Fortified Wines

Does Sherry go off?

The question, “Does Sherry go off?” is a common one among wine lovers, and it’s worth addressing here. Sherry, perhaps the world’s best-known fortified wine, is also probably the most widely misunderstood. There are many styles of Sherry, and different styles have different characteristics. From sweet to dry, dark to clear and cheap to very, very expensive, there’s a lot of choice and there is not just one type of Sherry. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Red Wines

3 surprising food pairings for Coto de Imaz Rioja

We’ve grabbed a bottle of Coto de Imaz Rioja for a little experiment, and you’re going to want to see what we’ve done. There’s a lot of tradition in wine, and Rioja wine is no exception. Pairing Rioja with food often follows age-old rules or guidelines, handed down through generations. This isn’t a bad thing. Far from it, in fact. Classic food and wine pairings are classic for a reason, and far be it from us to badmouth them. However, classic pairings are not the only way to go - and that’s where our bottle of Coto de Imaz Rioja comes in… (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Pairing

The ultimate red wine gravy recipe

Whether it’s a Christmas dinner, a Sunday lunch or a midweek roast, some meals are simply incomplete without a red wine gravy. Thick, smooth and full in flavour, there’s nothing quite like a good gravy. Of course, not all gravy recipes call for red wine - but we’re serious wine lovers, so ours does! Read on for the best red wine gravy recipe you’ll ever try! First things first, though... (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Fortified Wines

Can you still buy sack wine?

“Sack wine” is one of those funny old wine terms that pops up now and again, and is largely misunderstood. The history of sack wine goes back to somewhere around the 1500s, and the phrase pops up in history books and import/export documents alike. Sack wine in the classical sense is no longer available, though. With the exception of Dry Sack Sherry and other specific wine brands with the word “sack” in their titles, sack wine is a thing of the past. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Red Wines

Vega Sicilia Único: Is it worth the money?

Vega Sicilia Único is one of Spain’s most iconic wines, and is considered by many to be the best red wine in the world. Sounds good, right? The one thing to keep in mind before picking up a case or two is that Vega Sicilia Único does not exactly come cheap. This is not an everyday wine. You can expect to pay around €400 per bottle - minimum! The question, then, must be “is it worth the money?” Let’s look at what makes Único so special, shall we? (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Wineries

Palacio de Fefiñanes: Albariño masters!

Ever tried a Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño wine? The Albariño grape has taken on a life of its own in recent years, and its wines are incredibly popular. The Rías Baixas region, in particular, is the Albariño capital of the world. These wines are some of the freshest and most exciting Spanish wines on the market, in large part thanks to the hard work of a new generation of young and adventurous winemakers. That’s not to overlook the more historic producers, though. Far from it, in fact. Let’s focus now on one of the region’s longest-established bodegas, Palacio de Fefiñanes! (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
How to

How to explore Spanish wine on a budget

Spain makes some of the best wine in the world. From superstar regions like Rioja and Ribera del Duero to legendary producers like Vega Sicilia and Pingus, Spanish wine has no shortage of fanfare. Exploring Spanish wine is a fun and rewarding pursuit, but be warned: fine wine and a tight budget can be a dangerous mix! Rockstar regions and icon producers are great, but your wallet will go a lot further by moving a little off the beaten track and exploring some of Spain’s hidden gems. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Regions

Ribera del Duero is probably Spain’s best wine. Here’s why!

It’s not exactly controversial to say that the Ribera del Duero region produces some of the best red wine in the world. Right up there with Rioja, Ribera del Duero is known to make Spain’s best wine, and has an enviable reputation on the world stage. This was not always the case, however. For a long time, the region’s reputation was built on that of just one producer, Vega Sicilia. This esteemed winery has been the stuff of legend since 1864, but the wider Ribera del Duero region has only caught up relatively recently! (more…)

By INVINIC, ago

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