Spain: The Land Time Forgot? Spain is the world's third largest producer of wine, after Italy and France. Yet, with the exception of Rioja and the lovely, affordable Cava of Penedes, Spanish wines are little known in the United States. Why? Primarily, Spain has failed in comparison to its larger, wine-exporting counterparts in marketing its wines in the United States. Moreover, Spanish producers have only recently come on board to slake the growing American thirst for red wine, even though red wine has long accounted for the bulk of Spanish production, and Spain has long prided itself on great, old style reds. Yet, another factor behind the seemingly small selection of Spanish wines available in most stores and restaurants, at least in comparison to those of Italy and France, may indeed be the stereotype itself of the very traditional, heavily oaked style of Spanish red, typified by Rioja. It seems as if Rioja had become synonymous with Spanish wine to the detriment of the many fine Spanish reds and whites from lesser-known locales. While Italy and France and most New World wineries have undergone nothing short of a revolution in winemaking, thanks to enological research and the advent of technical equipment (much of it made in Italy), the well-known Rioja has for the most part clung to its traditional ways of production and its Old World style. Fortunately for Spain and American consumers, the resurrection of the Bierzo and many other once and future great wine producing regions of Spain has begun. At last the sleeping giant has awakened, bearing both new and old styles of interesting, high quality wines to our shores. Spain, the land time seemed to have forgotten, has just been rediscovered, thanks to some wonderful importers, such as Classical Wines of Spain. Stay tuned for some pretty fascinating reds and whites in the months to come.