Spanish Wine Experience
A fun, yet educational, alcoholic journey through the Spanish world of wine. Join us as we drink our way through what this country, and this city, have to offer!
info_outline SWE Ep. 134 - Dehesa del Carrizal 04/22/2021
SWE Ep. 134 - Dehesa del Carrizal We have to hand it to Roque and Luke; their sleuthing abilities are second to none. They've managed to locate another Vino de Pago - Dehesa del Carrizal - hiding out in the depths of the Toledo hills. They have a range of wines, but the boys have selected one of their favourite, and most-underrated of the big grapes, Petit Verdot. So enjoy!
info_outline SWE Ep. 133 - Weird Grapes: Graciano 04/15/2021
SWE Ep. 133 - Weird Grapes: Graciano Another week, another pod, another weird grape. Weird by certain standard anyway. There is a grape in La Rioja that 'some' people know, but maybe don't really know. A native of Rioja that was often hiding away in blends but more and more is being used to make fascinating and uniquely perfumed mono variety reds. Graciano! To talk about this grape the boys are lucky enough to sample a fancy bottle of Termón!
info_outline SWE Ep. 132 - Maridaje (food and wine pairing) 04/05/2021
SWE Ep. 132 - Maridaje (food and wine pairing) Time for something completely different. This week Roque and Luke want to focus less on a particular region and/or grape and instead talk both generally, scientifically, culturally, nationally and gastronomically about the idea of food and wine pairing. But with a Spanish bent. To aid them they tuck into various Galician conservas from Delgado Selecciones and pair them with a top Dominio O Secreto Albariño by Ruiz Clavijo.
info_outline SWE Ep. 131 - Barbanza e Iria 03/27/2021
SWE Ep. 131 - Barbanza e Iria Another week and another exciting discovery. This time Roque and Luke enjoy a bottle of barrel-fermented Albariño, but not from the usual area. It's Galicia, but not as we know it. A tiny little Vino de la Tierra hiding in the northern fjords. The wine is Komokabras from Adega Entre Os Rios.
info_outline SWE Ep. 130 - Pago de los Balagueses 03/17/2021
SWE Ep. 130 - Pago de los Balagueses Well, well, well, what's all this then? That's right, Roque and Luke discovered another one of Spain's 'top of the pyramid' hard-to-find Vino de Pago wines. This week it's the turn of Pago de los Balagueses, located in the interior of the Valencia region. They have a range of smashing wines and this week they're trying the delicious Garnacha Tintorera.
info_outline SWE Ep. 129 - The Vine 03/11/2021
SWE Ep. 129 - The Vine This week Roque and Luke take a light-hearted deep dive into the life of a vine. It's very common now to find wines with expressions like 'Old Vine' and 'Pie Franco' on the label. But what does this mean for the wine? We also talk more generally about the life of our favourite plant: the Vine. To enjoy this theme the boys enjoy a bottle of Octogenarius from more than 80-yr Rioja vines.
info_outline SWE Ep. 128 - The Monovarietal and the Blend 02/22/2021
SWE Ep. 128 - The Monovarietal and the Blend This week the chaps want to step away from focussing on one particular grape or DO wine region for a moment and instead hone in on a theme that has been interesting them a lot recently: the idea of blended (multi-grape) wines 'vs' the single variety wine. To talk more about this Roque and Luke were lucky enough to receive a rather fancy bottle of El Grillo from Bodegas El Grillo y La Luna in DO Somontano!
info_outline SWE Ep. 127 - Atlantic Reds 02/07/2021
SWE Ep. 127 - Atlantic Reds This week Roque and Luke want to focus on the concept of the Atlantic Red, a style of wine that is becoming really popular in Spain. What is an Atlantic wine? What makes it so? Are there Atlantic wines that have nothing to do with the ocean itself? To talk more about this topic they drink a bottle of Golpe a Golpe Tinto from the Galician coast.
info_outline SWE Ep. 126 - Fondillón 01/23/2021
SWE Ep. 126 - Fondillón HAPPY NEW YEAR! And to celebrate? How about the fanciest wine yet tried on the podcast? Fondillón, a mythical and historically legendary, but sadly forgotten and very rare style of alcoholic sweet red from Alicante and beloved by kings. This wine has more in common with Port than normal table wine. So, to toast 2021 in style Roque and Luke grab a bottle of Laudum Gran Reserva from 1988! Enjoy!
info_outline SWE Ep. 125 - 2020 Special 12/24/2020
SWE Ep. 125 - 2020 Special So we come to the end of this most terrible year. 2020 has been a truly rubbish one. With a bottle of Avelino Vargas Aureo in their hands Luke and Roque toast the end of the year; chatting about how 2020 has affected the wine industry and their shop, how things have evolved and their favourite wine discoveries! See you in 2021!
info_outline SWE Ep. 124 - Vendimia Tardia (late harvest wines) 12/15/2020
SWE Ep. 124 - Vendimia Tardia (late harvest wines) It's nearing the end of the year so before Christmas arrives, Roque and Luke decided they fancied something sweet to get in the mood! The world of sweet wines is vast, so instead of talking in general terms they thought they would start with Late Harvest wines - and the evolved styles that can be attained from playing around with the simple fact of 'when you pick your grapes'. To aid in this endeavour they drink, far too quickly, an astonishing Basque sweet wine called Astobiza!
info_outline SWE Ep. 123 - Pago Aylés 12/09/2020
SWE Ep. 123 - Pago Aylés Another week another region; well, sort of. With every passing week it is getting more difficult for Roque and Luke to find 'new' regions in the country - as they've drunk most of them already. But we mustn't forget the Vinos de Pago - singular estate DO regions. This week's star is the sexy Senda de Leñadores from Aragon's Pago Aylés. Enjoy!
info_outline SWE Ep. 122 - Vins de Primeur (feat. carbonic maceration) 11/30/2020
SWE Ep. 122 - Vins de Primeur (feat. carbonic maceration) It's that time of the year again. November arrives and the youngest wines in the wine world flood the market. Vins de primeur, nouveau wines, vinos jóvenes. These super young wines have their fame mostly thanks to Beaujolais in France. But Spain has their own version: Primero. To talk about these styles of wine, and the process by which they are made - carbonic maceration - a bottle of Primero squares off against Beaujolais Nouveau from Louis Jadot.
info_outline SWE Ep. 121 - Weird Grapes: Verdil 11/23/2020
SWE Ep. 121 - Weird Grapes: Verdil Another week, another wine, another weird grape. This week Roque and Luke have a look at Verdil; an almost-extinct varietal and very hard to find, from Valencia. They sample a crisp, cold bottle of Los Arraez Verdil from Bodegas Arraez!
info_outline SWE Ep. 120 - Non Vintage Wines 11/16/2020
SWE Ep. 120 - Non Vintage Wines Now when thoughts turn to the idea of non-vintage wines - if they do indeed turn at all - the most 'common' wine that presents itself is Champagne. There are others of course. But, what about red and white wines? Well, to sample something brand new and rather kooky, Roque and Luke head, somewhat unexpectedly, to traditional Rioja and try Bodega Tobia's new non-vintage still wines.
info_outline SWE Ep. 119 - Sherry Blind Tasting 11/07/2020
SWE Ep. 119 - Sherry Blind Tasting This week was SHERRY WEEK all across the world so in order to look more deeply into this most delicious and Spanish of wines - and also Luke's favourite wine it the world - Roque thought it would be fun to set up a blind tasting of different styles as a way of explaining how each is made. Will Luke guess the wines? Find out here!
info_outline SWE Ep 118 - Weird Grapes: Castellana Negra 10/26/2020
SWE Ep 118 - Weird Grapes: Castellana Negra This week Roque and Luke are starting a new sub-series to the podcast. In Spain there are hundreds of grapes, and many of them are completely unknown outside of the tiny remote areas where they are made. In this new series, published every few weeks or so, they will take a look at the weirder and more wonderful grapes of Spain. The grapes you'll never see in any of the shops. This will also give them a chance to look at the regions they are from in greater depth. First up, the mysterious Castellana Negra from Tenerife.
info_outline SWE Ep. 117 - Women in Wine 10/16/2020
SWE Ep. 117 - Women in Wine The wine world - like many - is a traditionally a very male-dominated industry; and perhaps even more so in Old World Spain. This week, the day after the International Day of Rural Women, Roque and Luke want to toast those women working in the fields and vineyards, and to an extended extent, in the industry itself. They share a bottle of V de Valmores from Esther at Bodega Cuarto Lote and then proceed to go through a few other female-led projects they they have in Madrid & Darracott. https://www.madriddarracott.com/en/wine-shop/
info_outline SWE Ep. 116 - Organic, Biodynamic, Natural: what does it all mean? 10/13/2020
SWE Ep. 116 - Organic, Biodynamic, Natural: what does it all mean? This week Roque and Luke dive deep into a topic they've touched on on many wines over the years. The hot topic in winemaking and wine-selling: is the wine organic, biodynamic, natural or what? What does it all mean? What are the differences between the different labels? Is it all just marketing nonsense or are there real differences in the wines? To talk about this topic they open two bottles: LAN Xtreme ecológico and Desig by Mas Candí.
info_outline SWE Ep. 115 - Table Wine 10/04/2020
SWE Ep. 115 - Table Wine Yes, you read that title right. Vino de Mesa...table wine. Surely Roque and Luke aren't planning to drink 'bad' wine for the next 40 minutes? Well, not exactly. Table wine is often a term used to define the terrible, non-DO, non-VT, unmarked bulk rubbish made in such high quantities in x or y country. But are there any good table wines? This week, to talk about vinos de mesa, the lads tuck into a bottle of Albahra by the cult wine group Envínate.
info_outline SWE Ep. 114 - White Wine in Toro? 09/25/2020
SWE Ep. 114 - White Wine in Toro? This week Roque and Luke want to head into a fairly unknown world. The world of white wine from a region almost exclusively known for big and heavy reds. A world of the mysterious Malvasia grape. A harsh world where vino blanco is a rare bird indeed. To help talk about this topic they enlist the help of the delicious Águedas by Bodegas Fariña.
info_outline SWE Ep. 113 - Marvellous Moscatel 09/19/2020
SWE Ep. 113 - Marvellous Moscatel This week Roque and Luke decide once again to focus on one grape in particular. And that particular grape happens to be particularly tasty and one of their favourites. Moscatel. Somewhat misunderstood, this week they dive into the various style emanating from what is actually possibly the most versatile of all grapes. To toast the varietal they tuck in to the magnificent Uvas Cabrera dry Moscatel. https://www.madriddarracott.com/en/product/ximo-cabrera-moscatel-seco/
info_outline SWE Ep. 112 - Formentera 09/11/2020
SWE Ep. 112 - Formentera Another LOST episode this week. And Roque and Luke are very happy they found it; as it was the first one they recorded on opening the Madrid & Darracott wine shop! To celebrate they opened a bottle of Savina from Bodega Terramoll - one of only two wineries on the tiny Balearic island of Formentera. So let's step back in time and toast the end of summer with the Mediterranean blast from the past.
info_outline SWE Ep. 111 - Other Cavas 09/04/2020
SWE Ep. 111 - Other Cavas We all - well, almost all - know about Cava. That charming and affable sparkling wine from near Barcelona in Catalonia right? Well...to an extent yes. But actually Cava can be made all over the countries. This week Roque and Luke wanted to have a little review of Cava to shine the spotlight on the non-Catalan regions. To do this they drink a truly glorious bottle of Tantum Ergo from the south-east of the country and Bodegas Hispano Suizas. So, this is Cava...but not as you know it!
info_outline SWE Ep. 110 - Clarete 08/21/2020
SWE Ep. 110 - Clarete You have definitely heard of rosé wine - or rosado in Spain. But have you ever heard about the other, lesser known, Spanish pink called Clarete? Probably not! This is a hybrid of red and white wine that comes out as delightful and rosy as any rosado. So what is this wine and what is like? Luke and Roque sample a bottle of Quelías from Bodegas Sinforiano to explore the issue! Wine available at our online shop:
info_outline SWE Ep. 109 - CORPINNAT (LOST EP) 08/14/2020
SWE Ep. 109 - CORPINNAT (LOST EP) Recently Roque and I discovered a batch of podcast that we thought we had lost through the simple act of getting a new phone. But they had been saved! So here is the first of our resurrected pods: CORPINNAT, a new unofficial DO created by a few great Cava houses who decided to leave that DO. To discuss the changes and what it's all about they tuck into a delicious bottle of Torello Brut Reserva! https://www.madriddarracott.com/en/wine-shop/
info_outline SWE Ep. 108 - Picos de Europa 08/07/2020
SWE Ep. 108 - Picos de Europa Roque and Luke have a fascinating wine to try this week. A bunch of friends who some years ago decided to try their hand at making wine...in the Picos de Europa mountains...in Cantabria. This is the opposite of wine country. The wine is Finca Morillas from the Picos de Cabariezo winery. What's it like? And what is going on in the world of Mountain wines? And who are these crazy mavericks? https://www.madriddarracott.com/en/wine-shop/
info_outline SWE Ep. 107 - The Whites of Ribera del Duero 08/01/2020
SWE Ep. 107 - The Whites of Ribera del Duero BIG NEWS: Something massive has happened in the world of Spanish wine. The mythical DO Ribera del Duero - home almost exclusively to be sexy Tempranillo-centric reds - has finally allowed white wines to be part of the Denominación de Origen. To discuss this Roque and Luke sample part of the new crop; the Valduero Albillo Mayor! https://www.madriddarracott.com/en/product/valduero-blanco/
info_outline SWE Ep. 106 - Dorado Wines 07/24/2020
SWE Ep. 106 - Dorado Wines This week Roque and Luke return to the legendary region of DO Rueda to try an historic, mythical and almost completely unknown style of fortified wine called 'Dorado'. This sherry-style wines are made of local varieties and are a real bargain if you can find them. To help them delve deeper into this world they glug a bottle of Dorado 61 by the winery Cuatro Rayas.
info_outline SWE Ep. 105 - Sierra Norte de Sevilla 07/21/2020
SWE Ep. 105 - Sierra Norte de Sevilla This week try a super yummy wine from a super small region tucked in the low hills north of Seville. The VT Sierra Norte de Sevilla with its handful of producers and off the grid vibe is this week represented by the delicious Mirlo; an odd white from Bodega Tierra Savia.