A wine produced only in excellent years. Though national law stipulates that red reservas must be aged for one year in oak barrels, each DENOMINACIÓN DE ORIGEN or DENOMINACIÓN DE ORIGEN CALIFICADA can set higher… Continue reading


Oak in Spanish. Despite Spain’s proximity to France, many Spanish producers age their wines in American oak. Paso Robles, a wine region in California, translates to “Pass of the Oaks.”


Literally, “morning dew.” The name of the process of transferring Sherry between the criaderas. The name is a reflection of the gentleness with which the process is done.


Rosé. It’s still a well-kept secret that Spain makes some of the best rosés in Europe. The rosés from Navarra are especially well thought of.


The Spanish term for a single estate considered exceptional, roughly equal to a “Grand Cru” in France. Three official denominations of origin exist in Spain. In ascending reputation for quality, they are: DO (Denominación de… Continue reading

Método Tradicional

Spanish term denoting SPARKLING WINE made by the Champagne method (MÉTHODE CHAMPENOISE). CAVA, by law, must be made this way.

Lágrima (la-GREE-ma)

A Spanish term, literally, “tears.” Lágrima also refers to a wine made from free-run juice without any mechanical pressing. Likewise, the Italian “Lacryma” is incorporated in the name “Lacryma Christi,” (tears of Christ) which is… Continue reading

Gran Reserva

A BODEGA’s top wine, produced only in excellent years and then subject to lengthy AGING. Though national law stipulates that red gran reservas must be aged two years in oak barrels, each DENOMINACIÓN DE ORIGEN… Continue reading


Literally flower, a layer of yeast cells that forms naturally on top of manzanilla and fino Sherries as they age in the cask. Flor acts to prevent OXIDATION and also contributes a unique flavor to… Continue reading

Extra Seco

SPARKLING WINE that is not quite as dry as BRUT (SECO).