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Most of you know that Spain makes incredible value wines, but I am not talking about super cheap bottles in supermarkets. The strength of Spanish wines are those that sell for between $15 and $40 a bottle and show deft sophistication, unique character and wonderful drinkability. This is why the focus for this year’s list of the Top 100 Wines of Spain is clearly on value, particularly in the Top 10 wines.

If you follow Spanish wines even slightly, you probably already know the top names who make superb and rare wines such as Vega Sicilia, Alvaro Palacios, Telmo Rodriguez, Pingus, and Artadi. These names are the blue chip names of the country that make super quality wines and are highly sought after around the world. They are in the cellars of the global elite and drunk in some of the best restaurants. Some cost as much as $1,000 a bottle or more.

But many other wines from Spain offer terrific drinking pleasure and at reasonable prices, and this is what I focused on in this year’s list of the Top 100. It’s why our No. 1 Spanish wine is the Comando G Vinos de Madrid La Bruja de Rozas 2018. This is an old vine red from vineyards in hills about an hour’s drive outside of Madrid that’s very in fashion with people who know Spanish wines.

I admittedly have not personally visited their vineyards but I spent time tasting last year with Fernando García, one of the owners and winemakers of the project. He explained his devotion and belief in the region as well as the old vines so dear to the history and tradition of Spanish winemaking such as garnacha. He said that he wanted to make wines that showed the true character of the grape and emphasized drinkability and personality.

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