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Mediterranean Spain: Where to Start?

Mediterranean Spain: Where to Start?

BY JOSH RAYNOLDS | MARCH 18, 2021 The sprawling area of Spain’s Mediterranean rim starts in Catalonia and sweeps south and west through Penedès, Tarragona, Valencia and Murcia, then west to Andalusia. It also includes, for obvious reasons, the island of Mallorca. The range of wines produced from these sea-influenced zones is staggering, from bone-dry bubblies to structured, world-class reds and some of the most decadent sweet wines in the world. ... Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, in many ways Penedès was the region that pushed Spain’s red wines into the international spotlight. Based on Bordeaux varieties but almost exclusively...
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3/18/21
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2020: Lockdown stories – view from the vines

2020: Lockdown stories – view from the vines

As our lives and horizons suddenly closed in around us, growing more limited in the year of Covid-19, it was perhaps difficult to appreciate what other people ‘out there’, elsewhere in the world, were experiencing and feeling. Peter Richards MW spoke to winemakers in six different nations to find out how they and their teams coped as events developed  Peter Richards MWDecember 28, 2020 Erni Loosen during lockdown Surreal. That’s the word many winemakers use about lockdown, a stark new reality that defined 2020: the year that Covid-19 struck. ‘It was like floating in a bubble – your world feels...
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12/28/20
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TOP 100 WINES OF SPAIN 2020

TOP 100 WINES OF SPAIN 2020

Most of you know that Spain makes incredible value wines, but I am not talking about super cheap bottles in supermarkets. The strength of Spanish wines are those that sell for between $15 and $40 a bottle and show deft sophistication, unique character and wonderful drinkability. This is why the focus for this year’s list of the Top 100 Wines of Spain is clearly on value, particularly in the Top 10 wines. If you follow Spanish wines even slightly, you probably already know the top names who make superb and rare wines such as Vega Sicilia, Alvaro Palacios, Telmo Rodriguez,...
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12/16/20
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Decanter World Wine Awards 2020: Familia Torres

Decanter World Wine Awards 2020: Familia Torres

Best in Show: The top 50 wines of DWWA 2020: Grans Muralles, DO Conca de Barberà, 2016 Gold Medal: Celeste Reserva, DO Ribera del Duero, 2015 (95) Pazo das Bruxas, DO Rías Baixas, 2019 (95) Silver Medal: Milmanda, DO Conca de Barberà, 2017 (91) Perpetual, DOQ Priorat 2017 (90) Salmos, DOQ Priorat, 2017 (91)
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9/23/20
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