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  1. Aguila Syrah Spanish Red Wine 2012

    Aguila Red 2012

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Historically, Spain wasn't always the go-to country for affordable, fresh, good value wines, being hitherto known, on the whole, for more oaky styles but, for the past few years, it's made everyday wines something of an art form.
    Grown at high altitude in the DO of Cariñena, the Syrah grapes give rise to a clean, vibrant wine with intense aromas of dark cherry, violets and freshly-made jam.
    In vinous terms, Spain has traded sandals for Nike Airs; swapped Neil Diamond for Lily Allen; dispatched the Coronation Chicken in favour of beetroot foam; call it what you like, it changed, and we like it.
  2. Aguila Macabeo 2012 White Wine Spain

    Aguila White 2012

    £6.50

    £6.50

    If Aguila White Wine was a person, it'd have to be the Prince of Cool, Will Smith. Whether he's keeping it fresh in Bel Air or regulating extra-terrestrial life of earth, this dude is chilled, but wacky, with a dry wit that cheers you up no end, which pretty much sums up this modern, fresh, fruity but dry Macabeo, we thinks.
    Altogether now, "In West Philadelphia, born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days, chillin' out max and relaxin', all cool and all shootin' some b-ball outside the school..."
  3. Alma de Blanco Godello Spanish Wine

    Alma de Blanco Godello 2016

    £9.75

    £9.75

    A few years ago, Rias Baixas, and Albarino were the region and grape names to drop to prove your wine aficionado credentials. These days, those names have become almost mainstream, and it's the tiny neighbouring region of Monterrei - and Albarino's doppelganger Godello - that you need to be talking about to show off your esoteric knowledge. Like Albarino, Godello is crisp, fresh and so friendly to seafood it risks an injunction. Snap it up while it's still an undiscovered (and under valued) gem.
  4. Mencia Alma de Tinto Mencia

    Alma de Tinto Mencia 2016

    £9.75

    £9.75

    Tucked away in the mountains of Spain's wild North West, hard up against the topmost corner of Portugal, Monterrei is one of Iberia's tiniest, and least known wine producing regions. Mencia is the grape native to that rugged part of the world, and, as far as we're aware, found nowhere else. The wine it produces is appropriately wild and brambly, dark and intense, but full of bright, fresh fruit that pulls it up just this side of brooding. A walk on the wild side with a spring in its step.
  5. Anxo Martin Spanish White Wine

    Anxo MartÍn 2014

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Sometimes we desperately lust for a relaxing getaway and a dose of healthy vitamin D, but often lack the finance for it. We at Oddbins have a solution for this - just crack open a bottle of this liquid sunshine! You will immediately be teleported to a beach: juicy mango in hand and white flowers in your hair. Surrounding you are passion fruit trees heavy with ripe fruits, and the sun above you shines golden. Breathe in and get lost in a world of exotic wonders... This is the magic Anxo Martín brings!
  6. Ayres de Escal Priorat

    Ayres de Escal Priorat 2012

    £13.25

    £13.25

    Way back when in 1194, a group of very clever monks decided to plant some Vitis Vinifera vines on the vertiginously steep slopes of Priorat. This was a great idea because the loose, granite-like 'llicorella' soil there is chuffing marvellous for Garnacha and Carignan. Fast forward 800 years to the 1990s and, after a long fallow period, a group of spunky young winemakers had the equally good idea of resurrecting the region's wine industry. They're making seriously good wine again, like this well-structured, raspberry jam-flavoured beauty. The monks would be proud.
  7. Barbadillo Amontillado Spanish Sherry

    Barbadillo Amontillado Sherry NV

    £9.50

    £9.50

    'This porridge is too hot!'... 'This porridge is too cold!'... 'This porridge is just right.' So said Goldilocks, before being quite rightly evicted by three disgruntled homeowners...

    Luckily for them she hadn't found their bottle of Barbadillo Amontadillo Sherry! We can't imagine she would have been so quick to find faults with this ones deep amber colour, complex aromas and dried fruit flavours. Mmm...this sounds just right to us!
  8. Manzanilla Barbadillo

    Barbadillo Manzanilla Sherry

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Does anything recycle its own refuse quite as romantically as wine does? Crusted Port springs to mind, as does Muscadet Sur Lie, but Manzanilla Sherry takes the slightly salty biscuit.

    As it ages in oak, its light and tangy character is protected from oxidation by the natural formation of a layer of yeast called flor, which seals the surface of the wine and feeds on its compounds and alcohol.

    Oak ageing enables water to evaporate through the wood, maintaining the wine's alcoholic percentage, as well as its delicate body, tanginess and tapas-friendly salty tinge. Bloomin' 'eck, who'd have thought of that? That's what we call flor-ed genius!
  9. Barbadillo Manzanilla Solear Sherry NV

    Barbadillo Manzanilla Solear Sherry NV

    £6.25

    £6.25

    We have some riddles for you.

    "Voiceless it cries, wingless flutters; toothless it bites, mouthless mutters." What is it? The wind.

    "It's salty but pleasant, dry but refreshing, small but mighty." What is it? Solear Manzanilla by Antonio Barbadillo of course!

    Yes, don't be fooled by its size, there is a whole lotta dry, nutty, sea-salty goodness in this wee bottle. One to watch Almovodar films and pick at olives with.
  10. Barbadillo Pale Cream Fortified Wine Sherry

    Barbadillo Pale Cream Sherry

    £9.50

    £9.50

    With the light fluffiness of a cloud, combined with the delicate, mesmeric nuances of almonds and freshly baked baguettes, this is a little dream of a Sherry. Hints of coconut enter the gentle fray, from the American oak used in the Solera ageing casks.

    We're not trying to psychically drive you or anything (we've been watching too much pseudo-psychoanalytical TV, clearly), but were you to serve up a desert of homemade crème brülée, this would go really rather well.
  11. Blanc Vi Natural 2015

    Blanc Vi Natural 2015

    £13.00

    £13.00

    Once upon a time, Espanyol, with regard to wine, seemed to be all about Riojas you could drink with a knife and fork. No longer, those crazy Iberians are such trail-blazers these days, that they've made a stonking red wine and named it "Blanc!" Not to mention the blend... surely, we haven't seen a more unusual collaboration since Aerosmith joined forces with Run-DMC. "Cabernet with, Garnatxa and Xarel-lo? That'll never work!" Spoiler - works.
  12. Blau Cel 2015 White Wine Spanish

    Blau Cel 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    High up in the sky, a worried-looking coyote is clinging to a faltering Acme ‘Mars-or-Bust’ space rocket. ‘Bust’ is the clear winner. Far below him is a crazy quilt of cartoon farmland, and his look turns to one of resignation as he realises that as soon as he's fallen into it, the rocket will follow, landing on his head. Never mind, coyote, at least you're landing in Moisès Virgili's wonderfully higgledy-piggledy vineyards in Tarragona, and you can now spend your days happily running round tending to the differing needs of all the little plots, and making this aromatic, white fruited, refreshing and entirely Mediterranean organic white. It's got to be better than the Grand Canyon!
  13. Blau Mari Spanish Red Wine 2014

    Blau Marí 2015

    £10.50

    £10.50

    To be a good teacher, it's important to understand your class, its dynamic, who's disruptive, who's the quiet genius etc., and to respond accordingly. Well, winemaker Moisès Virgili does the same thing with his Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnatxa vines.

    He says "The vineyard blocks are small and idiosyncratic. Some face the sea, others don't, and the soil is different from one row to another, so we treat them all individually'. This approach coaxes out all the refined, noble black fruit of the Cabernet and the lush red fruit of the Garnatxa and combines them perfectly in the winery to create an A* wine.
  14. Bodegas Aster Ribera del Duero Crianza 2013 Spanish Red Wine

    Bodegas Áster Ribera del Duero Crianza 2013

    £19.00

    £19.00

    One of those red wines that is so good it is likely to instantly convert many into lifelong devotees of Spanish wine. This is full-bodied with a deep, swirling whirlpool of dark Tempranillo character and an inspirational vanilla-tinged reminder of top quality oak. An excellent treat to keep in the kitchen for an unexpected special night in after a tough week - but way, way too good to add to anything that requires stirring.
  15. Palacios 'Finca Dofi' Priorat 2014 Red Wine

    Bodegas Palacios Remondo 'Finca Dofí' Priorat 2014

    £50.00

    £50.00

    During the mid-1900s, a boom in appetite for marzipan lead to great demand for almonds. Many farmers converted from other crops and planted almond trees, particularly in the beautiful region of Priorat. Rich farmers tore out their vines to grow almonds. Those more wistful, or simply less wealthy, sat by. Until years later a winemaker visited.

    He was gob-smacked. Gnarled old vines. Intense grapes. A resulting wine of power and refinement. Suddenly, the poorer farmers found themselves with some of the most coveted wine land in the world. Their sentiment paid off. Hence the phrase to 'priorat-ize' - to decide what is most important. Not always the quick buck, it seems!
  16. Palacios 'Placet' Rioja Blanco 2014 Spanish White Wine

    Bodegas Palacios Remondo 'Placet' Rioja Blanco 2014

    £17.50

    £17.50

    To be born into a well-regarded winemaking family might seem a boon, but for youngest son Rafa it was a double-edged sword. Yes, he inherited a passion to make outstanding Rioja; but he also wanted to assert his individuality. And, as always, that caused ructions. Family opinion was split.

    Rafael wanted to fashion a Blanco. A wine of such elemental elegance it would sit shoulder to shoulder with the family's reds. A white capturing the character of the region. Marrying the scrubland scents of Holm oak, thyme and rosemary with flavours of white peach and pear. A modern wine, but with deference to tradition. One taste, and the family gave their assent. You can decide for yourself.
  17. Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Gran Reserva Sherry 1986 - Half Bottle 375ml

    Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Gran Reserva 1986 - Half Bottle 375ml

    £25.00

    £25.00

    We're trying to think of ways to describe this well-aged Pedro Ximenex that don't have us cooing and gushing like some over-excitable newlyweds. Darn it, we just can't help it: we are in love with this wine and we want the world to know!
    Here are some words we think of, as we gaze into the rich, dark depths in our glass: cocoa, liquorice, tobacco pouch, rosemary, black olives, Arabic coffee, vanilla and cinnamon. But how feeble words sound compared to the immeasurable depth of feeling in our hearts. We need to sit down.
  18. Casa Lluch Verdil Spanish White Wine

    Casa Lluch Verdil 2015

    £9.75

    £9.75

    This dry, delicate and very endearing Spanish white from an almost unheard of grape - Verdil - reminds one a little of Sauvignon Blanc but that's to sell its individuality short.

    If we were to make a music video to describe this wine, we would film a cowboy, chopping a pineapple seductively in an oasis in the vivid sunshine of the Arizona desert, with the chirping of crickets emanating from the lush vegetation and someone spraying themselves with a hose in the background.

    Why? Because this wine is simultaneously dry, refreshing, sexy, herby, zippy and evocative. See for yourself!
  19. Celler San Rafel 'Joana' Montsant 2016 Spanish Red Wine

    Cellers Sant Rafel 'Joana' Montsant 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Being a winemaker is a lonely business. Tending vines, maintaining equipment, managing the cellar. With little time for socialising, finding a partner can be complicated. At least, that's how one particular winemaker justified his preference for using personals ads. But often the partner ended up being complicated too. He wished people could be straightforward and approachable, like wine, but nevertheless, he persevered.

    He had almost given up looking for someone, when late one evening - after a rather heavy tasting session - he managed to mix his notes up. He sent his tasting notes to the local personals column, and his 'Seeking' advert to the wine label printers. "Frank, tasty, cheeky, well balanced, delicate and very pleasant", Joana was the perfect match. It's best left unsaid what got printed on the label...
  20. Cillar de Silos Crianza Spanish Red Wine

    Cillar de Silos Crianza 2014

    £18.25

    £18.25

    It's wines like this elegant, intense, blackberry-infused Ribero del Duero, that make selling wine such an absolute pleasure. Because after the bottle is despatched and we have parted company, you, dear customer, can revel in its joys at your leisure, whilst we sit back, have a cup of tea and think happily, "our work here is done now".

    How are we so sure? Because we've yet to pour this red out and witness anything but pure pleasure. Such is its rich, intense decadent appeal. With beautiful notes of top quality oak and deep dark fruit this is a brooding beauty.
  21. Torresilo Ribera del Duero

    Cillar de Silos Torresilo 2014

    £37.00

    £37.00

    Like the Royal Family at the moment, Cillar de Silos just go from strength to strength, and they don't even have Kate Middleton on their team.

    The Aragón family has made wine for personal consumption for as long as records go, but in the 1970s Amalio Aragón started acquiring top vineyard sites in Ribera del Duero.

    His grandson, Óscar, is now head winemaker and is known for making incredible wines, like this deep, meditative, luscious and minerally Tempranillo. Who needs Kate?
  22. Cop de Ma Blanca  White Wine

    Cop de Ma Blanca 2014

    Now £7.20

    Was £8.00

    £7.20

    A vibrant Garnacha Blanca from Catalonia, from a producer whose name translates as 'lend a hand', with a label that refers to the Castells of Catalonia, the human pyramids that form an eye-popping attraction in so many public festivities in the region. The Castells, great symbols of co-operation, were declared by UNESCO in 2010 to be one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

    Crikey! But speaking of orals and intangibles, the region makes a remarkable amount of utterly wonderful wines, and we'd be delighted to let anybody give us a hand to drink this refreshing, creamy, green apple packed, delicious white wine!
  23. Dos Dedos de Fente 2010  Red Wine

    Dos Dedos de Frente 2014

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Dos Dedos de Frente is a contraction of 'no tiene dos dedos de frente'. This translates literally as 'he doesn't have two fingers of forehead' but is actually a Spanish idiom meaning 'he isn't the brightest button in the haberdashers', or a modern equivalent. You're worried now, aren't you?

    Well don't be, because all you really need to know is that this is a deliciously intense wine with a cassis and violet nose and a full, black fruit palate thickened with well-integrated oak. But it'll be a while before you can find that out for yourself, because you're not even thinking about the wine yet, are you?

    Instead, you've got your fingers on your forehead, and you're wondering if your forehead begins at the top of your nose, or just above your eyebrows. Stop it, just pick the glass up!
  24. El Puno Garnacha 2011

    El Puno Garnacha 2011

    £21.00

    £21.00

    This wine makes us want to do star jumps and cartwheels for joy, as it represents so much of what is exciting about Spanish wine. First off, it comes from Calatayud - a lesser-known wine region whose quality, like the rest of the Aragon region, has improved in leaps and bounds over the past couple of decades. Secondly, it is made by the vinicultural wizard that is Norrel Robertson MW. Scotsman Norrel has been making wine in Spain for 12 years and has qualifications and accolades coming out of his ears. No surprise, then, that this Garnacha, made with grapes from old vines (giving concentration), using local yeasts for fermentation (which suit the local grapes) and lightly-toasted re-used French Oak barrels (lets the wine's crushed violets and black cherry flavours shine), is an absolute belter.
  25. Eszenia Old Vine Garnacha Aragón Organic 2015

    Esenzia Old Vine Garnacha Aragón Organic 2016

    £8.50

    £8.50

    Why are we always trying to defy Father Time? After all, old vines make better wines. Just as old heads have more wisdom, old vines have more character. They might be gnarled and bent, but that doesn't mean they can't make bright and youthful wine. Each grape is a fresh new thing. Just as ideas are. And minds with a little more mileage often have the best ideas.

    So! Let's agree. Experience makes things better, as long as you keep a sense of play. Then you can enjoy getting older, like the more senior vines behind this wine. Complex, but brimming with a youthful essence. We can't guarantee drinking it will keep you young, but then, you wouldn't be allowed to drink it if you were!
  26. Eternum Viti Toro 2013

    Eternum Viti Toro 2013

    £13.00

    £13.00

    Eternum Viti Toro or "Eternal Viti Toro," of course referencing the formation of the 12th Century fountain of youth in Toro, north of Madrid. Historians of Medieval Spain largely agree that the fountain formed when a drug corporation dumped a large amount of waste multivitamins or "Viti" in the river Douro. Since then, the men and women of Toro have been damn attractive well into their 70s & their wine has never gone bad. This is why Columbus took Toro wines to discover America, or India or wherever that dude thought he was going.
  27. Glorioso Rioja Crianza Red Wine Spain

    Glorioso Rioja Crianza 2014

    £11.00

    £11.00

    A Rioja made for meal times! This red wine might just be the food-match ace in the Rioja suit.
  28. Gonzalez Byass Del Duque Amontillado Sherry 30 Year Old

    Gonzalez Byass Del Duque Amontillado Sherry 30 Year Old - Half Bottle 375ml

    £23.00

    £23.00

    Sometimes we really wonder how certain winemaking techniques were arrived at. Sherry making techniques in particular.

    After fortifying the wine to halt the alcoholic fermentation and keep it sweet (fair enough), someone must have then thought, 'what if we let it sit in a wooden tub for, maybe, five, no no... ten, sod it make that thirty years. Yup, then let's see what it tastes like then'.

    Well, these bonkers Andalusians, whoever they are, were obviously geniuses with much acumen, as this is precisely the way to produce moreish, almost umami-tasting Amontillado like this.

    The 30 years in American oak casks has transformed the humble Palomino grape into an unctuous, vanilla, cedar and fig-flavour bonanza of a Sherry. Three cheers for the vinous vanguard!
  29. Gonzalez Byass Elegante Fino Dry Sherry

    Gonzalez Byass Elegante Fino Dry Sherry

    £6.99

    £6.99

    For a desperately long time Sherry has been the kid sitting alone in the canteen, pairing his corn beef sarnies with a good root up his nose, radiating a forcefield of uncool. Thanks Nan, you ruined Sherry for the rest of us! Or did she? Over the summer that kid has grown 12 inches, had his braces off and his voice has got deep and sexy. Go on son! Sherry's back, rolling out of cocktail and tapas bars alike; be sure that the cool kids are sipping on a chilled Fino... as well as your awesome Nanna. Good lord, drinking fortified wine's a rollercoaster.
  30. Gonzalez Byass Solera 1847, Oloroso Dulce

    Gonzalez Byass Solera 1847 Oloroso Dulce Sherry

    £13.75

    £13.75

    'I'm rich. Rich rich rich,' sung Karen O in The Yeah Yeah Yeah's track 'Rich', from their brilliant 2003 debut album, Fever to Tell. But was Karen sanguinely singing about her financial status, or had she penned lyrics from the perspective of the Solera 1847 Oloroso Dulce?

    We'll leave that question to you, but what we will say is she must have had a very enjoyable time writing the song, because the Solera 1847 is awash with flavours of raisins, vanilla and salty caramel. Let's just hope she had some good cheese, for Pete's sake.
  31. Gonzalez Byass Vina AB Amontillado Seco

    Gonzalez Byass Vina AB Amontillado Seco Sherry

    £13.75

    £13.75

    Rather brilliantly, Antonio Flores, the Master Blender at Gonzales Byass since 1980, was conceived in the room above the Tio Pepe cellar in Jerez.

    A very young Amontillado that has experienced both biological and oxidative ageing. Dry on the palate and there are also hints of the oak with a salty finish.
  32. Granbazan Etiqueta Verde Albarino 2016 Spanish White Wine

    Granbazán Etiqueta Verde Albariño 2016

    £15.50

    £15.50

    Nowadays we have gadgets for all sorts. Scientists have worked out how to do this, how to do that. But centuries ago, knowledge was mysterious. It's little wonder then, they used to think this wine was made by magic.

    Years back, crushing grapes was not a subtle art. Even the diminutive individuals who trod the fruit still managed to smash pips and taint the juice with a tannic edge*. Until Granbazan the Wizard. He designed a system of tanks through which the free run juice descended, filling the air with scents of green apples and lemon; resulting in a wine so complex and smooth no-one could believe it. All the wizard had done, of course, was let gravity do its job. But they didn't now that then, did they?

    *Which is where we get Pipsqueak from. Short, annoying people.
  33. Hacienda del Carmen Arlanza 2015 Red Wine Spain

    Hacienda del Carmen Arlanza 2015

    Now £12.00

    Was £14.00

    £12.00

    A Bright cherry red tempranillo with violet tones. Perfumed with black berries and violets leaving an elegant lingering on the palate rich with black cherries and silky tannins.
  34. La Granja 360 Tempranillo Garnacha 2016

    La Granja 360 Tempranillo Garnacha 2016

    £7.50

    £7.50

    Not everything is black and white. Take a badger for example. That's mostly grey. But poor old zebras. Well. Yes. They pretty much are black and white. Which is fine. But what if you're a zebra with ambition? With the will to be different. What do you do about that?

    One zebra tried his best to break the pattern. He feasted on colourful flowers; nibbled bright stones; drank from crystal pools. But nothing worked. Until one night, asleep in a state of despair, the zebra dreamt he drank a glass of ruby wine. Cherries fell from the sky, and the subtle scent of incense filled the air. And when the zebra woke, to its surprise, it found the colour of its stripes had changed. All it takes is a little imagination, and this wine will transform you too.
  35. La Granja 360 Verdejo Viura 2016

    La Granja 360 Verdejo Viura 2016

    £7.50

    £7.50

    You'd think the peacock would be proud of itself, with such beautiful plumage and gorgeous looks. But it harboured a regret. It wished it could fly better. Flashy as they might be, its feathers weren't the best for travelling. The peacock also had a dream. It wished to visit foreign lands.

    One day, a warm wind from the South brought delicate floral scents and citrus aromas, so soft and languid it lulled the bird to sleep. The peacock dreamed of soaring. Of crossing hilltops, toying in the clouds. And when it woke, to its surprise, it found itself in Spain. Magic. All it takes is a little belief, and this wine will transport you as well.
  36. La Multa El Recurso Old Vine Garnacha 2014 Red Wine

    La Multa El Recurso Old Vine Garnacha 2014

    £9.00

    £9.00

    The Flying Scotsman may sound like the name of a catamaran in the North Sea, but it is actually the (translated) name of the winery behind this full-throttle Spanish red, Escocés Volante. Which, in turn, is named after its Scottish winemaker and genius, Norrel Robertson MW.

    Not content with his Politics MA, he joined the wine industry and, one Master of Wine degree and one distinction in Postgraduate Viticulture and Oenology course later, he set up Escocés Volante, where the accolades keep coming.

    La Multa is made with grapes from old Garnacha vines grown at high altitudes, which have given rise to raspberry, sweet leather and spice-laden flavours. Proof that it pays to swot.
  37. La Purisma Monastrell 2015

    La Purísima Monastrell 2015

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Bodegas has gone from strength to strength since it was founded in 1975, creating confident wines such as La Purísma Monastrell. A deep ruby in colour, with intense fruity flavours of ripe blackberry on the nose before an elegant palate leads you through to a long velvety finish. Farmers, we thank you.
  38. La Purisma Syrah Spanish Red

    La Purísima Syrah 2014

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Bodegas La Purísima was founded in in 1946 by a forward-thinking group of farmers who recognised the potential of their land to produce better quality wines. Their sustained efforts led to the creation of the coveted' Denomination Origin' of Yecla in 1975.

    Quite some achievement - and the bodegas has gone from strength to strength, these days creating confident wines such as La Purisma Syrah. A deep ruby in colour, with intense flavours of violets and flourishes of spicy black fruit. Farmers, we thank you.
  39. Las Colinas del Ebro Syrah/Garnacha 2014

    Las Colinas del Ebro Syrah/Garnacha 2014

    Now £8.33

    Was £9.25

    £8.33

    Purity. It's a desirable quality. People will pay much money for water transported in from an unadulterated Greenlandic cloud and such like, but Las Colinas del Ebro offers something much tastier: fruit purity.

    Made solely from the 'free-run juice', this wine has fewer tannins and fresh, vibrant blueberry and blackberry fruit. Like cloud-sourced Greenlandic water, 'tis best enjoyed when young and, possibly unlike cloud-sourced Greenlandic water, has some keen spices and would be a fabulous match for a Catalan lamb stew.
  40. Las Morades 'Senda' 2013 Spanish Red Wine

    Las Moradas 'Senda' 2013

    £14.50

    £14.50

    For years, the foothills of the Sierra de Gredos mountains were riddled with bandits. One night, they kidnapped the baby daughter of the local judge who had promised to rid the region of their scourge. As well as taking the baby, they plundered his precious vines, stripping them of fruit. The judge should know his place. He was, of course, heartbroken.

    Trackers scoured the area, but the rough terrain and mountain scrub yielded no clues as to where the baby had been taken. Until years later. Wandering the hills ever hopeful, the judge noticed familiar vines growing along a barely defined track. They were unmistakably descended from pips the bandits must have scattered as they fled with his daughter. The path led right to her. This wine is made in celebration of their reunion, from those grapes that lined the way.
  41. Luis Alegre Crianza Rioja Red Wine

    Luis Alegre Crianza 2014 - Rioja Alavesa

    £13.75

    £13.75

    Boasting a madcap building that looks like a spaceship has landed in the middle of the Rioja countryside, the Luis Alegre winery is an innovative set up that successfully contrasts the old with the new.

    Though some of the vines are over 100 years old and the winery has been around for nearly 50 years, the winemaking techniques are as current as they come. With the Crianza, vintner Pablo Martinez has made a heavenly, approachable but depthy wine that further underlines his solid reputation.
  42. Bodegas Luis Alegre Finca La Reñana 2013 vintage

    Luis Alegre Finca La Reñana 2014

    £18.50

    £18.50

    Sometimes you just can't muck about. The front page for this wine has simply to state that it is stunning. White Rioja used to be a big, occasionally confused, oaky beast of a wine. This barrel-fermented behemoth isn't shy either, but it's cleaner and more Burgundian in style.

    Plenty of fresh fruit - apple and pear, drizzled with citrus - floats on creamy oak and gorgeous vanilla custard, and the whole kaboodle lingers for even longer than it took to type that description.

    A gleaming example of a modern Spanish winery that has taken charge of every aspect of its winemaking.
  43. Luis Alegre Koden Rioja Alavesa 2015

    Luis Alegre Koden Rioja Alavesa 2015

    £10.75

    £10.75

    Koden is an Aztec word meaning "the time in a woman's life when she's at her most splendid" which, we think, is an excellent name for a wine.

    And, with fragrant, red fruit and a velvety, luscious palate, this wine really does have those qualities that you'd associate with feminine beauty and fertility.

    Ahem, sorry, this all sound a bit odd now we're reading it back, but you'll see what we mean if you try it.
  44. Luis Alegre Rosado Flores Spanish Rosé Wine

    Luis Alegre Rosado Flores 2016

    £9.50

    £9.50

    This wine is like a Provençal rosé that has been randomly transported to the hills of Rioja Alavesa, maybe by some freak whirlwind, like in The Wizard of Oz, into a foreign land. But, far from being an unwanted guest, the team at Bodegas Luis Alegre proudly declare "it has a beautiful, salmon-pink colour and enticing, subtle aromas of red fruits and wild flowers, as found in the best rosé from Provence". We couldn't have put it better ourselves.
  45. Luis Alegre Unoaked Tempranillo - Rioja Alavesa

    Luis Alegre Unoaked Tempranillo 2016 - Rioja Alavesa

    £9.00

    £9.00

    The Joven style of Spanish red is an all too often overlooked and undervalued one. Let's not forget Spain is an essentially hot and dry country and with that heat comes the need for refreshment. With Joven you get a more mouthwatering, refreshing, unoaked style of red that, heat or not, is surprisingly versatile and incredibly meal-time friendly. This medium-bodied red is a brighter, crisper, cleaner, crunchier style of red Rioja.
  46. Luis Alegre Rioja Blanco Viura Spanish White Wine

    Luis Alegre Unoaked Viura Blanco 2016

    £9.50

    £9.50

    And yet another wholly distinctive white from Spain. Such is the diversity and variety available you're unlikely to find wines like them elsewhere.

    If you're one of those who've become just a little too familiar with the likes of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, then Spain might be the next destination for you. The Viura grape here goes to make a distinctly different yet hugely enjoyable, aromatic white Rioja.
  47. Lustau Manzanilla 'Papirusa' 37.5cl

    Lustau Manzanilla 'Papirusa' Sherry NV - Half Bottle 375ml

    Now £9.00

    Was £10.00

    £9.00

    Turbid the Crap Viking and his men were lost. Despite the GPS, his longship bumped into the coast of Britain. They parked their boat near the closest wine shop and attacked.

    The staff distracted the thirsty marauders with a beautifully dry sherry that was apple scented yet also reminded them of the salty sea air.

    The manager informed them it was called Manzanilla. They were so amazed by this stunning drink that they decided to give up vikingry, helped restock the shelves on Wednesdays and intimidate people with their new found knowledge of fine sherries.

    Thus their not -so-scary leader became known as Turbid The Vineking for evermore.
  48. Lustau Moscatel Emilin NV 37.5cl

    Lustau Moscatel Emilin Sherry NV - Half Bottle 375ml

    Now £10.50

    Was £11.50

    £10.50

    Sherry is now out of the dusty cupboard and prancing around in trendy bars again (...can you use trendy as a current description of what's upmarket now?). Anyway, don't let all the cool cats in London have all the fun. Sherry is groovy. Sherry is 'with it'. Sherry...ah balls to these on trend terms. Burn the berets. Sherry is simply GREAT.

    This wine is a rare Moscatel version. It has a similar sweetness to the rich PX but is pale in colour. It's sweet dried fruit notes are balanced by citrus and floral flavours. And we sell it. Because we are the coolest, hippest wine shops in town!

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