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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  • Tempranillo

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

  • Grenache

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

  • 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,...

  • Malbec

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

  • Graciano

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

Subregions of Rioja

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  • Bodegas Beronia

    Bodegas Beronia is a winery in Rioja founded in 1973 by a group from the local gastronomic soci...

  • Marqués de Vargas

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

  • Bodegas Marques de Caceres

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

  • Herederos Del Marques de Riscal

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

  • Bodegas Roda

    At this particular moment, Mario Rotllant and Carmen Daurella came to La Rioja, with the passiona...

  • Bodegas Ramón Bilbao

    Bodegas Ramón Bilbao was established in 1924 by wine trader Ramón Bilbao Murga in the Rioja re...

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Rioja on Snooth

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  • Putting all the statistical analysis aside... I like Manchego!If we're ... ... Albarino or Tampranillo from Rioj Read More

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  • Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 2012Bodegas LAN Rioja Edicion Limitada 2011Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2011Depending on where you go you may be able to puchase items 1&2 or items 2&3 for under $150.  Read More

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  • EM - You seem to have quite an assortment of Bedrock wines in your cellar. ... ... their Lar De Paula Crianza Rioja Tempranillo at $16.99 a bottle and drank one last night while watching a rerun of SNL; very tasty for the pric Read More

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  • GregT, agree with you completely.  Matthews isn't saying there's ... ... between subzones of Rioja.  All of those areas are large enough that there are some big differences. I think I could tell, in a few cases, the difference between Cannubi and Bussia because they are pretty far apart in geology and exposures--Barolo has that stark dividing... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Was wondering if anyone's...

  • I'm still recovering from all the activities of Memorial Day weekend, so ... was the 2010 Vina Lanciano Rioja Reserva which was drunk Wednesday evening with Sandra's father.  The Zinfandel was too young (2014) and actually a cheap wine, but the 2010 Petite Sirah was tasty if you like that varieta Read More

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  • Mike did that with his own wines, which he tastes every day.  I imagine he ... that GregT can do that with Riojas because he tastes a lot of them, does so frequently, and pays a lot of attention to them.  But there's a real limit to human perception. Note that GregT cannot do the same with those Rieslings (or doesn't claim to) and I've personal... Read More

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  • D - he didn't really overstep IMHO. But his book has really limited appeal ... wine from Burgos and from Rioja Alavesa. But that's simply from familiarity. Some people can't distinguish Rioja from Ribera del Duero, or Tempranillo from Cab. But many people are much more astute - you were at Brian's where Mike Smith could identify wine from spec... Read More

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  • Emark, VV could lose minutes of precious drinking time in the vastness of 1k ... to have 1/4 Cab/Bordo, 1/8 Rioja, etc?  So that I know that I have too much CdP (ok, y'all can volunteer to help, but I have it pretty well under control)  I won't buy more, just drink it down to where I want it (might be very very low).  Then I go and look for wh... Read More

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  • I made way too much chili a few weeks ago and have been eating it since. It has ... been OK w a few Zins, CdP, Rioja Graciano, Shiraz and GSM from Barossa, a Zweigelt rosado from Austria, and I don't remember what else. Something white.I am sure the beers would be OK. I just don't drink the Read More

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