Tag: rioja

Eat, drink and sleep: Rioja

With our focus firmly on Spain, Buyer Will Heslop offers an essential guide to planning a vinous adventure in Rioja, with tips on bodegas to visit, must-try dishes and where to stay. The quickest way to reach Rioja is to fly to Bilbao and drive due south – within an hour, you’re among the vineyards. […]

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 […]

What to drink in 2015: Spain

In the final instalment of our series on which bottles to uncork in 2015, Javier Perurena examines the previous decade of vintages from his native Spain. The 2004 vintage was one of the greatest and, after 10 years, the wines are beginning to show their full potential, especially the Reservas and Gran Reservas from Rioja and […]

Pairing wine with shellfish

In the sixth and final chapter on pairing wine with key ingredients, food writer Susie Carter looks at the best matches to complement shellfish. Shellfish is very delicate in flavour, so it’s important not to overpower it with the wine you serve. France tends to have a more austere approach to aromatic whites than New […]