Category Archives for "Spain"

Mar 19

Valdespino Inocente Single Vineyard Fino (Dry) Sherry, Andalucia, Spain

By Louise | Sherry , Spain , Spirits , Wines I Like

Valdespino Inocente Single Vineyard Fino (Dry) Sherry, Andalucia, SpainI’m pretty sure I’ve had sherry before at Cambridge.  In fact, I distinctly remember some friends driving over to Calais, France, and picking up a large bottle of sherry for 1 Euro.  Needless to say, it had no label and was packaged in a clear plastic bottle.  For some reason, it seemed just fine to drink during college!

Sherry is a fortified wine from Spain.  It is made with certain white grapes that are usually grown near Jerez in Spain, which is why sherry is called vino de Jerez in Spanish.  After the grapes have finished fermenting, the wine is fortified with brandy. 

I had always envisioned sherry to be sweet, but it is actually commonly dry, although some sweet dessert wine versions are made (e.g., Pedro Ximenez). 

I picked up this bottle (375ml) for just under $20 at Crush Wine & Spirits.  It was actually recommended by Anthony, who works at the shop and who was very knowledgeable about sherry despite the fact that it’s rarely enjoyed in the States! 

It smells rather nutty with hints of green apples and has faint smoky aroma.  It tastes a bit like a white port (without the sugar).  It’s mildly acidic, but very easy to drink.  The flavor isn’t too strong (in fact, it tastes a bit watery even), but it lingers in your mouth very pleasantly.  Let me reiterate that it is a dry wine, so there’s no sweet taste to it at all!

Overall – a thumbs up!

Mar 07

Marques de Vitoria Gran Reserva 2001, Rioja, Spain

By Louise | 2001 , Red Wine , Rioja , Spain , Wines I Dislike

Marques de Vitoria Gran Reserva 2001, Rioja, Spain

I bought this at the airport in Madrid when I had some Euros left to spend.  I picked it because I thought 2001 was a good year for Spanish wines and so went with this wine.  It has a really strong nose (or smell).  There are strong woody (slightly oaky) smells mixed with red currants, and  there’s a sharp acidic tinge to the red currants smell. 

In the mouth, it has high tanin with high acid.  I find the wine almost too sour!  There is also a bitter finish to it that I dislike.  I can barely taste the fruit.

According to, average prices for this wine is $24, but it looks like it’s mostly foreign websites that sell it.

Dec 13

Inés de Monclús White 2009 from Andalusia, Spain

By Louise | 2009 , Spain , White Blend , White Wine , Wines I'm Neutral About

I got this interesting white wine in a box of 12 wines from Barclay’s Wine online. The managers at the store at selected the 12 wines, and so it was quite fun opening the box to discover what had come! This wine is made from 50% chardonnay and 50% old vines macabeo, a white grape varietal grown mostly in Rioja, Spain. Macabeo (also known as viura) is often the main grape in white Riojas and is also used in many other white blends. On to the wine itself….

I detected a slightly floral and fruity nose (maybe some pineapples and oranges). In the mouth, it felt rather acidic and slightly bitter, although you could detect a grapefruit acidity/bitterness aspect to it. After you swallow, a slight tingling is left on your tongue and throat. I believe this wine is supposed to be a table wine in Spain, so it should go well with food (especially seafood apparently).

To purchase this bottle of wine individually, you can find it at for $12.95 a bottle (shipping is extra).