In what now seems like a century ago, I made a lengthy research visit to Rioja in November of last year. My goals were various, but the main one was to taste Garnacha wines in Rioja. My thinking was simply that while Tempranillo has become so ubiquitous over the recent decades, there was Grenache in the past, a lot of it in fact. What happened and could it still be the case that it’s actually a very good variety for the region, but Tempranillo became the darling? This in fact […]

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