Category Archives: 12 Days of Rioja

The 12th Day of Rioja – The 12 Grapes of the New Year

Those of you who have been lucky enough to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Spain are familiar with the tradition of eating “12 lucky grapes” as the clock strikes midnight. If you have no idea what we are talking about, read on … Continue reading

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The 11th Day of Rioja – 11 Interesting Facts about Marques de Riscal

1. Old School – Herederos del Marqués de Riscal – is one of the great historic wineries of Rioja. It was founded in 1860 but did not release its first vintage until 1862. Along with Marqués de Murrieta (1852), López de … Continue reading

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The 10th Day of Rioja – 2010 the Year of Crianza

2010 is said to be the “Year of Crianza”. This excellent vintage has the potential to stand alongside 2005. The Rioja Regulatory Council tasted samples from over 284 million liters of wine from the 2010 harvest and they determined that … Continue reading

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The 9th Day of Rioja – the 9 Lives of Alvaro Palacios

Alvaro Palacios – son, brother, husband, father, scholar, innovator, teacher, bullfighter and winemaker. Alvaro studied enology in Bordeaux, while working under Jean-Pierre Moueix at Ch. Pétrus. He credits his tenure at Pétrus for much of his winemaking philosophy and for … Continue reading

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The 8th Day of Rioja – 8 glasses of Vina Ardanza!

What is better than one bottle of wine? 2 bottles in one!  Magnums are great to bring to any occasion or give as a gift as they are inherently festive. I love when restaurants pour them table side, it really … Continue reading

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The 7th Day of Rioja – 7th Addition to Tradition

Rioja’s traditional school of winemaking reigned from the 1850s until the 1980s, producing some of the world’s most consistently complex, soul-satisfying wines. With the younger generations bringing in the more modern winemaking methods, it’s a small number of those who … Continue reading

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The 6th Day of Rioja – 6 Wines & Women

The women of Rioja have been involved in the winemaking process for centuries. During the war, when the men were away fighting, the women took to the fields to care for the vines and harvest them. It was then that … Continue reading

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