HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST AWARDED WINE
When we choose a quality or premium wine, we can check if the wine has been awarded an international prize, from a reputable competition, such as Robert Parker, Decanter, Guía Peñín or Jancis Robinson.
There is this myth that awarded wines are usually expensive, but most competitions value the price-quality ratio. Premium wines are characterized by the fact that they are made with the best selection of grapes, often these grapes come from the best areas of the winery. So excellent affordable wines can also get a chance of winning medals.
The Parker Guide, a famous lawyer who became a wine critic and who today leads one of the most important guides in the world, always gives scores from 50 to 100, the points being always awarded according to the quality scale of each wine. A somewhat curious system, which starts to score from number 50, but which has also been adopted by other guides such as the Spanish guide Peñín, a very renowned Spanish guide.
On the wine labels, you will find information about the country of provenance, the denomination of origin, the grape variety and the vintage year. Sometimes, the awards logos are attached to the bottles, so you can check the awards.
We will give you some recommendations of awarded wines, that have an excellent quality-price ratio.
Our first recommendation would be Senda Garnacha Organic 2018, produced by Las Moradas de San Martín winery, in Spain. As the name suggests, it is a monovarietal Grenache red wine, organic and vegan, that has been awarded the silver medal at the "Grenaches du Monde" competition. This is a fresh and lively wine, a grenache that comes from old vines, aged between forty and eighty-five, in which elegance is marked by the ten-month ageing time in French oak barrels. The time spent in the barrels gives serenity to the wine.
If you love rose wine, we recommend Valdemoya Rose, a single variety of Tempranillo grape variety with a beautiful pale pink colour from Spain. On the nose, it presents notes of fruits and flowers with a very aromatic and very fresh taste. It has been awarded 94 points in the Gourmets Guide, one of the most important Spanish wine guides.
Another very special wine that we recommend would be El Terrerazo, from the Protected denomination of origin El Terrerazo, in the province of Valencia, Spain. It is one of the few Vinos de Pagos from Spain, small properties in which the production of each of them is intended exclusively for a specific wine.
The winery is located in Utiel, with a Mediterranean climate thanks to its proximity to the sea, and with low temperatures due to the altitude. Bodega Mustiguillo is an excellent winery that makes wines with blends such as bobal, malvasia, viognier and merseguera, the latter a native variety that gives the wine a very pleasant and unique herbaceous aroma.
Another Pago wine that we recommend is Pago de Larrainzar, produced in the region of Navarra. It is a blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon that expresses the best of a territory and a low mountain vineyard in which the fruit stands out. It has soft and well-refined tannin from the wood in the barrel. This is a wine whose ageing gave it temperance and complexity in shades specific to one of the best premium wines. An elegant and distinguished wine, which has won numerous awards, including, Sakura of Japan , one of the most important and prestigious awards in Asia.
As per sparkling wines, we recommend Cava Brut Nature, made with the three classic varieties of Penedès xarello, macabeo and parellada.
It has aged fifteen months in the bottle. It is delicate, it has a fine bubble that rises quickly in columns to reach the surface of the glass forming a well-defined crown. Its light citrus taste makes it a fresh, fragrant and creamy cava, ideal to be consumed at any time of the day.
Another high-quality cava I recommend is Cava Mastinell Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2011 , a cava that also combines the same three grape varieties. Undoubtedly a cava to enjoy time, to enjoy the passing of the years, where the nuances of pastry flavours from yeast transport us to childhood, where the game of fine bubbles, well integrated and very present in the mouth, will make us dream.
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Thanks to Isabella Zaro for all the information in this article.
See you next time, wine lovers,