Two from Spain: Basconcillos and Sandoval

After posting on two Portuguese wines yesterday, I thought I’d stay in the Iberian peninsula and write up two Spanish bottles. The Basconcillos is a low-SO2 red that’s brilliant value for money, and although there’s some American oak here it doesn’t dominate at all, although there’s certainly some oak evident. The Sandoval is made by […]

Two great, affordable Spanish reds

Two really good Spanish reds here, which I have tasted (and drunk) as part of my research in compiling a Top 100 reds under £10 feature.

Spain has been particularly strong in this price bracket. The reason? Lots of old vines, and good wine growing terroirs. When the oak use is restrained, or absent even, the […]

26 vintages of Vega Sicilia, one of Spain's greatest wines

Remarkable tasting, this morning, at The Square restaurant in London. 26 vintage of Vega Sicilia back to 1920.

There’s something special about Vega Sicilia. It is unique. It is long-lived. It is Spain’s undisputed star, and the wines are made today pretty much in the way they always have been (although for the last couple of […]

Pago de Los Capellanes Reserva 2007, and day 8 of the IWC

Table 9, day 8

Back to the home of cricket for day 8 of the International Wine Challenge. It was another wet, cold day, but I had another good table, and although we worked hard, finishing after 5 pm, it was an enjoyable day’s work. There’s a reason that we have four or five judges […]

Psi from Ribera del Duero


Named after the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet, this is a project by Peter Sisseck of Pingus fame, in collaboration with growers in Ribera del Duero, Spain. The idea is to form partnerships with custodians of old vine Tempranillo (known here as Tinto Fino), to encourage them to farm more sensitively, cultivating the […]