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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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  • Palacios 'Placet' Rioja Blanco 2015 Spanish White Wine

    Bodegas Palacios Remondo 'Placet' Rioja Blanco 2015

    £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 Tempranillo 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...
  • Lat 42 Rioja Reserva Spanish Red Wine

    Lat 42 Rioja Reserva 2012

    £14.50

    £14.50

    If you ran around the circle of latitude 42 degrees north of the equator you'd visit some pretty unusual places: Cors...
  • Luis Alegre Koden Rioja Alavesa 2015 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Luis Alegre Koden Rioja Alavesa 2016

    £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...
  • Paternina Banda La Roja Rioja 2015 Red Wine

    Paternina Banda La Roja Rioja 2015

    £10.00

    £10.00

    In 1956 Paternina hosted a very distinguished figure; Ernest Hemingway. We could sing the virtues of Ernest Hemmingwa...
  • Paternina Rioja Banda Gris Tempranillo 2015 Spanish Red Wine

    Paternina Rioja Banda Gris Tempranillo 2015

    £9.00

    £9.00

    The Marquis' daughter was blessed with extraordinary imagination and spent her days in a make-believe world. But when...
  • Paternina Gran Reserva Paternina Tempranillo Red Wine 2008

    Paternina Rioja Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2008

    £15.00

    £15.00

    These wines are named for Don José Fernando de Abascal y Sousa, 1st Marqués de la Concordia, the 25th Vicer...
  • Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva, La Rioja Alta 2012

    Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva La Rioja Alta 2012

    £19.00

    £19.00

    This wine is like falling head over heels in love. It is all encompassing, completely mesmerising and totally distrac...
  • Vina Amezola Rioja Crianza 2014 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Viña Amezola Rioja Crianza 2014

    £13.00

    £13.00

    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 2009 Red Wine

    Viña Ardanza Rioja Alta 2009

    £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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