Chart after chart outlines the optimal age window for top wine regions, and articles debate the best bottles and methods for cellaring. But who has the time, space, or money (not to mention willpower) to buy cases of young wine and age them until a certain prime drinking point in the distant future?
A sommelier’s job is to guide guests to wines they’ll love, and often the best way to do that is to ask questions. Queries like “red or white,” “still or sparkling,” and even “earthy or fruity” are fairly straightforward. But sometimes a sommelier will throw a curveball: “Do you prefer a traditional wine, or a […]
Spain’s renowned Rioja wine region is dotted with both traditional wineries and others that push the boundaries of modern design. Surprisingly, Rioja’s largest winery is perhaps its most architecturally significant. Designed by architect Ignacio Quemada Sáenz-Badillos in 2001, Campo Viejo appears from the distance as two small, modern buildings sandwiched between rows of vines on […]
This season on “The Bachelorette,” Rachel Lindsay is taking the finalists to the fantasy suite destination of our dreams: Rioja, Spain. According to Rachel, the Rioja region is the perfect place for falling in love, and honestly, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Rachel’s bachelorette journey in Rioja took her to wineries, villas, and […]
After a season full of mud wrestling, secret girlfriends, and a whole lot more “Whaboom!” than anyone truly bargained for, Rachel Lindsay is about to cross the finish line of her Bachelorette journey in the absolutely stunning locale of Rioja, Spain. Lucky for you, fellow Bachelorette fan, nobody knows wine AND entertaining better than VinePair.
Rioja, one of Spain’s best-known wine regions, evokes visions of tapas-laden bistros on evenings that stretch lazily into night. But how well do you really know Rioja? From sub-regions to classifications to typical flavor profiles (and how the heck do you properly pronounce Rioja, anyways?), there’s much more to this Spanish standard than meets the […]
Rioja is one of the great wine regions of the world. Arguably the wine that put Spain on the map, the region’s red wines have become mainstays on wine lists and in wine shops across the country. But which Rioja should you buy? With the plethora of wines available to you at the store, we […]
It’s not often I drink a wine that makes me feel like James Bond, but that’s exactly how I felt as I ascended the windy road that leads to the Viña Real winery in the wine region of Rioja, Spain.
Rioja is one of the great wine regions of the world, producing wine that is not only delicious upon release, but that is also extremely age worthy – if you’re looking to build a bit of a wine collection, this is a great place to start.