When we talk about Spanish wine, we talk about Tempranillo, Garnacha and Albariño, the heavy-hitters that make up some of the world's most profound and engaging (and on the other hand, cheerful and accessible) bottles.

Any large-scale Spanish wine tasting will of course focus on expressions of these grapes and their brethren--Pedro Ximenez, Verdejo--but tucked in between the paved roads, you'll also find a few terrific ways to get lost in the woods.

Here are some of the intriguing left turns I came across at the Great Match 2011, and intend to revisit someday soon.

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