Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fall in Rioja - Beautiful colors

In Rioja, it's often said that the wines are "made in the vineyards," and they insist on using the highest quality grapes matured to perfection. Rioja is home to several grape varieties, but the prize of the region is certainly the Tempranillo grape, which has been cultivated in Spain for centuries and is recognized as one of the world's noble varieties. As the chief ingredient in Rioja wines, Tempranillo grapes form the vibrant base for the rich flavors of Rioja reds.

About Tempranillo
This is Spain's classic varietal, known for its vibrancy and how well it complements so many foods and social occasions. Expressive when young and velvety rich when aged, it makes for wines that are medium to full-bodied with hints of vanilla and flavors of cherries, currants and coconut. Tempranillo also is known for its gorgeous raspberry freshness. Nearly 80 percent of all grapes grown in Rioja are Tempranillo. The true origin of the Tempranillo grape has been lost in the mists of time, but it has been suggested that pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago may have brought vines with them on their long journey from monasteries in Northern Europe.
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