Current Favorites From Spain & Portugal

Over the past decade, many producers in Spain and Portugal shifted focus to native varietals and low-intervention winemaking. If you’re a Pinot fan, pick up Mencía. If Sauvignon Blanc’s more your style, try an Albariño (Alvarinho). For an after-dinner sipper, trust the traditions: Port has been perfected.

Albariño, Vento Mareiro $12.96

The Vento Mareiro Albariño is a delight. It’s fresh and light with a slight spritz. Pronounced minerality on the finish provides another layer of complexity. You can pair this with light snacks like Manchego cheese, olives, and some jamón or just about any seafood. Or, just pull it out of the fridge and enjoy a glass all on its own! – Hannah Weiss, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Quinta do Montalto Medieval de Ourem $12.96

A blend of 80% Fernao Pires (white) and 20% Trincadeira (red) that follows a Portuguese tradition dating back to the 1100s. A deeper, richer rosé for those who want to prolong their rosé summer as temperatures cool down. – Chung Park, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Albariño “Ambar” Granbazan $24.96

A delicious clean and crisp white wine with a bright minerality. Notes of pear, apple, lemon zest and flowers linger in your mouth…and get you ready for another glass! Personally, I think that you can pair this wine with almost everything, but my first choice would be grilled or fried fish. – Andrea Fraccari, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Bizkaiko Txakolina, Doniene Gorrondona $28.96

At Doniene Gorrondona, a new generation of winemakers is resurrecting the red wine tradition using 150-year-old, ungrafted Hondarribi Beltza vines. They farm organically and use native yeasts to let the terroir shine through. And shine it does. Lush red fruits and black cherry combine with soft 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, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Bierzo “Petalos”, Descendientes de José Palacios $19.96

Although Alvaro Palacios hails from one of Rioja’s famous families, he cut his teeth at Chateau Petrus in Bordeaux. Upon returning to Spain he ventured northeast to Bierzo where he rediscovered a forgotten varietal called Mencía. These grapes, grown in a unique quartz-rich soil, on steep, terraced vineyards display remarkable acidity and minerality. Mencía is often light to medium in body, but boasts deep, focused dark fruit. Palacios ups the ante, coaxing remarkable complexity. The fruit is offset by earthy and vegetal notes. Lean tannins almost go unnoticed, but provide a sturdy backbone. If you’re curious about discovering Mencía, this is an ideal place to begin! – Doug Yacka, Operations Manager

Quinta do Infantado White Port $16.99

If you’ve never tasted white port, don’t simply lump it into the dessert wine category. This is a less sweet style that makes a great cocktail component. Try it in a simple tonic-based refresher or a complex concoction. – Bambi Ray, Sales Manager