Thank the Monks for finding the best locations to grow wine grapes in Spain. In 1102, King Sancho of Navarra legally recognized Rioja wines.
The "Origin" dates from 1902. Sounds like Rioja would have "old school" rule book like in France's Cote Du Rhone "present at not less than 50% this, with 20% that, and 30% other.... Rhone wines taste consistent, while Rioja wines can be all over the place in flavor and style from fruity to barnyard. Confused?
Here is the deal, you have to use these grapes - Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuelo, Viura, Malvasía and Garnacha Blanca, but you can mix and match any way you please. That is one huge palette to paint with! Join us at Cork & Co to compare a couple famous Riojas including Bodegas Paternina. Hemingway's favorite Rioja (also a favored by the poet Robert Graves who kept a room full of it). We will be enjoying 2 pours of 3 different wines along with yummy cheese snack plates. The cost is $25 and seating is limited to 12. You must register at this link to guarantee a seat (we sold out last time) but you can pay at the door if you prefer and RSVP here. Austin Wine Tasters volunteer Sommelier Aaron (aka Penguin) will be hosting. Hope to see you there!