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Snooth User: Lucha Vino

Spanish Wine Recommendations

Posted by Lucha Vino, Aug 28, 2010.

The Vuelta e Espana starts today.  In honor of this three week long cycling grand tour race I am planning to focus my attention on the wines of Spain for the next three weeks or so.

What recommendations do you have for wines from Spain?  The race begins in Sevilla and goes counter-clockwise through Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao and then finishing in Madrid.

I would be interested in recommendations from wine regions that roughly follow the race route and bottles somewhere in the 15 - 20 dollar range.

Cheers!

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Reply by vaindioux, Aug 28, 2010.

Hi

 

How about some Cava for the Barcelona stop? I stay on the low end of prices and love the segura Viudas at about $9. Others here might recommend more expensives cavas for that stop maybe?

 

Have fun

 

Patrick

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 28, 2010.

For Andalucia (Sevilla), start with sherry (fino for the lighter, drier circumstances, oloroso for the heavier, sweeter). Great wine at a great value since the market tends to ignore them.

I really have to run right now, so will give some reccs for the Valencia/Alicante area, followed by Barcelona (yeah, Cava for whites, Priorat garnacha for the reds), then the Basque country (Txakoli whites, Rioja and Ribera del Duero tempranillo reds getting there from Barcelona, or heading back down to Madrid) and so forth.

Are you going to be fixing tapas, paellas, etc., too?

Fun theme. What do you do for the Tour de France?

 

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 28, 2010.

Meant to so I'll give those reccs *later*....

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Aug 29, 2010.

Hi D,

For the Tour de France I drank mostly French wines, but did not follow the regions as the tour progressed through the country.  Afterwards, I realized that following the tour via the wine regions would be even more interesting than simply selecting wines from the country.

Looking forward to your recommendations!

 

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Reply by gregt, Aug 29, 2010.

Me too!

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 29, 2010.

Hey, one of my main points was going to be that Vello should be sure to get some recommendations from you, GregT! You don't get off that easily....  ;-)

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 29, 2010.

Vello, see if GregT can't help you score some La Bota de Amontillado NAVAZOS for the Sevilla leg...

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Reply by gregt, Aug 29, 2010.

Excellent choice!!

If I could figure out how to post a pic, I'd post the wines we had last night for a start.

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 29, 2010.

As a start on your accompanying tapas, how about that old standard, the tortilla de patate...

Some of the best I've ever had (and I've had plenty of good ones in Spain) was a couple whipped up by my brother-in-law's mother and aunt, who're from Guernica, in Oakland, shortly after his marriage to my sister. One of them had cheese in it, as well.

Pretty much a match for any Spanish wine I can think of....

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Reply by ChipDWood, Aug 29, 2010.

Love Spanish wines, though I'm not sure where my loving palate begins and the race itself run.  This is a cool idea though and like the thread :).

Chris

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Reply by lingprof, Aug 30, 2010.

dmcker: "tortilla de patata" is what I grew up with instead of pb and j.  seriously.  ;-)  So....  what do you pair with tortilla?  I guess fino is obvious, but what about regular old vino tinto of some type?

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 30, 2010.

Perhaps the question more rightly might be, what wine doesn't go with it?

Definitely finos, tintas, cavas and just about anything else, I would think....

So lingprof, are your parents Spanish?

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Reply by dmcker, Aug 30, 2010.

Meant to ask, lingprof, if you have any tapas recommendations for vello (and the rest of us)?

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 30, 2010.

Who needs an excuse to drink Spanish wine from any part of the country?

At these price levels, you can shop around and get quite good priorats, Ribeira del Duero, Cava (although I think there's probably a gap between the serviceable cheap and the gran reserva, but feel free to correct me because that's not where most of my Spanish experience is).  Of course, Priorats can be alot more expensive, but Scala Dei has dropped in price in my neighborhood and is quite good.  I agree that "tortilla de patata" is a nice blank canvas for all kinds of wines.

Have fun--even if you don't need an excuse, it's a good one!

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Reply by gregt, Aug 30, 2010.

Foxall - for Cava it's not the cheap vs the GR, it's the producer.  Not everyone makes a "cheap" wine that's low quality.  Some of them are pretty good.  Priorat isn't usually a good value place to shop but there are lots of unsold wines around so if that's what you like this is a good time to buy.  Those wines aren't moving, at least in the US.

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Reply by lingprof, Aug 30, 2010.

dmcker: my mom is from Spain.  I actually think of tapas as something you buy more than cook....  the quality of the ingredients matters much more than the preparation.  although I make a mean paella, and paella makes a mean tapa.

ironically, though I tried all sorts of things when I lived in Spain, I'm "new" to Spanish wines, and know less about them than I do about say CA or Australia, or even Bordeaux.  Just had Tempranillo for the first time (oh the shame!) and liked it, at least this one. 

I'm looking forward to more Spanish wine recs on the thread.....

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Reply by Degrandcru, Aug 30, 2010.

@GregT: I completely agree, Priorat is usually not a great deal, but you have to shop around for them, as you say, they don't move nor in the US nor down here in Mexico. I recently picked up a few bottles of

2006 ROTLLAN TORRA SEMICRIANZA

at Costco in Mexico City. Great value for under US$ 10. Also found a TOSALET 2007 for about $20 in a local supermarket. Had another vintage of it a few years ago and liked it a lot. Haven't opened this one yet, as I feel its too early (even though I bought 4 bottles). So values are out there, just have to look for it.

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Reply by napagirl68, Aug 31, 2010.

Well, I like both Tempranillo and Albarino.. but grown/made in CA.  Sorry...it's  my CA thing... 

Lodi, CA Albarino and Amador, CA Tempranillo are my faves...... Prolly not what OP wanted to know.. JMHO.

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Aug 31, 2010.

Here are a few Spanish Wines I have on my list of favorites so far.

Castell De Remei Tempranillo Blend  This one is from Catalunya and I have a couple bottles in my cellar so I think one will get opened when the Vuelta gets to the North East corner of Spain.

And another one from Catalunya from Cellar de Capcanes a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah

Senorio de Barahonda Yecla Nabuko 50% Monestrell, 50$ Syrah This one is from the Yecla region.  I may try to track another bottle down for this Friday when the race starts to visit the Southern Mediteranean Coast.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 31, 2010.

I don't mean to put down inexpensive Cava--I think it's the way to go for inexpensive bubbles.  It's definitely at the low end of vellovino's price range or even below. 

I agree, usually quality Priorat is not in that range, but it's sitting on the shelves and there are some insane deals in the under-$20 range. To the right of the page I am seeing a link for Scala Dei, which I have seen for under $20 around here and even bought a lovely bottle for $10 a while back.

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