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NEW: Lagrimas de Maria (Rioja)

OUR NEW RIOJA RANGE LAGRIMAS DE MARIA comes from Bodegas Patrocinio, a quality-obsessed cooperative that was founded in 1986 when 100 small growers banded together to pool their resources and produce a stylish collection of delicious, great-value Rioja for the discerning drinker. The wines are just super and we’re really chuffed to have landed them – …

NEW ARRIVALS: El Circo (Cariñena, Spain)

El Circo Macabeo €8.79 on promo Straightforward flavours of lemon, grapefruit and almond. Chill right down and sip on its own or try with whitebait fritters. El Circo Tempranillo €8.79 on promo Fun, joven red that’s perfect for shindigs of all stripes. Great energy and pizzazz, with impressively concentrated flavours and a juicy, flowing palate. El …

NEW ARRIVALS: Tierra Agricola Labastida (Rioja Alavesa)

This highly-regarded bodega is run by the Fernandez brothers (Carlos is pictured in front of his rugged old Tempranillo vines) in the rainy Riojan subregion of Alavesa, high up in the Basque hills. Along with Alta, Alavesa produces Rioja’s most elegant and complex wines. The Sierra Cantabria dominate the local landscape, and chilling Atlantic weather …

NEW ARRIVALS: Bodegas Muñoz and Artero (Castilla / La Mancha, Spain)

Founded in 1940, Viñedos y Bodegas Muñoz started as a small plantation in the town of Noblejas, in the heart of La Mancha. Today, it farms 400 ha of gnarled old vines, with an average age of 40 years; and its winemaking facilities include 1,500 ageing barrels and a state-of-the-art bottling line that ensures clean, …

New arrivals: Bodegas Valtravieso (Ribera del Duero, Spain)

Bodegas Valtravieso enjoys a privileged location at 900 metres above sea level in the heart of Ribera del Duero, surrounded by its vineyards in the fashion of a French chateau. The first vines were planted on the ‘La Revilla’ estate in 1985 but it was a full decade later before the first vintage of Valtravieso …

New arrivals: Lar de Paula (Rioja, Spain)

In our view, and that of many much more expert in the area, Rioja Alavesa is the pick of the three Rioja communes. Protected from the north by the Sierra de Cantabria and the fertile Ebro Valley to the south, its limestone-based soil is particularly poor. That’s a good thing for vines. It means they …

Navarra: Spain’s national treasure

Navarra, known in English as Navarre, is a wine region in north east Spain, and effectively a north eastern extension of Rioja. It’s a region producing some quality stuff, without perhaps the mark up that might come with some Rioja’s. That’s not to say Rioja doesn’t do ‘value’. Spain as a whole is probably producing …

Carmen Blanco (Castelo de Medina) talks to Curious Wines

In our first interview with a female winemaker (about time!), Carmen Blanco, winemaker at Castelo de Medina, gives us the low-down on what makes the great whites of Rueda so great, not taking into account the feminine touch. Pictured, Carmen (left) with assistant winemaker Sara Román. To view our post on the new wines from …

New wines from Rueda’s Castelo de Medina

With the increased interest in the white wines of Spain, particularly those of Rueda, it made sense for us to expand our range from Castelo de Medina, from whom we’ve been carrying a Sauvignon Blanc since we started Curious Wines back in 2008. Numerous vintage changes later, the Sauvignon has a better following than ever, …

Is Verdejo the new & improved Sauvignon Blanc?

Verdejo is a grape variety I find a lot more people are on the look out for these days. We’ve taken in four new ones recently from Castelo de Medina in Rueda, so it’s conveniently coincided with somewhat of a craving for something different and that feel good Tuesday feeling when I trick myself into …