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Spanish Wines for the Holidays!

A selection of Spanish wines for the holiday season.

We’ve chosen a fantastic selection of Spanish wines for the holiday season.

Vega Escal- Reservaa De La Tierra

This wine is a delicious blend of Merlot, Garnacha Negra, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carinena and Syrah from the Priorat region. The 2017 variety was awarded a 94 point score by Wine & Spirit Magazine, describing it as including “flavors of blue and black fruit rounded out with notes of fresh vanilla bean and toffee.”

Goru Gold – Ego Bodegas
Goru Gold is made from Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes, and aged in french and american oak barrels for 12 months. Wine Spectator awarded Goru Gold a 93 point score, describing it as having “bright cherry, berry and currant flavors…with licorice, black tea and mineral notes.”

Marques Del Atrio Reserva

This fantastic Spanish wine is amde from Tempranillo and Graciano of the Mendavia region. James Suckling awards Marques Del Atrio Reserva a 93 point score, describing it as having “lots of cool and clean fruit with dark berries, dark chocolate and hints of vanilla.”

Castano Solanera

Solanera is made from Monastrell, Carbernet Sauvignon and Garnacha Tintorera from the Yecla region. Winebow awards Solanera a 93 point score, with tasting notes that include “blue fruits, cedarwood, speiced cherries, and peppery herbs.”

Wines for the Holiday Season

We’ve selected a wide variety of wines for the holiday season, each perfect for celebrating in their own way.

  • Alsace Gentil “Hugel” – This wonderful French wine is made of a wide variety of white grapes for an even wider range of qualities, including Gewerztraminer, Sylvaner, Riesiling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Muscat.
  • Cloudline Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – The winemaker describes this Pinot Noir as “clear, accessible, fruit forward”. Cloudline comes to us from Oregon, but has found an audience across the world, from Brazil to Japan.
  • Beauvignac – Le Moelleux Cotes De Thau – A French wine made from 60% Colombard and 40% Picpoul Pinet.To retain a unique level of sweetness, fermentation is stopped early during the wine making process.
  • George Dubeuf Beajolais Nouveau – A seasonal favorite, Beaujolais Nouveau is a celebration of the first harvest. Light and fruity, this is a perfect wine for any celebration or holiday.
  • Francois Montand Brut – A popular French sparkling blend of Colombard, Ugni Blanc and Chardonnay, described by the winemakers as “creamy and smooth, with lingering aromas of freshly baked bread, golden delicious apples and Meyer lemon.”
  • Francois Montand Brut Rose – The Rose variety of this staple sparkling wine is made from Grenache and Cinsault, described as “itense and fine…crisp and dry, with a clean and pleasant finish of red berries”.
  • Pike Road Pinot Noir – Another special wine from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Pike Road takes grapes from multiple vineyards, for a taste they describe as “notes of black current, baking spices, violets, and sweet oak.”
  • Bottega Rose Gold – Pinot Nero Spumante Brut Rosé

    Inside this fantastically gorgeous bottle is Bottega Rose Gold. A Brut Rosé made entirely of Pinot Nero grapes grown in Italy’s Lombardy region. The Pinot Nero is handpicked, and carefully soft pressed after 24 hours in the must. The base wine is fermented a second time, before spending time in the cellar before hitting the shelves.

    According to the winemaker, the liquid inside matches the bottle, a “brilliant, subtle pink color” with a taste that’s “fresh, delicate, soft, structured, with balanced acidity and a pleasant and persistent aftertaste.

    Bio Zero – Wines Without Sulfites

    Every so often we have a customer requesting a wine without added sulfites. We’ve kept our eye out and found Bio Zero, a line of “wines without sulfites” from Italy’s Cascina Del Colle.

    The Bio Zero red wine is made entirely of Montepulciano grapes, fermented in stainless steel tanks, and aged for one month. The winemaker’s notes describe:

    “red berry fruit, complemented by subtle herbaceous nuances and pleasing floral sensations…balanced, fresh, young, with good tannic texture, body and persistence.”

    Bio Zero’s white wine offering is made of Trebbiano grapes, also fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks for one month. Casinca Del Colle’s notes include:

    “…fresh notes of green apple, white flowers and citrus notes…sapid, fresh, balanced, refreshing.”

    Whether you’ve been searching for a sulfite free wine, or just looking for something interesting to try, consider picking up a bottle of Bio Zero on your next visit to Village Beer & Fine Wine.

    Brilla! Prosecco

    We’ve chosen a nice Italian Prosecco for our July 2020 wine selection, Brilla! This sparkling wine hails from the Prosseco DOC and is made entirely of Glera grapes. The winemaker describes Brilla! as “Delicate and complex…with fruity notes reminiscent of peach and green apple with secondar notes of acacia and lilac.” Reviewers consistently call Brilla! Prosecco a great value. A perfectly refreshing selection for these hot summer evenings.

    Summer Rosés 2020

    With the weather heating up it’s time for a list of Summer Rosés…

  • Gerard Bertrand Côte de Rosé – You’ve seen this perpetual favorite featured on our website before, but we can’t exclude it from a summer Rosé list! Gerard Bertrand Côte de Rosé is typically described as light and refreshing. Each bottle has a unique rose pattern in glass along the bottom, making for an elegant gift.
  • Dominio de Punctum Lobetia Rosado – This Spanish Rosé is made with organic grapes, described by Lobetia as “rich and fresh.” Wine Enthusiast names Lovetia Rosado a “Best Buy.”
  • Aimé Roquesante Côte de Provence Rosé – The winemaker describes Aimé Roquesante as “fresh and subtle, with red and citrus fruit notes.” The folks at Ultimate Wine Challenge agree, awarding Aimé Roquesante a 90 pts score, adding “crushed rock, lime zest and grapefruit flesh” to their tasting notes.
  • Finca Sobreño Crianz

    This month’s featured wines comes from Finca Sobreño of western Spain’s Toro region, in the province of Zamora. Finca Sobreño Crianz is made entirely of the regions premiere grape, Tinta de Toro. Sobreño says Tinta Toro is similar to Tempranillo, but smaller and thicker with a higher concentration of color. Sobreño describes the color of their Crianz as “Deep-red cherry with purple tones”. Their tasting notes include black berry, oak and spice on the nose, and a “meaty” flavor of “very fine and ripe tannins”.

    JamesSuckling.com seems to agree with this assessment, rewarding Finca Sobreño Crianz a 92 pt score.

    “Biscuit-like aromas with grilled nuts and chocolate oak-influence, acorss ripe dark berries. The palate has a very succulent, sweet-fruit core with plenty of ripe mulberries and plums. Supple tannins. Drink or hold.” – James Suckling

    If you’re a fan of Tempranillo, or spanish wines in general, Finca Sobreño Crianz is a must try!

    Castra Rubra Butterfly Rock


    Castra Rubra Butterfly Rock, our featured wine this month comes to us from the Telish Winery in Bulgaria’s Thracian Lowlands region. The area is in the south of Bulgaria, and known for red wine production, due to a Mediterranean style climate. Butterfly Rock is 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Syrah.

    This delicious blend has consistently received professional ratings of 90 points and above. Robert Parker awards Butterfly Rock a 90 pt score, as does Decanter magazine, stating:

    “The wood and tannins are well integrated into the dense juicy red fruit.”

    Wine Enthusiast awards Butterfly Rock a 91 point score, and i-winereview.com comes in at 92 points. Haven’t tried a wine from Bulgaria before? Critics seem to agree, Butterfly Rock is a great place to start.