Cards of Wine

Rioja (Spain)

Rioja is a D.O.Ca. wine region in Northern Spain
(Denominación de Origen Calificada).

Profile

Body
Tannins
Fruit
Acidity

Flavors

Red Cherry. Raspberry. Blueberry.
Plum. Dried Fig.
Oaked. Vanilla.

Food Pairing

Red Rioja is a typical Lamb wine.

Spanish. Moroccan. American. Indian.
Chorizo. Tapas. Paella. Chilli con Carne. Moroccan Tagines.
Poultry. Pork. Beef. Pimenton (Red Peppers) Dishes.

Hard Sheep Cheese. Manchego.

Serving temperatures:
Crianza 15-16°C (59-61°F)
Reserva 16-18°C (61-64°F)

About

Rioja wines are normally a blend of various grape varieties. A typical blend consists of approximately 60% Tempranillo and up to 20% Garnacha.

Rioja is classified in 4 categories:

  1. Rioja is the youngest. Less than a year in an oak barrel.
  2. Crianza is aged 24 months. At least one year in oak.
  3. Rioja Reserva is aged 36 months. At least one year in oak.
  4. Rioja Gran Reserva is aged 60 months. At least two years in oak.
Rioja