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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

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  • When a notion gets into Brad Kanes head, he can become extremely insistent about it. He loves planning themed tastings. Verticals, horizontals, vertizontals, transversals, metarregionals... So, for a few months hed been e-nailing about a dinner with 1970 Riojas in Manhattan. I liked the idea, so all I had to do was plan a trip back to New York a... Read More

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  • After the success of its pilot program last year, Pancho Campo, the first and, so far, only Spanish MW, is bringing his immersion course on Spanish wines to North America. After speaking with some people who have taken this course in 2008, I am very excited that it is back for 2009.!http://toprestaurantes.ciberblog.es/files/2007/10/pancho-budap... Read More

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  • After much anticipation Snooths OTBN was apon us! We were meeting in the wonderfully elegant Deco Room at North Square Restaurant here in New York City to celebrate, well, celebrating! That is, of course, the point of OTBN. Begun a decade ago precisely in order to give people the reason to celebrate and open that special bottle that had always s... Read More

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  • Last night was an excellent event, thanks to everyone that was involved and attended. This thread is to create a consolidated list of the wines that were poured. I'll fill in what I recorded, and hope others will jump in and flesh it out:WILSON DANIELS WINES:- Schramsberg Cremant (Vintage?) - URL to come- 2005 Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss Kritt Pin... Read More

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  • Well good bye Pinot, for now, and Hola Tempranillo!We now get started in exploring Spain's greatest grape but I am excited to see that many Californian producers have begun to experiment with this under appreciated variety. Much of California resembles some of the great growing regions of Spain so it will be exciting to see what winemakers have ... Read More

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  • http://www.decanter.com/news/277340.htmlI found this a strange, but fascinating article. "Rioja sales fell by up to 15% in 2008, with Rias Baixas and Castilla-La Mancha reporting marked increases in sales.According to statistics released by DOC Rioja's regulatory board, sales of Gran Reserva in 2008 fell by 14.7%, with Reserva falling 10.4%, and... Read More

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  • Zolo Torrontés Famatina Valley 2007

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    Found this bargain white a delightful surprise with its fresh floral bright tones, ever-so-slight sweet edge, undertones of a herb garden in May, and a delicate pleasing mouthfeel. It was in my upscale supermarket's single row of chilled whites and I took a chance for $10. Glad I did; pair with appertizers for the beginning of a party or a fruit... Read More

    Wine review by rare primitivo


  • La Puerta Malbec 2008

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    Wine review by bryanjmatthews


  • Pircas Negras Malbec Famatina Valley 2008

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  • I met with a semi-regular Sunday tasting group last week for the usual ... ... from Aldo to boot!The 1970 La Rioja Alt 890 Gran Reserva came from a bottle with only a high shoulder fill but it none-the-less was classic mature Rioja, a little funky but complex and pure. I had hoped to pair this with grilled octopus but that dish was not on our ... Read More

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