Abel Mendoza MongeThis family-owned winery opened back in 1988 in the small town of San Vicente de la Sonsierra in Spain’s famed Rioja region. Though relatively small by some commerical standards, Abel Mendoza Monge produces a good variety of both reds and whites including Viura, Malvasía, Garnacha Blanca, Torrontés, Tempranillo Blanco and some blends. On the red side, Temperanillo is the star of the show for the most part. While the family likes to lead a quiet life, their wines are highly sought after and hard to get. Unless you’re us.
Abel Meddoza Monge is available in Calgary exclusively at Metrovino.
BabotLocated about an hour south of Barcelona, the Spanish wine region Penedès is a countryside escape from the huge Catalan city. The region is most famous for its Cava, but Penedès is also home to both reds, whites, and dessert wines. Most of the best-known wineries are in an area called “Masias,” meaning “Catalan farmhouses”. If bubbles are your thing, this is a can’t-miss region of the world to visit, but until then, enjoy sipping a taste of Spain in Babot.
Bodegas BhilarBodegas Bhilar is a small winery in the Rioja region of Spain run by husband and wife, David Sampedro and Melanie Hickman. The winery has been gravitating towards organic farming and biodynamic wine making since the 1990’s. The sustainable production facility is “off the grid” using solar power and underground fermentation tanks to help control the temperature in the winery more naturally. Amazingly, in 2014, tractors were eliminated and horses were brought back to farm the vineyards. If you want to try wine that tastes as it would have in the old (we mean old!) days, this is the winery you need to sample from. Bodegas Bhilar is available in Calgary exclusively at Metrovino.
CatangaThose aren’t cobblestones on the Catanga label; they’re the stones from a small ancient Spanish hut where grapes used to be stored. Called a Catanga in Spanish, that’s where this deliciously tasty Tempranillo gets its name. There are several wines in this line and overall it has outstanding value. You’re not going to find it everywhere, however. This Spanish beauty is only available at J Webb Wine Merchant. For Edmonton distribution, click here.
De Pró BrutThough the name is Spanish, it may hint at its English translation; De Pró means professional, outstanding, or spot-on, and of the highest caliber. That’s what the winemakers are striving for with their complex bubbly. Made from traditional Cava grape varieties and bottle-aged for 15 months, De Pró is a drink with complexity and smoothness plus the characteristic soft bubbles known as a “creamy mousse” that gives is a light finish. If you need a wine to toast a special occasion with, this is a great pick. De Pró Brut was named the Best Sparkling Wine in its Category at the Netherland’s Proefschrift Awards 2015. De Pró is available in Calgary at J Webb Wine Merchant
Pléyades (PLAY-ya-days) comes from a large forward-looking cooperative winery based in the village of Longares (600 metres), right in the heart of Cariñena, The winery’s more than 3000 hectares of mainly unirrigated, low-yielding, 25 year old, hand-picked, bush vines produce wines of great intensity. Following a 3 million euro investment, the winery boasts the most up-to-date production facilities with both American and French oak cask ageing. Ana Becoechea is the winery’s young, dynamic and award-winning winemaker. David Morrison comes to Pleyades as the consultant wine-maker.
Pléyades is the Greek for ‘dove’ and according to Greek mythology, the seven daughters of Pleitone were turned into doves before they became stars. Accordingly, the dove is featured prominently in the wine’s label.For Calgary distribution click here. For Edmonton distribution, click here.