This month’s Wine Blog Wednesday, founded by Lenndevours, is being hosted by Michelle and Kevin at My Wine Education, who asked us to find a , experimenting in value-priced Spanish wines. However, being a Spanish wine site, while also living in Spain, our lives are filled with value priced Spanish wines everywhere we turn. Thus, we thought we’d go the extra mile and include some suggestions from friends, and colleagues from around Spain. After sending out an email to dozens of ex-pats, business colleagues and Spanish wine lovers, asking for their favorite value wine, we aggregated all the responses we received into a list that includes links to the bodega, the price, and whether it is available outside of Spain. Sadly, many wines are only available here, but consider that motivation for a vacation! Just ask Tim if it’s worth the trip.
Moving on to our contribution to WBW, we popped open a bottle of NV Loxeral Cava Reserva Familiar a wine made from Parellada, Xarel.lo and Macabeo. From the hand-signed label slightly burnt around the edges offering a sense of tradition and antiquity to the wax stamp of approval, we had high hopes for this wine. A deep rich honey color with larger bubbles than either Ryan or I expected, the nose displayed caramel, honey, butter, almonds and grass. The palate, however, was a completely different animal, very one-dimensional with flavors of apple and bread and possibly oxidized. But because we haven’t had this wine before, we will look to pick it up again to give it another go. We bought it for approximately 7 Euros.
Oh well, such is the life of a wine hunter, always searching for the next great deal. In all fairness, this wine was bought on close out and Ryan had a creeping suspicion that it might have had a bit of oxidization to it. So, we’ll mark it down as a Cava to look out for in the future to see if maybe, just maybe, this bottle was not the best example.
What follows are some of the other great deals you can come across if you ever find yourself spending time in the land of Spanish wines. A big thanks to all of our friends for contributing and please do take some time to check out their sites where applicable.
Andrés Bartos is a new friend, filmmaker and the founder of Silolí Productions here in Spain.
Castillo Perelada Pescador Blanc a white wine known in Spanish as “vino de aguja” or “needle-wine” for its fine natural sparkle, valued at $10.
Duc de Foix from a wine cooperative in DO Penedes called, Covides. Which red wine Andres is fond of, we don’t know, but we do know that almost all of Covides’ wines are well under the $10 mark.
Marina and Ben are two very close friends of ours we came to know while living in here in Spain. Ben Curtis and Marina Diez started the Notes from Spain podcast in 2005, and have now expanded the network to include the Cuisine from Spain, Notes in Spanish podcasts, and Notes from Spain Forums. Finally if you need a bit of motivation to follow your dream and move to a new country, we highly suggest Ben’s book about his first year in Spain, Errant in Iberia. Thanks to you both for giving us the heads up on your price-valued Spanish wine.
Fuentespina Crianza, Bodegas Avelino Vegas, DO Ribera del Duero, made from 100% Tempranillo, valued at (a little above our price point, but interesting nonetheless) $18.00
Jeffery and Dawn are not only close friends but cohorts in the Spanish adventure. After living in Barcelona for almost three years, they are about to pack their bags and head back to Portland, Oregon, where they will continue their exploration of Iberian wines from the other side of planet. Thank you for the suggestions and hopefully we can try a few more bottles together before your departure.
2003 Altos de Tamaron, Bodegas Pagos del Ray, Do Ribera del Duero made with 100% Tempranillo, valued at $14 dollars a bottle out of the UK, while the 2004 can be found for approximately $4.00 out of Germany.
Adrienne may be a familiar name to you being that she has contributed several well-written and interesting articles to Catavino. In her spare time, you may spot her in Madrid, either giving tours, donning her chef hat and creating incredible concoctions, or expanding her sommelier wisdom while perusing local wine shops. And as you can see from her lengthy list below, she has a lot information to share! Thanks Adrienne!
Altos de Luzon, from Finca Luzon in DO Jumilla is a red wine made from 65% Mourvedre and 35% Syrah, and valued at $6.50 a bottle.
Telmo Rodríguez Dehesa Gago “G’ from DO Toro, made with 100% Tempranillo and valued at approximately $10 a bottle.
Nancy Brown, based in Madrid, is a dear friend who is the founder of a unique store called At Spain. It was inspired from her desire to offer a unique and authentic look at this wonderful place. Nancy offers a collection of gifts that reflect not only craftsmanship and artistry, but also items the Spanish lovingly call, de toda la vida; things practical yet fabulous in their power to remain essential to everyday life in Spain. Thank you for your contribution Nancy, and enjoy your vacation in the US.
Txopo is not only an incredible friend, but also an ex-roommate who is about to get hitched with his lovely soon-to-be-wife Zaida in Lugo, Galicia this September. Txopo, thank you for your contribution and know that we are excited to experience our very first Spanish wedding with you!
Janelle Norman is yet another dear friend, ex-roommate, and the creator of a great website dedicate to Spanish Tapas, Tapas Talk. A Minnesota native, Janelle has been writing bi-weekly recipes, restaurant reviews and wine reviews, alongside her other passion of giving tours around Madrid. Thanks Janelle for your contribution, and maybe your next article can be dedicated to tapas that marry well with your famous “pink cork” wine!
Bodegas Borsao Campo de Borja, DO Campo de Borja, valued at around $6 a bottle.
Kirsten Foster is a new colleague of ours who co-owns a fabulous Barcelona Tour company called, Saboroso Tours, which specializes in unique restaurants, gourmet food and wine shops, and anything even remotely pertaining to the palate. We highly suggest checking them out if you pass through our fair city of Barcelona!
Thanks again to Michelle and Kevin for hosting this month and for picking a theme that we can really get behind. Also a big thanks to all of our friends and colleagues. We hope that we can share a few of the wines mentioned above with you in the near future.
Till next month,
Ryan and Gabreilla