Hands down, my favorite season of the year is autumn. I look forward to the cooler temperatures and vibrant colors of the foliage. Whenever possible, I like to spend my time outdoors. There is no season better for grilling, enjoying the fire pit, or simply gazing at the stars. And of course, with the season comes thankful celebration. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season with good food, family, and friends. Marqués de Cáceres fascinating new fall releases are perfect for sipping and all of your fall occasions and celebrations.

This wine story began five generations ago with founder Enrique Forner, and the legacy continues with daughter/winemaker CEO Cristina Forner.

Celebrating its 50th year in 2020, the Spanish wine brand Marqués de Cáceres continues to forge ahead. Using Bordeaux vinification influences applied to indigenous grapes, the winery produces one of the finest modern Riojas, becoming the leading Roja brand in the U.S. Additionally, distribution spans more than 130 countries worldwide.

I received three samples; Rosé, Marqués de Cáceres Cava Brut, and Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Crianza a few weeks ago — thank you Marqués de Cáceres and Vineyard Brands. I have been holding on to them, awaiting this first day of Fall. Ok… well, maybe I popped the cork on the brut a little premature. However, I needed to have something to sip with the tasty selection of Murrays Cheeses and goodies I also received.


Why Marqués de Cáceres might be the perfect holiday pick.


Marqués de Cáceres Cava Brut

Marqués de Cáceres Cava Brut is a very affordable non-pretentious sparkler. The pleasant aromas feature white flowers, herbs, almonds, apples, and citrus. On the palate, the aromas follow through with a mix of orchard fruit, toast, wet stone, and hints of mineral flavors. Beautiful acidity, persistent bubbles, and a creamy mouthfeel are all part of the package. The finish is pleasant and refreshing.

Marques de Caceres Sparkling


This Rosé is another very affordable wine that has the potential to be an overall crowd-pleaser. The nose of this rosé is bursting with red berries with pretty florals. The palate displays balanced flavors of the nose, with citrus and herbs joining the party. The wine is dry and crisp, with medium acidity, and the finish is pleasing. This one may not be for everyone, but it offers a great deal of character and weight. Which is what makes it perfect for placing on your holiday table. It is an appealing buy at under $10 per bottle whether you are a Rosé or red wine lover.


Rioja Crianza

Their Rioja Crianza is inexpensive at a price under $15 per bottle, but flavors are not sacrificed. This Rioja is in your face; big, bold, heavy flavors of red and black fruits, vanilla, with subtle notes of spice and oak. If your holiday table includes roasted meats or bold-flavored dishes (paella), this is the Marqués de Cáceres wine to pair. This Spanish red is not super complex, but that is partly what makes it so good. It’s smooth in the mouth and continues to develop nicely in the glass. The tannins are mild, and the acidity is medium along with the body. This wine is a terrific value. Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention it earned 92 points by James Suckling in 2020. I am not a points person, but if you are, perhaps that is a great reason to give it a try.

Overall, I enjoyed all of these wines. Don’t overlook these bottles if you are looking for some beautiful crowd pleasers to place on your holiday table. This grazing board featuring Murray Cheeses is an excellent choice for a starter that pairs perfectly with the wines.

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For more information on Marqués de Cáceres wines, please visit Marquesdecaceres.com.


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