Los Acilates, Palacio Quamado, 2013, Alvear

A pleasant find – a dinner party guest bring – from South West Spain in the DO Ribera del Guadiana


Vina San Juan – La Mancha, 2013

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This was a solid offering from Dunnes @ €7.50 and you can read the winemakers notes here:


Perfectly acceptable, fruity and smooth Spanish number, I would considering serving the next one chilled in this weather.

Ibéricos. Crianza, Rioja, Torres, 2011

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Oakey Tempranillo from Miguel Torres who produce consistently acceptable quality wines.

Not as big a Rioja bang as I’d expected.  Apparently, this is their first Rioja – with Torres notes here.

So perhaps a little more to do to bring it up to Torres benchmark.

Good article from the Independent Wine Review on the 2010 vintage here

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Celeste, Crianza, 2009, Torres, Ribera del Douro

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I fried this on top of the radiator to get it up to operating temperature for the Wilks who were coming for a Bridge Dinner.So the first taste was warm with an explosion of fruit which soon gave way to a smoother refined dry taste. As the label says, it was as unique as the night sky in Ribera del Duoro. I’m a fan of Torres wines on both sides of the Atlantic but sometimes the hyperbole of the language used stretches the vine a bit.


€16.99 in O’Briens from €20.99

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