Rioja is arguably Spain's top wine region and is one of only two regions classified under the Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa) system. Its two most important red grapes are Tempranillo and Garnacha. Although red wines from Rioja are prized, Spanish wines generally offer great bang for the buck, allowing one to indulge in quality vino without breaking the bank! There are four categories of red wines in Rioja. The youngest of these is known as “Joven”. “Crianza” must have been aged in oak for at least two years, while Reserva is oak aged for at least three. Gran Reservas spend at le...Read more
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