Last month Cuatro Rayas Bodega paid a visit to Vinopremier.com to let us sample their range of wines. Reading their website Cuatro Rayas is a large winery using modern wine making methods designed for bulk. It produces some 20% of all wines from the Rueda region, about 15 million bottles annually, and exports much of … Continue reading Cuatro Rayas Verdejo 2018
It is apparently 200 years since the first grape vine was planted on New Zealand soil by Reverend Samuel Marsden. Well done that man! Wonder if he knew just how successful New Zealand wines would become.
This wine is an excellent example of how sometimes a Vino de Tierra is your best choice. Historically when it comes to the Spanish wine quality labelling system wines from a DO or DOCa were a guarantee of quality levels and wines representative of that region. Vinos de Tierra were considered the lesser cousin. These … Continue reading Barcolobo Verdejo
A lovely belated birthday present. This guide is so chocca full of information it weighs a ton. I swear I need a book stand. Still I’ve started reading the history of wine making and already have a load of fun facts to share with you all. Watch this space!
A strange wine this one. A dry wine that seems sweet. Not at all what you expect and pretty good value for the price. The Moscatel or Muscat Blanc grape is mainly associated with sweet aromatic white wines, but this is a dry wine. It has a clear yellow gold colour and a fairly pronounced … Continue reading Juan Gil Moscatel Seco
Last month I went to a private wine tasting at Madrid & Darracott arranged for the birthday of a friend of mine. (Private tastings are very reasonably priced at this place, held in English or Spanish depending on your preference, and with a choice of locations: upstairs in the shop for small groups or downstairs … Continue reading Never Taste Wine When Full of a Cold
Congratulations to Tomevinos Barrio Salamanca two years old this week. One of my favourite wine shops.
Interesting article, in Spanish, from Granada hot.com about the negative effects of climate change on wine production here. The last two summers have delivered record numbers of forest fires, floods and summer hail storms all of which tend to kill off your grapes. As a consequence grape harvest levels have declined and wine makers are … Continue reading Climate Change in Spain
This final wine was not in fact part of the Nebbiolo Wine Tasting held by the Club de Vinos Madrid at the DOC Enoteca Italiana Wine Bar . However we were all having such a good time and DOC Enoteca is a great wine bar, so we decided to buy some more wine and carry on. … Continue reading Filo di Seta Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2013
Whilst most Nebbiolo wines are associated with the wine regions in Piedmont, and indeed a good 80% of Nebbiolo wine cultivation is done here, the neighbouring region of Lombardia also cultivates some 10% of Nebbiolo annual production. The third wine from the Nebbiolo Wine Tasting held by the Club de Vinos Madrid at the DOC … Continue reading Fruttaio Ca’Rizzieri 2015