Anciano Old Vines 35yo Garnacha 2015

Anciano Old Vines 35yo Garnacha 2015 $19.99 Here’s a comfortingly rich, round and rumpty Spanish Garnacha made from 35 y.o. vines from Calatayud.   Made by Norrel Robertson MW, it’s scented with cough drop characters, Irish Moss, anise, dutch cocoa and hints of saddle leather – all of which saturate onto the palate.  The acidity is fresh, finely tuned […]

Try a kiwi version of a Spanish classic with Rick Stein’s Stew…

Rick Stein’s Spain on FoodTV   (new to food tv) TUESDAYS 12.30pm, 4.30pm & 8.30pm  Much as I love my father and my stepfather, for years I’ve harboured hope that one day my mother would marry Rick Stein.  His manner is always so warm and effortlessly cheerful and there’s just something about him that makes you […]

Freixenet Cordon Negro

Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava $19  The Spanish sensation in the black bottle is celebrating its 150th “años” and it just keeps getting better.  I think it’s actually leapt ahead in quality terms to what they were offering a decade ago.  With its distinctive chalkiness and lemony-dry length this classic cava is a fantastic match with […]

Godelia Bierzo Godello 2009

Godelia Bierzo Godello 2009 $25  Scenic Cellars in Taupo have just taken possession of an exciting new wine made by Godelia from little-known variety Godello located in Spain’s newest wine region Bierzo.  Bierzo is a Spanish DO (DenominaciÓn de Origen) for wines located in the northwest of the province of LeÓn.  The DO covers 23 […]

Godelia Bierzo Mencia 2008

Godelia Bierzo Mencia 2008 $28  This is the first time I’ve tried a wine made from the Mencia grape and I was quite taken with it.  Grown in Spain’s newest wine region Bierzo is a Spanish DO (DenominaciÓn de Origen) for wines located in the northwest of the province of LeÓn. Scarlet-black, this Mencia  has […]

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