Rioja

    Weekly Interview: Aurelio Montes

    Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring Aurelio Montes, the chairman of Montes Wines, which mainly produces wine in Chile, but also in Napa Valley. Born in Santiago in 1948, Aurelio graduated from the Catholic University in Santiago with a degree in agronomy and oenology.

    14 readers - By Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

    Underrated Spain: Meseta Central Wine Region

    In the land of Don Quixote, wine plays a very important role both economically and culturally. The Meseta Central, a.k.a. Central Plateau, produces nearly half of the wine in all of Spain. It’s also home to over a dozen top wine Spanish bodegas (wineries). Super Value! If you like wines with intensity and European personality, Spain has you covered.

    7 readers - By Wine Folly

      Polite Cowboy

      Vixen and Vine - - 5 readers - He’s a tall drink, for sure. Well groomed, dusty boots and soft spice. On the youthful side, which preys on my insecurities of being considered a cougar, but I like the way this 2012 organic Rioja kicks the dirt and calls me “Ma’am” with a soft, respectful drawal. On the other side of the coin, he lacks the certain finesse and bravado of my handsome 2008 Mas de Leda.

      Weekly Wine Quiz #114: Grape Trivia – Viura / Macabeo

      Talk-A-Vino - - 4 readers - Viura/Macabeo grapes. Source:Wikipedia The Wine Quiz series is not meant to intimidate. The whole idea here is to have fun and learn something new. When answering the questions, it is fully encouraged to use all available sources of information, including Google or any other search engine.

      Recycle Bin, Week of Sept. 8

      Winethropology - - 3 readers - It's a brief recycle bin this week focusing solely on Rioja. Why? As we enter the autumnal season, our dinner menus will change, incorporating richer, fuller-flavored foods. And as our ingredients evolve with the weather, so to will our wine selections. Another reason to focus on Riojas is because it's one of the few wines still aged before release without being punitively priced.

      Cheese from Picos de Europa: Home of the Spanish Blues

      Catavino - - 1 readers - Shared between three autonomous communities (Principado de Asturias, Cantabria and Castilla y León), the Picos de Europa mountain range towers above the north-western Spanish seaboard south of the Bay of Biscay.

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      Polite Cowboy

      …He’s a tall drink, for sure. Well groomed, dusty boots and soft spice. On the youthful side, which preys on my insecurities of being considered a cougar, but I like the way this 2012 organic Rioja kicks the dirt and calls me “Ma’am” with a soft, respectful drawal. On the other side of the coin, he lacks the certain finesse and bravado of my…

      5 readers - By Vixen and Vine

      Weekly Wine Quiz #114: Grape Trivia – Viura / Macabeo

      … heard of the grape and never had any wine made with it!”. Well, let’s see. Have you had any Cava, a sparkling wine from Spain, during the last summer? Macabeo is a part of the blend. How about white Rioja? If you actually never had white Rioja, you have to correct it as soon as possible (go on, run to the store, I will wait here). Look for Cvne…

      4 readers - By Talk-A-Vino

      Weekly Interview: Aurelio Montes

      … career, and it is amazing to see what he has done with Rioja (where his family comes from), Priorat (where he set the standard for its current excellence), and Bierzo (whose terroir he is making well-known). How do you spend your days off? Although I have many professional responsibilities – being the Chairman of Montes Wines and the Chairman…

      14 readers - By Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

      Wine Tastings for Portland: Friday, September 12, 2014

      …! + Weekend Surprise -2011 CELLERS UNIO “Dairo” Garnacha-Carignan-Syrah (Montsant) $9.95 -2011 VERASOL Tempranillo-Garnacha (Campo de Borja) $13.95 -2007 CELLER SANTAMARIA “Gran Ricosind” Criança (Emporda) $16.95 -2011 ORIN SWIFT “Locations E” (Priorat, Jumilla, Toro, Rioja, and Ribera del Duero) $18.95 -2010 ROTLLAN TORRA Priorat (Priorat) $19.95…

      1 readers - By Portland Oregon Wine

      Underrated Spain: Meseta Central Wine Region

      … as Cencibel in the area, many are still convinced that Cencibel is a special clone with thicker skins and richer colored Tempranillo wines than can be found up north in Rioja. Bobal: A very bold, red wine grape with a likening to Petite Sirah, Bobal has blackberry and menthol flavors. Vanilla notes come from oak aging. Garnacha: Richer in style…

      7 readers - By Wine Folly

      Cheese from Picos de Europa: Home of the Spanish Blues

      …” in Spanish). Picón-Bejes-Tresviso enjoys DOP status since 1994 and can be found in stores wrapped in yellow/gold foil and showing prominently the DOP seal. Pairing wines with blue cheese Matching blue cheese with full bodied and brawny red Crianza wines from Spanish DOs like: Toro, Bierzo, Jumilla, Priorato, Ribera del Duero and Rioja (go for the more…

      1 readers - By Catavino

      Recycle Bin, Week of Sept. 8

      …It's a brief recycle bin this week focusing solely on Rioja. Why? As we enter the autumnal season, our dinner menus will change, incorporating richer, fuller-flavored foods. And as our ingredients evolve with the weather, so to will our wine selections. Another reason to focus on Riojas is because it's one of the few wines still aged before…

      3 readers - By Winethropology

      Franco-Espanolas “Rioja Bordon”: Rioja, With Its Roots Showing

      …Just a day ago, I received a shipment of what I thought would turn out to be a bottle for my upcoming Fall Value Spirits Round-Up. It felt like a large-format bottle but, when I opened it, there sat a bottle of wine. Spanish wine. Rioja. A Reserva, 2008 vintage. Hmmmm….. Engrossed as I am in the Spirits Round-Up, if this had been any other style…

      3 readers - By The Pour Fool

      Wineaux of the Goddess - August Meeting - Rioja...

      …It was getting down to the wire and the Goddess of Wine had still not decided on a wine region to taste, so she thought, "Well, we haven't visited Spain in a while..." and chose Rioja. The group of tasters included First Acolyte JD (new Twitter handle @gowacolyteone), hostess-with-the-mostest Xochitl Maiman, Michelle McCue, Debra Bizek, and lovely-person-we-hadn't-seen-in-way-too-long, Amelia…

      5 readers - By Goddess of Wine

      2009 Bodegas Muga Selección Especial Ripe red cherries,...

      …2009 Bodegas Muga Selección Especial Ripe red cherries, blackberries, dried cranberries, and raspberries. Savory serrano ham note. Cloves and cardamom. Bourbon vanilla. 4/5 bones $$$ Tempranillo (some Garnacha, Mazuelo, Graciano) 14% abv Rioja, SPAIN…

      2 readers - By Shiba Sommelier

      Rose, Bodegas Muga, Rioja DOCa, Spain, 2013, 12.5% abv, C$18.00

      …Summer is meant for rose wine – or is it the other way around? I often wonder why rose is not called ‘pink’ wine in English – we have white and red, so why not pink? This pink wine is fresh, juicy and suits summer just fine. It’s from the Rioja Alta in northern Spain and gets its pretty medium shade of salmon from macerating on the skins of 60…

      2 readers - By winellama

      Juan Carlos Sancha Ad Libitum Monastel 2012

      …Part of a mixed bag of wines recently purchased from Eurocentric. This wine is made from Monastel de Rioja which, as far as I can make out, is a native variety of Rioja planted in relatively small quantities and allowed as part of the region’s red wines only as of 2007 (according to this press release, anyway). Juan Carlos Sancha has grown these…

      7 readers - By Full Pour

      Tasting notes

      …, tobacco leaves and a pleasing playfulness. Textured and full, an emphatic Yes. Berberana Rioja Gran Reserve 1958. Mahogany. Nuts and raisins on the nose, fruit cake, leather boots and forest floor. There is a definite whiff of decomposition, but its sweet and not fetid. Soft to open, there's little resistance, only a soft and fading glow. Respect. Image: to be found in the Louvre. http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien Click here for the original context…

      8 readers - By Wino sapien

      Cune Rioja Rosado 2012, Spain

      …On the richer side of rosé, but none the worse for that. Cune Rioja Rosado 2012, Spain (£9.49 Majestic, Dunedin Wines, Refreshers, Ellies Cellars, Hailsham Cellars, Fountainhall Wines, winedirect.co.uk) Deep strawberry pink in colour, and maintains the red berry theme with juicy fruit (fresh and slightly cooked), with notes of spice, fresh vanilla and honey, […]…

      1 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box