6 Spanish Red Wines Perfect for Grilling Season

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As the days grow longer and temperatures soar, some gravitate toward chilled white wine or refreshing ros茅. However, many of the foods we eat during summer call for red wine, especially when we鈥檙e聽lighting the grill. Besides, sometimes we just want to drink a great glass of聽red wine, regardless of what鈥檚 on the menu.

Summer red wines satisfy a different series of desires than those we pour in cooler months. We鈥檙e seeking bold fruit flavors and soft tannins, not trying to warm ourselves up with richness. Whether it鈥檚 a cookout, pizza night, game night, or any warm weather get-together, Spain has you covered for delicious and affordable red wines that are perfect for summer drinking, many of which come in at $20 or under.聽聽

While Tempranillo is Spain鈥檚 star red grape, be on the lookout for varieties like Garnacha, Monastrell, Mencia and Bobal. Great Spanish red wines hail from Rioja and Ribera del Duero, of course, as well as regions less familiar to some U.S. drinkers, like聽Navarra, Utiel-Requena, Jumilla, Castilla-La Mancha and Bierzo.

There鈥檚 exceptional value to be had, and lesser-known regions and grapes can offer an even better quality-for-price ratio. If you do go for better-known styles, look for wines labeled Crianza or Cosecha, which cost less and have softer tannins than those that are aged longer.聽聽

Rectoral de Amandi Colheita Seleccionada Mencia
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Rectoral de Amandi 2020 Colleita Seleccionada Menc铆a (Ribeira Sacra); $23. Buy on Vivino. This violet-colored wine has a nose of pomegranate and cocoa powder. It is bright鈥攁lmost effervescent….SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Prada a Tope - Palacio de Canedo Menc铆a
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Palacio De Canedo 2020 Ecol贸gico Menc铆a (Bierzo); $15. Find at Wine-Searcher. Aromas of black currant, vanilla bean and fennel bulb set the scene for a web of velvety tannins and flavors…SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Volver Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2019
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Volver 2019 Single Vineyard Tempranillo (La Mancha); $16. Find at Bodegas Volver. Dark ruby to the eye, this wine has aromas of black cherry, vanilla and violet. Flavors of cassis, cherry, salted caramel and rosemary…SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Bodegas Pr铆ncipe de Viana Garnacha
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Pr铆ncipe de Viana 2020 Garnacha (Navarra); $20. Find at Vivino. Aromas of black cherry and anisette emanate from this dark red-violet wine. It is well balanced, featuring plush tannins…SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Luzon Coleccion Crianza
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Bodegas Luz贸n 2018 Luz贸n Colecci贸n Crianza (Jumilla); $12. Find at Wine-Searcher. Dark ruby to the eye, this wine has aromas of black currant and dried Mediterranean herbs. It is soft at first sip, then plush…SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

2020 Bodegas Ego 'El Goru'
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Ego Bodegas 2020 El Goru (Jumilla); $15. Find at Wine-Searcher. This dark red-violet wine has a bouquet of black plum, vanilla and mountainside herbs. It offers smooth tannins and flavors of black cherry…SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

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Published on June 29, 2022
Topics: Buying Guide