Category: Spanish Wine

A culinary culture

Txokos are societies dedicated to celebrating northern Spain’s extraordinary culinary and vinous heritage. Food writer Victoria Stewart reports on how these gastronomic gatherings came about and what goes on behind the societies’ (normally) shut doors Sitting in a room that feels like the intersection of a village hall and a somewhat dated restaurant, on one […]

Let’s talk Tempranillo

Best known for producing the wines of Rioja, Tempranillo is a grape with many faces. Here Buyer Catriona Felstead MW talks through the varied styles it produces in Spain and further afield Glorious Tempranillo is Spain’s flagship grape variety. In its traditional heartland, it is revered for its contribution to rich, deep Riojas; structured and […]

Tracking Txakoli

As a new bottle from the Basque country lands on our list, Buyer Will Heslop recounts a trip to the region, combining a dose of Bilbao’s best pintxos with a short detour to Bodega Gorosti, the source of our first Txakoli We met at Gatwick at 6.30am. As my companions – my girlfriend Laurie and […]

A Sherry-led quest

The prestigious house of Lustau has long been making exceptional Sherries but is best known for pioneering “almacenistas”. Here, Felipe Carvallo reports on his trip to Lustau’s bodega in Jerez, and on to two of their almacenistas. There aren’t a great number of activities that make a 4am trip to Stansted airport seem like an […]