of teaming up with good producers and releasing own-label wines that are interesting and reasonably priced. As I’m off to Spain shortly I thought I’d get in the mood by trying another of Tesco’s (so far) interesting, well chosen ‘Finest’ range of wines. In recent years Albariño attracted…

Codorniu Cava

Codorníu is the world’s oldest and second-largest producer of bottle-fermented sparkling wine, known as cava, made by the traditional champagne method and it was founded in Barcelona, Spain in 1551. I visit the area every year and have been going for there for 20 years (I’m off there again next month). We visited Sant Sadurní…

Gramona ‘Vi de Glass’ Vino Dulce de Frio Riesling

This is unusual: a Spanish sweet wine – Gramona ‘Vi de Glass’ Vino Dulce de Frio Riesling from Uvinum in London. It’s an ‘ice wine’, but rather than letting the grapes freeze on the vine, they are harvested and frozen with liquid nitrogen. It comes in a remarkably tall, thin bottle – which certainly provides…

Faustino VII Rioja

A familiar looking bottle – this wine is widely available. My local corner shop stocks it. There are several variations, featuring some kind of Cavalier – who has put me off for years. As an alternative to Campo Viejo, the market leading rioja I gave it a whirl. The standard was about the same and…

Campo Viejo Cava

I love Catalonia – a wild, passionate, beautiful part of Spain. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been there; once this year and two trips planned next year. They want to devolve from ‘Spain’, but as the wealthiest part of the country, this won’t be easy… I met with the winemakers at…