It’s hard to beat Spanish wines if you’re looking for both good quality and affordable prices. Although you may be unfamiliar with some of the lesser-known denominaciónes de origen (DO), many wines from these appellations are well worth seeking out. Excellent examples are the concentrated reds from Bierzo, a denominación located in the northwest province of León, bordering both Galicia and Asturias. Also, try the robust red wines from Montsant, which encircles the famous denominación of Priorat, in northeast Spain’s Catalonian region. The following two red wines are both best enjoyed with food and would go well with grilled beef and other hearty fare.

Bodegas Peique 2016 Valle del Cúa, Bierzo, Spain

Bought • Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, in March for $12.99

Description • This flavorful red, which is named for the nearby Cúa River, received 91 points from Wine Spectator. It’s made from 100 percent mencía, which is primarily found in northwest Spain with some plantings in Portugal. A well-balanced, medium- to full-bodied red, it’s complex and has a concentrated tasting of ripe red fruits with earthy and black pepper notes. It has a silky texture, good acidity and moderate tannins.

Celler de Capçanes 2016 Potente, Montsant, Spain

Bought • Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, in March for $12.99

Description • This wine, which earned 93 points from wine critic James Suckling, comes from the well-regarded Celler de Capçanes winery. It’s a blend of garnacha, cariñena, syrah and merlot grown on the winery’s highest vineyards. Aged in oak, this is also a medium- to full-bodied red that’s fresh and fruity, tasting of black cherries with some spice and a touch of chocolate. It has firm tannins and ends with a long, persistent finish.

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