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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!”

  • Lat 42 Rioja Crianza 2016 - *Web Exclusive*

    £14.50

    £14.50

    A vibrant Tempranillo with bright flavours of cranberries, red plums, vanilla and white pepper, supported by a smooth palate and silky tannins.
  • Viña Ardanza Rioja Alta 2009

    £27.75

    £27.75

    An exquisitely well-made wine from La Rioja Alta. Dark cherry in colour, it has flavours of coconut, cinnamon, mint, chocolate and nuts.

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  • Palacios 'Placet' Rioja Blanco 2015 Spanish White Wine

    Bodegas Palacios Remondo 'Placet' Rioja Blanco 2017

    £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 ...
  • Glorioso Especial 100 Tempranillo 2014

    Glorioso Especial 100 Tempranillo 2014

    £14.00

    £14.00

    The world was mighty different in 1917 what with the trench warfare, Siegfried Sassoon poetry and gentlemanly manors....
  • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 - 2009

    La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 - 2009

    £45.00

    £45.00

    This is the Big Papa of Spanish winemaking. There's no messing around with new-fangled methods or bending to fickle f...
  • Lat 42 Rioja Crianza 2016

    Lat 42 Rioja Crianza 2016 - *Web Exclusive*

    £14.50

    £14.50

    It is said that Genghis Khan was born on the 42 Latitude and because he was born believing he was a chess rook, he conti...
  • Lat 42 Rioja Reserva Spanish Red Wine

    Lat 42 Rioja Reserva 2014

    £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...
  • 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 2016

    £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...
  • Vina Ardanza Reserva 2008 Magnum

    Viña Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo 2009 - Magnum

    £47.00

    £47.00

    Alta means 'high' in Spanish and, while this may actually refer to the higher aspect of La Rioja Alta, it is also very '...
  • Vina Real Gran Reserva 2012 Red Wine

    Viña Real Gran Reserva 2012

    £25.00

    £25.00

    It's far too easy to get seduced in Spain. The Iberian sun, the Mediterranean Sea, the Spanish culture, we see it all...

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