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Wine Blog Wednesday #70 Wrap-Up: Reaching Out of Your Comfort Zone with Spanish Wines

Por fin! With a considerable amount of hours logged, searching for those few eluding posts, we have finally completed the wrap-up post for Wine Blog Wednesday #70 – a truly successful event! We gave you the daunting task of stepping out of your comfort zone to find a Spanish grape, wine style or region that you weren’t familiar with. Instead of reaching for that traditional Friday night bottle of Rias Biaxes, we prodded you to give DO Terra Alta a whirl. If you’re a Garnacha fanatic, we urged you to pick up a wine made from Mazuelo instead. Or if you have absolutely detested Sherry in the past, having tried it only once in your life with poor results, we begged on hands and knees to seek out a fresh bottle of Amontillado, pushing your tastebuds for something new and exciting. And we’re eager, nay…exuberant! to say that just about everyone one took our challenge to heart.

What were the results?! First and foremost, we had nine countries participate in this month’s Wine Blog Wednesday, including countries such as Finland, Holland, South Africa and Canada! We love international banter, and to have so many people keen to join in the event was truly spectacular! Additionally, many of you provided us with comprehensive and educational information on your highlighted grape, style or region, as opposed to a straightforward tasting note. This may seem trivial, but for us, it indicates both curiosity and passion, two traits we admire here at Catavino. Finally, some of you stumbled across wines that even we were a little astounded by! Some of these include the 2006 Coto de Gomariz’s VX Cuvée Caco, a blend made with Carabuñeira; as well as the Salvador Poveda’s Fondillón Gran Reserva 1970 from DO Alicante. Granted, Mariëlla Beukers bought the wine when visiting Barcelona in 2008, but the fact that she broke open this little piece of heaven for Wine Blog Wednesday was not only completely unexpected, but totally appreciated!

WBW Spanish Wine Map

Much like our wrap up post for WBW #38 on Portuguese Table Wines, way back in 2007, we took the weekend to compile a comprehensive map of every wine submitted.  Now, we don’t expect that every WBW will receive the same treatment, but we at Catavino specialize in Spanish wines, and therefore, want to offer you the very best visual to encompass the wines and flavors across Spain. However, on this occasion, we chose to highlight every Spanish wine by style including: white, red, fortified, cava and sherry. Check out our WBW Spanish Map key below.

What’s the point of this map? Simply put, it’s a way for us to having a better understanding as to where your wines were produced, and how wines can vary drastically depending on the climate, soil, etc. For example, Garnacha tastes wildly different if made in Rioja or Priorat. Therefore, this map allows you garner a better understanding of where, and why, flavors change. Additionally, rather than isolate someone’s review without context, you have the ability to click on a pin and see who wrote about what wines. And because we want to encourage you to click on the author’s name to read their entire article, or see their video, only a small synopsis is provided. A teaser if you will.

Please note that whenever possible, we’ve tried to use the winery’s address to position the pin on the map. But, there were many instances that an exact address was neither provided on the bottle,  nor on the website, forcing us to place the pin in the general wine producing area. (Note to wineries: Update your information online!)

Finally, if you look below the map, we’ve also listed every submission with the name of: the author, the country, where the submission originated, the wine and the region. Again, simply click on the wine and you’ll go directly to the author’s site.

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Submissions Based on Spanish Wine Style


Catavino (Spain) – 2008 Manzuel0 de la Quinta de la Cruz, DOCq Rioja
Vino Tinto (Sweden) – Parcelas de Graciano 2006 Colección Vivanco, DOCq Rioja
Vino Tinto (Sweden) – Parcelas de Mazuelo 2008 Colección Vivanco, DOCq Rioja
The Red White Boston (USA) – 2007 Compañia de Vinos Telmo Rodriguez LZ, DOCq Rioja
The Wine Monologues (USA) – 2005 Alquezar Moristel, DO Somontano
Sonia Andresson-Nolasco (USA) – 2009 Pirineos Mesache, DO Somontano
Rick Fisher (USA) – 2006 Pirineos Parraleta, DO Somontano
Miss in Wine (South Africa) – 2008 Petalos, DO Bierzo
Sip, Swirl, Snark (USA) – 2003 Ribas del Cúa Mencia, DO Bierzo
Spwein (Spain) – 2008 Petalos, DO Bierzo
A Glass Afterwork (USA) – 2005 Mencía Xestal, DO Bierzo
The Cork Chronicles (USA) – 2007 Abadia Retuerta, Special Selection, VT Castilla y Leon
2001 Bottles (Canada) – 2005 Bodegas Abadia Retuerta Rivola, VT Castilla y Leon
Bibendum (UK) – Summa Varietalis 2005, Castilla La Mancha
Virginia’s Long Island (USA) – 2009 Venta Morales Tempranillo, Castille La Mancha
Wine Predator (USA) – 2009 Vina Borgia, DO Campo de Borja
Wine Predator (USA) – 2008 Tres Picos Borsao, DO Campo de Borja
Grapefan (UK) – 2007 Bodegas Epifanio Rivera Erial Tradicion Familia, DO Ribera del Duero
A Good Time with Wine (USA) – 2004 Museum Real Reserva, DO Ribera del Duero
Virginia’s Long Island (USA) – 2009 Tarima Monastrell Red, DO Jumilla
Drink What You Like (USA) – 2007 Nudo Petit Verdot Private Collection, DO Jumilla
Spittoon (UK) – 2008 Juan Gil Monastrell, DO Jumilla
1 Wine Dude Review (USA) – 2009 Bodegas San Martin Ilagares Tinto, DO Navarra
1 Wine Dude Review (USA) – 2006 Ochoa Tempranillo Crianza, DO Navarra
Grapes of Sloth (Ireland) – B2008 Beryna, DO Alicante
Pantagruelic (Portugal) – Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos Prima 2008, DO Toro
Vinos Ambiz (Spain) – Pinto, Vino de la Mesa
Arnold Waldstein (USA) – Ponce ’09 Manchuela Buena Pinta
Family, Love Wine (USA) – 2009 Camino de Navaherreros Garnacha, DO Vinos de Madrid
PR Grisley (USA) – 2006 Coto de Gomariz’s VX Cuvée Caco, DO Ribeiro
The Passionate Foodie (USA) – 2007 Bodegas Avanthia Mencia, DO Valdeorras
Twenty Months (USA) – 2009 D. Ventura’s Viña do Burato, DO Ribeira Sacra
Teach Us Wine (USA) – Sol de España
Dominique Roujou (Spain) – 2007 Marque de Valdueza, Vino de la Tierra Extremadura
Spittoon (UK) – 2008 Cien Y Pico, Doble Pasta, DO Mancheula


Julian S. Talaveron (Spain) – 2009 Inspiracion Valdemar Tempranillo Blanco, Rioja DOCq
Luscious Lushes (USA) – Castillo de Maetierra Guerrilla Whites, DOCq Rioja
Virginia’s Long Island (USA) – 2009 Shaya Verdejo Old Vines White Wine, DOCq Rioja
The Wine Case (Canada) – 2009 Ad Libitum, DOCq La Rioja
Grapes of Sloth (Ireland) – 2009 Picarana, Vinos de Madrid
Mi Vida es un Blog (Spain)- 2009 Picarana, Vinos de Madrid
Sip, Swirl, Snark (USA) – 2008 Bodegas Fillaboa Albariño, DO Rias Biaxes
Undertaking Wine (USA) – 2009 2009 Vionta Albariño, Do Rias Biaxes
Kulinarischer Salon (Austria)- 2007 Dominio do Bibei Lapola, DO Ribeira Sacra
Cheap Wine Ratings (USA) – Tapeña Verdejo, Tierra de Castilla
Ruck & Vine (Ireland) – 2009 Mara Martin Godello, DO Monterrei
Grapefan (UK) – 2009 Navazos Niepoort, Vino de la Mesa Andalucia
Catavino (Spain) – 2008 Mas Rodo Montonega, DOCq Penedes
Spittoon (UK) – 2009 La Báscula Catalan Eagle, DO Terra Alta


Cincinnati Wine Travels (USA) – Alvear, Pedro Ximenez Solera 1927, DO Montilla Moriles
2001 Bottles (Canada) – Alvear Pedro Ximenez Solera 1907, D.O. Montilla Moriles
Wijnkronieken (Holland) – Salvador Poveda Fondillón Gran Reserva 1970, DO Alicante


2001 Bottles (Canada) – 2006 Marques de Gelida Brut Exclusive Reserva, DO Cava
Wine Predator (USA) – NV Albero Cava Brut, DO Cava
Catavino (Spain) – 2001 Manuel Raventos Gran Reserva Personal, DO Cava
Catavino (Spain) – 2005 Segura Viudas Torre Galimany Gran Reserva, DO Cava


Aleksi Mehtonen (Finland) – Marques del Real Tesoro Amontillado Medium
Aleksi Mehtonen (Finland) – La Guita Manzanilla
Delong Wine (UK) – Tio Pepe Fino Sherry
New York Cork Report (USA) – Dios Baco Oloroso Jerez 30 Years Old Baco Imperial
A Good Time with Wine (USA) – Osborne Pedro Ximenez
Winecast (USA) – Emilio Lustau, Sherry Dry Amontillado, “Los Arcos” Solera Reserva NV


Bloggers Participated = 45
Non-Bloggers Participated = 1
Wines Tasted = 62
Participating Countries = 11 (Ireland, USA, UK, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Austria, Finland, Sweden, South Africa, Canada)


Big hats off to Lenn Thompson for not only getting the Wine Blog Wednesday ball rolling again, but also providing us the enormous pleasure of hosting it! Whether we received a short tweet, or a lengthy novel, we love seeing people explore new Iberian wines! Thanks to everyone who participated and if we missed you, never hesitate to send us a note. We’ll happily add your submission to the list!

Gabriella Opaz

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