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Rioja Gems Part V: La Rioja Alta

Rioja Gems Part V: La Rioja Alta | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
La Rioja Alta is one of Rioja's largest and most consistent traditional style producers. They are well represented in America by several distributors, so their wines are among the easiest of the traditional Rioja producers to get your hands on.
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12 Wines That Dance into Spring

12 Wines That Dance into Spring | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
Terras Gauda “Abadía de San Campio” Rias Baixas albariño 2014 ($19). Riper flavors than most albariños, with good minerality and citrus notes — quite nice.
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A great experience and a great Rioja

A great experience and a great Rioja | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it

This week I throw caution to the wind and celebrate tasting - and drinking - a rare gem from my cellar. It is most certainly not cheap, it isn't widely available, but it was very, very good, ...The bottle was a Rioja, but not just any old wine from that region. No this was the single vineyard 1970 Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva from the great Bodegas López de Heredia in Haro.

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Cariñena: This red grape inserts backbone into many fine French and Spanish blends

Rich in colour, acid and astringent tannins, carignan may disappoint drinkers looking for something mellow and smooth. But pair it with red meat and it can be a transcendant experience
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An excitingly different Spanish style

An excitingly different Spanish style | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
Many drinker's knowledge and experience of Spanish wines revolves almost entirely around Rioja, which is a great shame as there is so very much more to enjoy and experience from this wonderful coun...
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Mencia: the new Spanish red wines

Mencia: the new Spanish red wines | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
The rapid rise of the Spanish red grape variety mencía has taken Britain by storm
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5 top value wine regions to explore in 2015

5 top value wine regions to explore in 2015 | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
Rioja, Spain

We know Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, but wine drinkers in the U.S. aren’t really familiar with Rioja’s grapes: the reds like Tempranillo, Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo, and Graciano grapes or whites, such as Viura, Malvasía, Garnacha Blanca. Both red and white wines are great values because these varietals fly under the radar. Since there’s not a lot of demand, the price is lower, but the quality is still great.

Wine to try: Cune Rioja Crianza, Rioja, Spain, 2011 ($14)
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Raise Your Glass: A Crisp, Citrusy Spanish White

Marques de Caceres, Spain

2013 Verdejo, $9.99

In the last couple of years, I may have had wines made from the white wine grape Verdejo, but I didn’t give them much thought until recently when I had a glass at an area restaurant.

It didn’t hurt that my first remarkable Verdejo was a hand-picked, estate-grown, small batch wine full of crisp citrus and mineral flavors.
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Rioja sales reach new high in 2014

Rioja sales reach new high in 2014 | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
Global Rioja sales have continued their resurgence started in 2013, reaching a record 281m litres last year and with exports up by 3.5%, show official figures.
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Big Names Question Validity of Rioja DOC

Big Names Question Validity of Rioja DOC | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
Big Names Question Validity of Rioja DOC. Prominent Rioja bodegas admit that the region's appellation system needs more emphasis on terroir, as Artadi quits the DOC.
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2012 Las Rocas Viñas Viejas

Made from 100 percent garnacha (grenache in the U.S. and France), the Las Rocas had tons of dark cherry fruit, a deep purple color, lots of body and a long, spicy finish. It was well-balanced and finished dry.

 

 

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Five wines to try this week

Pena do Lobo 2013

★ ★ 1/2

Ribeira Sacra, Spain, $20

Mencia is a grape that was mistaken for cabernet franc for a while, before DNA testing debunked that idea. It’s easy to see how the mistake could be made, though. This wine offers wood spice, such as white pepper, along with a savory character that suggests trying the wine alongside big red meat. ABV: 12.5 percent.

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Spanish wine boom: the best Riojas to buy

Spanish wine boom: the best Riojas to buy | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
Britons will buy more Spanish wine than French within three years, it has been reported. Wine expert Hamish Anderson shares his top three Rioja wines
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Godello: Spanish white grape produces wines of lean, clean minerality

Godello: Spanish white grape produces wines of lean, clean minerality | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
The grape variety had declined to near-extinction by the 1970s, until a restoration effort was undertaken in its Galician homeland, bringing its land coverage to more than 1,000 hectares by 2008
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What To Drink Now: Wine from Women

What To Drink Now: Wine from Women | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
One of the best, Pazo de Senorans started as the dream of husband and wife team Marisol Bueno and Javier Mareque. In the early days of the region, after it was established as a D.O. with Albarino as the key variety, Marisol was the founding president of the Consejo Regulador of Rias Baixas, dedicated to promoting the Albarino variety throughout the world. Aromatic Pazo Senorans Albarino is filled with white flowers, lemon and lime zest, orchard and stone fruit, a lively representation of the region.
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Deeper and richer: Spain's noble Roble

Deeper and richer: Spain's noble Roble | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
Tempranillo is Spain's premier and recently, most planted black grape. It is concentrated in the northern and central wine regions where its name varies among the different localities. In one of Spain's highly regarded regions for red wine, the Ribera del Duero, the grape is known as Tinto Fino.
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Discovering albariño and tempranillo

Discovering albariño and tempranillo | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
How to drink albariño? It makes a very classy apéritif. It is one of my favourite wines to drink with no food. But it’s minerality makes it a perfect match for most seafood, from raw oysters to shrimp to scallops. And richer versions, like the wines of Pazo de Senorans, can easily handle richer fish and those served with richer sauces.
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Albariño is one of my fave vinos blancos :-)

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Alvaro Palacios named Decanter Man of the Year 2015

Alvaro Palacios named Decanter Man of the Year 2015 | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
He has been credited with putting Spain on the fine wine map, turning around the fortunes of Priorat and Bierzo, and now directing his focus on Rioja Baja, which is why Decanter has awarded Alvaro Palacios the Man of the Year title for 2015.
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Rioja Wine Journey 2014 – The tasting notes.

Rioja Wine Journey 2014 – The tasting notes. | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
Hurray for old school Rioja!  Where else do they produce wine of such a high standard, lovingly nurture and mature it for you and then let you buy it at prices that are a dim and distant memory for...
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Bodegas y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre, 2013

Bodegas y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre, 2013 | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
Tony Aspler’s Weekly Wine Pick: Bodegas y Vinedos Ilurce Rio Madre, 2013
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Rioja set to become Britain's new favourite wine - here's what you should know

Rioja set to become Britain's new favourite wine - here's what you should know | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
It's time to look worried France.
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Spanish winery Abadia Retuerta returns to UK with Enotria

Spanish winery Abadia Retuerta returns to UK with Enotria | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
The winery, which lies just outside the DO boundary in Ribera del Duero, was previously distributed by Liberty Wines, but withdrew from the UK market in early 2013 to concentrate on developing a more premium portfoli
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Wines of the week: Finca Villacreces Pruno 2012

Wines of the week: Finca Villacreces Pruno 2012 | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it

Finca Villacreces Pruno 2012, Ribera del Duero

Seriously classy Tempranillo blend with some Cabernet Sauvignon from an organic vineyard adjacent to the legendary Vega Sicilia winery. Elegant, velvety, opulent; dark red-fruit flavours mingling with tar, spice and smoke. Fantastic with the last game of the season.

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Ribera del Duero council plans DO status for white wines

Ribera del Duero council plans DO status for white wines | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
Ribera del Duero's ruling council has launched a bid to permit the production of white wine in the Spanish DO wine region.
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Wine for the collector: Arrocal Selección Ribera del Duero 2009

Wine for the collector: Arrocal Selección Ribera del Duero 2009 | Wines of Northern Spain | Scoop.it
Spainish offering brings good intensity and balance but needs a few years to round out harder tannins on finish
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