I am discovering that Bilbao had a fair few attractions for a wine fan and one of them, if you love the wines of el marco, is Nerua.

A temple to good taste, with a Michelin Star and a star chef, it also has a fantastic range of top sherries. In fact the list is, in my view, just about perfect:

  • a “protomanzanilla” in the form of La Bota de Florpower 53 ,
  • manzanillas that are fresh and aromatic (Deliciosa, La Bota 32 and 55, La Guita en Rama, even the Manzanilla de Añada 2012 2/11 by Callejuela),
  • three outstanding finos with a lot of character (Fino Perdido, La Panesa and the mighty Fino La Barajuela 2013),
  • three top class manzanilla pasadas (La Goya XL, La Bota 60, and la Maruja),
  • amontillados from the very top drawer (Piñero, La Sacristia AB, el Amontillado Olvidado, the Tradicion VORS and La Bota 49 (would love to hear what they pair that with)),
  • a class Palo Cortado (Viejo CP by Valdespino),
  • the cream of olorosos (Sacristia AB, Villapanes, and el Cerro), and
  • the actual cream by Piñero.

It is a remarkable list – excellent all round and some top wines. There isn’t a single wine on there I wouldn’t order, some of them are unique and impossible to find and I am struggling to spot any flaw in the range (there may have been some pedro ximenez on a separate section of the wine list that I did not look at – apologies – but maybe if you wee very picky you could beg for some pedro ximenez options up and down the card).

And there are many other reasons to visit too – I couldn’t stop long yesterday but long enough to try three absolutely beautiful tapitas and enjoy a really friendly welcome.  I will surely be back and I hope it is soon.


One thought on “Nerua 

  1. Wow! We were celebrating there in May five years ago and if memory serves me correctly the only manzanilla they ranged was La Guita – judging by the lote they’d had it a while. Time to revisit!


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