La Rioja (English /lə riːˈoʊhə/; Spanish: [la ˈrjoxa]) is an autonomous community and a province in Spain, located in the north of the Iberian Peninsula. Its capital is Logroño. Other cities and towns in the province include Calahorra, Arnedo, Alfaro, Haro, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, and Nájera. It has an estimated population of 322,415 inhabitants (INE 2010).It covers part of the Ebro valley towards its north and the Iberian Range in the south. The community is a single province, so there is no County Council and it is organized into 174 municipalities.
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    • Top 15 under-$25 wines of 2014

      Barque Smokehouse Miami Ribs PHOTO: Kevin Hewitt and Jill Chen ( The year-end list. Why? To “free the individual from the collective.” To ponder, speculate and formulate a narrative. To create the sociological, world of wine equivalent of splitting the atom. To celebrate the triumph of laic heterodoxy and the arrogance of modernity.

      Michael Godel/ Godelloin Riesling Chardonnay- 3 readers -
    • Don’t spit great wine!

      In the wine trade, we taste. And then we spit. Have to, really, otherwise we’d all be permanently drunk and would die young. Sometimes, though, a wine is too good to spit. When I was tasting through the icon wines that The Sampler has just put on its enomatics, I found myself instinctively spitting the wines. But then I though, this is madness.

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    • Viña Tondonia Reserva 2002, in a supermarket near you

      López de Heredia, who make Tondonia, is one of the classic old Rioja houses. They are super-traditional, and make fabulously old fashioned and brilliantly ageable wines. They are not for modernists: winemaking here is quite oxidative with extended ageing in oak before release. It’s not quite up to Musar levels, but these wines are a bit of an acquired taste.

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  • 2014 Christmas Special – Episode #319

    … Author: Mark Fusco+ • 12/22/2014 San Antonio, TX In this special episode of 1337 Wine TV, Mark tastes wine from Spain. These are wines that might be found in a Spanish Christmas dinner. Wines reviewed are the NV Freixenet Carta Nevada Brut, the 2013 Burgans Albarino, the 2005 Valleron Rioja Gran Reserva, and the El Maestro Sierra Oloroso 15…

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  • Three Winter Reds from Rioja Spain: Complexity and Value

    … 21 Dec 2014 Comments Off Three Winter Reds from Rioja Spain: Complexity and Value Rioja is becoming much more visible in the US with imports of these tempranillo wines increasing 18% last year. And a fact I like: women now make up 35% of the Winemakers’ Association in this (formerly traditional) Spanish region. With many of the wineries…

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  • Big Bold Rioja For Santa!

    …, this pairing is one of my favorites this fall/winter season so far (at least for what i’ve made at home). Puttanesca is super simple to make, and great with so many wines. Merry Christmas Wine Lovers! Eat what you like and drink what you love! Sommelier, Chef, and Pairing Personality, specializing in wine and spirits education, recipe development, and social media. "Make your brand stand out, one pairing at a time"! …

    Sara Lehman/ Somm In The City - 2 readers -
  • Bouillabaisse, paella and 32 wines

    Chiado’s Bouillabaisse No words, no tasting notes. Just the wines. What happens at WineAlign‘s #waxmas14 stays at Waxmas14. I will say this. There was music. Waxmas Whites Domaine Long-Depaquit Chablis Grand Cru La Moutonne 1996, Burgundy, France Vergelegen G.V.B. White 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa René Muré Riesling Clos Saint-Landelin 2008, Alsace, France R.

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  • Wine of the Week 29 – my bargain red of the year?

    … evolved separately over time to produce wines that generally have a less savoury character, more red fruit and less earthiness than their Rioja cousins. However, they often have somewhat rustic tannins, that I think hold the region back from becoming one of Spain’s really great source’s of wines. The patches of brilliance here are from people who manage…

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  • Rioja for the Holidays

    …% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo $20, 13.5% abv. This winery was founded in 1861 (rough for us, not too bad for Spain) by Eleuterio Martinez Arzok. The six-year old bottle still shows surprising youth with aromas and flavors of tart red raspberry, earth and a crisp finish. A firm structure demonstrates a serious character that is an absolute steal at the price…

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  • Six Wines for Tom Kerridge’s epic Christmas Recipes

    …. This is a real treat. 2011 Magister Bibendi, Single Varietal Garnacha Crianza, Navarrsotillo, Rioja, Spain (£11.95, Mason & Mason Wines tel. 01243 535364). Another awe-inspiring wine with the Rib of beef is this ultra-rare Rioja made wholly from the Garnacha grape. I served this ‘blind’ to some friends the other day and they thought it was £30…

    Matthew Jukesin Syrah Chardonnay- 2 readers -
  • Looking red ahead at December 6th in VINTAGES

    … to one common Riojan crossroads; Atlantic and Mediterranean, Tempranillo and Garnacha, French and American oak. In fact, it does the latter with such seamless ease, as neither barrel disturbs the proportion or the harmony. Fresh, pointed, serious and value-driven with ridiculous compete, the silky smooth Montesa uses calcareous soil as an organza…

    Michael Godel/ Godelloin Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah- 9 readers -
  • Holiday Wines You’ll Love!

    …: This luscious port wine is great for those who want something sweet and big after dinner. I like to pair this one with a nice Cigar, sit outside (if its not too cold) and enjoy the aftermath of a well-prepared feast with friends and family. Ice Wine-The Most Romantic Wine Company: Whether it’s the Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Wine, or the Riesling…

    Sara Lehman/ Somm In The City - 7 readers -
  • Faustino Rioja

    … In response to those who asked for my opinion on the ‘100 point’ Faustino Rioja 2001 (#976662 $35.95) coming to Vintages this Saturday, (scoring controversy aside) I think it would be a delicious fireside sipper. Mellow, mature and loaded with sweet vanilla flavours from the oak cask. Definitely an end of evening drink. Not far removed from Tawny Port. Worth the splurge, if only to experience an old Rioja. Post Tags: red wine, Rioja, Spain About the Author …

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  • Let the gems begin

    … Wine review at VINTAGES of Norman Hardie Chardonnay County Unfiltered 2012 by Godello If the premature lashing of cold, snow and ice weren’t enough to get you thinking about holiday shopping, get thee to Liquor Control Board on Ontario store on the weekend. Same time, every year. The LCBO stocks the shelves, isles and pyramid displays with more…

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