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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Valle de la Puerta Torrontés Famatina Valley la Puerta 2008

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    Wine review by doclon


  • Valle de la Puerta Malbec Famatina Valley la Puerta 2004

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    Wine review by Chamuyo


  • Fincas Patagonicas Torrontés Mendoza Zolo 2009

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Parrillada Classic Malbec Famatina Valley 2005

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    Shared with Paul & Joan in a long over due dinner at our house celebrating the end of summer 2010. Paired well with grilled tri-tip. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Santa Florentina Malbec Blend Famatina Valley 2009

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    If you're bored to death by the "aroma of figs, breath of kumquats" type review, and want an honest, you-get-more-than-you-pay-for Malbec, you'll like this one. The 2008 vintage is deeper, a little more satisfying. And reviewers say this 2009 vintage is "a little young." OK, but if that isn't a big deal for your guests, pour this wine, and you p... Read More

    Wine review by Flipz


  • All the wines for this tasting were provided by a friend of a friend, who reps for Southern Wine & Spirits.  He brought a lineup of 15 wines, some samples and some of his own collection and it was a great evening with a broad range of tasty delights.  I forget the exact order, but we tasted.2003 Regis Minet Pouilly Fume2003 Blason de Bourgogne C... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Schreiner's Winers: Tasting...


  • Every year, UNLV has a big wine tasting to benefit scholarship for the hospitality programs and hotel school.  I had never gone, as it costs $75 for the grand tasting and last year, I decided instead to spend my money on the Wine Spectator Grand Tour which was within a few weeks of UNLVino.I hadn't anticipated going this year either, but while a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic UNLVino- An Impressive...


  • Fifty Block Malbec 2009

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley Gaucho Select 2008

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    I was blown away by what a lovely wine this is and the money is right for such a kind bouquet. Read More

    Wine review by snootsnout


  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2011

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    A phenomenal wine. Rich yet soft, bright and crisp, yet supple. It is LOADED with lychee, which I really like and then has maybe a hint of tropical fruit in there too. If I had to point out to a fault, It may be fairly simple (The lychee) but on the whole it's one of my favorite whites. Especially for the price. Read More

    Wine review by hungryhungrywino


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