Sparkling Wines

How food-friendly is Brut Nature Cava?

Cava, Spain’s favourite sparkling wine, is a great choice for food and wine pairings. This traditional method sparkling wine is well known throughout the world, and makes a valid alternative to Champagne and Prosecco. As wine lovers get more and more adventurous, they start to move away from the more traditional choices when it comes to wine and food. There are a lot of good reasons to serve Cava with food. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Pairing

3 foods to eat with dry Sherry

The fortified wines from the Jerez de la Frontera region of Spain, commonly known as Sherry, are often thought of as simply dessert wines. There is some truth to this, of course, but it runs the risk of oversimplifying and misunderstanding the whole Sherry category. It also risks missing out on some wonderful food and wine pairings for dry sherry. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Red Wines

Is Faustino I the world’s greatest Rioja Gran Reserva?

Bodegas Faustino is one of Spain’s best-known wineries, and Faustino I is its flagship wine. Popular throughout the world, it’s no surprise to learn that Faustino I is the world’s most exported Gran Reserva Rioja. Its iconic label and distinctive frosted bottle make it instantly recognisable wherever you go, and it is a mainstay of wine store shelves in every major wine-loving country. Is Faustino I the best Rioja Gran Reserva, though? To answer that, let’s take a little look at where it comes from! (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Sparkling Wines

Cava and Beyond: Discover Spanish Sparkling Wines

Cava is Spain’s foremost sparkling wine. The vineyards of the Cava DO cover a large part of Spain’s growing land, though are concentrated in Catalunya. Recognisable brands like Arrestel Cava, Juvé y Camps Cava, and even Muga Rioja take pride of place in the Spanish sparkling wine section of wine shops throughout the world. So large is the growing area for Cava, and so ubiquitous are its brands, you’d be forgiven for thinking that "Cava" is simply a byword for Spanish sparkling wine in general. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Wineries

Is Ferrer Bobet the best wine producer in Priorat?

For many wine lovers, the name Ferrer Bobet is inextricably linked with the Priorat wine region. Priorat wine is some of Spain’s very best. These are robust and full-bodied red wines, commanding high prices, capable of ageing and well able to stand up to strong food pairings. The region’s vineyards are steep and hilly, producing wines of excellent quality. Since the late 1980s, the quality of Priorat wines has shot up considerably, and today the region holds the honoured classification of DOQ. There are numerous high-end producers in Priorat, though Ferrer Bobet may just be the best. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Fortified Wines

Understanding medium dry Sherry and other fortified wine terms

Fortified wines are often a little tricky to understand. Labels are complicated and often bear unfamiliar, foreign-language terms that mean little to the average consumer: Just what is “medium dry Sherry”, for example? There are complex methods of production including highly specialised ageing and maturation. Store shelves have historically been dominated by large brands, such as Harveys Sherry. More premium wines can be difficult to find, or seem too expensive. It is difficult to know when and how to drink fortified wines because of their higher alcohol content. All of these reasons and more come together to prevent a lot of people from really diving into the category of fortified wines. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
White Wines

Verdelho and Verdejo: What’s the difference?

“Verdelho” and “Verdejo” sound strikingly similar, but are they the same? You may know either (or both) terms from reading wine labels, but how much do you really know? Is “Verdelho” just another word for “Verdejo”, or is there more to it? Browsing wine shops or online wine sites, you might have come across a Portuguese (or even Australian) Verdelho wine, or a Verdejo wine from Spain. Is this simply a matter of linguistics, one being merely a translation of the other? If you don’t know the answer, worry not. You’re not alone, and we’re here to help. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Red Wines

3 French wines that Monte Real Rioja fans will love

Monte Real Rioja is a range of top Rioja wines produced by Bodegas Riojanas. The range covers Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva styles, among others. Along with other well-established names like Baron de Ley Rioja and Ramon Bilbao Rioja, Monte Real is one of Spain’s most popular exports. Though we love Rioja - and Spanish wines generally - the wine world is big and we’re all about expanding horizons. If you’re a fan of Monte Real Rioja, this article is for you: Read on for our handy guide that will present three top French wines that you should seriously try instead! (more…)

By INVINIC, ago

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