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Spain is definitely one of the new-world players to keep an eye on. It is the land of old-vines, american oak and sherry! The main varieties grown in Spain are Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache) in the reds, and Airén, Viura/Macabeo, Verdejo and Albarino for the whites. Lesser grown whites include Palomino. Other reds successfully cultivated include Carignan, Mourvedre and Mencia.

Although Spain can be quite a warm country, the vast majority of vineyards are 600m or so above sea level, so the cooler nights allow the grapes to develop full colour and acidity.

Rioja is undoubtedly the long-standing king of all the Spanish wine regions, where Tempranillo and Garnacha are commonly blended. However more recently many more regions have come to the forefront of interest. Ribera Del Duero is producing excellent Tempranillo blends rivalling those coming out of Rioja. Jerez in the South is the home of the fortified wine Sherry.

Spanish wine laws created the Denominación de Origen (DO) system in 1932 and were later revised in 1970. These include:
  • - Denominación de Origen Calificada (formerly called DOCa) Priorat calls itself DOQ for Denominació d'Origen Qualificada in Catalan and has a track record of consistent quality and is meant to be a step above DO level.
  • - Denominación de Origen (DO)- Used for mainstream-quality wine regions. Nearly two thirds of the total vineyard area in Spain is within the boundaries of a DO region.
  • - Vino de Calidad Producido en Región Determinada (VCPRD) - This is somewhat of a stepping stone to DO status.
  • - Vinos de la Tierra (VdIT) - A level similar to France's vin de pays system, where the regions are much larger.
  • - Vino de Mesa (VdM)- The equivalent of 'table wines' from France or Italy
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  1. Marques De Tezona Tempranillo 2018
    An impressively complete and versatile wine suitable for immediate appreciation. Rich, yet elegant with beautiful flavours, softness and very approachable - this is great quality for the price! The nose shows ripe redcurrants, wild strawberries, dried herbs and some savoury ... Learn More
  2. Marques De Tezona Tempranillo 2017
    An impressively complete and versatile wine suitable for immediate appreciation. Rich, yet elegant with beautiful flavours, softness and very approachable - this is great quality for the price! The nose shows ripe redcurrants, wild strawberries, dried herbs and some savoury ... Learn More
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  3. Altacena Tempranillo 2018
    A great value tempranillo with an inviting nose of ripe dark berries and plums with hints of smoked spice. An elegant, medium bodied palate with lots of ripe red berried fruit and smoky spice. All supported by fine graphite tannins. ... Learn More
  4. Alegro Rioja Tinto Tempranillo 2019
    A fun, fruity wine, perfect to enjoy every day with a snack or any Mediterranean dishes, like rice, vegetable or pasta. This wine is representative of the virtues of the Tempranillo variety: intense floral aromas, very fresh red and dark ... Learn More
  5. Vina Muriel Rioja Crianza 2015
    Very bright and cherry red in colour leading to ripe red fruited aromas and flavours combined with subtle vanilla, mocha and liquorice notes. The palate is fleshy and mouth-filling with soft, juicy fruit, soft acidity and supple tannins. A very ... Learn More
  6. Pazo Cilleiro Albarino 2019
    Selected small vineyards around the winery, in Salnes Valley, in the heart of the Rias Baixas appellation (in Galicia - Northwestern Spain). The soil is granite, quite rich in quartz but poor in organic components, with a sandy texture. The ... Learn More
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  7. Pazo Cilleiro Albarino 2018
    Selected small vineyards around the winery, in Salnes Valley, in the heart of the Rias Baixas appellation (in Galicia - Northwestern Spain). The soil is granite, quite rich in quartz but poor in organic components, with a sandy texture. The ... Learn More
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  8. Finca Nueva Rioja Rosado 2016
    The Finca Nueva Rosado is made for easy and enjoyable drinking. From the creator of Finca Allende, these wines over deliver on expectations. Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, one of the great revolutionaries pushing for modernity in Rioja, is the man ... Learn More
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  9. Alegro Rioja Crianza 2017
    A representative wine of the new Rioja style, interpreted from modernity. Elegant, balanced and reliable on any occasion, with classic aromas of red fruit and vanilla and subtle hints of liquorice and toffee. Versatile with all kinds of Mediterranean dishes ( ... Learn More
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  10. Vina Muriel Rioja Reserva 2015
    Classic ruby red with a terracotta hue. Lifted aromas of red berries, cola, vanilla and subtle garden herbs. Ripe fruit flavour is pulled elegantly firm with fine sandy tannins and perky, refreshing acidity. This is an expressive yet refined Tempranillo ... Learn More
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  11. Alegro Rioja Reserva 2014
    A clear example of the elegance and silkiness of Rioja Reservas but with a more modern profile. With the complexity of long ageing in the barrel and bottle, and the delicateness of the Tempranillo. A wine with intense aromas of ... Learn More
  12. Grace Yamanashi De Grace Red Blend 2018 (Pre-Arrival Offer)
    Made from Muscat Bailey A grown at the foothills of Kayagatake mountain and Katsunuma, the wine, is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon(also from Kayagatake foothills)and Merlot (from Akeno),then aged in seasonal French oak barrels. The abundunt fruit flavours ... Learn More
  13. Grace Gris De Koshu 2019 (Pre-Arrival Offer)
    Yamanashi is the first Japanese Geographical Indication (GI) for wine. Established in 2013, it is situated in the prefecture of the same name. Yamanashi is promoted as the birthplace of Japanese wine production. Koshu is a thick skinned grape and purplish-pink ... Learn More
  14. Grace Koshu Private Reserve 2019 (Pre-Arrival Offer)
    Yamanashi is the first Japanese Geographical Indication (GI) for wine. Established in 2013, it is situated in the prefecture of the same name. Yamanashi is promoted as the birthplace of Japanese wine production. Koshu is a thick skinned grape and purplish-pink ... Learn More
  15. Toro Albala Fino Electrico Bombilla 750Ml
    Made from 100% Pedro Ximénez, the dominant grape variety in Montilla-Moriles. It's a fino that differs from its Jerez counterparts on two counts: firstly it is made from 100% Pedro Ximénez and secondly it is not fortified (as the grapes ... Learn More
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  16. Valenciso Reserva Rioja 2012
    It's naturally fermented, vinified in concrete vats and aged in low toast French and Russian oak for just 12 months. Forest fruits on the nose with some cherry aromas. There are also some earthy notes and hints of liquorice. Has liquorice, ... Learn More
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  17. Terroir Al Limit Priorat Historic Negre 2017
    Made from 75% Grenache and 25% Carignan. "It fermented with full clusters in stainless steel, where it was kept until bottling. It's a fruit-driven, light, refreshing Mediterranean blend with notes of licorice and wild berries. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins ... Learn More
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  18. Toro Albala Don Px 1994 (Half Bottle 375Ml)
    Toro Albalá put aside select lots of their best vintage wines for later release under this label. These rich and complex Pedro Ximénez wines are destined for very long ageing in oak barrels. After filling and sealing, these barrels ... Learn More
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    Luis Gutierrez
  19. Toro Albala Don Px Gran Reserva 1990 (Half Bottle 375Ml)
    There is no time limit for storage of this, and it improves with age even in opened bottle. Balsamic on the nose with pronounced notes of carob bean, marinades, liquorice, and raisined plums. These fragrances suddenly evolve into marked herbal ... Learn More
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  20. Santamania Premium Grape Vodka (700Ml)
    Santamanía's unique choice comes from the highest Mountain in Spain, the volcano of Mount Teide in Tenerife. The water that makes its way through the underground volcanic galleries of Tiede derive from the humid trade winds that come off ... Learn More
  21. La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Alberdi’ 2012
    100% Tempranillo sourced from an estate-owned vineyard in Rioja. ... Learn More
  22. Grace Koshu Hishiyama Vineyard Selection 2019 (Pre-Arrival Offer)
    Flinty, slightly smoky, almond, white melon, almost a brine/oyster shell. Tight , but gentle, flinty texture, very fine, lemon in water, lightness, and fine length. A bit blink-and-you-will-miss-it in style, but so engaging. Slight watermelon rind bitterness on a surprisingly ... Learn More
  23. Santamania Madrid Dry Gin 700Ml
    A juniper-driven London Dry style, with a distinctive Spanish accent. A beautifully balanced contemporary gin. The nose shows pungent rosemary and fresh citrus aromas. The flavour profile is both zesty and sappy with delicate floral notes and of course the ... Learn More
  24. Grace Koshu Toriibira Vineyard Selection 2019 (Pre-Arrival Offer)
    More white fleshed fruit, a little dash of pepper, apple skin, light grip, fresh and fine, a dusty texture, but a smoother and more composed wine than the Hishiyama, and little longer, though perhaps that’s splitting hairs. So lovely. ... Learn More
  25. La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Ardanza’ 2008
    The Tempranillo grapes (80%) come from the 30-year-old La Cuesta and Montecillo vineyards, located in Fuenmayor y Cenicero. For the first time in the blend of this brand, the Garnacha (20%) comes from La Pedriza vineyard in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja) at an ... Learn More
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  26. La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Ardanza’ 2009
    The Tempranillo grapes (80%) come from the 30-year-old La Cuesta and Montecillo vineyards, located in Fuenmayor y Cenicero. For the first time in the blend of this brand, the Garnacha (20%) comes from La Pedriza vineyard in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja) at an ... Learn More
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  27. La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Ardanza’ 2010
    The Tempranillo grapes (80%) come from the 30-year-old La Cuesta and Montecillo vineyards, located in Fuenmayor y Cenicero. For the first time in the blend of this brand, the Garnacha (20%) comes from La Pedriza vineyard in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja) at an ... Learn More
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  28. Santamania Reserva Dry Gin 700Ml
    "Almost two years of research have gone into creating a gin that is aged in an entirely natural way. With our RESERVA gin, we have managed to combine the action of oak over time with the delicate flavours and aromas ... Learn More
  29. Four Fox Sake (720Ml)
    There are six grades of saké, and Four Fox is categorized as a snowmelt ‘Junmai Daiginjo,’ meaning that it is the highest grade of premium saké, This ultra-premium saké is handcrafted in the mountains of Japan. Each winter, master craftsmen ... Learn More
  30. Terroir Al Limit Vi De La Vila Torroja 2016
    It's a brilliantly perfumed and floral wine offering ripe red fruits, milk chocolate and spice from the subtle oak. The palate is really fine and medium-bodied--Burgundy weighted even--with notes of fresh plum, cranberry, and again, that subtle and delicious cocoa ... Learn More
  31. White Oak Tokinoka Blended Japanese Whisky (500Ml)
    A beautifully balanced blend of 75% single malt and 25% grain. The ideal start to discovering Japanese whisky. The nose is very fruity with aromas of apricots and dried fruits. There is also a hint of honey. The nose follows onto the ... Learn More
  32. Grace Koshu Toriibira Vineyard Private Reserve 2019 (Pre-Arrival Offer)
    Many years ago, I’d never have imagined that tasting a set of white wines from Japan would be one of my more favourite events of the year. It’s a life full of surprises, for sure. Importer: QED Smooth, ... Learn More
  33. Nikka Rare Old Super Blended Whisky 700Ml
    World Whisky Awards Category Winner for Best Japanese Blend in 2015 the Nikka Rare Old Super was introduced to the market in 1962. Despite being classified as a blend, it's reported to contain a high proportion of malt from the Yoichi and ... Learn More
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  34. Kaiyo Japanese Whisky (700Ml)
    To break into the incredibly popular Japanese Whisky market, we wanted something that, just like our wine selection, would not only over-deliver in regard to complexity and flavour, but would also have a great story to accompany it. Kaiyō is ... Learn More
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  35. Grace 'Cuvee Misawa Rouge' 2014
    Ayana Misawa is the most accomplished female winemaker in Japan. She studied in Bordeaux, and has worked in South Africa and Australia. The family winery Grace was established in 1923 in Katsunuma, the birthplace of Japan’s wine industry and today ... Learn More
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  36. La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva ‘904’ 2009
    90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano from vines over 60 years old in vineyards in Briñas, Labastida and Villalba. ... Learn More
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  37. Nikka Yoichi Single Malt Whisky 
700Ml
    A smoky single malt with a maritime character. Bold and strong the pleasant peat characteristic comes from the traditional direct coal-fired distillation as well as a briny hint delivered by the sea breeze during the aging process. Nose: toffee, mango, ... Learn More
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  38. Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt Whisky (700Ml)
    Light in body, yet full of flavour, an excellent introduction to Japanese single malts. This whisky is distilled in a pot still heated by indirect steam at a low temperature. Miyagikyo Single Malt has an elegant fruitiness and a distinctive ... Learn More
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  39. Kaiyo 'Cask Strength' Japanese Whisky (700Ml)
    To break into the incredibly popular Japanese Whisky market, we wanted something that, just like our wine selection, would not only over-deliver in regard to complexity and flavour, but would also have a great story to accompany it. Kaiyō is ... Learn More
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  40. Chichibu Ichiro'S Malt & Grain (700Ml)
    Pale straw / gold colour with a faint green blush. Moderate aromas of toasty cereals, raisin toast with hints of fruits, wafer biscuit and cream. Soft warm entry. Mid palate bursts with tingly spices, fruit and cereals with nuances of smokiness. ... Learn More
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