Spanish Wines

At Winetasters of Larchmont we have found that Spanish Wines can be a nice break from the more common varietals. The Spanish have more land planted with grapes than any other nation in the world, with some 2.9 million acres. They have been making wine for centuries, and they are influenced by both Old and New World techniques. We have a great eclectic selection of wines from the six major DO and DOC wine regions in Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Jerez (the region that produces sherry), the Penedes, Rias Baixas and Priorat.

Old World Meets New

In the past Spain has been known for aging their red and white wines in oak barrels longer than any other wines in the world. There seems to be a shift in the type of wine that the younger generation in Spain have been making to suite their modern palate. There is a new appreciation for younger, fresher wines with more pronounced fruit flavors. Other Spanish Wines can be aged for up to 25 years. There’s really something for every wine taster.

Spanish Reds

Spain’s Rioja region has been called Spain’s Bordeaux and you can’t mention Spain without mentioning the Tempranillo grape, which is Spain’s answer to Cabernet Sauvignon. They can be unfiltered, they can be big and bold, and they tend to have a good essence of spice to them. When blended with other grapes that are indigenous to Spain such as Garnacha, Nouvedre, Nazuelo and Graziano they can make a more fruit forward wine with lush velvety tannins.

Spanish Whites

Spanish White Wines are often overshadowed by their red counterparts but they deserve their own respect on the world stage. Spain, which is highly regarded for its cuisine and in particular its endless array of fresh seafood dishes makes exceptional white wines that pair beautifully with these dishes, due to their concentrated fruit flavors, bright acidity and their proximity to the ocean which comes out in the wines. For those wine lovers which are less familiar with Spanish Whites they range in comparison, they have varietals such as Albarino, Txacoli, Godello, Torrontes and Verdejo’s which can be similar to Sauvignon Blancs and Viogniers or as big and rich as American and Burgundian Chardonnays.

Learn More About Spanish Wines

It seems that many wine drinkers do not yet know about Spanish Wines, maybe because people tend to buy the region on the bottle. If you’re interested in Spanish Wines, let us know. We’ll suggest some great ones based on what you already like.