Rioja Wine

The Rioja region of Spain produces one of the world’s finest, and most long lived wines: Rioja. Rioja's renaissance, in the latter half of the 19th century, was a direct result of the phyloxera bug that decimated vineyards around the globe. While English merchants came to Rioja to replace their French imports, the wines here actually have much more in common with Chianti. Both wines are blend relying heavily on one grape, in this case Tempranillo. Like Chianti’s Sangiovese, Tempranillo usually produces a relatively high acid wine of medium to medium-full body. Tempranillo tends to produce wines with a dusty, leathery edge to their raspberry and blackberry fruit tones. With additions of Graciano, Mazuela and Grancha the wines of Rioja can take on additional layers of flavor and aroma but the tradition of extended oak aging for Rioja's great wines contributes an even more obvious imprint. While the Spaniards have traditionally been a fan of the strong vanilla and coconut component that American oak Read more »

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  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • 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...

  • Graciano

    Though it is easily the most interesting and unique red grape in Rioja, its yields are low, it is prone to downy mild...

  • Macabeo

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Marqués de Riscal

    Wines of the Herederos de Marqués de Riscal has always been a leading and pioneering company i...

  • Bodegas Baigorri

    "Bodegas Baigorri bases its work on a value of duality and on the xcellence of its products and ...

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

    The name of this wine. Marques de Caceres was lent by D. Vicente Noguera y Espinosa de los Monter...

  • Marqués de Vargas

    Winery The winery Marqués de Vargas was built in 1989 on the Hacienda Pradolagar Estate in Lo...

  • Bodegas El Coto

    It is located in Oyón (Álava), with a total surface of 110.000 m2, more than 50.000 of which are ...

  • Bodegas Ondarre,S.A.

    Bodegas Ondarre, founded in 1986, belongs to the Bodegas Olarra Group, one of the most famous nam...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • Baron de Ley Reserva 95de 2010

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    fairly balanced between fruits and oak, and there is thathint of honey and toffee Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Well favourite Daughters 21st went with out too much troubleThe Sangria was ... ... Grenache/Temp blend from Rioja [$7/bottle] + Brandy + castor sugar + cinnamon + lemonade with Oranges, Lemons, Limes and appleWas a big hit and got the party off and runningWhiteVery Cheap Dry White Wine - bit of everything Blend with Vodka, Dry Ginger Ale, Pin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sangria


  • Campo Viejo 'Rioja' Tempranillo 2014

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    Entry level wine. OK for an introduction to rioja but not something I would search for. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • MJ - What's the price of that 2012 Buoncristiani? Can you still find ... bottles of my favorite 2006 Rioja wine ($30 each); this is around $55 at The Wine House when we dine there.  I'm grilling lamb chops in a few minutes and Sandra will be grilling her Mahi Mahi fish.  Perhaps not the best food / wine pairing but I really wanted to taste it ... Read More

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  • Agreed Amour. There's no harm to it and often a nice upside.D - I ... ... which they called Hermitage, Rioja was getting hit by the phylloxera that had hit the other countries, Chianti was not much lauded and Brunello didn't get beyond the confines of the producer's vineyard, and the world's most prized wines were the sweet ones from Germany, ... Read More

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  • EM - Great job figuring that out.  Yes, it makes sense now and he grabbed ... wine was the 2014 Faustino Rioja that you see below.  Quite decent with my meat dishes, but it didn't get good review from what I can find.  Oh, my flatbread was a nice beef short rib and cheddar item. &nbs Read More

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  • D - thanks for the adviceI found some a reasonably cheap temp blend from Rioja - might go with  Oranges as plenty around and nice and sweet at the moment and throw in either plums or peachesI presume a generous dash of brandy with either ginger ale or soda water [thoughts?] Read More

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  • Mindiarte Tempranillo Rioja 2012

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    Way too dry for tempranillo. Price was nice, but there are better wines on the market for this price point. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Just a note to add.  The bartender gave me that glass and he was not one ... up with a glass of red wine (Rioja for me, Chianti for Sandra), along with a pizza nearby before we rode the Metro back home.  Nice evening after watching the grand kids for 5 hours earlier in the da Read More

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  • Carlos Serres Rioja Old Vines Tempranillo 2015

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    Soft blackberry and cherry aromas with light flowers and a touch of black pepper on the nose. Light fruit notes of cranberry and cherry with a concentrated tar and spicy earth finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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