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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 'Corcimbo' Ribera 2012

    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...
  • Palacios 'Placet' Rioja Blanco 2014 Spanish White Wine

    Bodegas Palacios Remondo 'Placet' Rioja Blanco 2014

    £17.50

    £17.50

    To be born into a well-regarded winemaking family might seem a boon, but for youngest son Rafa it was a double-edged ...
  • Bodegas Roda 'Sela' Rioja Reserva 2013

    Bodegas Roda 'Sela' Rioja Reserva 2013

    £18.50

    £18.50

    Why are there dandelions on the label? A fine question! Apparently, during the spring in Rioja, children would pick d...
  • Glorioso Rioja Crianza Red Wine Spain

    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 Rioja Alavesa Magnum Red Wine

    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 Crianza Rioja Red Wine

    Luis Alegre Crianza 2014 - Rioja Alavesa

    £13.75

    £13.75

    Boasting a madcap building that looks like a spaceship has landed in the middle of the Rioja countryside, the Luis Al...
  • Bodegas Luis Alegre Finca La Reñana 2015 vintage

    Luis Alegre Finca La Reñana 2015

    £18.50

    £18.50

    Sometimes you just can't muck about. The front page for this wine has simply to state that it is stunning. White Rioj...
  • Luis Alegre Koden Rioja Alavesa 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 Spanish Rosé 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...
  • Luis Alegre Unoaked Tempranillo - Rioja Alavesa

    Luis Alegre Unoaked Tempranillo 2016 - Rioja Alavesa

    £9.00

    £9.00

    The Joven style of Spanish red is an all too often overlooked and undervalued one. Let's not forget Spain is an essen...
  • Luis Alegre Rioja Blanco Viura Spanish White Wine

    Luis Alegre Unoaked Viura Blanco 2016

    £9.50

    £9.50

    And yet another wholly distinctive white from Spain. Such is the diversity and variety available you're unlikely to f...
  • Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva, La Rioja Alta 2010

    Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva La Rioja Alta 2011

    £18.25

    £18.25

    This wine is like falling head over heels in love. It is all encompassing, completely mesmerising and totally distrac...
  • Vina Amezola Rioja Reserva 2010 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 Gran Reserva 2006 Red Wine

    Viña Amezola Gran Reserva 2006

    £32.00

    £32.00

    This Gran Reserva is a wine for when you want when you want to show a favourite film but without dramatizing things. ...
  • Vina Amezola Rioja Crianza 2014 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...
  • Viña Ardanza Rioja Alta 2008

    Viña Ardanza Rioja Alta 2008

    £27.75

    £27.75

    Alta means 'high' in Spanish and, while this may actually refer to the higher aspect of La Rioja Alta, it is also ver...

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