EP 948 Lopez de Heredia Tasting with Maria Jose Lopez Part 2

Gary and Maria Jose from Lopez de Heredia finish their tasting with the 1981 Bosconia and more discussion about the wine world.

Wines tasted in this episode:

1981 Viña Bosconia Gran Reserva

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  • DaveAll


  • DaveAll

    Great. thanks.

  • Anonymous

    I feel the same way Glen.

  • Anonymous

    Keep Rocking our Wine World GV!! God Bless you and your family, have a wonderfull B-Day.

  • Anonymous

    The show was great, Maria is a fantastic character, has the family-oriented mind that the world is needing to get back. Family is the base of Society, when we see everywhere families crumble, violence & drugs taking over, we need to strengthen humanity ?s stronghold: The Family.

    About the wines, the comments on the show left me confuse, as if I, as a fruit lover, an Amarone, Malbec, CDP, Chianti, Brunello fella is going to love them?!?!

    In the dialog, the wines sounded more like a trip to a museum than a Delicious wine experience. Sorry GV. You must have been mesmerized by Maria and her wines.

    QOTD: Deliciousness.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome! Full of Life!

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: Individuality, Balance, and I am a big fan of the earthy tones.

  • Alexandre-CF

    Great show!

    QOTD: complexity, balance, balance, balance….

  • BFawc

    Gary, One of the best guests you’ve ever had, she was awesome.

  • A really great episode, I love when there are guests like Maria Jose…I’ll definitely visit them the next time I’ll go to Spain..

    QOTD: it really depends if I’m going to eat with it or if it will be just drinking…
    In general I try to choose wines that I never tried but that I know or read about them

  • Pizza Vino Joe


    Maria represents everything that is right in the wine world. You and I can spend an hour naming family owned wineries that have absolutely ruined their legacies (Mondavi leads the list) when the second and third generations tried to put their stamp on the company. It appears that the folks at Lopez de Heredia have held steadfast to tradition and low and behold; things have come full circle and the unhip has bcome hip again.

    QOTD: Though my answer might appears to be vague an ambiguous – I look for a wine to be what I want it to be, in context of when, where and whom I am drinking it with. This means sometimes interesting and complex. But also sometimes just plain good. And though balance is generally something that I would look for in a wine, sometimes I want a Zin that you can eat with a spoon or a over buttered and oaked Chardonnay.

  • Thank you, Maria José, for doing what you do! Great people make great wine!

    Come on, Gary! You had to know that the tradition in Spain before the DOs were established was to blend vintages! Just like Vega Sicilia still does with their top wine Reserva Especial. The latest release is a blend of 1991, 1994 and 1995. Rioja had always been a blend of sites, a blend of grapes and a blend of vintages to maintain the house style. And pretty much anywhere around the world they are also allowed to have 85% of one vintage and still call it that. And I’m sure most everybody does, although they won’t admit it.

    And I really don’t understand why we think it’s OK for Champagne to have multi-vintage blends but for other types of wine it must only be single vintage???

    QOTD. A wine that has a story behind it, that has personality, talks about the place, the people, the traditions. A wine that goes with food and that changes in the glass over the course of a meal.


    C to the O to the U to the C to the H = Sofa

    :O = 😛

  • Great comment about family legacy, PVJ. What happened with Mondavi was unfortunate but have you checked out Continuum at all? Tim Mondavi is working to bring back the small, quality-focused aspect to Mondavi

  • alan

    Rioja Alta is a spectacular place. While there are many “alta expression” wines, many follow the L deH lead. Love the wines.
    QOTD – wines that bring me to the happy place – good people and experiences.

  • sideout

    Thats it! Close the doors! Can you top this one? GV if you decide to end the show now I’m satisfied. I’ll just watch this one over and over and every now and then throw in some others. Of course if you want to keep going I’m ok with that too.

    LDH has been on my radar for a while but never got around to finding some. I’m on it now. Actually have a local wine bar that has a 76 and a 94 on the list.

    Amazing show Maria and GV! Thanks!

  • QOTD; Complexity, balance, and the deliciousness factor.
    Great show.

  • John__J

    Maria was fantastic, i hope she doesn’t change her wines to conform to that “newer” style.

    Qotd: Balance, complexity, finish

  • Anonymous

    Great two-parter! GV, nobody drinks sherry in the US? I drink sherry and my wife drinks sherry every night! We love sherry! She is very passionate about sherry and she is trying to increase awareness about this great product. You are right that it is very underappreciated here and overall a great value. Yeah, yeah, do more sherry shows. Yeah, what he said, more sherry shows.

    QOTD: mainly complexity and balance. I used to go more for fruit and deliciousness, but have been drifting more toward complexity and balance

  • Dcaragher

    A really amazing guest!

  • Purple Grillz

    Wow, what an awesome guest, awesome show. I brought the 76′ Tondonia or Bosconia, can’t remember right now to my friend’s bachelor dinner, it was amazing, their old wines are not to be missed and amazingly are a steal at what they ask for them.

  • Food N’ Wine Vacations

    What i like about this people is that they are down to earth, happy to work their land, passionate about their tradition and history and welcome to share it with others. No Glitz.
    I learned it throughout my years of traveling in Europe and interact with European, especially in the country.

  • Katie

    I’m Cuban as well….your father makes wine COMMERCIALLY in Cuba or just a hobby?!?! Very curious since we are only known for our rum 🙂

  • Katie

    Oh, and for QOTD: Balance and a sense of place: http://bit.ly/bPyKmh Not every wine needs to be complex people…there’s a time and place for “simplicity” as well.

  • Larry

    Great winery and guest. Only downside is that is difficult to find their wines. What I look for in a wine is food friendliness and good value. Every wine brings its own palette to the table so comparing one type of wine to another is a fool’s game. So where is the best place to buy Lopez de Heredia wines?

  • absolutely. love these shows mixed in.

    Maria really brings an authentic, inside insight into the making of wine. Good stuff Gary.

  • Anonymous

    BMG,are you sure your not just drifting? 😮

  • Anonymous

    Awsome! Full of Life! Amazing!

  • Hendrik

    My Reply to Another Part II Hidden (hint hint) Episode: These are the kinds of guests that makes this show really good, and there’s nothing better than coming home to a days work and finding a new Vanyerchuk episode of this quality. I enjoyed your history Maria and I concur with most of your comments. I love your point of view of enjoying many wines all over the world and also keeping it traditional. Sherry is certainly on my no show list at this point. I generally do not like sweeet wines, with exeception of Port and very occasional Madeiera or Sauternes. I agree with Gary that Cavas are excellent value… almost Champagne. It’s funny that many of the wines that I’ve rated highly in the last few months have been from Catalonia. My experience with Rioja is positive too, but haven’t had anything from from there lately. As with many of the wines I find on Gary’s site or in the Wine Spectator or other websites… my local Pennsylvania or Delaware area doesn’t have them or your’s but I wish I could find them. I always check but rarely find. Wishing your winery growth for the next 500 years. Good luck, make Grandpa proud. G Vchuck.. Happy B’day to ya man.

  • Canonmj

    What is amazing about these wines is that it costs the winery to keep wines either in barrel or in bottle. To keep high quality wine for 10 years and selling it for 25 dollars, or a thirty year wine for $120 is an amazing bargain, considering the cost of maintenance.

  • Anonymous

    i had my first LDH this summer. it was a 2001 crianza and it was so primary and youthful, it’s balance and freshness was so delicate. i need to get another bottle or 2 and drink them over the next 10 years or so. i have a tondonia white, reserva, 1990 that is getting ready to sing my song when my wife can drink again and my buddy ryan visits us.
    this bodega has been slowly charming me and i have been searching out their wines more and more. i need more!
    QOTD – simple, personality. i want my wine to have personality and character. i do not want all my wines to be bruisers and thugs, nor gymnasts … like my friends


    Whatever happend to the comment section????

  • Anonymous

    An observation selling wine & spirits, 80 year old women love sherry. They need to introduce it to their grandchildren.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: balance, pleasure, food compatibility

  • Anonymous

    charmed? In love more like it!

    Everywhere I go now I see signs to visit Spain ahhhh, def visiting Lopez Heredia if Im in Spain

    qotd: Sour Cherry, Floral notes. Complexity but not over bearing

  • Anonymous

    Wow, she’s great! So genuine and feisty, gotta love her.
    I’m lucky to have a Spanish wine store in my area, so maybe I can grab some of her wines.

    QOTD: I look for layers of flavor, balance of fruit to acidity, brightness and a sense of place. When a delicious wine dances across my tongue, for that moment all is right with the world.

    Speaking of Cava grapes, you might want to try 2009 Pares Balta Blanc de Pacs from Penedes. ($13 in CA) Organic & Tasty.
    Made with Parellada, Xarello and Macabeu

  • Mike Capozzi

    Great Show. Can’t wait to visit her vineyard in Spain.

  • Great 2 parter, need more great guests like Maria.
    You still talk all over the guest GV.

    QOTD: Good quality first off, decent fruit, good complexity, and to be balanced. Then the biggest part for me is to have a sense of place or distinctiveness to it that sets it apart from other wines.

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely fantastic show – pure magic 🙂

  • I love Fall/Winter for Beer. The Oktoberfests, The pumpkin and spiced ales.

    *drooool* indeed. 😀

  • Anonymous

    Awesome show, good ending line, Gary 🙂

    I am very surprised to hear how long they are aging some of the wines in oak. I didn’t know that was done.

    QOTD: I do love wines with tradition like yours. A wine with a big nose whose taste is even more exicting than the nose is great. I also really like silky wines with that nice mouthfeel.

  • Guest


  • Fascinating and enchanting…
    I’ve seen these wines before when shopping, and now I absolutely need to follow through on the rose.

    G.V. I’m glad the promise about fewer guests was vaporized long ago…please keep bringing amazing folks and their thunder to the show.

    QOTD: unique character, balance and value

  • Anonymous

    Great, great show. Super lady, very knowledgeable, very interesting, very intelligent, and a lovely person as well. Super. Thanks, GV!

    QOTD: The most important things for me in wine are structure, balance and complexity. It sure sounds like the Lopez de Heredia wines would be ones I would like. I will be seeking them out.

  • Anonymous

    Great Guest! Great Show! 1976 Lopez de Heredia was one of the first “big time” wines I was fortunate enough to enjoy. Will always be a big part of the start of my journey into wine.

    QOTD: I look for complexity, layers of character and above all else, Terroir.

  • Anonymous

    Great guest. I think she loved talking almost as much as you do. :p And I need to get into serious Roses like that more but I just don’t seem to find the time or money. This was helpful though because I’m trying to find a wine that I could buy for my family thanksgiving meal which would make everyone happy. I think a complex rose could do it. My other option I’m thinking about is also red zin, maybe something along the lines of the transplanted european style in california.
    Qotd: I mostly look for depth and balance. Complexity isn’t as critical but depending on the mood I’m in it can be a big one too.

  • Anonymous

    Maria Jose,

    I really enjoyed your episodes on the program.

    QOTD – I look for quality and value, in that order. I know that seems trite but as I am still new (from my standpoint) to the wine culture, I treasure those values.

    Gary, I love the end of show questioning. It is a productive feature and hope you will continue it.

  • Anonymous

    Go back a few hundred episodes and watch 2 or 3 guest episodes and then re-watch this one…

  • Anonymous

    I loved this episode! Thank you, Maria and Gary!
    QOTD: Balance, terroir-driven, value.

  • Haznox

    That was so charming – we are all in love!


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