Drinking Spanish

What do you know about Spanish wine? Did you know it has over 400 varieties? If you’re like the average wine drinker, then you probably don’t know much. And if you’re not drinking Spanish wine, then you’re missing out on some tasty stuff that packs a big punch at a good price.

As noted in my last post, people buy things they’re familiar with and aside from maybe Grenancha (Grenache) and Cava, many people don’t recognize Spanish wines. Their wines are mainly blends of indigenous Spanish grapes and the results? Rich.

Admittedly, I don’t consume much wine from Spain and as a novice in the wine world, I don’t know where to start. I have to say, Spain doesn’t do a very good job in marketing their wines over here in Canada and that’s too bad. I’m here to tell you though, definitely grab a bottle next time you’re at the liquor store or wine shop.

I had a very tasty Spanish wine last night during my first WSET 3 class with BC Wine School (eeek, I know! My first class!). When the teacher revealed the price of the bottle, I thought, damn, I should be in the Spanish aisle more. I’m all about getting the most bang for my buck.

Rioja Spanish red wine

Delish, this bottle is only $14.99 at the BC Liquor Store.

Here are my notes: earthy, blackberry, and bell peppers with medium intensity on the nose. On the palate, I thought it was dry full body, high acidity, medium plus tannins, medium plus alcohol, spices with a medium plus finish.

Doesn’t it sound tasty? I thought it was going to be at least $20.

Oh, so who are the stars in marketing right now? Australia was for years. You always thought, you could never go wrong with Australian wine and the price was right. Then, step in Argentina and Chile. They have had a good reputation in recent years with providing value. You get quality wine for a lower cost, when say, compared to ones from Canada. Like what happened with Australia, people are realizing it and demand is rising. They’re spending major marketing dollars. In fact, I’m headed to a Wines of Argentina event tonight and apparently, Chile seems to always be here in Vancouver, BC promoting their wines, too.

What do you know about Spanish wines? Have you had a bottle that was pretty delish at a good price? Please share with me in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “Drinking Spanish

  1. Hey – I recognise that bottle and wine! I first had it over in Spain a few years back when I was looking for something cheap and yummy one evening. It turned out to be a good find (I didn’t happen to recognise any labels or wines at that time, as I was in a very small wine shop in Madrid). Of course, back in Spain, I paid all of about 3€ for this bottle there, but oh well! Blame shipping and Canadian taxes I guess. Still a worthy value here though, and glad to be able to find it here.

    I agree with all that you’ve said about Spanish wines. Me, I long ago discovered the Spanish tempranillo grape and I was hooked ever since! Tempranillo is a rich, indigenous Spanish red wine and grape, not unlike a French syrah from that country next door for its taste, body, and boldness (but this is just me waxing on – Vanny you’re the expert, and could articulate this better than me!)

    Hope your wine class, as well as your Argentina night, were both enriching and inspiring!

    • Hi Matthew! Thanks for making my day again. I think there is Tempranillo in this! I didnt read the back label. I will write more about Spanish wine as we will be talking about Spain in class this coming week.

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