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Rioja Rosado (Spain)

Rioja is a region in Northern Spain.

Typical Flavors


Strawberry
Strawberry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Pomegranate
Pomegranate
Melon
Melon

Citrus
Citrus
Currant
Currant
Cranberry
Cranberry
Candy
Candy

Roses
Rose Petal
Violets
Violets
Licorice
Licorice
Anise
Anise

Red Berries (Strawberry and Raspberry) and Water Melon are typical Rioja Rosado flavors.

Some blends can be more Citrus, more Red Currant, and more Candy.

Hints of Rose Petals, Violets, Licorice, or Anise.

Profile

Rioja Rosado is known to be medium body, fruit driven, with good acidity and good length:

SUGARDry
BODYMedium
FRUITMedium Plus
ACIDITYMedium Plus
Serving temperature:
10-12°C (50-54°F)

Food Pairing


Quiche
Grilled
Vegetables
Tapas
Tapas
Charcuterie
Charcuterie
Ham
Ham

Seafood
Seafood
Fish
Fish
Paella
Paella
Spicy Asian
Spicy

Tacos
Taco
Hamburger
Spicy
Hamburger
Chicken
BBQ
Chicken
Pork
BBQ
Pork

Rioja Rosado has a well-balanced acidity, making it very versatile for food pairing.

It loves Tapas, Grilled Vegetables, Charcuterie, Mediterranean Seafood, BBQ and all types of Spicy Food.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Tapas. Apetizers. Tapenade.
Olive Oil Salads. Salad Nicoise.
Anchovy. Garlic. Safran. Herbs.
Grilled or Steamed Vegetables.
Cold Curts. Ham. Charcuterie.
Spicy Sausages. Herb Sausages.
Spanish Seafood. Grilled Fish.
Grilled Tuna. Smoked Salmon.
Crab Cake. Tuna Salad. Cous Cous.
Umami. Sushi. Sashimi. Gravlax.
Spicy Asian. Thai. Mexican.
Moroccan. Indian Curry.
Hamburger. Tacos. Fajitas. Wrap. Quiche.
BBQ. Grilled Pork, Chicken, and Lamb.

Cheese:
Goat and Sheep Cheese.

Spanish Specialities

Chicken Empanadas (Breaded Chicken).
Chicken Chilindron (Chicken Stew).
Moroccan Tangine (Slow-cooked Stew).
Paella Valencia (Rice. Rabbit. Chicken. Saffron).

Rioja Rosado Blends

The most common grapes used in Spanish Rosé is Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Bobal.

Garnacha Rosés are common in Rioja and Navarra. Tempranillo Rosés are common in both Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

Tempranillo based Rosés are often blended with Garnacha and Viura. Viura is a white grape that contributes acidity.

Bobal Rosés are common in Valencia.

Tempranillo Based:

Mouth: Fresh. Good acid. Good balance. Fruity finish.

Nose: Raspberries. Strawberries. Licorice. Hints of Roses and Violets.

Viura Based:

Mouth: Fresh. Fruity. Tones of Watermelon and Pomegranate. Good acidity and good length.

Nose: Red Forest Berries. Blackberries. Pomegranate. Hints of Anise.

Bovale Based:

Mouth: Fine Acidity. Good Body. Long Finish.

Nose: Clean. Fresh. Red Berries.

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