This list might seem a bit lopsided, featuring wines from both Rioja and California, but I found that these two regions best epitomize the styles of Rioja in the marketplace. Rioja produces classic wines with leaner fruit and more elegance and finesse, while the New World specializes in power, richness and bright fruit.
Each style remains true to what nature has provided to the wine makers. While I may prefer one to the other, I can recommend both very highly. Tempranillo makes a might fine holiday wine, so enjoy a bottle this Thanksgiving and see if you don’t agree!
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