Come along with me as I continue to expand my Sommelier knowledge on all aspects of wine, craft beer and spirits. I'll be reviewing wines, providing food and wine pairings, traveling to vineyards, breweries and a few other surprises. So let's have a glass of wine and share a few laughs while we travel "the long and viny road" of wines.
Best Spanish Wines under $20
Whether it's a sparkling Cava, a refreshing Rueda or a finely aged Rioja there's lots of Spanish wines to choose from that are under $20. Here's some of my favourites.
2007 Anciano Gran Reserva Tempranillo - Valdepenas Spain (under $13)
I first bought this wine on sale for $11 and could not believe the quality of this Tempranillo at this price point. Grapes from 30 year old vines and oak matured for 7 years. It's dark, rich full of raspberry flavours with some vanilla and refined tannins that give it a smooth finish. A really good wine at a good value.
2014 Marques de Riscal - Rueda Spain (under $13)
A really versatile wine for many occasions. It's 100% Verdejo grapes which gives it a very aromatic tropical aroma. The wine is refreshing but at the same time it has a slight oily texture that gives it a smooth finish with only a slight bitterness at the end. This wine pairs well with baked ham or seafood.
A big bold Cabernet Sauvignon from eastern Spain in the Penedes region with all of the bold flavours of a well aged Cabernet Sauvignon. The tannins are nicely refined and it has a long dark fruit finish.