Tag Archives: Spanish wine

Free The Mad Hairy Fella!

WE’RE HAVING A MINOR DIFFERENCE OF OPINION with one of our Spanish suppliers, Ego Bodegas, over the naming of one of their extremely popular wines and we need your help to sway them. Meet Gorú. That’s the mass of hair above that shares a name with the winery’s organic label, confusingly also called Gorú. The …

Small Sips #9: Vino de Pago

Innovative VINO DO PAGO is Spain’s most illustrious appellation, the highest classification that can be attained under Spanish wine law. Introduced in 2003, it brought into the fold individual, pioneering, high-end estates whose consistently-brilliant wines had until then fallen outside the regular appellation system. In short, the particular producer is the appellation, an amazing situation …

Curious Small Sips #6: Crianza

CRIANZA is a general Spanish wine term relating to the maturation of a wine prior to its sale. But it also has a locally-defined meaning: in Rioja, for example, a red Crianza must legally spend at least one year in oak barrel (generally not new) plus a year in bottle. In terms of style, Crianzas …

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 – …

CHRISTMAS SPECIALS: Spain

Casas de Herencia Tinto  Valencia  €10.49 or €8.99 for 2+ Legado Muñoz Garnacha  Castilla  €10.49 €9.49 Pago de Cirsus Oak Aged 2011  Navarra  €12.99 or €9.99 for 2+ Warm aromas of raspberry and sandalwood waft generously from the glass. The lavish palate shows ripe tannins and gorgeous flavours of blackberry, mocha and brown sugar. Expressive style. Real Castelo Verdejo …

NEW ARRIVALS: Ego Bodegas (Jumilla, Spain)

EGO BODEGAS, A YOUNG, SAAVY PRODUCER, has 25 hectares of bush-trained vines in the promising Murcian DO of Jumilla, in south-east Spain. The growing season here is dependably hot, dry and brutal (temperatures of 40°C raise shrugs, not eyebrows) but a select few sun-loving varieties thrive under these conditions, including Monastrell, which makes up 80% …

In focus: Spanish wine

AT A STAGGERING 1 MILLION HECTARES, Spain has more land under vine than any other country in the world, but its parched land and resulting low yields mean that it is only the third-biggest producer globally. Currently in vogue, Spain’s ripe, approachable, fruity, good-value styles are popular with consumers, press and trade alike. Geographically, Spain’s …

August / Autumn Specials at Curious – Spain, South Africa, Loire

SPAIN: WE’RE NOT SURE if it’s because so many Irish people holiday in Santa Ponza, Lanzarote and the Costa del Sol or because Spanish wines are so damn good and well-priced but, whatever the reason, La Furia Roja’s wines are currently in red-hot vogue here. Click HERE for deals galore! —– SOUTH AFRICA: SOME CRACKERJACKS …

Customer questions #1 – What does ‘Roble’ mean?

Someone asked this after spying the word on two of our floor-stacked wines, La Mano Bierzo Roble and Valtravieso Ribera del Duero Roble. Roble is a commonly-seen but non-standardised Spanish labelling term indicating that the wine has been aged in barrel for a period that is less than that required locally to gain the starter Crianza …