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HOW TO STORE WINE AT HOME

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This special time of year, when we tend to toast and celebrate more than usual, as well as having guests over, it’s not uncommon to end up with several different bottles of wine at home. And, as they pile up, we wonder: What do I do with them? Where and how should I store them? And what if they’re already open? We’ll tell you how to store wine properly at home, for open and unopened bottles. Here we go!

 

Because knowing how to store wine at home is essential to enjoying it. It doesn’t matter how incredible a wine you buy if you don’t store it properly.

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1. STORING WINE BOTTLES AT HOME: STANDING UP OR LYING DOWN?

There’s no categorical answer to these questions. We recommend storing the bottles you’re going to drink in the next few days or weeks upright so that any sediment will fall to the bottom of the bottle. It’s different if you’re going to be storing wine for a long time at home.

 

Have you ever visited a winery? Well, if you have, you’ve probably seen that our bottles are stored on their side. We do this because it keeps the cork in contact with the wine at all times, which helps preserve the taste and aromas of the wine. This way, the cork never dries out, making it more flexible and airtight.

 

The only exception is sparkling wines, because they have carbonic gas that tends to rise, keeping the cork damp.

2. RIGHT TEMPERATURE FOR STORING WINE

Not everyone has the space or budget for a temperature-controlled wine cellar at home, which is highly recommended if you’re truly a wine-lover and always have several bottles at home. So? How do you store it?

 

The most important thing is to make sure the wine isn’t exposed to temperature changes. We know it’s hard, but the best is to keep the bottles at a constant 10 °C – 16 °C. The warmer the room, the harder it is to keep them in good condition, as heat accelerates the ageing process.

 

If you have a basement or garage, where it tends to be cooler and damper with a more stable temperature than the rest of the house, that’s the best place to store wine at home. If you’re going to store wine in the kitchen, keep it as far as possible from heat sources like the microwave or oven, and out of any drafts that could cause sharp temperature changes.

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3. STORE WINE AWAY FROM DIRECT SUNLIGHT

Another thing to consider is light, both natural and artificial. Try to store your wine in the darkest space possible because it can get ‘light strike’ as light reacts with the riboflavin in the wine.

 

If you can’t keep them out of the light completely, we recommend putting your bottles in a wooden box, like the one our Coto de Imaz Reserva pack comes in.

4. HOW LONG WILL AN UNOPENED BOTTLE OF WINE LAST?

Another question we tend to ask when buying wine is how long it should be kept before drinking? Well, this is more complicated because you have to factor in several things, such as the type of grape, age, vintage, ageing of the wine, etc. And most importantly, how it is stored.

 

As a general rule:

 

– Drink young wines within a year of being harvested.

– Drink Crianza wines, like our El Coto Crianza, within five years.

– Drink Reserva or Gran Reserva wines, such as our Coto Real Reserva, within 10 or 15 years.

 

But, as we’ve said, this really depends on all sorts of factors, so it’s best to ask the professional you buy the bottle or bottles from, at the shop or winery, for their suggestions. A properly stored Crianza will be fine after more than 5 years, for example.

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5. HOW TO STORE AN OPEN BOTTLE OF WINE

If you aren’t going to finish the whole bottle, make sure to store it properly so it will still taste great when you come back to it. It’s best to keep the wine at a stable temperature. So don’t put it in the fridge, wine cooler or outside if you’re going to drink it at 18 °C the next day.

 

You can put the same cork back in, tightly, or use a vacuum or standard stopper. Then keep it upright. To make sure the wine will have the same flavour and characteristics, you should drink it within 24-48 hours.

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Before you go, don’t miss these articles!

WHICH GLASS FOR EACH WINE: FIND OUT HERE!HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD WINE: 9 TIPS THAT WILL MAKE YOU AN EXPERT

HOW TO CHOOSE THE WINE FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER

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Choosing wine can be complicated, for both hosts and guests. Do they prefer red wine? Or white? Should I try to pair wines with the dishes? Should I get several types and styles and let them choose? And for guests: How do I know what to take?

All of these doubts about choosing a wine are heightened for holiday meals because this is a very special time of year and we want to make sure we get something that our hosts or guests will love.

That’s why we want to help you choose the wine for your Christmas lunch or dinner based on several factors that may be in play so you’ll have the best options ‘on the table’. Don’t miss it!

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WHICH WINE TO CHOOSE IF YOU’RE COOKING OR KNOW WHAT’S ON THE MENU

The best way to choose the right Christmas wine is to know what’s on the menu. For hosts, or guests who can find out what’s cooking, the best thing to do is to choose the wine based on the dishes that will be served at your Christmas lunch or dinner:

 

– The perfect wine for the appetizers: How many people spend more time on the appetizers than the main Christmas meal? Rosé wines like El Coto Rosado are great for this point in the festivities, as they pair wonderfully with nearly any sort of canapé. Another option is a good white, like 875 m Chardonnay, which is marvellous if you have ‘heavier dishes’ among the appetizers, like smoked salmon or cod, cheese or even as the perfect pairing for foie.

 

– How to choose wine to go with the meat: if the main dish is going to be meat or a roast, like the traditional suckling lamb, goat or pig, don’t hesitate to pair it with a powerful wine like our Coto de Imaz Reserva. Another very special option that will have everyone at the table speechless is our Coto Real Reserva , which pairs beautifully with game, duck magret, squab and, of course, red meat.

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– Discover the Verdejo and Viura grapes. Did you know that Viura is the most characteristic white grape of D.O. Rioja? Our El Coto Blanco, made mostly from this grape, is perfect with grilled or baked fish and seafood. However, if you prefer, you can also go for El Coto Blanco Verdejo, made from the most characteristic grape of D.O. Rueda, with fine, intense aromas of tropical fruit, fennel and aniseed. Both are perfect with fish and seafood, so you can’t go wrong!

 

– Get off the beaten path with a dessert wine: few people think about having wine with dessert, so it’s a fantastic addition to your menu or as a gift. And to top off Christmas dinner, what better than a sweet or semi-sweet wine like El Coto Semidulce, with citrus and pineapple aromas. And for those who love dark chocolate, don’t forget that a powerful wine like a Gran Reserva could be the best pairing for your dessert.

Want more information on how to choose a good wine? Don’t miss this article!

HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD WINE: 9 TIPS THAT WILL MAKE YOU AN EXPERT
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WHICH WINE TO CHOOSE FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT’S BEING SERVED

Another situation that could arise is having to choose the wine for Christmas dinner without knowing the menu, to take as a gift or contribution to a celebration with friends or family. If you’re in this boat, have a look at these recommendations we hope will be helpful:

 

1. If the person organizing the meal is from a region of Spain with local wines (and there’s a lot of them!), take a bottle from that D.O. Your host will surely appreciate the thought behind the gift and then you can toast with the chosen elixir some time during the meal, depending on the type.

 

2. When choosing wine for Christmas dinner, it is also important to find a wine that fits any menu and that everyone likes. And there’s no better example than our 875 m, made of Tempranillo grapes from the 2018 harvest. This wine has lovely aromas of cherries and red fruit, plus notes of mocha and cacao. It’s perfect for those just starting out in the wine world or if you want a wine that is powerful yet fresh and elegant, and sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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3. One option when you have more doubts than certainties is to go for a sure bet: if you don’t know the other guests or the menu, try to choose a good red and a good white to take, that way the cards will be stacked in your favour! We recommend asking the experts at your local store or specialized wine shop, or you can go for a sure thing like our El Coto Crianza.

 

4. Finally, if there’s a wine you enjoy and think the others will too, don’t hesitate to take it! The other guests may have different tastes or it might not pair perfectly with the dishes served, but you’ll enjoy sharing your preferences and discoveries in wine over the Christmas meal.

 

Before you go, have a look at this article on what to give someone who loves wine:

ESSENTIAL GIFTS FOR WINE-LOVERS

ESSENTIAL GIFTS FOR WINE-LOVERS

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Secret Santa, Hanukkah, Christmas… or just because! This time of year, everyone is thinking about gifts for family and friends. But we know it can be hard to choose or come up with a good idea. You have to think hard to find a way to surprise them!

If the person is a wine-lover, you’re in luck because there are loads of options to choose from! This article is full of ideas and inspiration for a holiday gift for the wine-lover on your list.

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1. WINE-RELATED GIFTS: ALL SORTS OF ACCESSORIES

Our first suggestion for a gift any wine-lover will adore is an accessory to go with wine or that anyone who enjoys a good bottle will love.

Here are a few ideas of accessories and trinkets for wine-lovers and a short explanation of what each one is for:

  • Vacuum pump: this device sucks the air out of a wine bottle, creating a vacuum.
  • Stopper: some are simple and others hermetic, with a better seal. They’re used to close the bottle tightly, instead of the cork, so the wine will last longer. There are loads of fun ones, in all shapes and colours, and others that are more elegant, with a silver finish, for example.
  • Pourer: the simplest ones help you pour the wine properly, without dripping. They’re easy to clean and can be reused. There are also others that help aerate the wine as it is served.
  • Cooler sleeve: for those who prefer sparkling or white wines, a cooler sleeve is a great gift!
  • Books on wine: finally, another amazing option is a book on wine. You can find loads of interesting titles like ‘Tras las viñas’ by Josep Roca and Inma Puig, or ‘La cata de vinos’ by Lluís Manel.
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2. GIFT PACKS OF WINE WITH SPECTACULAR BOTTLES

Another Christmas gift for a wine-lover is a gift pack with several bottles. They’re sure to enjoy it and thank you for it! We have several gift packs you can choose from, depending on the person’s preferences:

  • Wooden box with 6 bottles El Coto Crianza: our essential must-have is a great option if you want to give a sure bet. You can’t go wrong! Our Crianza is the perfect wine to open any time during the holidays.
  • Pack 3 bottles Coto de Imaz Reserva: our great Reserva wine, made with Tempranillo grapes, is perfect for those who enjoy a fuller wine.
  • Pack of 2 bottles 875 m: this young wine, made of Chardonnay and Tempranillo grapes, is the perfect gift for anyone who loves discovering new young wines that have a lot to say. Our 875 m has floral and tropical fruit aromas that enchant anyone who tries it.
  • Wooden box 6 bottles El Coto Reserva 50 aniversario: this wine is, without question, the most special gift you can give this Christmas. Why? Because it is the first Reserva we’ve made of our El Coto, with just 3,000 bottles produced to commemorate our 50th anniversary. There’s nothing more special or exclusive!

These are just some of our gift packs. Want to see them all?

Check out all our gift packs for this Christmas!
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3. BOTTLE RACK OR WINE FRIDGE: DEPENDING ON YOUR BUDGET!

Another idea for a present for someone who loves wine is a bottle rack. Think about how much space they have at home and how many bottles they normally have on hand when deciding the size and capacity of the rack: 10 bottles, 25 or even 75. In terms of the materials and format, there is a whole range of options to choose from! You can go for a simpler one in wood for a more classic look or in chrome with a more spectacular shape for those with more modern tastes.

If you have a bit more to spend: a wine fridge would be a great option! Wines are best when stored on their side at a constant temperature, ours included.

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4. WINE-TOURISM EXPERIENCE

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Giving experiences is always fun, and if they’re related to wine: even better! You can give a visit to several wineries, one winery with a tasting, a weekend getaway to La Rioja to enjoy El Coto… They’re sure to love it!

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5. WINE PAIRING WITH GOOD CHEESE AND CURED MEAT

For the full experience without leaving home, a Christmas present for someone who loves wine and good food is: a full pack of cured meats, cheeses and wines! You can buy it ready-made or put it together yourself, choosing each item, for a gift that is very special and personal.

We recommend any of the Ibérico products from Dehesa Barón de Ley, such as the salchichón ibérico, chorizo ibérico or acorn-fed ham. You can pair them with any of our red wines, although don’t think a white wine is totally out of the question. Not at all!

Our Coto Imaz Reserva Blanco, with its complex aromas and butteriness, is great with game, red meat and beef. Dare to try this combination?

Check out our wines and choose which goes best with your gift pack
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6. A NEW SET OF GLASSES FOR THEIR FAVOURITE WINE

And now the final suggestion on our list of gift ideas for wine-lovers! This one is very flexible as a gift on its own (for a Secret Santa, for example) or with another gift.

Choose a pretty, good-quality set of glasses. But, most importantly, choose a set that is right for the type of wine they normally drink.

Want to know which glass to choose based on their favourite wine? Don’t miss this article with all the tips you need!

WHICH GLASS FOR EACH WINE: FIND OUT HERE!

WHICH GLASS FOR EACH WINE: FIND OUT HERE!

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Believe it or not, each wine has its glass and it’s more important than it seems for enjoying the wine to its fullest. This is because the shape of the container the wine is served in can affect its colour, aroma and taste, and therefore our perception of the wine. That’s why we have some tips to help you choose the best option for each of type, thinking about all those special celebration that will surely become indelible moments. Take note!

Before going into the details of which glass is best for each type of wine, it’s important to note why wine is served in stemware and not a drinking glass. Even though you may have had it that way in the past because you didn’t have any wine glasses (it’s happened to all of us!), you should know it isn’t the best option.

That’s because a wine glass has two main characteristics that make it perfect for wine. First of all, the stem and the foot, so you can hold it without your hands warming up the contents of the glass. Plus, it means the sides of the glass don’t get all smudged and you can enjoy the colour of the wine as you drink it. So, it’s best if the wine glass is made of plain glass and doesn’t have any texture.

Also, the bowl of the wine glass, which is wider at the bottom than at the top, helps keep in the wine’s aromas so they don’t all dissipate at once. This is the main reason different wines do best in certain types of glasses. With these general concepts in mind, now we’ll look at which glass should be used with the main types of wine, and why.

GLASSES FOR RED WINE

Red wine is powerful in taste, so it needs a bigger glass where it will get lots of air. So, it is most commonly served in Bordeaux or Burgundy wine glasses. They both have a wide, round-bottomed bowl that allows wine to swirl easily and get properly aerated.

The Bordeaux wine glass is the most common style. Its lip is a bit wider than a Burgundy wine glass, which means the wine flows from the centre, reducing the bitter notes from the tannins in the wine. This type of glass is best for young and Crianza red wines.

The Burgundy wine glass has more volume at the bottom of the bowl and a narrower lip, which concentrates the aromas and makes them easier to smell. So, it’s perfect for Crianza or Reserva wines, which are more intense in both flavour and smell.

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GLASSES FOR WHITE WINE

White wine is lighter and fresher than red, so it needs a smaller glass. The perfect option is similar to the Bordeaux glass but with a smaller, straighter bowl. This way, the lip of the glass is wider than you need for red wine, which boosts the freshness and sweet notes white wine is known for.

Plus, a smaller glass keeps the wine from getting too much oxygen and keeps it cold longer, which is essential for enjoying all of its qualities. If it is an older white wine, a taller, straighter bowl is recommended to bring out its flavour.

GLASSES FOR SPARKLING WINE

Flutes are the favourite glasses for serving sparkling wine like cava or champagne. This is because the tall bowl brings out their freshness and showcases the bubbles in all their splendour, making the experience even better. Plus, as these wines are normally served cold, the thicker glass of a flute helps them stay cool.

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What do you think? Have you been doing it right? Of course, on top of these more common wine glasses, there are more specific designs for other types, like sweet wines, which are often served in glasses with a wider bowl and narrower lip, or Sherry wines, which are served in flutes like the ones used for sparkling wines but with a shorter stem. You don’t need a whole arsenal of wine glasses to enjoy a good wine, though. Just the classics are enough.

Now that you have all this information and know which glass to choose, all you need is the wine. Cheers!

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HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD WINE: 9 TIPS THAT WILL MAKE YOU AN EXPERT

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Choosing wine isn’t always an easy task. So if buying a bottle always has you doubting and, in the end, you choose the only one that looks familiar, take note! Here are the tips you need to choose wine like an expert.

 

Whether for a family meal, date or just a treat for yourself, knowing how to choose a good wine can be a very useful skill. So, we’ve prepared a short guide with all the key things to look for when buying a bottle. A lot of the information, as you’ll see, is on the label. So learning how to read them will come in handy.

It’s important to note, though, that there is a subjective side to wine, as with nearly everything, that is completely determined by personal preference. So just because it’s a good wine doesn’t mean everyone will like it. You can adapt these tips to your personal tastes to go for a quality wine. Here we go!

1. RED, WHITE OR ROSÉ

The first decision you have to make in choosing a good wine is whether you want a red, white or rosé. This has more to do with external factors than with the wine itself. First of all, the meal you’re going to have it with. So, light meals like salads and fish pair better with a white wine. For meat or stews, a red. But look at the label, some wines come with pairing tips that can be helpful. The second factor to take into account is the weather. When it’s warmer, we feel like having lighter, fresher wines like whites or sparkling rosés.

Finally, don’t forget the personal preference of the drinkers. Regardless of the previous points, if you know someone doesn’t really enjoy a specific type of wine, it’s better to go for something different.

2. DENOMINACIÓN DE ORIGEN (PROTECTED DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN)

Once you’ve chosen whether to have red, white or rosé, it’s time to look at other details to make sure you get a quality wine. A good sign of a good wine is a quality seal, like the Denominación de Origen (or D.O. – the Spanish system of geographic-based quality control designations). The D.O. is normally found on the front and back labels, and it must have the official seal of the Consejo Regulador de Denominación de Origen (the organization that oversees quality in the region), certifying that the wine has been made in that region exclusively from grapes grown there.

This is a guarantee of quality when choosing a wine because the D.O. only grants its seal to those with specific characteristics and quality that can only be achieved in the place where it was made, to wines that have been recognized as a product of that region for at least five years and enjoy a high level of prestige on the market. Spain has roughly 70 D.O., including D.O. Rioja, D.O. Ribera del Duero, D.O. Rueda and others.

But if you want to make sure you get a wine of even higher quality, get one with the Denominación de Origen Calificada (D.O.Ca. – the highest level in Spanish wine designations). To get this seal, a wine has to meet additional requirements, such as having been recognised by the D.O. for at least ten years, being bottled at wineries in the region and having a comprehensive system to control quality from production through to sale, including chemical and sensory properties, among others.

All of our wines have the D.O.Ca. seal.

3. TYPE OF GRAPE AND VINTAGE

Apart from the D.O. seal, on a good bottle of wine you’ll also find information on the grape variety or varieties used to make it. These determine the taste and texture of the wine. There are many types of grapes, but the most common red-wine grape in Spain is called Tempranillo. It got this name because it ripens earlier (temprano in Spanish) than other red varieties. It’s a grape without too much acidity and its taste is reminiscent of forest berries. Internationally, one of the most common red-wine grapes is Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Among white wines, the Verdejo grape stands out, and is one of the oldest varieties in Spain. Others include Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Sound familiar, right?

Taste the delicious El Coto Verdejo 2019

In terms of grapes, you’ll find three types of wine: monovarietals are wines made from a single grape variety, varietals are made from at least 80% of the listed grape variety, and blends have more than one type of grape variety in varying percentages.

Finally, you may also find information on the vintage. This is the year the grapes were harvested, which can tell you about the weather conditions when they were ripening, whether they were optimal or not, which affects the quality of the wine.

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4. AGE OF THE WINE

The age of the wine is also a key element. You’ll find this on the label, with terms like:

  • Joven (young): wines bottles right after fermentation. They are fresher and more fruit-driven. They don’t last as long, so it’s important to make sure they aren’t more than a year old.
  • Crianza: wines aged for three years, with at least one year in oak barrels. They have a stronger flavour and more aromas. For white wines, they must be barrel-aged for at least six months.
  • Reserva: aged at least three years before bottling, with at least one year in the barrel, plus six-months bottle ageing. They have more structure and stronger aromas. For white wines, the ageing is two years, with at least six months in the barrel.
  • Gran Reserva: these wines are normally from exceptional harvests and are aged for 60 months, with at least two years in the barrel and two years in the bottle. For white wines, the ageing is four years, with at least six months in the barrel.

When choosing a wine it is important to remember that the older it is, the more flavour and body it will have. We have a variety of options in terms of quality in our wines, with something for everyone.

5. THE SIZE OF THE CORK

Yes, you read that right, cork size does matter when choosing a wine. The longer the cork, the better. This is because it helps preserve the wine and lets it improve with age. A long cork helps keep out bacteria and is easier to remove or twist every so often.

6. SWEET, SEMI-SWEET OR DRY

Some wines, especially whites, also have information on how sweet they are. This, of course, depends on how much sugar is in the wine. Semi-sweet and sweet wines are great to have with appetizers, fruit, cheese and dessert.

7. ALCOHOL

You’ll find how much alcohol is in the wine on its back label. This is given as a percentage of the total volume and varies depending on the type of grape and fermentation conditions. Most wines, however, fall between 10% and 14%.

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8. PRICE

As with anything, you may think the more expensive a wine, the better the quality. But that isn’t always the case because, as we’ve said, the quality of a wine depends on many different factors. In Spain, we’re fortunate to have high-quality wines at very competitive prices. So, we recommend you look at the points above, within your price range.

Summing up, to know if you’re looking at a good bottle of wine, it’s important to look for a quality seal like the D.O., to pay attention to the grape variety and vintage so you’ll know what the weather was like when they were growing, to look at the cork, and to take into account other factors like the age of the wine, alcohol level and price. Of course, the most important thing is to taste it and see if the wine has the right flavours and aromas, and if you like it.

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TIPS FOR BUYING WINE ONLINE, AND GETTING IT RIGHT!

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Are you considering buying wine online and don’t know where to start? We’ve been shopping online for years now. But, thanks to the pandemic, in 2020 it became more a part of our lives than ever. So, if you want to start enjoying good wine without leaving home, you’ll want to read this list of tips. And take notes!

Whether for a family lunch or dinner, or as a gift, buying wine online can get you out of a tight spot when you don’t have time or can’t get to a shop and you’re looking for something special and different. Before you get started, though, we recommend you keep in mind the following tips to make sure you do it safely and get it right.

ALWAYS BUY FROM OFFICIAL WEBSITES

This is key for anything you buy online, not just wine. Even for prestigious brands, make sure you check that it is an official website before handing over your card details to avoid any risks or scams. How? The first thing is to check the shop’s web address starts with http:// or https://, which means it’s on a secure server. Plus, there should be a little picture of a lock to the left of it, showing that it’s a secure connection and that the information you send to this website is private.

Apart from that, there are other elements of the website you can look at, such as the privacy policy, secure payment certificate and conditions of sale, among others. A full website with quality content is also a good sign that the people in charge are professionals.

GO FOR WINES WITH A QUALITY SEAL

Once you’ve made sure the website you’re going to buy from is secure, then you have to check that the wine they sell is good quality. Quality seals, like the D.O., are a good guide. They show that the quality of the wine is controlled by a regulatory board before it is sold to verify its origin and prestige. Spain has more than 70 D.O., including D.O. Rioja, D.O. Ribera del Duero, D.O. Rueda and others.

If you want to make sure the wine is even higher quality, go for wines with the D.O.Ca. seal. These have to meet high quality standards for a long time. To get a D.O.Ca. seal, the wines have to overcome three hurdles:

  • Be recognised by the D.O. for more than ten years.
  • Have a comprehensive system to control quality from production through to sale.
  • Be bottled at wineries registered in the geographic region they belong to.
Here are our wines with the D.O.Ca seal
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MAKE SURE IT HAS A FULL DESCRIPTION OF THE WINE

In addition to the quality seal, it’s important that the site you’re going to buy from includes all the information you would find on the label, which will help you choose a wine that fits your taste. From the age of the wine (Joven, Crianza, Reserva, etc.) to the type of grape (Tempranillo, Grenache, Verdejo, etc.) to its alcohol content, serving temperature, tasting notes and pairing suggestions. This makes it much easier to choose between wines.

PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT OTHER USERS SAY

On top of the brand’s description of the wine, it’s good to see what other users think of it. A quality website will always have a reviews section where customers can express and share their opinions on the products. It can be very useful in clearing up any little doubts you may have, for example about its flavour.

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SHOP AROUND

If you want a specific wine and are buying it from a multi-brand shop, we recommend checking on the winemaker’s official website. If they have one, you might find it at a more competitive price or some sort of discount.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SPECIAL DEALS OR GIFT PACKS

Many online shops have a section for special deals or gift packs that can be very interesting. For example, you might get free shipping if you spend over a certain amount. So it could be worth buying more than one bottle and saving on shipping. If you’re buying wine as a gift, you might find options at a better price and in special boxes.

Check out our gift packs to surprise your loved ones!

Did you get that? We hope you buy some good wine and enjoy toasting with it when it arrives.

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El coto semi-sweet gets new look

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In recent years, El Coto de Rioja has made a firm commitment to Rioja white wines, both in the vineyards, with flagship estate Finca Carbonera, and at the winery, building a specific facility for making white wines.

Fruit of this commitment, in 2017 the winery launched El Coto Semi-sweet, which has been well received on the market right from the start. Initially, the image for this wine continued in the same line as the rest of the El Coto range. But for this new vintage, we’ve decided to turn it on its head. So, we’re proud to present this new image, with a fresher, more floral design that better reflects the product. As it is still based around an engraving, however, the new design preserves the essence of the El Coto identity. The concept is based on a hypothetical zoom of the original engraving, allowing us to discover parts of it where these new floral elements can be found.

Coto de imaz gran reserva chosen “Best in show” at the prestigious decanter awards 2019

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Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva 2012 has been honored as “Best in Show” after receiving 97 points at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2019, standing out among the top wines in the world as the only D.O.Ca Rioja wine to win the award. 16,500 wines were submitted to compete in this year’s event.

Decanter is the most influential wine-specialty magazine in the United Kingdom and one of just a few such magazines with global reach. Every year they hold this competition in which a jury, composed of over 280 experts from around the world, including 70 Masters of Wine, does a blind tasting of each wine. Wines that earn a score of at least 97 points are tasted again to determine a single winner for each category.

Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva is crafted with tempranillo grapes from the winery’s own vineyards, located in Cenicero for over half a century. It is barrel aged for over two years then rests in the bottle for three further years, seeking to capture the traditional essence of the great Rioja wines.

Without a doubt, our Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva was chosen as the best thanks to its finesse, elegance, and complexity. Cheers!

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