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The state of Tempranillo Blanco in Rioja 2022

by  |  06-04-2022

While color mutations of grapes do happen from time to time, they’re not an everyday occurrence. Their existence is one thing but the real question is whether a mutation can actually produce a quality wine... more » While color mutations of grapes do happen from time to time, they’re... more »

The state of Garnacha in Rioja 2022

by  |  25-01-2022

It is a justified assumption that 99% of the Riojan wines one encounters will be majority if not fully-based on the grape, Tempranillo. At 88% of all red plantings, it is unequivocally the dominant variety... more » It is a justified assumption that 99% of the Riojan wines one... more »

The state of Rioja’s Viñedos Singulares 2022

by  |  14-01-2022

If someone has not spent time in the Rioja region, it’s nearly impossible to impress upon them as to how incredibly large and diverse it is. Something like 100km long and 50km wine in terms... more » If someone has not spent time in the Rioja region, it’s nearly... more »

Villota, a bend in the river

by  |  22-07-2021

Laserna, Álava, at the border of Basque Country and La Rioja doesn’t offer terribly much in terms of sights. A main road narrowly winds its way through the few houses of the village, the old... more » Laserna, Álava, at the border of Basque Country and La Rioja doesn’t... more »

In The Glass: Olivier Rivière- Rayos Uva 2019

by  |  26-05-2021

I don’t know when, but someday we’ll look back from a vantage point far, far in the future and say, “So… why on earth did people think Rioja wines had to be almost all Tempranillo?”... more » I don’t know when, but someday we’ll look back from a vantage... more »
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The latest from Sierra de Toloño in Rioja Alavesa

by  |  15-04-2021

An imposing as well as important piece of Rioja’s geography are the Cantabrian Mountains in the north that act as a guard against the worst of the Atlantic Ocean’s intentions. It isn’t just one range... more » An imposing as well as important piece of Rioja’s geography are the... more »

In The Glass: El Coto – Crianza 2016

by  |  09-01-2021

As has been made very clear, while we may have left 2020 behind us, 2021, the impending “Year of the Ox” on the Chinese calendar, isn’t really going to be that much different, at least... more » As has been made very clear, while we may have left 2020... more »
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A better understanding of Rioja’s “Viñedos Singulares”

by  |  17-08-2020

In 2019, the first “Viñedos Singulares” or “single vineyards” in DOC Rioja were certified. This first batch saw 84 vineyards certified under the new scheme, covering 154ha, which I think by any measure would be... more » In 2019, the first “Viñedos Singulares” or “single vineyards” in DOC Rioja... more »
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DOC Rioja’s “Institutional Wines” for 2020

by  |  13-07-2020 ~ 1 Comment

DOC Rioja has announced the latest wines that will represent "typicity" in their respective category for the next year. From 163 submitted samples by 53 different wineries, they parred this down to eight individual wines... more » DOC Rioja has announced the latest wines that will represent "typicity" in... more »

The absolute best Rioja wines! (available in the UK…)

by  |  24-02-2020

If you’re going to hold a tasting that focuses on one of Spain’s oldest quality wine regions, a sure-fire way to juice it up a bit is to have the venue be one of the... more » If you’re going to hold a tasting that focuses on one of... more »