Three Wine Amigos – Oz, Tim and Olly’s top picks

Those lucky enough to join us on 6th March at Sky Garden for Three Wine Amigos were spoilt for choice with over 400 wines on offer.   Oz, Tim and Olly valiantly tasted as many as they could and have given you a round up of their favourite wines on the evening.  Their list of top bottles comprises wines from across the spectrum showing the huge diversity of styles which make Spain one of the most exciting wine-producing nations on the planet right now.  Whatever your budget you will find a wine to dazzle your palate, from the real treats to everyday bottles for Tuesday night’s supper.   Viva España – time to sip splendidly!


Can Sala Cava 2007, Freixenet Rich, dense, bone dry and very concentrated with lovely, toasty, bone dry finish and a long wild mushroom note. (Tim Atkin MW)
White Sparkling £44.99


Principia Mathematica 2016, Alemany I Corrio Xarel-lo is a VERY Catalonian grape variety – I’ve never tasted it from anywhere else – and it can be a phenolic earthworks powerhouse –  but here is more restrained, full of flavour and delightfully savoury. (Oz Clarke)
White £17.00

Bodegas Ochoa Moscatel 2016, Bodegas Ochoa Utterly delicious sweet moscatel, crunchily grapey with some orange blossom scent and a drizzle of honey.  I chose this for my last mouthful at the show. (Oz Clarke)
White £12.30

Serra da Estrella 2016, Adegas Valmiñor Albariño is showing it can produce one of Europe’s most citrous, zesty, mineral-streaked white wines – and it comes from Spain!  Ah, yes, but north western Spain is wetter than Manchester.  Only warmer. (Oz Clarke)
White £13.49

Berceo Seleccion Verdejo 2017, Bodegas Berceo Rueda is on a roll right now and this ultra-fresh, lemon zesty wine, with soft apple core fruit and the smooth dry rub of river pebbles shows why. (Oz Clarke)
White £7.56

Llicorella Priorat Vi de Vila Blanc 2015, Cellars Unió White Priorat is rare, but it’s a lot rarer when made from the Pedro Ximenez grape. This usually makes viscously sweet PX in Jerez or Montilla but here comes up with a delightfully soft, chubby dry wine with the ripe mellow flavour of yellow apples. (Oz Clarke)
White £22.00

Muga Blanco 2017, Bodegas Muga Creamy yet refreshing, with white pepper and citrus fruit and deftly handled oak and good acidity. (Tim Atkin MW)
White £11.99

Valdesil Godello Sobre Lias 2015, Valdesil Citrus and spices on the nose, with an exotic yet concentrated palate and a stony, minerally finish.  Superb. (Tim Atkin MW)
White £17.99

Hacienda del Carmen DO Ribeiro 2016, Cillar de Silos Crisp, crunchy and zesty with white flower aromas with lovely extract and concentration.  Spicy and long. (Tim Atkin MW)
White £13.80

Trossos Tros Blanc 2014, Alfredo Arribas Lovely, herbal, green olive notes with texture and lees, subtle wood and along, dry, herbal finish with greengage fruit. (Tim Atkin MW)
White £38.10

Lusco Albariño 2016, Pazos de Lusco Rich, intense, peachy Albariño with a tangy, salty, seafood friendly tang with lime and citrus notes. (Tim Atkin MW)
White £15.00

Floralis Moscatel Oro NV, Familia Torres Sweet and splendid, this Moscatel Oro is immense paired with a Crunchie bar. (Olly Smith)
White £7.99

Vega de la Reina Verdejo 2017, Marqués de la Concordia Zesty as a pink grapefruit laser bolt! (Olly Smith)
White £9.99


Lalomba 2017, Bodegas Ramón Bilbao Elegant, pale and complex, with subtle raspberry and wild strawberry flavours and a flowing, long finish. (Tim Atkin MW)
Rosé £25.00


Clos Montblanc Unic Trepat 2013, Clos Montblanc Fascinating pale, graphite-scented red with delightful soft, ripe fruit from a rare but increasingly trendy Catalan grape variety. (Oz Clarke)
Red £14.40

Castillo de Enériz Colección Crianza 2013, Bodegas Manzanos A classy, gentle red with a mild but uplifting scent and good ripe fruit.  This is what Navarra is famous for, but doesn’t deliver often enough. (Oz Clarke)
Red £7.56

CRASH 2016, Pago los Balancines Crash has a Lichtenstein-style pop art label that certainly got my taste buds juiced up – a breezy, mouth-watering plum and strawberry temptation for glugging. (Oz Clarke)
Red £13.00

Viña Ardanza 2009, La Rioja Alta S.A. Oh, you’re spoiling us, bringing the Ardanza 2009 to the show.  Rich, deep, powerful, scented, you should have kept it all to yourselves and made us beg. (Oz Clarke)
Red £29.00

Finca La Garriga 2011, Castillo Perelada Castillo Perelada are famous for fizz, but they make serious reds too, and have managed to coax lashings of deep ripe fruit out of the local Samso grape and lightly coated it with oak. (Oz Clarke)
Red £19.99

Viña Borgia Garnacha 2016, Bodegas Borsao If this isn’t the best value, most interesting budget red on the market today, please show me what is.  Full of crunchy ripe red plum and raspberry fruit – pips ‘n all – with a dryness of stones and some hillside herbs to keep it from being too easy to glug. (Oz Clarke)
Red £6.50

Tuercebotas Graciano Crianza 2014, Bodegas del Medievo Ah, what a delight, a 100% Graciano – the grape undergoing a spectacular revival in Rioja because of its freshness and its uplifting acidity in a warming world. This has a delightfully zingy acidity flowing through its deep dry fruit, and trailing reviving graphite and cedar scent in its wake. (Oz Clarke)
Red £15.25

Arínzano La Casona 2010, Propiedad de Arinzano Subtle, floral, elegant with fine tannins, crunchy acidity and beautifully integrated oak.  Lovely, fine-grained fruit. (Tim Atkin MW)
Red £32.00

Scala Dei Prior 2014, Cordorníu Raventós Rich, aromatic, wild herb scented cuvée wuth good acidity and grip and a sweet figgy finish. (Tim Atkin MW)
Red £24.99

The Guv’nor NV, Félix Solís Avantís Fruity, sweet and appealing with some American Oak sweetness and a sweet, juicy finish. (Tim Atkin MW)
Red £8.99

Alma de Forcada Rioja Garnacha Cepas Viejas 2015, Bodegas Forcada Sweet, coconutty oak, lovely balance, smooth and appealing with high altitude acidity and lovely sweetness. (Tim Atkin MW)
Red £9.96

Contino Viña del Olivo 2014, CVNE Life-enriching complexity with graceful lithe power, sleek as a puma – and this is a puma every wine fan should ride. (Olly Smith)
Red £62.85

Pata Negra Apasionado NV, J. Garcia Carrión Intense red with a bold structure and satifyingly crunchy finish. (Olly Smith)
Red £7.32

Doble Pasta Garnacha Tintorera 2015, Cien y Pico Deep and dark as the shade of a thousand vines.  Resonant fruit and serious richness, get your Sunday roast beside this. (Olly Smith)
Red £13.99

Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2009, Marques de Murrieta I gave a bottle of this distinctive traditional red to a dear friend on his wedding day.  Worthy of celebration, it has all the savoury class of a vintage leather bag owned by the god of wine, Bacchus, himself. (Olly Smith)
Red £84.99

Ocho y Medio Malbec 2017, Bodegas Finca La Estacada Vibrant and scented with all the power and the glory.  Get your steaks on! (Olly Smith)
Red £9.99

Faustino Rivero Tempranillo 2016 Juicy, brambly and fruity with lots of supple, appealing carbonic maceration fruit. (Tim Atkin MW)

Vara y Pulgar2013, Compañia de Vinos del Atlántico Cadiz ahoy!  Herbal, scented, elegant and delicious, stunning finish with a flourish of spice. (Olly Smith)
Red £23.50

Carta de Oro Gran Reserva 2009, Berberana Rich, savoury, classic Rioja that’s the perfect fit for a Sunday roast. (Olly Smith)
Red £11.99


Lacrimus Apasionado 2016, Rodríguez Sanzo Great value for Spain’s answer to Amarone – huge wine for a snip of a price. (Olly Smith)
Red £12.00


El Bandarra NV, Casa Berger A vermouth that’s even more characterful than it’s splendid bottle!  Aromatic awesomeness. (Olly Smith)
Red £15.00