“Finally, few Spanish portfolios would be complete without a sassy Rioja. And the 2010 Finca Valpiedra Cantos Crianza is one of the most intensely flavorful Riojas I’ve had in years. Roughly translated as Songs of the Stone Valley, the Finca Valpiedra Cantos Crianza is all Tempranillo, with flavors of sweet oak and black cherry. This very contemporary Rioja provides immediate satisfaction to any lover of fruit-forward red wines, so much so that it should be dubbed the saltimbocca of wines, as it ‘jumps in the mouth.’ The attractive bouquet of mint and vanilla unite glass and palate like long lost lovers.”
Juvé & Camps - What's in the bottle?
“The Juvé y Camps winery in Catalonia is nearly a century old and is quite simply regarded as the prime producer of exceptional Cava. Their Brut Nature Gran Reserva is perhaps the signature representation of all that is perfect and pleasing about Spanish Cava. Made from Xarello, Macabeo, Parellada and Chardonnay grapes, the wine’s fruit comes entirely from estate vineyards. Dry with a slight bready note, the 2008 Juvé y Camp Brut Nature Gran Reserva will have sparkling wine and Champagne drinkers alike wooed by its balance and refreshing crispness.”
“A second Winebow-owned brand that is making some waves is the nicely viscous and aromatically alluring Lícia Albariño. The 2012 Licia is 100% Albariño from the Rías Baixas and shows off beautiful white peach and melon aromas. Albariño has long been one of my favorite pairings for seafood dishes especially authentic Spanish paella with jazzy saffron arborio that’s embedded with fresh shellfish. These two together make for a nearly unbeatable beachside substitute.”
“Los Dos Red made a big splash in Knoxville about seven years ago. Comprised of just two grapes, Garnacha and Syrah, the wine is well on its way to being a mega-value and big hit yet again. With the 2012 release of this Spanish blend, the wine takes on a Rhone-like nuance of savory aromas that combines well with Garnacha’s immediate cherry and red-berry fruit profile. The 2012 Los Dos will retail for around $9 and may have few Spanish competitors that can match up to it in both price and quality.”