Red Wines of Spain at City Winery

City Winery is quickly becoming the go-to place for wine regions from around the globe to pour their wines. What an amazing chance to taste the wines of Toro, an exciting centuries-old wine producing region nestled in the province of Zamora, in the heart of Castilla y Leon.

Named for its main town, Toro is perched on a cliff overlooking the Duero River, which becomes the Douro in Portugal just 90 kilometres further west. The picturesque skyline is dominated by the lovely collegiate church of Santa Maria la Mayo. For as long as records exist, this place has been renown for big red wines that deliver rich, concentrated fruit and hefty tannins.

The event here in Chicago featured an in-depth seminar on DO Toro wines by sommelier, author and wine educator Marnie Old, an afternoon walk-around trade and media-only tasting.

While many of these wines are still awaiting distribution in the U.S., I’ve included shots of a few of my favorite labels. Look out for them soon at your local retailer but in the meantime, experiment with those Toro Wines currently stocked at your local shop. You’ll enjoy the big fruity juiciness of these fun red wines and appreciate the reasonable price points, as well.



About Laura Levy Shatkin

Laura Levy Shatkin served for 10 years as food and wine critic for the Chicago Reader. Later, she became an Emmy-nominated executive producer for Taste, a 30-minute food and wine show on NBC-5 Chicago, which later merged into, where Ms. Levy is a partner/owner. Today, she teaches private wine classes and hosts wine parties for consumers and firms, and continues to tell the video stories of wine, girlfriends and wine travel on her TCW blog, Wine…ing Women.