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Roble 2012

14.5% vol

Region: D.O. Ribera del Duero

Variety: Tempranillo

Notes: A good value for money Ribera, nothing special but for an everyday wine is quite acceptable. It has all the characteristics of a Ribera de Duero, dark red fruit, right amount of oaking; certainly not a refined wine but for barbecues and casual occasions it won’t disappoint.

Value for money: 7,5 / 10

Quality: 80 points

Price: 7.50 euros


Feria de Vino Ciudad de Torrelavega

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Last weekend I attended the Torrelavega Wine Fair invited by Cueli Arce, S.L. to try some of their wines. Out of the selection I found a very good value for money albariño VINO ALBARIÑO CASTIÑEIRA and a dessert merlot wine by  Pago del Vicario. 

You can have a look at their website here




Reserva 2011

(photo is the crianza)

14.5% vol

Region:  D.O. Toro

Variety:  Tempranillo


I had this at my Spanish friends BBQ, Toro wines keep evolving and refining themselves and this is a very good example of that.

This bold wine comes from Bodegas Frutas Villar which they were first established in 1920, using tempranillo as their main grape.

The is full bodied but has a delicate balance between the dark tempranillo grape and the mainly american oaking from 12-20 moths then another 12 months resting in the bottle.

This matches very well grilled meats as it stands up to the card flavouring, this wine is highly recommended and it will be hard to find a Rioja Reserva of the same quality at this price point (obviously very different style of wine).

Overall this Tinto from Toro is of great personality and character, while still being smooth  and balanced.

Value for money:   8.25 /   10

Quality:   90 points

Price:  11 euros

LA PLANTA by Bodegas Arzuaga

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Roble 2012

14.5% vol

Region: Ribera Del Duero

Variety: Tempranillo


Produced by Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro located in the heart of Ribera del Duero, founded in the early 1990´s by Florentino Arzuaga.

Now with over 150 hectares of vines with a combination of tempanillo, cabernet sauvignon and merlot.

The wine itself has wonderful full body with great concentration resulting it very pleasing flavour of dark cherry fruit. It is a fresh young wine with gentle and engaging balance from the 6 months in French and American oak.

I found this to be very engaging and seeing it was a cool night suited the evening almost perfectly.

I had the wine with some grill meats but would suit a hearty stew or your favourite tapas.


Value for money:   8.5 / 10

Quality:  87 points

Price: 7 euros


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Rosado 2013

15% vol

Region: D.O. Vino de la Tierra de Castilla

Variety: Petit Verdot

Notes: Bodegas Pago del Vicario is located a few kilometers from Cuidad Real and about 1.5 hours from Madrid on the river bank of Guadiana river 600 meters above sea level. The total area is over 130 hectares of vines which mainly consist of Tempranillo but they also have planted Garnacha, Graciano, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The climate is distinct with a large thermal contrast between day and night, which they believe helps install unique flavours in their grapes. Maybe  this is how they were able to produce such an  incredibly different Rose wine if you can call it that, it’s almost like they have created a new style of wine altogether. As this is more of a cross between a normal red wine and a rose wine. With a massive 15% alcohol which doesn’t interfere with the flavour of the wine, it’s truly unique. I am not normally a great lover of rose wines, but if you are like me this may change your mind as it has the freshness of a white/rose wine but with the structure and complexity of a bold red. Great summer time wine but be careful it goes down quite easily and before you know it you will be on to your second bottle. Not everyone will love this if you are only a red drinker you my find it a bit of a ¨bubblegum¨ wine with its high level of raspberry type cordial fruit. It’s not a refined wine but if you take it for what it is you will enjoy it. It has been awarded best rose by some different wine show awards. Give it a try you will probably know after your first glass if it’s for you or not, for me it’s my go to rose wine on the small occasions I feel like it. For those big rose fans you can probably add a few more points to my score. Suits wide variety of foods so don’t limit yourself matching with what ever food you like. Enjoy!

Notas: Las Bodegas Pago del Vicario se encuentran a pocos kilómetros de Ciudad Real y alrededor de 1,5 horas de Madrid en la orilla del río Guadiana a 600 metros sobre el nivel del mar. La superficie total es de más de 130 hectáreas de viñedos qué principalmente consisten en Tempranillo pero también han plantado Garnacha, Graciano, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc y Chardonnay. El clima es especial, con un gran contraste térmico entre el día y la noche, que creen que ayuda a instalar sabores únicos en sus uvas. Tal vez esta es la forma en que fueron capaces de producir un increíblemente diferente vino rosado, si se le puede llamar asi, es casi un nuevo estilo de vino por completo. Es más un cruce entre el vino tinto normal y un vino rosado. Con un masivo 15% de alcohol que no interfiere con el sabor del vino, es verdaderamente único. Normalmente no soy un gran amante de los vinos rosados, pero si eres como yo, este puede cambiar tu opinión, tiene la frescura de un vino blanco pero con la estructura y la complejidad de un tinto. Buena elección para el verano, pero ten cuidado que se bebe con bastante facilidad y antes de que te des cuenta estarás en tu segunda botella. No a todo el mundo le gustara, si es sólo bebedor de tinto usted puede encontrarlo un poco con sabor a chicle, con su alto nivel de toques de frambuesa. No es un vino refinado, pero si se toma como lo que es puede que sea de su agrado. Ha sido galardonado con varios premios en diferentes muestras de vinos. Hay que darle una oportunidad, probablemente sabrá después de su primera copa si es para usted o no, para mí es mi vino rosado de elección en las pequeñas ocasiones en que me apetece un rosado. Aquellos grandes fans de los rosados pueden agregar algunos puntos más a mi puntuación. Va con una amplia variedad de alimentos, así que no te limites y ponlo en juego con la comida que te guste. Disfrute!

Value for money:   7.75  / 10

Quality:   8 / 10

Price:  6 euros


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Vintage 2010

13.5% vol

Region:  D.O. Vino de la Tierra de Extremadura

Varieties: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah

Notes: A pleasant medium body wine from bodegas Santa Cecilia located in the western Spain in the region of Extremadura. Soft and subtle easy drinking wine, a bit like a light Rioja, lacks a little bit of depth, complexity and concentration for my taste. At this price point is slightly expensive as there are other wines I would choose over this but not bad to use as a casual BBQ wine. Nine months in American and French oak which is noticeable but not overpowering, nice blend between wood and light fruit. Has notes of chocolate and balsamic with aroma of slightly toasted peppery wood. Probably wouldn’t buy again not because it’s bad just not to my preference.

Notas: Un agradable vino de cuerpo medio de las bodegas de Santa Cecilia ubicadas en la región occidental española de Extremadura. Fácil de beber, suave y sutil, un poco como un Rioja ligero, le falta un poco de profundidad, complejidad y concentración para mi gusto. Por este precio es un poco caro, hay otros vinos que elegiría antes que este, pero no está mal para una barbacoa casual. Nueve meses en barrica de roble americano y francés, que se nota pero no en demasía, agradable mezcla entre madera y fruta. Tiene notas de chocolate y balsámico con aroma a madera tostada ligeramente picante. Probablemente no lo volvería a comprar, no porque sea malo simplemente no es de mi preferencia.

Value for money:   7.25  /    10

Quality:  7.25 / 10

Price:  6 Euros


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Vintage 2005

14% vol

Region: D.O. Utiel- Requena

Varieties: Merlot & Tempranillo

Note: Produced by Bodegas Finca San Blas, from the relatively new wine region located in the south east of Spain near the city of Valencia. It is mostly recognized for the grape Bobal which I haven’t had much success with in trying so far but the winery decided to break the mold and go with a 90%  Merlot and 10% Tempranillo. The winery itself was based on the classic French chateaux design but with the most modern wine techniques being used. I think what makes this wine so surprisingly refined and smooth is the combination of it being oaked in French barrels for 14 months then was bottled until 2007 and left for further time to cellar in the bottle before being released on the market in 2011. Also their relatively low production which helps to concentrate the grapes to achieve a fuller flavour. Being vintage 2005 I thought most likely it would be passed its best but in fact I think it’s at its perfect time to drink, as the evolution in the bottle has made just a beautiful weight, structure, length, sweet tannins and outstanding balance of lush fresh ruby fruit and oak. Enjoy on those special times with good friends.

Nota: Producido por Bodegas Finca San Blas, en una relativamente nueva región vitivinícola situada en el sureste de España, cerca de la ciudad de Valencia. Es reconocido sobre todo para la uva Bobal , con la que no he tenido mucho éxito hasta el momento, pero ahora la bodega decidió romper el molde e ir con 90% Merlot y 10% Tempranillo. La bodega en sí se basa en el diseño clásico de un chateaux francés, pero con las técnicas vinícolas más modernas que se están utilizando. Creo que lo que hace este vino tan sorprendentemente refinado y suave es la combinación de que sea envejecido en barricas de roble francés durante 14 meses, hasta que fue embotellado en 2007 y se deja madurar mas tiempo en la botella antes de ser lanzado al mercado en 2011, también a sus relativamente baja producción que ayuda a concentrar las uvas para lograr un sabor más completo. Siendo una Añada de 2005 pensé que más probable había pasado su mejor momento, pero de hecho, creo que es su mejor momento para beber, la evolución en la botella lo ha convertido en un vino de perfecto cuerpo, estructura, duración, taninos dulces y balance remarcable de fruta roja y madera fresca. Disfrute en esos momentos especiales con buenos amigos.

Value for money:  8  /  10

Quality:   90 points

Price: 11 euros