October and November have been hectic months, too much travel and work have taken me away from the serene and lazy space of this blog. But thanks to some friends’ presents, I have been able to try three new wines that are now my favorites to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

Juan Gil 18 months 2013 is a Jumilla creature that reconciles you with life, sweet and joyful, lie the Mediterranean sea. It is made with Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes (www.bodegasjuangil.com).

Enrique Mendoza Pinot Noir 2011 is a great discovery, a most refined, delicious and smooth red from Alicante, very easy to drink (www.bodegasmendoza.com). I tried it with salted chocolate, also marvelous as a dessert wine.

Pago de Valdoneje Viñas Viejas 2014 is made with Mencia grapes of centennary vineyards in the Bierzo region, one of the most interesting wine places in Spain. It is both fresh and deep, a fantastic wine for long conversations in front of the fireplace. (www.vinosvaltuille.com).