History of Rioja

Rioja is the Spanish Flagship for red still wines in the world . Rioja has got to this level today thanks to a past full of events related to wine. All these events explain the history of Riojan wine. Roman objects used for wine production have been found in Rioja. These containers were used for fermenting wine. Their presence confirms the production of wine in Rioja since ancient times. Subsequently it was the monasteries which would have an important role in the production of wine. There is an act by which the King of Navarre donated vineyards to the Monastery of San Millán de la Cogolla.

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10. The essentials of Wines from Spain. Wine tourism

This magic trip comes to an end but don´t be sad, today we are going to visit some bodegas and travel to the most famous spanish wine regions, La Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat and Cava. And guess what? Yes we will taste their amazing wines.
We really hope you have enjoyed this journey across spanish wines.
See you soon!
Cheers!

Classification system of Rioja wines

We have to answer to this question very often during our winery tours in Rioja region. Wine is a highly regulated sector in the European Union and in the case of Spain the regulations are established at regional level by the “Consejos reguladores” or regulatory bodies. In the case of Rioja this is the Cnsejor Regulador del vino de Rioja, which establishes the regulation for Rioja wines on things like which varieties can be planted, maximum yield per acre permitted and so forth.

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Spain’s gastronomy. Timelapse

More about Spanihs food: in this video you can have a quick glance of the wonders of Spanish food and wine culture:

Thanks to the variety of dishes and products in Spain, as well as its important chefs and outstanding restaurants, food becomes an art you will enjoy.

A country to savour. That’s Spain. You’ll be able to discover the exquisite and typical dishes of each area, the famous miniature canapés known as ‘pintxos’, some of the best wines in the world, and an avant-garde cuisine. We present the regional cuisine from all over the country, we tell you how to prepare particular recipes, where to find traditional markets, places to enjoy Spanish gastronomy… Why not come and see?

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La Tienda: The best of Spain (in the US)

I just found this site: latienda.com, an online store that sells delicious Spanish food and other things in the US. This is just an extract from their site, so you can see the kind of food you can find there:

Finest Authentic Spanish Food

Food and family are the essence of Spain. Since 1996 we have been traveling the countryside of Spain seeking out remarkable foods, especially those made by small family producers. It is our mission to offer the very best food from Spain, thereby helping preserve traditional Spanish culture and cuisine. We hope you will enjoy this diverse and delicious collection of Spanish food.

Ham from Spain
Ham from Spain
Jamón – Spanish HamDistinctive Spanish ham types: Jamón Serrano and Jamón Ibérico
Chorizo & Sausages
Chorizo & Sausages
Chorizo y LonganizasSimple chorizo ingredients blended with pork for spectacular results

Sparkling New Year Experiences

Talk-A-Vino

My brain is limited – it can only support one obsession at a time. Generally, this blog wins, but last month I got hooked on the Doctor Who series (yes, I’m a science fiction junkie), and over the last couple of days, the Doctor Who was clearly winning over the blog writing, as I couldn’t stop watching. Taking the obsession under control, I will try to switch some attention to this beloved blog.

NY WinesNew Year’s day is a Sparkling wine time for me. It doesn’t have to be Champagne, but bubbles are indispensable part of the welcoming the New Year. And then January 1st is generally the day of bubbles – we have friends coming over for the small dinner and lots of bubbles on that first day of the New Year.

The 2014 was not an exception at all – so here are some of the Sparkling wines which…

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Wine grapes: Graciano

Graciano (grah sih-ahn-oh) is primarily a Spanish variety. Although it is not one of the major varieties used in bulk wines, there are a few thousand hectares of Graciano in the Ebro Valley where, along with Carignan and Tempranillo, it is an important component in the appellation wines of Rioja and Navarra. In France the variety is called Morrastel and is recommended in the south, but little remains, possibly because of its relatively low yield. The area of Graciano in Australia is very small. The variety should not be confused with the so-called Morrastel of South Australia, which is really Mataro, nor with the Mourastel imported from California, which is Carignan. In Algeria, large areas of Mataro were mistakenly called Morrastel. Xeres imported from California proved to be Graciano.

Graciano produces a red wine that is strongly coloured and high in acid and tannin, and ages well. The wines are full-bodied, of high quality and with a delicate bouquet.

Source: Vines for Wines. A Wine Lover’s Guide to the Top Wine Grape Varieties. By George Kerridge and Angela Gackle