Tag Archives: Spanish wine

• Spain becomes world’s biggest wine exporter in 2014

Spain becomes world’s biggest wine exporter in 2014

Last year country exported 22.8m hectolitres, much of which was bulk sales that offer tiny margins and perpetuate image of Spanish wine just being cheap plonk. Spain has outstripped France and Italy to become the world’s biggest wine exporter, exporting 22.8m hectolitres in 2014, a 22% rise on the previous year. However, because much of […]

• Tasting Argentina! Wine tasting at the Peninsula BH Oct 22

Tasting Argentina! Wine tasting at the Peninsula BH Oct 22

Come and share the excitement, enjoy unlimited tasting, the music, appetizer foods and a robust silent auction. Learn about the wines of Argentina from the visiting producers, owners, and winemakers themselves at “Tasting Argentina”.  Visiting Wineries ACHAVAL FERRER ALAMOS WINERY ANTIGAL BODEGA ARGENTO BODEGA DEL FIN DEL MUNDO – PATAGONIA ARGENTINA BODEGA DOMINGO HERMANOS BODEGA […]

• Rioja Sees Record-Breaking Sales in 2013

Rioja Sees Record-Breaking Sales in 2013

Sales of Rioja reached 277 million litres in 2013, surpassing its previous record set before the global economic downturn. The total volume of wine sold by the DOCa Rioja in 2013 was over 277 million litres— up 3.98% from the previous year. Of this, red wine made up 90% of Rioja’s total global sales, totalling […]

• Wine Spectator Announces Its 2013 Wine of the Year

Wine Spectator Announces Its 2013 Wine of the Year

Top honor goes to a Spanish wine for the first time. For the first time ever, a wine from Spain has claimed the top ranking in Wine Spectator‘s annual Top 100 list of the most exciting wines of the year. Made by one of Rioja’s most important producers, which was founded in the 19th century, […]

• Miguel Torres signs up 1,000 wineries to climate protection pledge

Miguel Torres signs up 1,000 wineries to climate protection pledge

Spanish wine giant and climate change activist Miguel Torres has received the backing from over 1,000 Spanish wineries to help combat climate change. Industry luminaries such as Pablo Alvarez of Vega Sicilia signed the Barcelona Declaration, featuring 10 measures wineries must take in order to produce wine sustainably, last Thursday at the town hall in […]

• The Fight to Save Wine from Extreme Weather

The Fight to Save Wine from Extreme Weather

If there were any climate-change doubters in the wine industry, it seems they are now as rare as a 1921 Château d’Yquem. As the third annual World Conference on Climate Change and Wine gets underway April 13-14 in Marbella, Spain, the debate seems to be settled, and a new evolution in mentalities is taking place. […]

• $15 wine: the new normal

$15 wine: the new normal

The sales ‘sweet spot’ for a bottle of wine has come down from $40 in 2009 to $15 or $20 today. Bargains are plentiful in wines from Spain, Argentina, Chile, Portugal, Italy. California winemakers are also delivering, and Syrah can be an especially good value. There are signs the American economy is improving, at least […]

• Record exports for Rioja

Record exports for Rioja

Last year was a record one for exports of Rioja, with strong growth in numerous markets driven by demand for reservas and gran reservas. Rioja imports to the UK grew by 23% in 2010 with imports of reserva and gran reserva wines rising 56% and 29% respectively. Globally, 267 million litres of Rioja were sold […]

• If You Knew Sherry Like I Know Sherry

If You Knew Sherry Like I Know Sherry

If goodwill alone could make a wine popular, then Sherry would outsell all the Merlot in the world. I’ve yet to encounter a wine professional who hasn’t professed great fondness for this fortified wine from Spain. For example, when I complimented Erica, a saleswoman at Chelsea Wine Vault in Manhattan, on the store’s Sherry selection, […]

• A Quick Guide to Rioja Wine

A Quick Guide to Rioja Wine

Spanish wine and Rioja go almost hand in hand, the region is famous for producers such as bodegas Faustino available in almost every supermarket and wine bar, to the prestigious Marques de Murrieta.

• Famed Spanish wine charges into Northwest vineyards

Famed Spanish wine charges into Northwest vineyards

Throughout the Northwest — indeed, around the northern hemisphere — winemakers are beginning to harvest Tempranillo, a red wine grape made famous in Spain’s Rioja region. Tempranillo gets its name from the Spanish word “temprano,” which translates to “early.” It is so named because of its tendency to ripen earlier than many other varieties. Tempranillo […]