Red Wines from Rioja
Rioja is one of the great wine regions of the world. Arguably it was wines from Rioja that put Spain on the map. The region’s red wines have become mainstays on restaurant wine lists across the country.
But which Rioja should you buy?
One thing that’s important to keep in mind is that Rioja comes in different forms, including a host of whites and rosés, too. When it comes to your reds, an easy to understand classification system will help you find the right wine for every occasion. The four classifications of Rioja red wines are Joven, Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva.
Red Joven wines are not required to be aged in any wood. Joven means young, so are wines that will be released by the end of the year following the vintage
Wines classified as Crianza are aged for one year in oak and one year in bottle. These wines are perfect for everyday drinking, with a relatively low price point and flavors that are both fresh and accessible.
Rioja Reservas are aged for one year in oak and at least two years in bottle. These are your special night wines.
These wines are the most elevated expression of Rioja. They are only made in great vintages and aged for two years in oak and at least three years in bottle. This is the wine you pop when you have something special to celebrate. The amazing thing about the wines in each of these categories is that they are all still incredible value.