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I am excitedly planning a holiday in Spain, and hoping for some advice. Specifically - Madrid - looking for a few bars where I might encounter a good variety of Spanish wines from several regions, by the glass.Planning to stay in Chueca.
Next stop is Valdepenas, in La Mancha. Don't have any experience with this wine region, so it will all be an adventure - anyone familiar with these wines?
Then on to Andalucia, where, obviously, sherry and tapas will comprise most of my diet. Any other notable wine experiences beyond sherry in this part of Spain?
Thanks for any thoughts.

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  1. Posting this on the Spain/Portugal board would probably provide a lot of good replies, especially for Madrid.

    1. Be sure to try some Finca Sandoval while in La Mancha, and don't miss Bodegas Emilio Lustau . . .

      And -- yes -- post this on the Spain/Portugal board! You'll get your best replies there . . . .

      1. For my money the best Spanish reds hail from Ribera del Duero, and the wines of Valdepenas are nothing to write home about. In white the dry Albarinos from Galaicia merit your attention, but someone here will direct you to white Rioja.

        A second vote for the sherries of Lustau such as Old East India.

        1. If you go with an open mind and a sense of adventure you will have a great time. Every time I go to Spain I hope to find a knowledgable sommelier or barman and then let them guide me through the best of their local regional wines - I am always impressed by what I am given - and it's nice to explore beyond the usual Spanish wines. Even in Andalusia if you are lucky you will try some sherries not usually found outside of Spain