Wine Club goes Spanish

Spanish Wines – not just all about Rioja!

This month we were extremely lucky to welcome Abingdon’s Majestic Ben to present a selection of Spanish and Iberian wines.     This so happens to be a specific area of interest for Ben and that really came across in his very drinkable and excellent value choices.

Spain, in particular, has undergone a wine revolution over the last couple of decades and now produces some brilliant wines.   It’s not just all about Rioja!   And for us it was a good opportunity to pair with some popular tapas dishes….

First, a lovely fruity complex Cava with some delicious salted roasted almonds and olives as aperitif.    We then enjoyed a selection of light, balanced and very refreshing fruity wines from Spain and Portugal paired with some delicious garlic prawns and Spanish tortilla.   Wines included a white Rioja, a crisp Albariño and a young Portugese Vinho Verde.    They were perfect wines for a very sunny evening.

Next, we enjoyed a selection of very interesting drinkable reds from some great producers.   Of course, there was a knockout Rioja Reserva and some very complex and rich reds including a noble Pétalos Bierzo, a moreish Douro red and a deep, dark, intensely fruity oaked Ribera del Duero.   Spanish meatballs and delicious chorizo were our tapas choices.

We also managed to squeeze in a quick review of the recent Wine Club survey results and to hold the prize draw (well done to our winner!)  We are obviously happy that members seem to overall love the club but we’re always interested in feedback and will revisit the suggestions at next month’s meeting.

Speaking of next month’s meeting, our next one is Member’s Wines.   We are excited to see what wines will be presented by our own members.  Please come along on Wednesday 16th May for this popular event!

Lastly as we approach the end of this season, please don’t forget to book tickets (£10 – adult, £5 – 5-16 year olds) to this year’s grand finale, the Picnic in the Park on 30th June – Please note all villagers are welcome!    It promises to be a great afternoon and evening and a little different from previous years.     Ticket sales are already holding up very well in anticipation of what hopes to be a wonderful summer party.   We really look forward to you joining us.   Please email Ian Langley if you would like to come along.

For more details of any of the above including Ben’s wines, please see the Upton wine website at

Happy drinking!