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WineSpark Tasting

WineSpark Tasting

WineSpark held a member’s tasting in the Atrium in Trinity College last week. It was a great venue for a tasting, although a little dark at the corner tables. If you aren’t familiar with WineSpark, the company was set up by Irishman Eamon FitzGerald, one of the founders of Naked Wines in the U.K.

His idea is simple but brilliant; members can buy their wines from WineSpark at much-reduced prices – cost price plus 10% – a considerable saving on standard high-street prices. You pay a monthly subscription of €10 and can buy as much or as little wine as you wish. But obviously the more you buy the more you save!

There were thirty-six wines on tasting, with an emphasis on Spain, although there are plenty more wines on their website. Overall, WineSpark has a great range of wines, well worth checking out. See for details.

The prices in brackets are what FitzGerald calculates the standard retail prices would be.

El Buffon de Arrayan, Albillo 2022, Cebreros
€24.06 (€38)

Made from the rare Albillo Real variety, this is a fascinating and delicious wine, deep in colour with broad, rich honeyed peaches and exotic fruits. This has plenty of concentration and body; it is hard to believe it is a mere 13% abv.

La Salvación Godello 2022, Bierzo, César Márquez
12.5% €25.56 (€38)

A stunning wine with a great intensity of flavour; fresh and tangy, with orange peel, pears and peaches with a saline note on the lengthy finish. Great value for money.

El Hato y El Garabato Sin Blanca 2018, Arribes del Duero
€22.53 (€36)

From Arribes, one of the most remote wine regions of Spain, this is a very exciting wine made from a field blend of local grapes, including Juan García, Bruñal, Rufete, Tinta Jeromo and many more including some white grapes. Mouth-watering, succulent red summer fruits with good acidity and a rounded finish. Their De Buena Jera (€30.65) is even better.

Domaine Boucabeille Monte Nero 2021, Côtes du Roussillon
€23.36 (€37)

A classic Roussillon, big, powerful and muscular with concentrated dark fruits, dried herbs and a strong mineral element. Not for the faint-hearted but a great wine.

I Filari Nero d’Avola 2020m Sicily
€28.54 (€46)

There are many lighter, more elegant Nero d’Avola being produced these days. This isn’t one of them! Big and full-bodied with masses of dark fruits and a core of soft tannins; it still has a certain elegance. One for the hedonists amongst us.

César Marquez Valtuille 2022, Bierzo


€22.61 (€36)

From one of the great producers in Galicia, a very stylish, refined, medium-bodied red with ripe blackcurrant fruits, a touch of liquorice and a savoury finish. Great value for money.

Terre des Dames 2021 Saint-Chinian
€22.73 (€34)

A very stylish wine that combines power with elegance in a very attractive way. Concentrated dark forest fruits with a lick of liquorice, some dried herbs, a lovely freshness, and a long finish. Nice wine.

Martinelle Vetoux Rouge 2022


€22.46 (€35)

Powerful and serious with lots of mineral and intense ripe dark fruits, and some swarthy tannins on the finish. Another great full-bodied red wine.

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Valtuille 2020, Vino de Villa, César Márquez, Bierzo

Valtuille 2020, Vino de Villa, César Márquez, Bierzo

I am a big fan of Mencía and this is a great example; a lovely, elegant wine with real style – and at a great price too.

€20.86 from

Aromatic, with wonderful pure refreshing juicy dark fruits; a welcome little bit of grip from the whole-bunch fermentation, and good acidity. It all comes together nicely in a dangerously drinkable, free-flowing wine that will brighten up your dinner. Drink it cool, not chilled and decant if possible.

The grapes come from two plots of vines in the villages of Valtuille. It is made from 85% Mencía, 15% Alicante Bouschet and other local varieties. 100% whole-bunch pressed and then aged in oak casks for a year.

César Márquez is a nephew of Raúl Pérez, one of the leading winemakers in North-West Spain. Márquez was introduced to winemaking by Pérez, and having worked in the family wineries and elsewhere, has now started a project of his own. The results are impressive to say the least. As well as this wine, has the lighter and fruitier Parajes de Bierzo for a bargain €16.92.

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