Spanish Summer Wines

Beyond Rioja

 

Look to sunny Spanish wines for your summer pairings. From fresh, mineral whites to pair with grilled fish and fruit-forward dishes to juicy barbecue-ready reds, your summer is going to love Spain.

Our staff is here with their picks of best Spanish wines to pair with picnics, beach trips, and all else summer.

Gonzalez-Byass “Tio Pepe” Fino Sherry $15.99

Bright acidity and briny salinity define Gonzalez-Byass’s iconic Tio Pepe. Light-bodied and approachable, this is a fino you’ll want to come back to again and again. – Gwen Connors, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Priorat “Menut,” Clos Martinet $19.96

Aromatic red and black fruit, dark licorice, and black rock (courtesy of Priorat’s famed llicorella soil) stand out on the nose. The palate is satisfyingly rich, full- bodied, and loaded with spice. It is a terrific wine for those looking to explore Spain beyond Rioja. – Erik Guzinski, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Barbadillo Manzanilla Sherry $10.96

Mazanilla is savory and refreshing, which is exactly what I want on a clear, sunny day. Pair it with a jar of olives or fresh sardines while you sit on the veranda and enjoy a golden afternoon. – Sam Davies, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Txakoli de Bizcaia, Ulibarri – 2016 $21.96

Made by Basque shepherd brothers in Bizcaia, this lovely Txakoli is deliciously dry, with refreshing citrus flavors and crisp minerality. Grown in a cooler, rainier climate than most Spanish regions, this low-alcohol crowd-pleaser will pair perfectly with your favorite pinxtos and tapas. – Marc Mousky, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Finca Torremilanos “Los Cantos” Ribera del Duero 2016 $16.96

A bold, lively Tempranillo with notes of fig and bitter chocolate. Pair it with barbeque or mole sauces, although anything on the grill would be an excellent match. – Teddy Daly, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Mata i Coloma “Cupada No. 20” Cava Brut Nature Reserva $19.96

This blend of traditional Cava grapes, Xarello, Macabeu, and Parellada, spends no less than 2 years on the lees. Perky citrus and white floral notes dance across the
tongue, while subtle bread and yeast add an undercurrent of structure to this bubbly. – Keyana Shaw, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Bizkaiko Txakolina, Doniene Gorrondona $28.96

This rare red comes from the Basque region and is made from 150-year-old, ungrafted Hondarribi Beltza vines. Farmed organically and fermented with native yeasts, it shows ripe red fruits, black cherry, and green bell pepper notes à la Cabernet Franc. It’s fresh and vibrant with a firm tannic edge that make this an excellent food wine. – Amy Miller, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Albariño, Pazo Torrado $9.96

Albariño is Spain’s best know white wine grape, though it’s rare to see one that stays true to the varietal at such a nice price. Bright, fresh citrus and blossom aromas on the nose and a crisp finish make for a delightful wine to share with friends and pair with foods. – Josh Mizrahi, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Viña Godeval, Valdeorras $17.96

Give Godello a try if you want to update your Spanish white wine go-to. Easygoing and affable, this crisp white will work as an apéritif or with salads, fish and light chicken dishes. Definitely pair with alfresco dining as much as possible! – Bambi Ray, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Els Jelipins $84.96

Sumoll once dominated the vineyards of Catalonia, but Phylloxera decimated the vines in the early 20th century. Luckily we have Els Jelipins to remind us of how amazing this grape can be. A Sumoll-dominant blend with a dash of Garnacha, the purity of the fruit in this bottle is worth every penny! – Bambi Ray, Wine & Spirits Consultant