I would love Cava to become more popular and for producers to make a good return on their hard work. But too few Cavas have the easy drinkability and purity that would make them more enjoyable. There are some highlights though, and Juvé & Camps is one of them. This pink Cava is just lovely [...]
I first encountered Juvé y Camps last year in Barcelona. It’s a sort of ‘cult’ Cava, in that it’s really good, more expensive than regular Cavas, and is a bit of an insiders’ tip. It’s now available in the UK, and while this would never be confused with Champagne (that’s not the point), it is [...]
This is a new wine from Raventós I Blanc, formerly a Cava producer, but now working outside the DO (interestingly, BBR in the UK have decided to continue labelling this as Cava in their wine list to avoid the danger of confusing their customers). It’s described as a blanc des negres, and is a blend [...]
Tried these. Really lovely and rare.
Gonzalez Byass Añada 1987
This is a Palo Cortado, and it hasn’t been in a solera – instead, it’s made from casks from a single vintage that are set aside and then bottled when they are deemed ready. It has a super-complex nose of citrus, old wood and spice. The palate [...]
This is a superb, affordable Spanish white, made from a centenarian high-altitude (900 m) vineyard just outside (to the north east of) the Ribera del Duero DO. It’s made from the rare-ish Albillo Mayor grape variety, which is thought to be one of the parents of Tempranillo.
Ermita del Conde is a relatively new vineyard, established [...]
Urban winery LDN CRU (London Cru) are just about to release their 2014s. It’s the second vintage at this exciting project, based near Earl’s Court in West London, and I’m pleased to say that the wines are even better than the 2013s, which were already very good. I caught up with winemaker Gavin Monery at [...]
Had these at Mr Primack’s place. He’s a big fan of these wines, and I am too, now.
Envínate is a collaboration between four winemakers who are exploring distinctive terroirs in Tenerife (where these wines come from) and Ribeira Sacra. The partners – Roberto Santana, Alfonso Torrente, Laura Ramos, and José Martínez – met while studying oenology [...]
We tasted quite a few wines at the Tampere Wine Symposium, and one of the highlights was this flight of three whites. These aren’t expensive wines, but they’re really compelling and delicious.
Gramona Ovum Xarel-lo 2013 Catalunya, Spain
From a 4 hectare vineyard, fermented and aged in concrete eggs and amphorae. Lovely complex wine with nuts, lively [...]
Alfredo Arribas grew up and lived in Barcelona, and developed a successful career as an architect. He travelled the world working on interior design and architecture, and among other things had a hand in the Barcelona Olympics.
In 2001 he started his second life: in wine. There were two factors that led him this way. First, [...]
This is a lovely wine. It’s a varietal Mencia from Galicia, from the Valdeorras appellation, which is quite a bit inland on the river Sil. Some background on the wine from importer Ben Llewelyn of Carte Blanche:
Biobra is a Mencia from a tiny vineyard in the eastern end of Valdeorras produced by the excellent Gallegos-speaking [...]