Mundo de Yunter Tempranillo y Syrah 2012


A fantastic, organically farmed, $8 value Tempranillo blend from Spain that is straightforward, pleasant and great with a wide variety of dishes.

Winery: Bodegas Yuntero represents the organically farmed wines of The Jesús del Perdón Cooperative. Established in 1954 by a group of 102 wine growers wishing to develop and market their wines independently, today the coop boasts 700 members located in the heart of Spain.

Tasting Notes: Red-violet in color with aromas of blackberry and crushed black peppercorn. Red currant and blackberry flavors were backed by a cleansing acidity, woodsy elements and traces of black peppercorn harmonized in the plush finish.

85% Tempranillo, 15% Syrah
La Mancha
Produced and Bottled by Coop Jesus del Perdon
13% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2015

Rated 90 points by The Wine Advocate

Finca Valdeguinea Finca Rioja 2012


In addition to the tantalizing $7 price tag, the label bears a striking resemblance to both my countertops and business card. Easy drinking, fruit forward along with plush earth and spice notes, a fantastic companion to summer dishes and a phenomenal value.

Estate: Finca Valdeguinea is located in the Rioja Alta sub-region of Rioja, north central Spain and consists of 25 hectares of vineyards. Third generation winemaker Luis Juan Sáenz Comunión heads the family estate.

Philosophy: It is the family’s philosophy that “the whole family, like our friends, put our hearts and every senses” into their wines.

Winemaking: The grapes were sourced from vineyards 20-30 years old with clay-calcareous soils. This is a limited production wine with only 15,000 bottles produced. [My bottle is No. 06126]

Tasting Notes: Dark red-violet in colour with aromas of wild berries and earth. Tart red currant, cherry and brambly berries ran atop an earthy undercurrent, whilst silky tannins, crushed white peppercorn and herbaceous hints lingered charmingly between each sip.

100% Tempranillo
Rioja Alta
Bottled for Vitis Vinicor, S.L. by Vinearum
14% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2015

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Flaco Tempranillo 2012


An unoaked, bright, value Tempranillo from organically farmed vineyards outside Madrid.

Winery: Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata founded Compañía de Vinos del Atlántico in 2002 with the goal of preserving and uniting the extensive winemaking heritage of their two families. Currently they produce wine from 18 different appellations within Spain.

Philosophy: To “handcraft “elaborar” wines that express the identity of the place where they come from”.

Winemaking: The grapes were sourced from organically grown, dry-farmed vineyards, then aged in stainless steel and cement, preserving fruit purity.

Tasting Notes: Bright garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, white peppercorn and summer flowers. Cherry, hints of strawberry and dried leaves comprised the peppy, light to medium body, whilst dry tannins and smoky herbaceous traces spanned the moderate finish.

100% Tempranillo
Vinos de Madrid
Bottled by N.R.E. 28/40.527 for Cia de Vinos del Atlantico
13.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now

Red Diamond Temperamental Red Blend [NV]

My husband and I joined my sister at Creo’, one of our most frequented local restaurants right after she had sat thru 5 hours of LSAT brain melting test torture. I was tired and she was fried after the ordeal and back to worrying about getting into law school, so we fancied an uncomplicated bottle that would be pleasantly gulpable with our variety of dishes [her lobster bisque, my fried chèvre salad and truffle pomme frites]. Intrigued by what the wine menu labeled as a “Meritage from Spain” we selected Red Diamond Temperamental. I was slightly disappointed after both seeing the label and then drinking and realizing that it was definitely not a Meritage [a Bordeaux style blend consisting of at least 2 grapes of the following Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot or Carmenère], but it was tasty so we had no problem persevering on with the Tempranillo blend that it actually was.

Red Diamond Winery was founded in 2003 and is located on the Columbia River gorge in eastern Washington State. It is part of the Chateau Ste. Michelle family of wineries. Its first release was a food-friendly Merlot targeted only for the restaurant market; its huge success led to consumer demand for their wines. Today they have a full range of wines that strive to be “food-friendly, straightforward wines”. The grapes for the Temperamental were sourced from various vineyards throughout Spain.

Transparent garnet in colour, aromas of cherry, tobacco leaves and cigar box spice rose from the glass. Cherry, blackberry and pomegranate flavours abounded in the medium body, whilst white pepper, chocolate and traces of toasted oak comprised the moderate finish. Straightforward, easy drinking and great with a wide variety of dishes from barbecue to fruit salad, this is a glass designed for enjoying at the table.

85% Tempranillo, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Carignan
Imported and Bottled by Red Diamond Winery
13.5% Alcohol
$10 [average price]
Enjoy thru 2014

Bodega Teso La Monja ‘Romanico’ Toro 2010


I picked up Bodega Teso La Monja Romanico Toro 2010 since it was in the “new arrival” section and I fancied its straightforward label with a Romanesque-styled medallion. Teso La Monja was established by the Eguren family in 2007. Winemakers since 1870, the now 5th generation of the Eguren family fell in love with the land of Teso La Monja in the Toro DO due to its pre-phylloxera vines and mineral rich soils. Operating according to the cycles and bio rhythms of the environment, they practice sustainable viticulture and employ innovative technology in the winery.


Inky dark violet in colour, aromas of baking spices and cherry jam on toast swirled about in the glass. Plush blackberry and cherry flavours joined sweet vanilla and earthy tobacco notes in the full body. Smoky crushed black pepper merged with toasty oak, cigar box spice and dark chocolate elements in the luscious finish.  An easy drinking glass with a lush, hearty presence, each velvety sip will keep you reaching for more.


100% Tinto de Toro [Tempranillo]
14.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2016

Rated 92points by the Wine Advocate