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.
OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH
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.
WINE OF THE WEEK
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.