La Rioja Wine

La Rioja, not to be confused with the Spanish wine region, is a wine region within the Cuyo in Argentina. It is much hotter and drier than its more prolific neighboring regions, Mendoza and San Juan. Since most of the area is so hot and dry, it’s necessary for its vineyards to be situated in the few places where water is available. Its main appellation is Famatina, in the valley between the Velasco mountains and Famatina hills. The grapes are grown at high elevations, allowing cool nights to balance hot days and for the grapes to retain vital acid balance.

While red grapes are grown here, it’s the whites it is known for, mainly aromatic Torrontes and Muscat. Reds are made with Malbec, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, as varietal releases and blends.
 

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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Torrontes

    Torrontes is really three closely related grape varieties -- Torrontés Riojano, the most common, Torrontés Sanjuanino...

  • Macabeo

    Macabeo is Spain’s most widely planted grape. From there, it has made its way to southern France’s Roussillon region,...

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  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true ... ... Tondonia - Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, RiojaI had ordered a Tuna Tartar with a toasted sesame drizzle as an appetizer and this paired so well it was seamless. Colorwas pale golden. White flowers and sweet caramel on the nose. It started reserved but as time passed... Read More

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  • I'm looking for two wine suggestions for a dinner soon. First off, I'm looking to pair a bottle of red wine with a first course mi-cuit foie gras and second course pheasant, dauphine potato, chicory and parsnip. Hoping you guys have a good suggestion from my options. If none of the options are especially well-suited, what would you recommend? My... Read More

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  • Thanks for the warm welcome! First question: favourite producers is a muddy ... of Blaufrankisch.)10. Spain: La Rioja Alta S.A. makes a good news on any day. Vina Ardanza Rioja is my favourite affordable-and-impressive dinner party drink for guests. Re. former Yugoslavia, start with Croatia and Serbia. They are way more advanced in skills and ... Read More

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  • Oh, I almost forgot about Saturday, the day before yesterday.  We ran another wine party (3rd one this year) at our friends Sally & Bob's house.  I was the guy pouring the wines for the blind tasting and we had about twelve bottles in total (including two whites, which were both the same 2015 La Cana Albarino bottles).  The party...er...wine tas... Read More

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  • When I first encountered 'Kalimotxo' I joked with my companions that it must have been invented by the Black Devils of Kali. So I laughed when I looked up the Wiki explanation and saw all the other names for it in other countries:Alternative names include Rioja libre (from "Rioja", and "Cuba Libre"), kali, motxo. In Chile the drink is known as j... Read More

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  • Wine Pleasures has published the results for its annual wine ... producers in Empordà, La Rioja & Valencia. Some interesting retail prices too amongst the 50 Greats ranging from 9 Euros to 50 Euros making Cava a luxury you can afford whenever you wish.Those looking to splurge on long aged Cava (Cava Grand Reserva) should try and get their hands... Read More

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  • Hello DMCKER,Thanks for your message. I can absolutely understand that you ... ... time) not only restricted to La Rioja, Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, or even Napa.What is travelling the Douro Valley all about?The Quintas (estates)I am here to speak about what makes the Douro Valley unique, showing you what it is like to travel through the olde... Read More

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  • Casado Morales Rioja Eme Graciano 2009

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    Dark almost black plum color in the glass. Musty, smoky nose with hints of black fruit. Almost cabernet-like flavors on the tonguecassiswith some spiciness. Since the Cabernet Sauvignon comparison has been made, this is not as full-bodied as thatmore in the range of a Syrah. Some hints of anise flavor, and some black cherry. Moderate acid an... Read More

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  • Yes, Jon, I am envious.  I have the Quivet, but I have no Carters.Wow, Al, you didn't even wait for the end of the month.  Naughty boy.I can't find the post right now, but recently RBA reported a visit to Total Wines where he used a coupon to buy some wine.  The bottle that caught my eye, of course, was the 2012 Ridge Lytton Springs.  I've been ... Read More

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  • Cepas Elegidas la Rioja Torrontes 2010

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    Fermented in stainless steel at low temperatures with native yeasts and the aromatics are incredible! It felt like a perfect mix of Chard, Viognier, and Pinot Grigio, crisp yet full in the mouth, with beautiful stone and tropical fruits. Read More

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