Viva El Vino! Spain's New Wines Have So Much Personality They Make Javier Bardem Look Like. Mr Bean

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Viva El Vino! Spain's New Wines Have So Much Personality They Make Javier Bardem Look Like. Mr Bean


Byline: OLLY SMITH WINE FOR ALL

It's not just Spain's sublime football that we've fallen for recently. Increasingly the Spanish are creating innovative, fresh styles of wine with so much charisma they make Javier Bardem look like Mr Bean. Full of fruit and finesse, they've taken our supermarkets and independent wine merchants by storm.

We know and love Rioja - it's mellow, spicy and altogether marvellous. This is largely thanks to the Tempranillo grape, which creates fruity, youthful wines as well as more robust, smoky beauties that can be aged for even richer kicks. But beyond Tempranillo, Spain is really embracing its local grape varieties.

Take spicy Garnacha and tangy Graciano, both used in the blend for red Rioja and increasingly appearing solo. La Garnacha Salvaje del Moncayo 2011 (13.5%) is brilliant, and just [pounds sterling]7.99 if you buy two at Majestic. You can find some splendid examples of white Garnacha, too, such as Herencia Altes Garnatxa Blanca 2011 (12.5%), [pounds sterling]12.70 from highburyvintners.co.uk; it's rich and flourishing with peachy-lemony exuberance.

Staying with whites, Albarino from coastal Galicia is winning fans, and Godello too is emerging as a variety delivering serious quality. Meanwhile, Verdejo, grown in Rueda, offers delicate tropical zing; try Flor de Vetus Verdejo 2012, Rueda (12.5%), [pounds sterling]12.35 from philglas-swiggot.com.

But the sharpest of all Spanish whites is Txakoli from the Basque region. Grab a bottle of Rezabal Txakoli 2012, Getariako Txakolina (11%), [pounds sterling]9.95 from thewinesociety.com - it's as bracingly sharp as an ice bath after a sauna.

On the red front, there are some bonkers local grapes such as earthy Monastrell or meaty Bobal, which is found around Valencia and is growing in popularity. …

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