Spain, USA

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

The United States is now the fourth largest producer of wine worldwide, with an abundance of grapevines planted in many wine regions, though Californian accounts for almost 90% of the countries output. In the late 1800s, the root louse phylloxera decimated many of the vineyards in Europe. It originated in the soils of North America where the vines are naturally resistant and was transferred to Europe on vine cuttings. In this case North America was both the cause of the problem, and the solution, in the form of resistant rootstock for grafting.

It wasn’t until 1973, when Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay from Château Montelana were judged to be the best in the world at the famous Paris Wine Show that the quality of the Californian wine industry was truly confirmed in the eyes of Europe.

Most all varieties are planted these days in the United States, from Syrah to Tempranillo, Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Viognier and every blend in between. Key varieties are Californian Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Cooler climates such as Oregon and Washington produce brilliant Pinot Noir. Even states previously considered too hot and arid for wine, like Arizona are being planted, with great results.
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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. FAT BASTARD CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY 2018
    Ripe, fleshy stone fruits with hints of vanilla and honeysuckle and lashings of delicate, buttery sweet almond crossiant. No surprises here - Fat Bastard Chardonnay has an opulent, luscious palate of grilled pineapple and juicy clingstone peach, followed by spiced ... Learn More
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. LA CREMA SONOMA COAST CHARDONNAY 2018 375ML
    Aromas of meyer lemon, gala apple, and subtle hints of oak are followed by flavors of white stone fruit, yellow plum, and honeydew melon. On the palate, the wine is vibrant and concentrated with juicy acidity that drives a lingering ... Learn More
  11. KENDALL JACKSON VINTNERS RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2016
    Beautifully integrated tropical flavors such as pineapple, mango, and papaya with citrus notes that explode in your mouth. These flavors from Kendall - Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, delicately intertwine with aromas of vanilla and honey to create depth and balance ... Learn More
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  12. 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
  13. LA CREMA SONOMA COAST CHARDONNAY 2017 375ML
    Aromas of meyer lemon, gala apple, and subtle hints of oak are followed by flavors of white stone fruit, yellow plum, and honeydew melon. On the palate, the wine is vibrant and concentrated with juicy acidity that drives a lingering ... Learn More
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  14. 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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  15. LA CREMA SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR 2015 375ML
    La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015 is sourced from the sub-regions of Sonoma including Russian River and Los Carneros. This wine has an enticing nose of red fruits, spice and rose petals and is backed by terrific depth of flavor ... Learn More
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  16. KENDALL JACKSON VINTNERS RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2018
    Flavors from Kendall Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, delicately intertwine with aromas of vanilla and honey to create depth and balance throughout. A hint of toasted oak rounds out the long, lingering finish. ... Learn More
  17. 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
  18. LA CREMA MONTEREY CHARDONNAY 2018
    On the nose, lemon, passionfruit, grilled pineapple and guava. Nectarine, papaya and crisp lemon-tangerine notes are complimented by touch of spice and complexing minerality on the palate. ... Learn More
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  19. EDMEADES MENDOCINO ZINFANDEL 2017
    The 2017 Mendocino County Zinfandel begins with concentrated aromas of baking spices including; cinnamon and cloves. Those spices give way to aromas of blackberries, black currants, and dried sage. The texture is round, and the fruit expression is focused and lush. ... Learn More
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  20. MERKIN VINEYARDS CHUPACABRA ROSA 2018
    GSM blend but done with less time with the juice laying on skins. This Rose is at the darker spectrum of Rose that is based off of one of the best Rose regions in the world, Bandol. Rich red fruits ... Learn More
  21. MERKIN VINEYARDS CHUPACABRA BLANCA 2018
    70% Riesling, 20% Chardonnay, and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. 100% Arizona fruit from Buhl Memorial Vineyard in Cochise County. A complex, inviting and perfectly balanced blend with well lifted aromas of bright fruits, spice & florals. Well textured with vibrant acidity and well rounded palate weight. ... Learn More
  22. LA CREMA SONOMA COAST CHARDONNAY 2018
    Aromas of meyer lemon, gala apple, and subtle hints of oak are followed by flavors of white stone fruit, yellow plum, and honeydew melon. On the palate, the wine is vibrant and concentrated with juicy acidity that drives a lingering ... Learn More
  23. MERKIN VINEYARDS CHUPACABRA RED 2017
    40% Grenache 40% Syrah 20% Mourvedre from Buhl Memorial Vineyard in Willcox County in Southern Arizona. Note from the winery, which is the project of Maynard James Keenan, the front man of the band Tool: "Chupacabra is our Shape Shifter Kitchen Sink Blend ... Learn More
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  24. MERKIN VINEYARDS SHINOLA RED 2017
    This wine is Maynard James Keenan’s take on a Chianti Classico. Bright, lifted aromas of strawberry & cherry, and a beautiful medium body supported with bright acid and well structured tannins. Proof that these varietals are right at home in ... Learn More
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  25. 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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  26. SEGHESIO SONOMA ZINFANDEL 2015
    California is famous for producing world class Zinfandel, and the Seghesio family are renowned for their exceptional contribution. Founder Edoardo Seghesio first planted Zinfandel vines in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley in 1895. The winemaking is currently in the hands of fourth ... Learn More
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  27. LA CREMA SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR 2018
    Aromas of red cherry, pomegranate, and sweet tobacco are followed by flavors of assorted berries, plum, and subtle toasted notes. This wine presents fine tannins and balanced acidity. "Our original name, La Crema Vinera, means “best of the vine,” setting ... Learn More
  28. LA CREMA SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR 2017
    Aromas of red cherry, pomegranate, and sweet tobacco are followed by flavors of assorted berries, plum, and subtle toasted notes. This wine presents fine tannins and balanced acidity. "Our original name, La Crema Vinera, means “best of the vine,” setting ... Learn More
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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. LA CREMA 'RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY' CHARDONNAY 2017
    A brilliant Californian Chardonnay! Aromas of meyer lemon, nectarine and jasmine. Richly textured, velvety and concentrated with balanced acidity and subtle toast. Flavours of yellow plum, d’Anjou pear, tangerine and toasted hazelnut. ... Learn More
  34. LA CREMA 'RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY' CHARDONNAY 2016
    A brilliant Californian Chardonnay! Aromas of meyer lemon, nectarine and jasmine. Richly textured, velvety and concentrated with balanced acidity and subtle toast. Flavours of yellow plum, d’Anjou pear, tangerine and toasted hazelnut. ... Learn More
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  35. 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
  36. LA CLARINE FARM JOSEPHINE AND MARIPOSA 2013
    A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Mourvedre. The wine shows a compelling combo of tea leaf, candle wax and graphite in its aromas. Dark fruits and an underlying chalky note (grenache from slate soils!) show up in the finish, along with ... Learn More
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  37. LA RIOJA ALTA RIOJA RESERVA ‘VINA ALBERDI’ 2012
    100% Tempranillo sourced from an estate-owned vineyard in Rioja. ... Learn More
  38. ORIN SWIFT MANNEQUIN CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY 2018
    The Story I often get asked, what comes first with a wine? Is it the name, the label or the wine itself? It’s different for every wine and for this one, it was the name. I was driving, listening ... Learn More
  39. LA CREMA 'RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY' PINOT NOIR 2017
    100% French oak (30% new) for nine months of ageing. Fresh aromas of boysenberry are supported by deeper tones of anise, espresso bean and earth. The palate expands into black cherry and dark chocolate flavors, rounded by cola and clove. Well-structured and ... Learn More
  40. LA CREMA 'RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY' PINOT NOIR 2016
    100% French oak (30% new) for nine months of ageing. Fresh aromas of boysenberry are supported by deeper tones of anise, espresso bean and earth. The palate expands into black cherry and dark chocolate flavors, rounded by cola and clove. Well-structured and ... Learn More
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