In a year when travel was almost impossible, wine has been a fine companion. In terms of varieties I have been drinking a vinous A to Z: everything from Albillo (Cebreros) to Zibibbo (Pantelleria, Italy). Specifically I have been enjoying Cariñena from Priorat and Rioja, plus Garnachas – white, red and hairy – from Terra Alta, Rioja and Gredos, as well as Greek Xinomavro from Naoussa and Xarel.lo from Catalunya.
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Not forgetting Mencía (Bierzo) and Merenzao (Galicia), both of them elegant and fresh, plus Palomino (Sherry and unfortified versions from the Jerez area, as well as Rueda, Tenerife…) Of course, I also tasted plenty of Tempranillos.
My top 10 here are some of the very many wines I’ve enjoyed this year tasting Spain for Decanter.