SOME of the most stunning value Rioja at the moment comes from Campillo. The immaculate, cathedral-like Campillo winery was built in 1990, but its owners, the respected Rioja firm of Faustino Martinez, have already been setting aside some of their best wines to get the Campillo name off to an early start. Gentle but rich 1989 Campillo Crianza (pounds 4.99 Asda) tastes far classier than its price, full of lovely, ripe, wild strawberry fruit with a touch of "farmyardy" complexity. Classier still is the 1985 Campillo Rioja Gran Reserva (pounds 9.95 Waitrose and selected Tesco), a fine subtle wine, again with lovely, rich, wild strawberry fruit, mature now but with a few years' life still in it yet. Both are made solely from Spain's finest red grape, the Tempranillo, unlike most red Riojas, which are a blend, and either would make an ideal partner for Easter spring lamb.
STILL in Spanish mode, over to Chile. If you are looking for good everyday or party wine, Los Fundos (pounds 2.99 Fullers) are excellent value. The white is lemony, crisp and attractive, the red soft, medium-bodied, fruity and very easy-drinking. Also brilliant value from Chile is the deliciously gluggable, grassy and tropical fruity 1995 Concha y Toro Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley (pounds 4.49 Oddbins). 1994 Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay (pounds 4.99 Safeway) is rich, pineappley and gently oaky, 1995 Casa Porta Chardonnay, Valle del Cachapoal (pounds 4.99 Oddbins) big and full of exotic, ripe fruit and buttery flavour.Reuse content