OVER half a dozen Spanish wines have been selected among the world’s finest by a leading American wine publication.
Several wines from Castile’s Ribera del Duero region and a Jerez sherry – Gonzalez Byass’ Oloroso Dulce Viejo – made it into Wine Enthusiast’s annual list of 100 best value wines.
In total seven Spanish wines made the grade, inlcuding a bottle of Alma de Lujon 2005 from the Jumilla region in Murcia.
Overall it was Italian (15) and French wines (17) that impressed the American magazine most.
The selection was made with particular reference of price versus quality.
Three Portuguese wines made the list while there were even a handful of wines from the rapidly improving Argentine region of Mendoza.
Unsurprisingly perhaps the majority of wines were produced in America.
Top of the list was a Renato Ratti 2006 from the Barolo region of northern Italy.
Second was a Fess Parker chardonnay from California and third the malbec from Trapiche wineries in Argentina.
The highest ranked Spanish wine came from Rioja, with the 2005 bottle of Ramirez de Ganuza snatching eighth place.