Sunday, November 11, 2007

Rioja named Wine Region of the Year

I'm sure that it's not ONLY because of my coverage and support of the region, but Wine Enthusiast has named Rioja wine region of the year!

Although Rioja's winemaking history goes back centuries, and benefits from hundreds of years of experience and innovation, it is currently undergoing a stylistic revolution—or, as winemakers prefer—an “evolution. This historic region was Spain’s first denominated, governed wine region, a designation only given to regions that consistently demonstrated the highest quality levels over many years. Encompassing just over 150,000 planted acres, Rioja was promoted to DOC in 1991, and recently has scaled new heights in the production of world-class wines. Through its evolution beyond a one-product, one-style region, the region has not only put itself on the international wine map, but has done the same for Spain.

Regular readers know how much I love the wines of Spain, and those of Rioja in particular, so I'm excited that more and more Americans are finding out for themselves just how wide a range of wines they can find from Rioja, from thr most traditional, like Lopez de Heredia, to the innovative and avant-garde, like Cune Haro.


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