Even though summer is drawing to an end, you can still bring a little bit of Spain to your wine nights with friends. Known for their exquisite quality and wide variety of flavours, there are many different types of Spanish wines to choose from; red Rioja tempranillos and white garnachas and albariños, to name a few. And not forgetting the legendary sparkling Cavas!
Whether you're picking a bottle to match with tapas or paella or you're looking to try something new, it helps to be confident in what you're looking for. So we're here to boost your taste to connoisseur level with the best selection of Spanish wines from Tesco, Asda, and Waitrose, including budget options under £10 and even under £5.
To help you pick only the finest of Spanish wine on the market, take a peek at this handy buying guide. We'll explain all the do's and don't's when it comes to buying a good bottle of Spanish wine.
If you're one to be startled at the range of choice on the wine menu, you're not alone. We're here to walk you through the ins and outs, or in this case, the reds and whites. Understand what can make a full-bodied red wine so delicious, and what foods you should pair with your crisp bottle of white.
Red wine is a beautiful choice for pairing with a meaty dinner or charcuterie board. The most common Spanish red wines are from the Rioja region, and are notoriously rich in taste. Rioja wines are commonly made with tempranillo or garnacha grapes and have a robust, round texture, bursting with intense flavours.
Red wine is made from the entire grape; skin, seeds, and flesh. Crushing and fermenting the grapes whole gives the red wine its famous bitter taste, making it ideal for savoury pairings. Because of these subtle-yet-strong aromas, it's often appreciated most with a table full of tapas to share with family and friends.
In addition, you can add a deep red wine to a jug with some ice and chopped fruit for a typical Spanish sangría or maybe add some lemonade to make a tinto de verano!
White wines, in contrast to red, are made with just the sweet fleshy middle of the grape, creating a mild citrus flavour. In Spain, parellada and albariño are the most popular grape choices for a crisp white wine, as well as white Riojas which have a higher acidity and dryness.
Albariño grapes are grown in Galicia and have a distinctive botanical aroma with a slight note of citrus. In comparison to parellada grapes, these are much sweeter so they're best paired with seafood.
White wine fits right in with Mediterranean cuisine – picture yourself sat by the sea, tucking into a platter of fresh fish, holding a glass of cold, crisp white wine. In fact, albariño is known to be a delicious companion to mussels, clams, and sushi should you want to experiment with other dishes.
Catalonian parellada grapes are also often used for sparkling Cava as their unique freshness and acidity pair perfectly with popping bubbles. In fact, over 95% of Cava is produced in the Penedès area of Catalonia.
Cava is often enjoyed as an aperitif in Spain, however, if you're feeling a little peckish, you could try sampling Cava with a salty dish like Spanish fried aubergine or some patatas bravas to really bring out the taste of the semi-sweet grapes.
If you appreciate the anticipation of peeling back the foil, using the corkscrew and slowly popping the bottle of wine open, you should look at the natural cork options on our list. Natural cork has been a trusty method of sealing in a wine's flavours and aromas since the 18th century.
On the other hand, you could choose a screw top for convenience. However, remember that cork lets in a tiny amount of air, which is better for oxidising a deep red wine to create a smoother texture and to intensify its flavours.
Screw tops are a good choice for white wine, as sealing them shut allows the wine to stay crisp and preserves it without manipulating the flavours. Also, a screw top allows you to keep wine fresher for longer than you could with a corked bottle.
Alcohol units help you to keep track of how much you're consuming so that you can drink responsibly while still enjoying a quality glass of wine or two.
In the average UK bottle, there are around 10 units, and shared by you and your friends, this is an appropriate amount for a small gathering (perhaps when you host a Spanish-themed dinner!).
To breakdown the meaning of a unit, one unit is as much as 10 ml or 8 g of pure alcohol, which is what the average adult can process in an hour. Of course, drinking a whole bottle to yourself wouldn't be the smartest decision, so to help you estimate how much alcohol is in each glass you can use these measurements.
Now we know what to look for, we can look at the delicious red, white, and sparkling Spanish wines available to add to your weekly supermarket food shop. Remember that you can always come back and visit the buying guide if you're faced with a tricky decision!
Paco & Lola
Lagar de Cervera
Rioja Gran Reserva
Vina Taboexa Albariño
Brut Reserva Cava
Paco Tempranillo Wine
Albariño La Rioja Alta
Old Vines Garnacha
Aromatic Citrus Spanish White Wine
The Ultimate Red Wine - the Gran Reserva
A High-Quality Everyday Bottle of Red
A Fruity Companion to a Fish Dinner
Some Celebratory Cava for Friday Nights
A Wine Rich in Tastes and Culture
A Deep and Fruity Warm Red Wine
A Fruity, Punchy White Wine
For the Cosier Seasons of the Year
A Light and Floral Wine for Late Lunches
Simple, Sweet, and Citrusy
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|Closure||Natural cork||Natural cork||Screw top||Natural cork||Screw top||Screw top||Screw top||Screw top||Screw top||Screw top|
|Volume||75 cl||75 cl||75 cl||75 cl||75 cl||75 cl||75 cl||75 cl||75 cl||75 cl|
So, you've decided on the bottle of Spanish wine to purchase. But are you still wondering how to pour it without it spilling everywhere? Check out this video by the Wine Training School!
To summarise a few of the points, they firstly recommend pouring with confidence; just go for it! Holding the bottle at the bottom, pour as much wine as you want into the glass, and then stop pouring by twisting the bottle quickly while lifting slightly. Wipe any drips with a napkin, and voila!
Looking to level up your Spanish dinner party skills? From the best regional cookbooks to top-quality olive oils for drizzling over your ensaladas, we've got plenty more recommendations to help you do just that!
Hopefully, you have a good idea of the bottle of wine you're going to buy, or maybe you're planning on buying a couple to try! Whether you chose red or white, you're sure to enjoy the experience of the unique flavours of various Spanish grapes and varieties.
Author: Annie Speight
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