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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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  • Macabeo

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Tempranillo

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

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  • Avenida 67 Torrontes 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Very nice, sweet aroma. Enjoyably light and fruity - pineapple, mineral water, and a little yogurt. A fine summer sipper, and a good bargain. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their absolute drinking prime. Wish the shop was just down the street from me, rather than the ones that are. But then I'd have to live in NYC.  ;-(I love it when a guy drops 100 cases on a shop, just to 'make some space" in his cellar. Wonder what's going to be filling th... Read More

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  • No need to Abandon CA Cabernet Al...you just might try experimenting with some that can age a while and bring more complexity. Getting a good Dunn Napa Valley (might set you back $60 - 90+) but if you can find with some age on it...'99, '01, '02, '04, and even '06 might be some good vintages to try. Also like Corison for a larger scaled, but sti... Read More

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  • "However, that's exactly the thing that's to me unique about Barolo / Barbaresco and unlike any other wine I can think of - they actually seem to take on weight as they age. A lot of wines take on additional complexity - Tuscany, Rioja, the N. Rhone all produce such wines, but none really seem to actually grow while in the bottle."Greg, I've fou... Read More

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  • If you are seriously interested, I will send a presentation and brochure. To do that I need an email address This is one photo of our hotel in Ribero, Convento las Claras.Briefly, we are in Madrid/La Mancha, Ribero del Duero, Rioja Alta, Priorat, Penedes.If you send the email I will send the info today.Thanks for the interest.H Read More

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  • I organized a 12 day tour to Spain where we go some incredible wineries, tour through food markets in Barcelona and Madrid, stay in wonderful hotels and have some great food. This tour is like a river cruise in Europe but on the land instead of the water. Small group, too. Max of 12 people.Start off in Madrid and La Mancha; off to Ribero del Due... Read More

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  • Ichanka 2010

    Snoothrank:

    what a wonderful ancient variety, warm, smooth, a smidge acrid, but with a sense of days gone by. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • My SS did his/her research and saw that I'm a big fan of Rhone style wines, especially Tablas Creek.I was given:2008 Domaine de la Terre Rouge L'Autre, Sierra FoothillsHere are the specs from their web site:L’Autre means “the other one”. This is now our top Rhône varietal blend. It has replaced Noir, a wine that was based on an old Placer County... Read More

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  • UPDATED! The reveal has begun.Open your packageShare your gift with the CommunityTake a guess at who sent it to you Players:Lingprof - 2010 Rockpile Ridge CabernetNapagirl68 - 2012 Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir JonDerry - 2001 Miguel Merino Rioja Reserva and 2005 Infinito Malbec Foxall - 2010 Ogier Saint-Joseph Outthere - 2011 Holdredge Pinot N... Read More

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  • Jen - they most assuredly built right next to the railroad for proximity to ... ... López de Heredia, La Rioja Alta, CVNE, and Bilbaínas are right next to each other - two minute walk from one to the other. The river winds around the town and the railroad is directly next to the wineries. I don't know if vibration is a problem or not - wine is... Read More

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