Say what? Keep reading and this holiday might turn out to be your best ever!
Whatever your plans for the coming holiday season, gifts and wine are going to be on the agenda. Why not make things easy on yourself and kill two birds with one stone? Simply let Rioja come to your rescue.
Rioja is a great choice for holiday sipping. The combination of warm spices and vanilla from oak ageing along with bright berry fruit from the noble Tempranillo grape makes for wines that are rich and balanced, easy on the palate (not to mention the pocketbook) and that pair elegantly with all your holiday fare.
Let’s Talk Turkey!
Why should you be thinking of Rioja for Thanksgiving? Primarily because Tempranillo has an ideal combination of juicy acidity, soft, velvety tannins and rich fruit flavors that make it the perfect complement to any turkey.
As a recent article in Bon Appetit put it, “(Rioja) wines are, for example, typically more full-bodied than Pinot Noirs, but nicely acidic and less alcoholic than some of the bigger, bolder Cabernet Sauvignons. As a general rule, Rioja reds with an alcohol content of 13% to 13.5% are going to be better companions to turkey.”
Read the full article for details on how to tell one Rioja from another, and discover why Rioja is such a special and unique wine. For more information, and a chance to win some of those gifts we were talking about, sign up and join the Rioja wine community. For a limited time, when you sign up to join the Rioja wine community, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a pair of Monolo Blahniks, red, white, or whatever color your heart desires.
Can’t quite see yourself in a pair of stilettos? Then choose an iPad2 instead. You say you’re 6 ft 2 in., 225 lbs, played linebacker in college, already have your iPad, and have a girlfriend whose idea of a footwear choice is Chuck T’s or Docs? Well you can still win with Rioja. Sign up and join the Rioja wine community and you can enter to win a wine party for 20 people, complete with a Spanish wine expert sent right to your house!
So make your celebrations complete with a glass of Rioja, and make your holidays perfect with a new iPad, Manolos, or a house party for the ages.
Rioja wines have one of the strictest classification systems in the world. The rules that have been put in place are there not only to protect the heritage of Rioja wines, but also to protect the consumer. No matter what style of Rioja you choose, you’ll be sure to get exactly what you’re paying for.
The three main classifications, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva, refer to the length of time the wine stays in wood barrels and in bottles at the winery before it’s released for sale. To a certain extent, each step up also represents a step up in quality, though there are many times when bright, fresh, Crianza, full of cheeky fruit, is more appropriate than the silky complexity of a Gran Reserva.
For all the details on the ageing requirements for Rioja wines along with food pairing suggestions, check out Snooth’s Guide to Rioja, an easy to read chart of the classifications.
One of the unique attributes of Rioja’s wine is this long ageing period, both in barrel as well as in the extensive ageing cellars of the regions wineries. This is a bit of history that is being kept alive, much to the benefit of consumers. Rioja ages the wine for you so each bottle is ready to drink on release, unlike regions like Bordeaux and Burgundy who release wines when they are ready to be sold! In fact, there is more wine ageing quietly in the cellars of Rioja than in all the cellars of Bordeaux and Burgundy combined.
So remember Rioja this holiday season. Not only can you win the gift of the year, but each bottle comes with the gift of age and perfect provenance, only from the cellars of Rioja!