Category Archives: Spain

Monastrell, Goru, Organic, Vino Ecologico, Jumilla DO, Spain, 2014, 14% abv. C$20

This is a red wine made from 100% Monastrell in the Jumilla DO southeast of Madrid between the Castile-La Mancha region and the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Monastrell is also known as Mourvèdre (in France) and Mataro (in Australia) and 85% … Continue reading

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Tarima, Organic, Monastrell, Alicante DO, Spain, 14.5% abv, 2012, C$14++

What exactly is Monastrell?  In France it’s called Mourvèdre, and in Australia, Mataro.  In those two countries, the grape is part the common blend called GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) with each of the grapes bringing something special to the blend.  … Continue reading

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Viña Tondonia, White Reserva, López de Heredia, Rioja DOC, Rioja Alta, Spain, 1999, 12.5% abv, C$50++

It’s hard to share a bottle of López de Heredia.  Firstly, I would be quite happy to keep it all to myself.  So, selfishness ranks high.  But the other reason is that it’s often hard to find someone to drink it … Continue reading

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Bobal, Corazón Loco, Rosé , DO Manchuela, Spain, 13% abv, C$20

From a landlocked DO west of Valencia and Utiel-Requena off the southwest coast of Spain comes the Corazón Loco – the crazy heart – a rosé made from Spanish varietal Bobal.  Named after the Latin bovale for its (apparent) similarity … Continue reading

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Albariño, Viña Vedra, Val do Salnés, Rias Baixas DO, Spain, 2013, 12.5% abv, C$17++

The Val do Salnés region is located in Rias Baixas and hangs way off the edge of northwestern Spain, north of the border with Portugal where the grape is called Alvarinho. Hugging the Atlantic Ocean and cooled by its breezes, … Continue reading

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Txakoli, Bodegas Gurrutxaga, Bizkaiko Txakolina DO, Spain, 11.5% abv, C$30

A word to the marketing department at Bodegas Gurrutxaga.  A little additional English on the bottle would help get the word out.  Just sayin’… But then, perhaps they want to keep this one a secret – and I can certainly … Continue reading

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Blanc de Pacs, Parés Baltà, Organic, Penedes DO, Spain, 2014, 11.5% abv, C$21++

I often go to Everything Wine because of their always impressive selection of easy-on-the-pocket-book, unusual varietal Spanish wines.  My most recent trip didn’t disappoint. The Parés Baltà bodega produces wines from 100% guaranteed organic grapes grown on its Demeter certified … Continue reading

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