Spanish Wine, Who’s Doing it Right?
Having been thoroughly chastised by Joe Manekin in this post over at OldWorldOldSchool over a glib comment I made about abandoning the wines of Spain entirely because I have too often found them too hot, fat, and round, I come to you loyal readers (i hope that plural is warranted) to ask, who is doing it right in Spain? Are there white wines from Spain worth trying? i have talked to many people about this and it would seem that among the wine geek set Spain is becoming more and more marginalized in favor of Italy, Germany, and especially France (having lived in France for almost a year I wear my Francophile tendencies proudly). The Spanish certainly don’t enjoy the reputation for wine they have by having made New World wine styles. Now i’ll be the first to admit that my experience with the wines of Spain has been less than methodical, i tend to try a flurry of wines all at once, not like them, and later try a different set with little or no research. I will purchase any suggestions you have and try them out in all due haste.
i already like wines coming from Bierzo, but more recommendations are welcome
i tend to prefer finesse over big and heavy, especially in regards to whites.
i’m not buying Vega Sicilia. Too rich for my blood.
i know about Lopez de Heredia
Sherry is out, as i already have a great deal of respect for it.
I prefer native grape varietals to imported ones. Chardonnay from Penedes is out.
Joe better answer.