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Wine For The Confused - Tasting Riojas y Mas!

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!

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=e7uppwbab&oeidk=a07e6nazsw553bfcf3f

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  • aaron l.

    Thanks for coming everyone. What a great group of people and lots of fun!

    November 28, 2012

  • Jeremy S.

    Sorry. Teenage daughter in crisis. Next time.

    November 27, 2012

  • gia

    I did a 40 rioja tasting when I lived in Barcelona!

    November 25, 2012

    • gia

      and I didnt charge for it!

      November 25, 2012

    • 'Woody'

      Soooooo..your point is...???

      November 26, 2012

  • Taiesa L.

    Are we joining the waiting list at this point?

    November 23, 2012

    • aaron l.

      There are still tickets available at the official link at the page bottom that will guarantee a seat. Many RSVPs on this unofficial page have not yet purchased a ticket on the official page.

      November 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will someone be providing information on the wines, making this a guided tasting?

    November 20, 2012

    • aaron l.

      Absolutely, I donate my time to design and host these tastings for my fellow Austin Wine Tasters members. I am a U.S.S.A. certified Intermediate Sommelier and owner of PenguinOnWine.com. Love wine and love to teach.

      November 21, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Aaron. Now I have a chance of ending the evening less confused than when I get in :)

      November 21, 2012

  • aaron l.

    The response has been so good that Cork & Co. will give us another table if we need, so we can add another 6 spots for a total of 18.

    November 21, 2012

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