There are so many good wines coming from unfamiliar places in Spain (Yecla? Utiel-Requena?) that the best way to keep up may be to get to know the names of some top American importers. Here are 10 importers you can trust to do the scouting for you. Just look for their names on the back labels of Spanish bottles.
Spain is home to dynamic new winemakers, new grape combinations and great bargains. The Spanish wine market in the United States is so competitive that many importers have chosen to decrease their profit margins rather than increase their prices as the dollar falls against the euro. Their loss is our gain: You can find an enormous array of exciting Spanish wines between $8 and $20 on store shelves.
The new Spanish wines are a reaction to the perceived problems of the old wines (which often developed oxidized flavors from too much time spent in the barrel). Both reds and whites are now fresher and plumper, with more fruit and less oak.