Some of the most attractive wines come from Spain.
Cava, Rioja and Sherry are just three of the best known names. There are numerous other regions making fantastic wines in all styles at the great value prices Spain is famous for.
A few Spanish wines to try are:
Castillo Perellada, NV, Catalunya, £9.50, Field & Fawcett. One of the classier Cava labels using the traditional trio of indigenous grapes rather than the ever wider use of Champagne varieties. Lean, steely and bone dry, this one comes into its own with pinchos tapas as a crowd pleasing party fizz.
Bodegas Ponce, Pie Franco, Manchuela, £17.95, Roberson. From the Valencia area, Bobal is one of those trendy varieties that wine lovers rave about. A rustic green edge, juicy fruit and artisan production by a young winemaker, combine to produce a very pretty, sophisticated, different red. Lovely.
Bodegas Bentomiz, Malaga Moscatel, £18.50, Theatre of Wine. Anyone who has spent time in the moody hills of Axarquia will know the local sweet wine sold in 2 litre plastic bottles from dusty front rooms in Sayalonga. This upmarket version is perfect for orange flavoured chocolate mousse.
Sherry wines have been undergoing a revolution for a while now, with many bodegas doing their utmost to bring the fabulous fortified wines of Jerez and Sanlucar in Andalucia to a younger audience.
Fernando de Castilla, Fino, Virgin Wines, £9.99. One of the best producers in Jerez, this is delicious with nutty Manchego cheese and salted almonds.
London has some great, authentic Sherry and tapas bars including Bar Pepito in King’s Cross (see Camino’s).
To learn more about Sherry, see West London Wine School in Fulham. For more info on Spanish wines see Wines from Spain. For a website on Spanish foods, see Foods from Spain.
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