Category: Spanish Wine

Spanish ageing explained

As we focus on all things Spanish, Spain Buyer Catriona Felstead MW de-codes three of the terms you’ll see on Spanish wine labels: Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva. Most of us are used to seeing the terms “Crianza”, “Reserva” or “Gran Reserva” on wine labels – but what do they actually mean? In Spain (unlike […]

A reel from Rioja

While on holiday in the region, Wine Buyer Will Heslop dropped in to Haro to visit the famous Bodegas R. López de Heredia, one of the most traditional and respected Rioja producers. Here his evocative description of their extraordinary cellars is paired with Jason Lowe’s images. It’s difficult to remain business-like on a visit to […]

From Pétrus to Priorat: Álvaro Palacios

Winemaker of the moment Álvaro Palacios joined us earlier in the week to taste through the range of his 2015 wines. Having just been named Decanter Man of the Year 2015 and The Drinks Business’s 2016 Winemakers’ Winemaker Award, expectations were more than usually high – suffice to say, we were not disappointed. On terroir: […]

Singing Garnacha’s praises

Named after the tuneful and gregarious Calandra lark, La Calandria is the Navarran producer known for its often flamboyant methods of realising the finest expressions of pure Garnacha. Here co-founder Javier Continente espouses the grape’s particular virtues. We do the most work in the countryside, rather than in the cellar. First we make an investigation […]