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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  • Malbec

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

  • Macabeo

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

  • Graciano

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

  • 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...

  • Grenache

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

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Castillo Labastida

    Labastida Wineries and Vineyards combines the traditional wine-making ethos with the latest techn...

  • Viña Valoria

    It is an old wine cellar, whose background dates from 1860, that decided to expand and modify its...

  • Bodegas LAN

    Year… 1972. Bodegas LAN is founded and named after the initials of the 3 provinces in the Rioja D...

  • Bodegas Palacios Remondo

    Palacios focused his efforts on the Crianza, La Montesa, a Garnacha-based blend from south-faci...

  • 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 ...

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Rioja on Snooth

  • We cooked the main dishes and brought them over to our son Tom's place. ... ... that I opened a 2011 Rioja Reserva that was only about $15.  It was decent enough for footbal Read More

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  • Vina Zaco 2014

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    Bold, fruity and aromatic, this has a fresh nose of cherry, raspberry and strawberry preserves with cinnamon spice. This is restrained and earthy on entry, but develops on the palate releasing ripe cherry and strawberry fruit, sticky tarry earth and a bright, clean finish that delivers a good balance of structure. Read More

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  • Pujanza Norte 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • Valenciso Reserva 2007

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  • Bodegas Muga Torre Muga 2011

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  • Vina Pomal Rioja Reserva 2010

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  • So I can't open mine till everyone gets theirs, right?  This is going ... ... drinks great young) or Rioja (which gets released late).  That's why it was so great when that '98 Fontanafredda Paiagallo landed.  It was perfect for what I wanted to put together for Lucha/Marty.I guess there's BPWines or Benchmark or Winebid. Read More

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  • Do you have muleys over there or is that a behemoth black or whitetail? ... ... and a C9dP or Syrah, too. Rioja calling. Want balance and not too much oak, as always, though some OK. Grilling them over wood? Depending on how you sauce the ribs plenty of other wines, too. If a Burg I'd go for a Pommard. Hell, maybe one of Turley's CA PNs, too. ... Read More

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  • Whitetail, buck,  8 points, a little chewy now as pictured (but still ... ... going to try Syrah and maybe Rioja on this one. No Oz, no hind ti Read More

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  • I stopped at Total Wine in the middle of my Cat Tuesday to use a $10 coupon (on ... ... love this 2006 Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva - had it in a restaurant twice for around $5 Read More

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