Marqués de Murrieta Dalmau 2009 Rioja, Spain

This is a single vineyard wine from leading Rioja producer Marques de Murrieta. It’s a selection from the 60 year-old Canajas vineyard, which is part of the 300 hectare Ygay estate surrounding the winery in the south of Rioja Alta. Altitude us 465 m, and the varietal breakdown is 74% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and [...]

Some new Torres wines, with Miguel

Miguel Torres was in town, to discuss Torres’ environmental concerns, and also to show some new wines. I have great respect for Mr Torres, who has made the environment and climate change a big focus for his company. It’s a real interest of his, and a couple of years ago I took part in an [...]

Tapas crawling in Logroño, Rioja

I’m in Rioja, on a short trip with Vintae, a dynamic wine company looking to make authentic wines across several Spanish wine regions. They’re working with organics, marginal vineyards, forgotten vineyards and have a particular focus on Grenache. We’re staying in Logroño, so on the first night it was pretty much obligatory to go tapas [...]

Viña Tondonia Reserva 2004

This is a lovely wine. Lopez de Heredia is an ultratradtional winery in Rioja, with no concessions made to modernity. I really like their wines, which show lovely complexity, made in quite an oxidative style. This Reserva 2004 is still a baby, but shows brilliant potential. If you can find any of the whites, they [...]

The remarkable Marqués de Riscal City of Wine

Yesterday I visited one of the world’s most remarkable winery buildings. I had dinner at the Marqués de Riscal ‘City of Wine’. I’d heard about Riscal’s bold architecture, but it’s only when you get close and see the construction face to face that you realise how stunning it is. It pops out of the sleepy-looking [...]

At Contino, Rioja, with winemaker Jesús Madrazo

Contino is an estate-based winery, which is unusual in Rioja. It’s based on a 62 hectare vineyard that is at the beginning of Rioja Alavesa, not far from Logroño. The vineyard is in a 100 hectare meander of the River Ebro, facing south, at 400 m altitude.

Jesús Madrazo, Contino

We visited with winemaker Jesús Madrazo, [...]

Video: reviewing Torres Sangre de Toro, a good honest cheapie

I have a soft spot for Torres. They’re a big company, but they make honest wines. The cheap stuff – the Vina Sol, Vina Esmerelda and the Sangre de Toro – are all really reliable and over-deliver. And they aren’t tricked up. And then Torres also do good expensive stuff, too.

So, continuing my theme of [...]

More highlights from Simplesmente Vinho

Marta Soares

Some more highlights from Simplesmente Vinho to mention. There are a few more to come after this. A show full of interesting wines, for sure.

Marta Soares is an artist and a winemaker. She still lectures in art, but her main gig is wine. At Casal Figueira in Lisboa she makes wine from just one [...]

In Porto for Simplesmente Vinho 2016

I’m in the lovely city of Porto, northern Portugal, for Simplesmente Vinho 2016. Held over this weekend at the Convento Monchique, an impressive run down Manueline building that is in the first stages of being restored, it’s a two-day festival of small, authentic wines combined with food, art and music.

60 producers are attending this [...]

Eulogio Pomares Albariño Crianza Oxidativa 2011 Rías Baixas, Spain

Eulogio Pomares is the viticulturist and winemaker at Zarate in Rias Baixas, Spain, and he has also his own project, Grandes Vinos Desiguales.

He makes two wines, both from Albariño: a skin contact white, and this, his Crianza Oxidativa. The unusual conditions of 2011 meant that the grapes failed to accumulate sugar in the normal way. [...]