Spanish Wine

Wine ratings: Rioja

Wine ratings: Rioja

Forget what you may have heard about China's wine drinkers mixing Lafite with Coca-Cola, the Spanish were there first. Calimocho is a mix of red wine and coke traditionally regarded as an inexpensive cocktail for younger wine drinkers.

Thursday, 7 February, 2013, 9:16am

Food-friendly Spanish wines

Food-friendly Spanish wines

The talent of Spanish chefs such as Ferran Adria and Juan Mari Arzak and his daughter, Elena, is indisputable among people who take food seriously. But how many have heard of Xavier Ausas, Peter Sisseck or Alvaro Palacios, the winemakers of Vega Sicilia, Pingus and L'Ermita, respectively.

13 Sep 2012 - 11:53am


The world's second-largest producer, Spain has been better known for the high volume rather than the high quality of wine it produces. This is changing - international wine critic Robert Parker has pointed to Spain as a rising star with innovative wines. For the wine lover, Spain still provides good quality and value for money.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Varietal has its day in the sun

Tomorrow wine lovers across the world will have the chance to celebrate an apparently underrated grape. The second International Grenache Day will see winemakers, importers and lovers of the variety taking part in various events to bring it wider publicity.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Grenache, or garnacha as it is known in Spain, is one of the most widely planted grape varieties. It has a humble reputation and does not quite have the prestige of wines made from cabernet sauvignon or pinot noir. It often plays a supporting role in wines, where it is used as a component in a blend.

14 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Spain is starting to reign in the city

Spanish wine is increasingly popular in Hong Kong, largely as a result of the popularity of Spanish cuisine.

Although recognised as a supplier of economical, easy drinking wines, the country is increasingly accepted as a producer of more serious red wines and easy drinking whites, and its cava competes with Champagne, Prosecco and the full range of New World sparkling wines.

4 Nov 2010 - 12:00am


Grenache is always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Recently, a group of top winemakers, viticulturists, journalists and scientists gathered in southern France, at the foot of Mont Ventoux (known for being one of the most gruelling ascents in the Tour de France), to see what could be done to nudge grenache towards the altar.

4 Jul 2010 - 12:00am


Tempranillo doesn't want to stand on its own two feet. Our grocery store shelves are laden with bottles of tempranillo blended with popular international varieties such as shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. Maybe on its own, tempranillo doesn't command enough attention. Or, perhaps, tempranillo is a rag doll, seeking backbone and structure from varieties with stiffer stuffing.

13 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Copy right

When little Dolly the sheep appeared 13 years ago, the success of her sci-fi breeding disconcerted much of the world and 'clone' became an unsettling word; something to be viewed with suspicion. Even today, when the word creeps into a conversation - say at a wine dinner - there's a flicker of discomfort among the non-winegeeks.

26 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Pierre Perrin

Do your wines go well with Chinese food? 'It can be quite challenging - there are so many different types and styles. It's not easy to say which style goes best with our wines. Chiu Chow goes well with some of our wines and Shanghainese is fine. Cantonese food might be difficult to pair, it can sometimes be a little too subtle for some types of Rhone wines.'

31 May 2009 - 12:00am

Run riot

Years ago, a friend and I backpacked to the Spanish region of Navarra for the Festival of San Fermin and the running of the bulls. On arrival, we promptly splurged our hotel funds on cheap local wine that resulted in our sleeping through the festival and the run.

31 Aug 2008 - 12:00am


The winemakers in Roussillon (roo-see-yohn) are determined to rock you. If there's a region where ancient rock plays a leading role, it is this isolated area on the eastern side of the Pyrenees Mountains in southwest France. In Roussillon, growers don't speak about soil; they rock.

18 May 2008 - 12:00am


You can tell the world has turned upside-down when the finest bullfighter in the world is French and the best-selling sparkling wine in the world (shifting more than 200 million bottles a year) is Spanish.

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am


Except for the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the southern Rhone is often overlooked by wine lovers. In 1991, Wine Spectator magazine voted the 1989 vintage from Chateau de Beaucastel - one of the region's top producers - wine of the year. Yet most people, including the French, look to Burgundy and Bordeaux for their bottles.

8 Jul 2007 - 12:00am


A Spanish region rocked the wine world when it began producing top-class wines in the 1990s, setting the stage for a Spanish wine revival. Until Priorat burst onto the scene, Spain's most revered wines came from Rioja, about 500km west of Barcelona.

26 Feb 2006 - 12:00am