BEST Wine for Beginners: SPANISH WINE

By Brian Lemay 14 comments

You want to get into wine You want to get into Spanish wine! My name is Michael and in this video I am going to show you an example of a white wine and a red wine For you to better understand Spanish wine! *Enrique Iglesias mode* I do not know how to play the guitar… but I do know a thing or two about wine! And if YOU want to be better at it, you got to taste a lot of different kinds of wines and grape varietals. But to save you some time and some roadblocks I am going to guide you into the right direction! SO… ESPAÑA!!! Mostly known for their reds… and because of that, it is my great honor to present to you a white wine: Bodegas Terras Gauda O Rosal 2015. It is a white wine from the Southern part of Rias Baixas, in what we like to call: THE GREEN SPAIN. The reason they call this “The Green Spain” is because it’s cooler and wetter and more lush than the rest of the country. It has a lot to do with the influence of the Atlantic sea. Giving cool nights and warm days. So the marine life and the seafood here is an essential part and makes this another reason to add this to your Go-to-destination in Spain. I think we should open this…. The wine styles from here are very fresh *pop!* Well balanced wine, that’s what we are after. Pour that….S.O.B…. AaaahhHHhhh…. wow Full of citrus…like.. Exotic citrus Pineapple Vanilla too So this wine is made out of 70% ALBARIÑO which is complimented by two other grape varieties. Local grape varieties named: LOUREIRO + CAIÑO BLANCO I am gonna put this in the category of “sunshine wine” like… energized great acidity but it’s not like sour in any way, it’s very well balanced fruit That’s what to expect from a wine from this area. And that’s exactly why I am recommending it! It sounds very familiar with a region of Portugal called Vinho Verde. which is kind of in the same style… so… look out for that! Ok! NEXT! The most famous wine region of them all in Spain, is without a question: RIOJA! As long as I can remember I have seen bottles labeled with the words: Crianza Reserva Gran Reserva from this area This is a traditional certification based on age, where the wine has been aged in a set amount of time in barrels and in bottles before they enter the shelves. Most people do not like oaked wines because they contain tannins but funny enough, the winemakers adds this process to mature and soften these tannins and the longer amount of time they’ve had on oak, the more rounder these tannins feel like They are not as sharp BUT we can go all day long… in dept ??? talking about oak and tannins and so on but… remember that this is the traditional way Today I want to show you a young and modern style of Spain A lot of winemakers are looking beyond the set system and tradition they are using more modern techniques, innovation is taking place and there is more to Spanish wine than tradition. Now this… This is Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard 2014 from Rioja Alta and this wine is focusing on the character of the Spanish grapes: TEMPRANILLO + GARNACHA So, let’s open this… *Pop!* The grapes in here are from over 40 Year Old vines so you can expect some complexity in even young vintages I think it is more important to … when you start to learn about wines to get to know the grape varieties and how they taste and their superpowers! (…per say) like the nature of them without get too into the techniques and those kind of things wow! That’s a BIG o’l glass! So the tempranillo is giving that bright acidity and tart fleshy structure to the wine and the Garnacha… is softening it up with this round fruity red fruit. Almost kinda like, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Bordeaux blends. Now, noth Garnacha and Tempranillo are great as blends but they can also be enjoyed separately. MENCIA + BOBAL, two different grape varieties that I also recommend checking out. They are cool. And if you really want to try out traditional Tempranillo, I recommend getting a Crianza and a Gran Reserva Taste them up against each other, like… feel both sides of the specter That is also a great idea for another video Anyways…! Thank you so much for watching! If you want to know about Two ITALIAN wines as a great starting point for beginners I recommend you checking out that video I also recommend doing as 200 thirsty wine people have done before you. subscribing to this channel. Double glass kanpai! AaaAAaahh! *Clinck!*


UnderneathTheBottle Wine Sommelier

Jan 1, 2017, 10:21 am Reply

Hi everyone! Thank you for 200 subscribers!! We are really building that wine community I wanted to create by starting this channel. I decided to do another video on two examples on where to start as a new vino. This time, Spanish wine. Go for young and uncomplicated wines. Modern styled red Rioja from both Tempranillo and Garnacha + the exotic and refreshing wine styles of Rias Baixas is the perfect bottle.

UnderneathTheBottle Wine Sommelier

Jan 1, 2017, 10:22 am Reply

Q: What kinds of wines from Spain do you enjoy?

Chef Vegán

Jan 1, 2017, 11:08 am Reply

Interesting facts on the oak barrels.
Thanks for sharing the lovely Spanish wines 🙂

Wine Jam

Jan 1, 2017, 2:34 pm Reply

like the choices you have made, very different! we had the review for Spanish navarra wine which surprised me how well other regions do

Ryan The Wine Guy

Jan 1, 2017, 2:34 am Reply

I love wines from Spain! Even more the reds from the Rioja region.

Exotic Wine Travel

Jan 1, 2017, 2:21 pm Reply

Nice, we love Spanish wines. Galacias is great!


Jan 1, 2017, 10:59 pm Reply

Hi Michael, really happy to see a video of Spanish wines. Very nice intro for the region that is producing so many great wines these days. Do you have a favourite red wine from Spain?

Grill Wasabi Sushi Channel

Jan 1, 2017, 6:45 am Reply

Never had Spanish wine.

Shingo Suzuki

Feb 2, 2017, 9:57 am Reply

I love Tempranillo and Garnacha!! Bobal is really interesting and one time I tried Mencia as well. It was really acidic. I wonder if it's typical for mencia.

Marc Supsic’s Wine Living

Mar 3, 2017, 2:52 pm Reply

Great job here, Michael! Keep up the good work. I'm a big fan of the wines of Galicia, nothing better on a summer's day than an Albariño white with some sweet rock shrimp…. cheers!!

Teddy Teso

May 5, 2017, 5:35 pm Reply

Anyone from NYC? Would love someone to study with, or maybe Skype study ?

Christiaan Haesen

Jul 7, 2017, 3:55 am Reply

Funny you always seem to poor a lot of juice =p. When I taste I really poor just for a few sips. Been to Valencia they had some good regional Bobal..

The Gastro Traveler

Jul 7, 2017, 5:43 am Reply

Smashing white that; drink a dangerous amount of it 😉

Cork and Java

Sep 9, 2018, 8:41 pm Reply

Great to see other YouTubers out there making wine GREAT again! Cheers

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