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.
 

– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • 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,...

  • Malbec

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

  • Tempranillo

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

  • 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...

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  • Hi! Time for a long overdue update. Unfortunately I will be going from memory and some very basic notes though. Dinner was somewhat impacted when I cut my finger with a cheese grater - I should have just thrown it away as soon as I noticed it was coming out of its plastic housing. It never pays to rush in the kitchen - especially when you are re... Read More

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  • Hey Northsideirish,Your search may be over thanks to Argentine torrontes! ... ... the provinces of Mendoza, La Rioja, and Salta. We have an article online about torrontes this week, with selections from all three provinces, and you can see reviews of 18 torrontes wines here. If you're looking for crisp, the ones from La Rioja may be the best f... Read More

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  • Hello everyone!I just feeling right now I have to share the crazy week I had.. and show you how many wines I taste for many reasons.. Enjoying them, qualifying them.. or just a taste!Hope you guys enjoys the photos!Drink wine.. therefore you exist.. Cheers!Here you can find the first photo!Ben Ami - Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 - IsraelMalamado, Malb... Read More

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  • Hello everyone, (A LONG POST)Yesterady I have the opportunity to taste 15 differents wine from Spain from various regions ans style and I will like to share with everyone my thougths and opinions about this amazing experience.The taste was directed by Juan Muñoz, the Spanish Sommelier Association President and the wines were:Cava Rosé- Agustín T... Read More

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  • La Yunta Torrontés Famatina Valley 2010

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    Delicioso! A perfect complement to a warm summer day.....been sipping on this wine with brie and crackers. Yum!! Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Chañarmuyo Estate Syrah 2011

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    Deep fruity nose, intense fruit in first sip yet soft and balanced taste. Paired nicely with sweet coppa, brillat savarin, l'etivaz and thurblau cheeses, cornichons. Read More

    Wine review by erikdahlin


  • My brother-in-law is a truly great guy.  He is the kind of person who makes friends wherever he goes.Recently, he helped the family of a screen writer dispose of the assets of the writer's estate.  A month or so ago, the family entertained him in Las Vegas.  At dinner one night they brought out some pretty amazing wines (Bordeaux 1st Growths) fr... Read More

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  • San Huberto Torrontés Aminga Valley 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Camille D


  • La Yunta Torrontés Famatina Valley 2010

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    My friends and I can't get enough of this wine and the 2011 vintage and the 2012! I swear it's the best summer white wine there is. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • I can barely keep up with myself, but somehow I manage. Got back yesterday from a week in Rioja, tasting plenty of wine, and eating far too much food. I took part in the annual wine battle of Haro, which was amazing, and had a great time. I'll be getting my notes together soon, and will build a nice pretty article with pictures and all, but just... Read More

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