How to order wine in Spain – a bit of Spanish wine vocabulary

June 19, 2021

Hey again!

Just an update to say I’ve got a new video on my Spanish channel.

Wanna learn some Spanish wine vocabulary?

I guess it’s your lucky day…

That’s Laura from La Casita de Laura down in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in case you were wondering. I had her on a few other videos, for example, this one about Spanish words and gender.

Vocabulary: How to order wine in Spain

Here’s some of the vocabulary we talk about in the video…

vino tinto = red wine

vino blanco = white wine

vino rosado = rosé wine

cava = sparkling white wine from Catalonia

tinto de verano = “summer” red wine mixed with a soft drink and served over ice

kalimotxo / calimocho = red wine mixed with Coca-Cola

Denominaciones de Origen: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Valdepeñas, El Bierzo, etc.

tipos de uva (types of grape) = tempranillo, albariño, mencía and much more

One that we didn’t talk about in the video, but which you might find, is vino de Jerez, which comes from the south – the city of Jerez, Puerto de Santa María, places like that. In English we call it sherry, and there are several types: fino, oloroso, amontillado, palo cortado and more.

If you’re in Madrid one day, check out La Venencia at Calle Echegaray, 7. In theory, Hemingway used to hang out there, if that does anything for you. More importantly, it’s great for sherry, and has a really cool century-old vibe.

Cups, glasses and mugs

Keep in mind that you can’t always translate things directly. Here in Spain, we drink “a cup of wine”, which sounds a bit strange. But hey. “Copa” can be cup, as in the World Cup. But it can also be glass.

una copa de vino = a glass of wine

una taza de café = a cup of coffee

un vaso de agua, leche, etc = a glass of water, milk etc

una botella de vino = a bottle of wine

fino spanish wine
Fino, a type of sherry.

If you want a lot more about Spanish culture, check out our video about beer. Turns out, there’s quite a lot of vocabulary there, too.

Questions about Spanish wine vocab?

Anyway, there’s a lot to be said about Spanish wine, and I’m no expert. But I was out in the Penedès wine country the other day and have to say, it was pretty nice.

If you can get a bottle of Sangre de Toro or Ramón Bilbao where you are, you won’t regret it.

Hit me up with any questions you may have, right here in the comments.



P.S. These days I’m coming up on a day that’s important for me: the anniversary of quitting my day job and becoming a full-time writer / online business guy. I don’t have any big conclusions this year, but you can check out the one from last year: 5 Years of Gainful Unemployment. Or maybe my experience with the Four-Hour Work Week and the truth about digital nomadry. Enjoy!

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How did I end up in Spain? Why am I still here almost 20 years later? Excellent questions. With no good answer... Anyway, at some point I became a blogger, bestselling author and contributor to Lonely Planet. So there's that. Drop me a line, I'm happy to hear from you.

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