A cheat's guide to Born by Tapavino's wine list

Because there's much more to Spanish wine than just sangria...

If you’re ever looking for an encyclopaedia of Spanish wine, don’t head to the library or bury your head in pages of Google search results – just stroll down to Wulugul Walk and step into Born by Tapavino.

Just like at its sister venues Bar Tapavino and Balcon by Tapavino, nearly every beverage on their 46-page list comes from the land of jamon, siestas, and Ibiza; making it the largest Spanish wine list outside of Spain.

Having done all the hard yards (and countless hours of ‘research’), you’d think that owner Frank Dilernia and his Tapavino team would be able to rest on their laurels and enjoy the fruits (or fermented grapes) of their labour – but that’s not the case at all. They strive to ensure their wine list is ever-evolving, and travel to Spain each year to stay up-to-date with the latest trends, and source new wines from boutique wineries.

Of course, with such a comprehensive wine list, it can be tricky to know exactly what you’re choosing – so to make the unenviable job of choosing a wine for the whole table easier (pressure’s on!), Born by Tapavino has devised a handy emoji system to describe every option on its list.

Tapavino Wine Classification

If you don’t consider yourself to be tech savvy, don’t worry – you don’t need to use the emojis to send your wine order via Snapchat or anything (well, not yet, anyway…). They’re purely there to help you understand the style of each wine, and how much fruit, barrel aging, and body it has. And it couldn’t be easier to understand - one strong bicep emoji means minimal body, and four strong bicep emojis mean you better get ready for that wine to coat the entire inside of your mouth.

The other thing to know about Born by Tapavino’s wine list is that everything is grouped by region, rather than just by varietal – and this is because Spain’s climate varies dramatically between areas.

The northwestern part (Galicia and Leon) is home to cool ocean breezes - which translates to cool, crisp whites, and restrained reds with lingering acidity. Central Spain tends to sizzle under the summer sun, while getting equally cold in winter, making it perfect for Verdejo, Viura, Tempranillo and Garancha. Lastly, the southern part of Spain is on the Mediterranean coastline, with long growing seasons of warm temperatures and little rainfall, leading to wines with sweet aromas and ripe fruit.

Anyway, we don’t want to bore you with a geography lesson, and there’s only so much we can explain to you about Spanish wine using words – after all, the best way to learn about wine is to experience it, so make your next Winesday outing at Born by Tapavino!

Born by Tapavino is located on Wulugul Walk, and is open 7 days a week.