Cards of Wine

Rioja (Spain)

Rioja is a DOCa wine region in Northern Spain.

It was the first Spanish region to be awarded DOCa status in 1991.

Typical Flavors


Cherry
Red
Cherry
Cherry
Black
Cherry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Blackberry
Blackberry

Blueberry
Blueberry
Plum
Plum
Fig
Fig
Spices
Spices

Herbs
Herbs
Licorice
Licorice
Anise
Anise
Minerals
Minerals

Oak Added Flavors:

Vanilla
Vanilla
Cocoa
Cocoa
Tobacco
Tobacco
Leather
Leather

Cherries, Red and Black Berries, Plum, and Fig are typical Rioja flavors.

Hints of Herbs, Licorice, Anise, and Minerals.

Profile

Rioja has good acidity and smooth tannins:

BODYMedium
TANNINSMedium
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - High
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing


Antipasti
Tapas
Ham
Ham
Salami
Chorizo
Chili
Chili

Pasta
Pasta
Pizza
Pizza
Lasagna
Lasagna
Hamburger
Hamburger

Chicken
Chicken
Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb

Rioja is perfect with Lamb and Pork.

It is also perfect with Filet Mignon, but lacks the tannins for a fat Beef.

Young Rioja pairs well with both Spicy and Tomato based dishes.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Tapas. Olives. Cold Cuts. Chorizo.
Pizza. Spaghetti. Lasagna.
Tomato Based Meatballs.
Savory Stews. Moroccan Tagine.
Poultry. Pork. Lamb.
Red Pepper Dishes.
Tacos. Nachos. Burritos.

Cheese:
Hard Sheep Cheese. Manchego. Roncal.
Pecorino Toscano.

Spanish Specialities:
Paella.
Chili con Carne.

Best Pairing Unoaked Rioja:
Tapas. Pizza.
Cold Cuts.
Soft Cheese.

Rioja Crianza:
Roasted Meat. Lamb. Pork. Poultry.
Grilled Salmon.
Casseroles.

Rioja Reserva:
Roasted Meat. Lamb. Pork. Poultry.
Mushroom Dishes.

Rioja Grand Reserva:
Grilled Suckling Lamb (Lechazo).
Grilled Suckling Pig.
Grilled Lamb Chops.
Manchego Cheese.

If You Like Rioja

You Might Also Like:

Barbera (Italy)
Cabernet Franc (France)
Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo (Italy)
Chianti (Italy)
Dolcetto (Italy)
Frappato (Italy)
Garnacha (Spain)
GSM Wines (France)
Sangiovese (Italy)
Tempranillo (Spain)
Teroldego (Italy)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

DOC - Denominación de Origen

DOCDenominación de Origen Calificada
RiojaLess than one year in Oak Barrel.
CrianzaMinimum 24 months aging. One year in Barrel.
ReservaMinimum 36 months aging. One year in Barrel.
Gran ReservaMinimum 60 months aging. Two years in Oak Barrel.

About Rioja

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

About Tempranillo

Tempranillo is the third most planted grape in the world.
The name comes from Spanish "temprano" which means early and refers to early ripening.

Tempranillo aka Ull de Llebre, Cencibel, and Tinta del Pais in Spain. Aragonez or Tinta Roriz in Portugal.

Tempranillo is Spain`s noble grape variety, just like Cabernet Sauvignon is to France. It grows best in the cooler wine areas of Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

Wine made with Tempranillo grapes has a flavor of berries with medium acidity. During storing, Tempranillo can develop sweet, spicy, leather, or tobacco flavors.

Tempranillo wines are softer than Bordeax and dryer than Bourgogne wines. Medium acidity and moderate tannins make these wines tasty, easy to like and easy to pair with many types of food.

Rioja Wines

Rioja

Rioja is a famous wine region in the north-central part of Spain.

The region is best known for the red Rioja Wine.

Rioja is a blend of the indigenous grape of Spain, Tempranillo, along with other fruity additives like Garancha, Mazuelo, and Graciano.

Red Wines:

White Wines: