Mencia


Encino Bierzo 2013, Spain (£13.99 Naked Wines) Starts off a bit stinky (something I’d say about rather a lot of Bierzo) but after a while and some judicious swirling, a juicy wild and spicy wine emerges, with soft berry and plum fruit pepped up with a hint of gingerbread. Good […]

Spanish reds from Bierzo, Tierra de Castilla & Montsant


Lovely wine to waft in the faces of those whose Spanish wine explorations begin and end with Rioja El Pajaro Rojo Bierzo 2013, Spain (£10.97 Asda) Needs a little time to shake of the slightly rubbery edge of reduction – or in English, slosh it round a jug, it’ll taste […]

El Pajaro Rojo Bierzo 2013, Spain


The modern side of Dão but still rather tasty F’Oz Dão 2012, Portugal (£7.99 Tesco) Plummy rose hip and dark berry characters to the fore, with a slightly floral note, some spice, an earthy undercurrent and a supple finish. There are more fragrant and complex wines from Dão but this […]

F’Oz Dão 2012, Portugal





A selection of wines I tasted from bodegas in Castilla y Leon (NW Spain) – apparently none is currently represented in the UK, although I’m sure I’ve seen the excellent Carmelo Rodero wines here – maybe with The Winery? Ledo .8 Bierzo Crianza 2007 Soft, juicy, fragrant style, has the […]

Wine Tasting Video: Bierzo, Cigales & Ribera del Duero