Spanish wine picks that go beyond Tempranillo

What's the difference between "classic" and "new" Spanish wine? On The Coast's Master of Wine Barbara Philip has the answer.

On The Coast Master of Wine Barbara Philip says there's 'classic' and then there's 'new' Spanish wine

On The Coast's Master of Wine Barbara Philip says there are some key differences between "classic" and "new" Spanish wine varieties. (CBC)

On The Coast's Master of Wine Barbara Philip says Spain is going through a bit of a wine renaissance these days.

While Tempranillo is a well-known grape variety when it comes to Spanish wine, several new varieties have been up and coming lately.

Here are some of her picks for wines from regions that have flown under the radar in the past.

Campo Viejo Rosé. Rioja. Spain. 2014. $13.29

"This is one of the few rosés that is available into the fall. It has cherry aromas on the nose along with some herbs and rock candy. The palate is a touch off-dry and would be tasty with spicy Thai."

Altacena Tempranillo. Castilla. Spain. 2013. $12.99

"A great wine for the price, this Tempranillo has complex flavours of dark berry, licorice and black pepper. Drying and slightly gritty tannins would pair well with roasted leg of lamb. "

Terra d'Uro Finca la Rana. Toro. Spain. 2011. $22.99

"Tinta del Toro is the local name for Tempranillo and makes up 100 per cent of this wine. Eleven months in French oak lends a spicy accent to the dark fruits and floral notes. Tannins are dusty and ripe. Try with aged Manchego cheese."

Godelia Mencia. Bierzo. Spain. 2010. $26.99

"Look for mineral, flowers, dark fruit and sweet herbs in this unique wine from northwest Spain. Mencia is the grape variety and Bierzo, the region. Its firm structure makes it a good match for grilled meat."

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  • A previous version of this story called Tempranillo a region for Spanish wine. It is in fact a grape variety used in Spanish wine.
    Nov 04, 2015 11:19 AM PT


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