Spain (/ˈspeɪn/; Spanish: España [esˈpaɲa] ), officially the Kingdom of Spain (Spanish: Reino de España), is a sovereign state and a member state of the European Union. It is located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. Its mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north and north east by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and tothe west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of three countries (Morocco, France) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Spain's 1,214 km (754 mi) border with Portugal is the longest uninterrupted border within the European Union.
Posts about Spain
    • #douro14: Portugal is a Small Package with Big Surprises

      As I was nearing 16, I told my parents I didn’t want a big birthday party. I opted instead for a trip to Portugal—the best sweet sixteen gift I could ever receive. In college, I went so far as to turn down a trip to Cancun for a chance to explore historic Portuguese villages. There was no way around it, I was always dreaming of Portugal … Why the obsession with Portugal?, I ...

      Sonia Nolasco/ Catavino- 9 readers -
    • Why is Champagne the Wine of New Year’s Eve?

      On CBC Ontario’s CBC drive-home shows we chat about bubblies for the New Year’s including why Champagne is the traditional sparkling wine to ring in the new year, though there are other alternatives. Further below are the wines we talked about in the audio clip above. Do you know the answers to these bubbly questions? Why is Champagne the wine of New Year’s Eve? Savvy cha ...

      Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean- 8 readers -
    • Eat Like A Local: the Best Portuguese and Spanish Restaurants in the USA

      Portugal is synonymous with meandering alleys adorned with dancing laundry. The faded florals of sun-bleached sheets, starched by heat of the sun, among a waterfall of socks flowing across the lines. When we’re not picking our way carefully across the uneven stones worn smooth and often slick from the rain, we look up to get our bearings, to find the sunlight filtering down.

      Catavino- 8 readers -
  • Ferrer Family Benefits From Spanish Wine Renaissance

    … Ferrer Family Benefits From Spanish Wine Renaissance Review of the value-priced Mia wines from Freixenet. By Lou Marmon Gazette Newspapers January 7, 2015 Among the many reasons Spain has become a source of some of the world’s best wine values is their innovative spirit. For many decades, Spanish wines were mired in old-fashioned…

    Grapelines- 2 readers -
  • New Spanish -Danish Wines

    … 26 Jan 2015 Comments Off New Spanish -Danish Wines So, a number of years ago, this Danish guy’s wife got a job as a dentist in Valencia and the couple moved to Spain. The guy discovered wines made from traditionally farmed “bush vines” (not trained on modern wire trellises) and he was hooked. He sought out the old vineyards and hired…

    Becky Sue Epstein/ Becky Sue Epstein- 2 readers -
  • Diez Siglos, Verdejo, Rueda DO, Spain, 2013, 12.5% abv, 9 UK GBP

    … a medium finish. This wine punches well above its weight – only 9 GBP and full flavour for the money. WSET Good +; drink now. Like this: Like Loading... Related This entry was posted in Spain, WHITE and tagged Cellar Door Wines, Diez Siglos, Rueda, spain, Verdejo. Bookmark the permalink. …

    winellama- 2 readers -
  • A Mini Horizontal Spanish Garnacha Tasting

    … grape varietal or particular appellation. Its fun and entertaining to come up with a variety of guidelines that can be mixed up however you desire. I did a mini horizontal tasting with the following: a pair of Garnacha from the 2012 vintage, from the Campo de Borga appellation in Spain, both 14% alcohol and both right around the same cost. The wines…

    the buddha in your glass- 5 readers -
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  • Spain: Bodegas Larraz, Rioja

    … I first tasted one of these Caudum Larraz wines last year, which is featured in this Rioja mini-focus looking at 2007 and 2009 vintages: Spain: Rioja 2007 and 2009. The 'Caudum' wines were launched ten years ago as a limited edition range sourced from a half-hectare vineyard called Finca La Cuesta in the Cenicero area, which is still planted…

    Richard Mark James/ Wine Writing- 2 readers -
  • Spanish Hard Cider: The Golden Nectar of Asturias

    … Cider(Sidra) production in Spain is concentrated in Asturias and Guipúzcoa, two mountainous regions in the northern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Both regions produce a similar style traditional cider: dry, still, and cloudy with sediment. Asturian cider is called Sidra, while the Basque name for the fermented apple nectar is Sagardoa…

    John Perry/ Catavino- 3 readers -
  • Wines of Garnacha

    … throughout the 12th-17th centuries. We tasted the wines over a period of several weeks, enjoying them with a variety of foods. Tasting Notes: Bodega Pagos del Moncayo Garnacha 2012: grapes hand-picked; macerated in open vats for a week before being crushed by foot; aged 10 months in oak; vibrant red color; dark fruit, berry, vanilla and coffee…

    Kovas Palubinskas/ 50 States of Wine- 4 readers -
  • Traditions of Wine

    This post is an entry for the 14th Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWWC14), with the theme of “Tradition”. Previous themes in the order of appearance were: Transportation, Trouble, Possession, Oops, Feast, Mystery, Devotion, Luck, Fear, Value, Friend, Local, Serendipity. Have you ever thought how closely wine and tradition are intertwined? Making of the wine might b ...

    Talk-A-Vino- 4 readers -
  • Toledo Area Wine events & Tastings: January 21-24, 2015

    … Sauvignon Blanc Saint Bris, 3. Villa Maria Merlot/Cabernet/Cabernet Franc/Malbec, 4. Gabriel Liogier Cotes Du Rhone, 5. Rabbit Ridge Sangiovese, 6. Antano (Italy) Montefalco Rosso, 7. Domaine De Courteillac (Merlot/Cabernet), 8. Antano (Spain) Rioja (Tempranillo). Nominal fee per sample. Corks Wine and Liquor, Promenade Plaza, 27250 Crossroads…

    Toledo Wines and Vines- 6 readers -
  • Heritage Vineyards - WOW! Is there any other way to say it?

    … books from Wine Spectator, as well as books with Greg Moore (of Moore Bros.), Matt Kramer, Howard Goldberg, and many other wine writers. Mr. DeVito has also been the editor of many successful traditional trade books, including Strange Fruit by David Margolick, On the Shoulders of Giants by Stephen Hawking, and three titles by Malachy McCourt. Other…

    Carlo De Vito/ East Coast Wineries- 4 readers -
  • Take Me Back There...

    …, I’d lost my memory for that wickedly delicious gazpacho, so I was about to create another one. I mentioned a few posts ago that my mother used to call me Mouse. It had less to do with having a pinched face, (more piglet than mouse for sure) or constantly scurrying from here to there. Wasn’t even my from-the-womb love of all things cheese…

    Samantha Dugan/ Samantha Sans Dosage- 2 readers -
  • LCBO Wine Picks: Spain + Chile + Argentina

    … The next LCBO VINTAGES release will be on shelves across Ontario on Saturday, January 24th. The major theme of this release is on new value wines from Spain, while the mini-theme highlights wines from South America's two wine superpowers - Argentina and Chile. Out of 22 Spanish wines featured, 6 made my list of wine picks - all are red wines…

    Jason Solanki/ Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews- 6 readers -
  • Ignacio Marin Duque de Medina 2013 Garnacha, Cariñena

    …. The dukedom of Medina, so I learned, is the oldest in Spain, dating back to 1445. The seventh Duke of Medina commanded the Spanish armada at the end of the 16th century. How did this bottle sail? There were no choppy waters – this has very smooth tannins. It is light in body and fruity, with just a hint of earthiness. It’s a casual sipper that costs…

    Toledo Wines and Vines- 6 readers -
  • January Roundup

    … is rich and full-bodied, with sweet dark berry fruit, herbal and chocolate accents, and enough structure to stand up to mid-term cellaring. (Coming Soon) Locations F-2 NV by Orin Swift ($19.99) My dad is obsessed with these wines – the ones with the one letter on the label, F for France, I for Italy, E for Spain, etc. Probably because his “wine guy…

    Mike Madaio/ Pennsylvania Vine Company- 3 readers -
  • Las Rocas Garnacha – Dynamic and Delicious

    …, tobacco and cinnamon aromas lead the nose of this wine, followed by plum, blackberry and black cherry aromas. The palate brings dusty blackberry, plum and black pepper flavors with fairly-heavy concentration. The mouthfeel has a slightly-velvety texture. The acidity is good. The finish is fairly long and brings some chocolate notes. Overall, this wine…

    Tim Lemke/ 4 readers -
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