When it comes to red wines, Tempranillo is planted the length and breadth of Spain from its heartland of Rioja to La Mancha and beyond. It may be known under different names in some of these regions, but it does produce some of Spain’s great wines.
There is, however, life beyond Tempranillo. Priorat, in Tarrogona, is a region that is causing lots of interest with its wealth and varied mix of old vines. Camins del Priorat 2010, Alvaro Palacios (Majestic £17.49, or £13.99 if you buy 2 bottles) is a blend of garnacha, syrah, cabernet sauvignon and carignena made by one of Spain’s best-known and most talked-about winemakers. Grown-up wine, perfect with a beef casserole.
Pizarras de Otero 2010, Bierzo
Made from the little-known Mencia grape, this is a lovely juicy red with cherry and strawberry fruit and a tasty finish.
Majestic £8.99 or £6.99 if you buy 2