Spanish stars

Spanish wine is a bit like Netflix, with every genre poised to grab new fans with similarly epic value for money. Take Rioja Gran Reserva, an indisputable world-class red, and Cava, a mind-blowing party fizz, both of which will wow guests without blowing the budget. Add laser-fresh whites, sunny rosados, fortified gems and every style of red and you’ll find Spanish wine is taking the lead role in Europe.


Monte Lagares Rioja BLanco 2020 (12.5%), £7, Marks & Spencer. Bright and fresh as ice-cold melon, this is peachy magnificence.

La Pergola Spanish Rosé 2020 (13%), £7.99, Aldi. Bold fruity rosé that’s the perfect foodie match from paprika to paella.

AltoLondon Bobal Manchuela 2019 (14%), £9.25, The Wine Society. A peppery frame around picture-perfect fruit. Dark yet deeply exuberant red.

Finest Viña del Cura Rioja Gran Reserva 2014 (14%), £11.50, Tesco. Bargain fine wine. Spot-on for a roast with its epic appeal – rich, savoury and splendid.


The Best Marques de los Rios Vintage Cava 2019 Brut (12%), £7.50, Morrisons. Slam-dunk brilliant bubbly; this is alive with excellence.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 12th September 2021 Prices, stockists and vintages correct at time of publication.

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