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Why El Coto Rosé is the perfect summer wine

El Coto de Rioja is one of the world’s favourite Spanish wine brands. From a base in the Rioja Alta region, El Coto produces an astonishing amount of wine, most of it red. If you’re looking for a good value Rioja, El Coto will usually fit the bill. They also make the overperforming Coto de Imaz Rioja. […]

What makes Pingus wine so great?

Have you ever tasted a Pingus wine? Dominio de Pingus, to give it its proper title, is one of the finest wine producers in Spain. From its tiny vineyard in the Ribera del Duero region, it routinely produces some of the best red wine in the world. For all its prestige and fame, however, few […]

The Cune Rioja Reserva 2011 cheat sheet: Tasting and food pairing

Cune Rioja Reserva 2011 is a new arrival on the market, and Rioja fans are already starting to snap it up. If you haven’t tried it yet, or you want to know a little more before you buy it, stick with us. We’ve put together this guide to give you the low-down on Cune Rioja […]

Échezeaux: Can a €2,500 wine really be good value?

A bottle of Échezeaux wine from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti will cost you well over €2,000. That’s a lot of money, particularly for a bottle of wine. It may be a great wine, but could you really call it great value? It’s all relative, of course, but anybody who spends that sort of cash on […]

Is this the best Marqués de Riscal wine ever?

Marqués de Riscal wine is one of Spanish wine’s best-known exports. One of the oldest wineries in Rioja, its history dates back to 1858. Since then, the bodega has gone from strength to strength, developing into a world class wine tourism destination, complete with its own designer hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant. Alongside Muga, Faustino and […]

How to make Arancello at home

Making liqueurs and cocktails at home is surprisingly fun. You might know Limoncello, and you might have even made it yourself. Lemon-based Italian liqueur goodness – what’s not to like. Well, we can do one better: Let us introduce Arancello, Limoncello’s stroppy younger sibling!

3 surprising food pairings for Coto de Imaz Rioja

We’ve grabbed a bottle of Coto de Imaz Rioja for a little experiment, and you’re going to want to see what we’ve done. There’s a lot of tradition in wine, and Rioja wine is no exception. Pairing Rioja with food often follows age-old rules or guidelines, handed down through generations. This isn’t a bad thing. […]

If You Like Parra Alta Malbec, You’ll Love These

Ah, Parra Alta Malbec – brambly, full bodied and jammy. You’re everything I look for in an easy drinking red, and yet, if you know where to look, there are better wines to be had. Better!? Oh yes. If your palette is anything like mine, you’ll love to read about these fruitier, fuller bodied answers […]