Red Wines

Why El Coto Rosé is the perfect summer wine

El Coto de Rioja is one of the world's favourite Spanish wine brands. From a base in the Rioja Alta region, El Coto produces an astonishing amount of wine, most of it red. If you're looking for a good value Rioja, El Coto will usually fit the bill. They also make the overperforming Coto de Imaz Rioja. We're not interested in red wine right now, though. Summer's in the air, and it's time to pick out a go-to wine for long hot days, BBQs and dining al fresco... Say hello to El Coto Rosé! (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Did you know

3 great white wine brands (that won’t cost you a fortune)

How many white wine brands can you think of? Familiar and recognisable brands provide reassurance for people buying wine, but the notion of wine brands can sometimes upset wine purists (read: snobs). We're going to talk a little bit about why you don't hear more about white wine brands, and then pick out three of the best brands that a) you're sure to love, b) won't cost you a fortune and c) prove the value of branding in wine. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Red Wines

What makes Pingus wine so great?

Have you ever tasted a Pingus wine? Dominio de Pingus, to give it its proper title, is one of the finest wine producers in Spain. From its tiny vineyard in the Ribera del Duero region, it routinely produces some of the best red wine in the world. For all its prestige and fame, however, few wine lovers ever get the opportunity to taste a Pingus wine. Fundamentally, this comes down to two (related) points: It's rare and it's expensive. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Did you know

Drink this instead of Campo Viejo Rioja, thank us later!

Is Campo Viejo Rioja your go-to Spanish red wine? With sales of around two million cases per year, you're not the only one. Supermarket shelves are full of Campo Viejo wines, from its entry-level Garnacha all the way up through Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva Rioja levels. For many people, Campo Viejo Rioja is their reference point for Spanish wine. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but we think you can do better... (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Red Wines

The Cune Rioja Reserva 2011 cheat sheet: Tasting and food pairing

Cune Rioja Reserva 2011 is a new arrival on the market, and Rioja fans are already starting to snap it up. If you haven't tried it yet, or you want to know a little more before you buy it, stick with us. We've put together this guide to give you the low-down on Cune Rioja Reserva 2011 - everything you need to know from tasting to food pairing, and more besides, all in one place. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Pairing

Wine pairing: What goes well with fish cakes?

You’re buying wine for dinner tonight and you ask yourself, “What goes well with fish cakes?” Don’t worry. Whether it’s hot Thai fish cakes or plain old cod cakes, we’ve got you covered. Food and wine pairing is part art and part science. What goes well with fish cakes for you may not be a great match to somebody else. We’ve all got our own preferences and tastes, and that extends to how we pair our wine and food. Some people swear by tried-and-tested traditions, others prefer to experiment and try new things. Whatever your approach, it is clear that serving wine and food together can change how we perceive either or both. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
How to

How to buy good wedding wine on a budget!

Worried about your wedding wine? Buying wine for a wedding can feel like a tough job, particularly when you’re on a budget. Planning your wedding is a lot of work, and it’s an expensive business, too. The good news is that buying wedding wine doesn’t need to be a nightmare. With a little bit of guidance and some idea of what you want, it’s really nothing to worry about. We’ve got together a simple guide to buy the best wedding wine without spending a fortune. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Red Wines

Is this the best Marqués de Riscal wine ever?

Marqués de Riscal wine is one of Spanish wine’s best-known exports. One of the oldest wineries in Rioja, its history dates back to 1858. Since then, the bodega has gone from strength to strength, developing into a world class wine tourism destination, complete with its own designer hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant. Alongside Muga, Faustino and Marqués de Caceres, Marqués de Riscal has done a lot for the reputation of Rioja wine worldwide. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago

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