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21 May 2018 News

Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer posted an intriguing article last week on the everyday wines he enjoyed during a sojourn in San Sebastián, Spain (“The Last Postcard from Spain”). Among those he cited are two wines from Telmo Rodriguez, the LZ from Rioja and the Almuvedre from Alicante.

Below is an excerpt. Click here to read the full article!

“Mr. Rodríguez’s other red that appears on our table is from the Alicante province in southeast Spain, a world away from Rioja in every sense. Made from the local Monastrell grape variety (better known by its French name, Mourvèdre), it’s called Al-muvedre. An intense, rich red of real savor, it’s hard to beat for enjoying with a grilled steak or a plate of beans. The price is really tasty—at least here in Spain—at just $6.20 a bottle.

Bottom line: I urge you to go to San Sebastián. The food is famously fabulous; the city is impeccably clean and uncommonly beautiful. And the Spanish wines are just what you might imagine them to be: varied, wonderful and as original as any on the planet. What’s not to like?”

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28 August 2017 News

Food & Wine Magazine published a list of “Tops under $20” in their current September issue, now out on newsstands. The list comes exclusively from Spain, and includes Telmo Rodriguez’ 2016 Gaba do Xil Godello.

See the notes about the Godello below:

“Ancient vineyards in the Valdeorras region are the source for this fragrant, surprisingly concentrated white.”

Click here to download the article.

7 October 2016 News

Earlier this year, Telmo Rodriguez spent two days in the Lone Star state. A food writer from Houston’s beloved local magazine, My Table, tagged along while he presented his wines to the trade. Her hilariously forthright account of his visit (“The Truth about Terroir”) is full of great quotes, and can be downloaded here. Check it out!


19 September 2016 News

A recent article in Beverage Media focuses on promising white wines from Spain. In the article, Spanish wine importer Andre Tamers credits Telmo Rodriguez as one of the two leading winemakers, along with Raul Perez, for “showing other winemakers how to use wood as not just a flavor component” and “pushing flavor profiles that aren’t just about wood.” The article goes on to cite Basa as one of the top three “$20 and under” wines from Rueda. Click here to read the piece!

14 October 2015 News

Telmo Rodriguez’s Dehesa Gago 2013 was featured on the wine Web site “Opening a Bottle,” in a feature on Spanish Wines (“How to Host a Spanish Wine Tasting”). Below is an excerpt on the wine. Click here to view the full article!

“Tannic but not overbearing with loads of juicy dark fruit upfront, it showed an interesting tension between opposing elements: sweet hickory smoke one moment, an odd briny note the next; plush black cherries then dark cocoa and anise seed bitterness … So much of what this wine showed depended on which tapa I was noshing on from moment to moment.”

21 August 2015 News

El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, ranked the No. 1 restaurant in the world on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, decided to close their doors for a few weeks to launch a series of pop-up dinners at three locations across the U.S.: a luxury yacht in Miami, a country club in Birmingham, AL, and a restaurant in Houston.

The restaurant’s two chefs and sommelier (brothers), chose six Spanish wines to showcase at the events, to represent “products of excellence” from their home country. One of the wines selected is Telmo’s El Transistor, a stunning 100% Verdejo from Rueda from a single 10 acre vineyard of old vines on slopes, and aged in a combination of large barrels, cement and stainless steel – Basa’s bigger brother, if you will.

The events are taking place today in Birmingham (click here) and in Houston on August 24-26.  Click here for an article about the event in Miami, which appeared a few days ago in a local Spanish newspaper and specifically mentions the wine selection for the events.  There have also been a few local press hits in the Miami New Times and Eater.

14 August 2015 News

Today’s Wine Spectator home page features a great photo of Telmo Rodriguez in the vineyards, with the following caption: “Looking for value in Valdeorras? Telmo Rodríguez produces a white Godello and a red Mencía, both affordable and elegant.” The accompanying article, by Spanish critic and managing editor Thomas Matthews, focuses on “9 Distinctive Spanish Values.”  Click here to read his notes on the wines!

6 March 2015 News

Telmo Rodriguez is one of several prominent winemakers in Rioja proposing changes to the DOC.  In this quest he joins Juan Carlos de la Calle, the owner of Artadi wines who in 2014 decided to leave the Rioja DOC.  This move is largely a response to the current Reserva and Gran Reserva hierarchy that revolves around barrel and bottle age rather than quality.  Additionally, the majority of Rioja producers don’t own their vineyards and blend grapes from Rioja’s sub-regions.  As Telmo explains, “wine is not related to the real territory.”  Telmo is trying to change this, offering wines like Altos de Lanzaga from the village of Lanziego de Alava.  By putting wines such as this into the market, Telmo demonstrates the excellence of single vineyard sites.

The full piece can be read here.


15 December 2014 News

Luiz Gutierrez, Spanish wine critic for the Wine Advocate, selected Las Beatas 2011, Telmo Rodriguez’s new wine from Rioja, as one of three wines in his “Best of Spain 2014″ list!