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Rioja

Ever since the 70s, when Brits, bored of package holidays to Blackpool and ‘Jolly Boys Outings’ to Margate, started bothering the folk of Benidorm with yells of “more vino por favour,” Rioja has been a region loved in Britain. Rioja, predominately made from Tempranillo and Garnacha, is so loved that, in the town of Haro there is an annual Rioja festival, where participants conduct a food fight of sorts, except with wine. No doubt at the end of the night, there’s a few partyers ringing their T-shirts out to get one last, delicious drop. In fact, those big, oaky, red fruit, mouth-bombs have become renowned across the globe, as some of the finest wines in the world.

We love that style of Rioja, the wines of Vina Ardanza and La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva have been on our shelves for many a moon because their classic flavours of Intense dark-fruit, coconut, vanilla, leather and dark chocolate make us flamenco across the tapas bar. This is not the be all and end all of Rioja however…

Those shrewd Spaniards have been mixing things up; Rioja is becoming just as renowned for lighter, floral, fruit driven reds as they are for oaky beasts. Wines such as Louis Alegre Koden, might just change your perception if you think you know all there is to know about Rioja. “Muchas gracias camarero!”

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  • Bodegas La Horra 'Corimbo' Ribera 2012 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Bodegas La Horra 'Corimbo' Ribera 2012

    £23.00

    £23.00

    Many of you may know, that perpetually, Santa Claus summers in the Ribera Del Duero. Despite Mrs Claus' suggestions o...
  • Glorioso Rioja Crianza Red Wine Spain 2014

    Glorioso Rioja Crianza 2014

    £11.00

    £11.00

    A Rioja made for meal times! This red wine might just be the food-match ace in the Rioja suit....
  • Luis Alegre Crianza 2013 - Rioja Alavesa - Magnum

    Luis Alegre Crianza 2013 - Rioja Alavesa - Magnum

    £28.00

    £28.00

    Here at Oddbins, we know when we're on to a good thing. We like this wine, we can see that you like it too, so what d...
  • Luis Alegre Koden Rioja Alavesa 2015 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Luis Alegre Koden Rioja Alavesa 2015

    £10.75

    £10.75

    Koden is an Aztec word meaning "the time in a woman's life when she's at her most splendid" which, we think, is an ex...
  • Luis Alegre Rosado Flores 2016 Vegetarian Rose Wine

    Luis Alegre Rosado Flores 2016

    £9.50

    £9.50

    This wine is like a Provençal rosé that has been randomly transported to the hills of Rioja Alavesa, ma...
  • Vina Amezola Rioja Reserva 2010 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Viña Amézola Rioja Reserva 2010

    £19.00

    £19.00

    Rioja is the ultimate comfort wine. It's like raiding the kitchen before hitting the hay. The trempranillio g...
  • Vina Amezola Rioja Crianza 2014 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Viña Amezola Rioja Crianza 2014

    £12.75

    £12.75

    There are time keepers everywhere. A loungeroom clock cloaked in it's dark wooden suit nods from the mantle piece. T...

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