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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  • Syrah

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

  • Tempranillo

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Macabeo

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

  • Torrontes

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

  • Malbec

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

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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

    Forum post in the topic Probably Best as Drain Cleaner


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Just back from la Rioja


  • Tomorrow is the Rosé Virtual Tasting. Who's attending?My lineup includes:2011 Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado 2011 Lucien Crochet Sancerre Pinot Rosé2011 Château de la Roulerie Rosé d'Anjou les Grandes Brosses2010 Bedrock Wine Co. Mourvedre Ode to Lulu Rosé2011 Campesino "Chiquis Rosé"I think I need to invite more friends. Cya there! Read More

    Forum post in the topic There's Rosé in the house!


  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley Gaucho Select 2010

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Off to Northern Spain on Monday morning, starting in Madrid and Spending some time in Lerma, Burgos, Leon, La Coruna and ending in Santiago de Compostela but more importantly travelling through the heart of Rioja.Looking forward to sampling as much wine as I can and reporting back to you guys. Hopefully I can find some surprises. Tried a  Bierzo... Read More

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  • More and more tastings I've been to recentley have tended to feature a lot of Spanish Whites. Although generally a big fan of Rioja I must admit i'm  being slowly seduced by these Fresh, crisp and refreshing Spanish beauties Verdejo, Albarino, Viura and even Fino, Manzanilla Sherry, which I'm drinking more of now thanks to dmcker encouraging me.... Read More

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