“Getting to Know Our Wines” Series – Spanish Rioja

“Getting to Know Our Wines” Series – Spanish Rioja

Visit Us on the Web – Click Here Our “Getting to Know Our Wines” series continues today with a blend of famous grapes that come together to make a wine famous for the region in which the grapes are grown. Remember, this week’s featured wine is available at our winery in Greenwood Village, today ONLY, for a 10% discount. Today’s Featured Wine is: Spanish Rioja The Spanish Rioja gets its name from the region in Spain where the grapes are grown. The existence of the grapes in the La Rioja region dates back to at least AD 873; however, the first legal recognition of the wine didn’t come until 1102. Rioja wines were finally legally regulated for quality beginning in 1945. Rioja is a blend of grape varieties that can either be red, white (Rioja Blanco) or rosé. The most well known and widely-used variety of red varietals is Tempranillo. Other red grape varietals that are used include Garnacha Tinta, Graciano, and Mazuelo. Some estates in the Rioja region have received special dispensation from the regulatory body to include Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. Our Spanish Rioja is blended from red grape varietals, and includes, primarily, Tempranillo. The other varietals present in our Rioja, in a small percentage, is Garnacha, and in with much smaller proportions, Mazuelo and Graciano. One of the most distinctive characteristic of Rioja is the effect of oak aging. Originally influenced by Bordeaux winemakers, the use of oak and the pronounced vanilla flavors in the Rioja have become the trademark of the region. We think you will notice hints of berry and spice flavors with a soft, dry vanilla finish. The Spanish Rioja pairs beautifully with beef, lamb, pork, risotto and pasta. Share this Post on Facebook by Clicking Below:http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http://makingwineindenver.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/personalize-wine-getting-to-know-our-wines-spanish-rioja“




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