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Tag Archives: Rioja

• Rioja Sees Record-Breaking Sales in 2013

Rioja Sees Record-Breaking Sales in 2013

Sales of Rioja reached 277 million litres in 2013, surpassing its previous record set before the global economic downturn. The total volume of wine sold by the DOCa Rioja in 2013 was over 277 million litres— up 3.98% from the previous year. Of this, red wine made up 90% of Rioja’s total global sales, totalling […]

• Wine Spectator Announces Its 2013 Wine of the Year

Wine Spectator Announces Its 2013 Wine of the Year

Top honor goes to a Spanish wine for the first time. For the first time ever, a wine from Spain has claimed the top ranking in Wine Spectator‘s annual Top 100 list of the most exciting wines of the year. Made by one of Rioja’s most important producers, which was founded in the 19th century, […]

• Vibrant Rioja! What’s Not To Love?

Vibrant Rioja! What’s Not To Love?

Ah, what’s not to love about well-priced wines that are ready to drink and, oh, by the way, really good? At a tasting recently, I had a chance to sample a whole lot of Riojas and came away with a new-found respect. They are approachable, have plenty of complexity to make them interesting and certainly […]

• Long Island wineries rank among the world’s top 10. Who knew?

Long Island wineries rank among the world’s top 10. Who knew?

Here’s something to warm you up for the winter: The North Fork of Long Island now has something in common with Rioja, Spain and Danube, Austria. All three regions were included in Wine Enthusiast’s recent list of the Top 10 Wine Destinations in the World for 2013. The news comes three months after travel company TripAdvisor […]

• Tasting proves remarkable value in mature Rioja

Tasting proves remarkable value in mature Rioja

A tasting of Rioja back to 1928 at a London merchant last month highlighted the remarkable value for money in mature, traditional gran reserva Rioja. Speaking to the drinks businessduring the tasting, which featured wines from Paternina, Jamie Hutchinson, founder and director of The Sampler commented, “I’m a great fan of traditionally made Rioja and […]

• Tempranillo is rising star in Southern Oregon wine

Tempranillo is rising star in Southern Oregon wine

Sometimes I feel like we give so much attention to pinot noir that it’s like lavishing all your attention on one child in the family at the expense of other siblings. It’s even worse when you live in the Mid-Valley because there is so much pinot noir grown and produced in our area. According to […]

• White revolution taking place in Rioja

White revolution taking place in Rioja

Though white Rioja currently accounts for just 5% of the Spanish region’s global sales, winemakers are now investing time and energy into getting the best from the grape, particularly in light of the 2007 law allowing Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo to be used alongside Viura in blending. The regulations allow those grapes to be […]

• A Quick Guide to Rioja Wine

A Quick Guide to Rioja Wine

Spanish wine and Rioja go almost hand in hand, the region is famous for producers such as bodegas Faustino available in almost every supermarket and wine bar, to the prestigious Marques de Murrieta.

• Famed Spanish wine charges into Northwest vineyards

Famed Spanish wine charges into Northwest vineyards

Throughout the Northwest — indeed, around the northern hemisphere — winemakers are beginning to harvest Tempranillo, a red wine grape made famous in Spain’s Rioja region. Tempranillo gets its name from the Spanish word “temprano,” which translates to “early.” It is so named because of its tendency to ripen earlier than many other varieties. Tempranillo […]