Hello! Or should I say, ‘Hola’!  I trust you are keeping busy and well and drinking some delicious wine along the way!

As the Vancouver International Wine Festival creeps closer (February 24-March 4), my focus turns to the two feature countries – Spain and Portugal.  I have an extensive itinerary set up with lots of trade tastings, seminars, and educational panels. I have been asked to be a ‘Festival Reporter’ this year, to which I said, ‘Absolutely’.  So, I will have lots of information coming your way in the next two months on wines from Spain and Portugal.


To kick things off, on the review deck for you today is a great little Spanish gem that will not break the bank but will warm your heart.  Bodegas Osborne ‘Solaz’ Tempranillo/Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 13.5% abv. is a red table wine from the Spanish region of Castilla la Mancha.  I noticed it in the B.C. Liquor store the other day – priced at $10.99, I had to give it a try.  I am more than pleased I did.

This wine is an equally balanced blend of the native Spanish grape Tempranillo alongside the structured Cabernet Sauvignon.  It is juicy, fruity and medium in body.  The flavour profile is enjoyable and full of notes of ripe plum, black cherry, vanilla, mocha, and black currant with a small herbaceous zip on the end.  This wine is not overly structured but it delivers excellent value for the money.

If you are a red wine lover and you like a great deal, do yourself a favour and purchase a bottle.  You will not be disappointed.

*Thank you for reading to the end of this post.  If you would like to be entered into a draw for two free tickets to the Vancouver International Wine Festival’s Friday Tasting Event from March 2nd from 7 PM – 10 PM, please write me a comment and let me know what your favourite Spanish or Portuguese wine is or if you have ever visited either country.  I will announce the winner on Wednesday, February 28th.  This is a $190 value. Please only enter to win if you are free on Friday, March 2nd.