November 17, 2017

A Spanish Wine Guide for Newbies

Spanish wine

Spanish wine is delicious in white, red or rosé!

Before coming to Spain, I was strictly a white wine girl. In something my palate can’t comprehend now, I deemed red wine too potent and stuck to safe, citrusy Pinot Grigios and crisp Sauvignon Blancs. I later discovered my love of all wine while traveling through Europe, and especially after moving to Spain.

There’s nothing quite like a glass of Tempranillo with a juicy txuleta, nothing washes down Jamón Ibérico better than a vino tinto from the Duero valley and nothing says celebration better than popping open a bottle of Cava from Catalonia. However, with such a wide and varied wine selection as Spain’s, it’s hard for newbies to navigate between the crianzas, reservas and vinos del año. What does all of this wine jargon mean? Take a look at our handy Spanish wine guide:





Here at Girls Guide to Spain, we’re a little crazy for Spanish wine. Take home a bottle (or two!) of our recommended picks:

J. Garcia Carrion Antano Reserva, Rioja DOCa

Price: Around €8 per bottle. Grape Variety: Rioja Tinto, a red-blend with a base of Tempranillo.

Bodegas Campillo Gran Reserva, Rioja DOCa

Price: Averages around €30 per bottle. Grape Variety: Tempranillo

K5 Argiñano Txakolina, Getariako Txakolina, DO

Prices: €20 per bottle. Grape Variety: White Ondarribi

Habla del Silencio, Vino de la Tierra, Extremadura

Price: Around €10 per bottle. Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Cabernet Fran, Syrah and Tempranillo blend

Bodegas Carmelo Rodero, Reserva, Ribera del Duero DO

Price: Around €25 per bottle. Grape Variety: Tempranillo

What’s your favorite Spanish wine?

 Photo credit: Bendita Gloria



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