Happy Friday Brickgals! I wanted to get the word out about a fabulous tasting happening at the Intercontinental Miami this coming Monday 4/30, the Vibrant Rioja Tasting.
Many of you have probably heard of Rioja before, and many actually think it is a type of wine, but it is not. It is actually a region in Spain, and might I add, the most well know. You will find red (tinto), white (blanco) and rose (rosado) wines all from this region, but majority of the wines from Rioja are red, and made from the Spanish grape Tempranillo.
Wines from Rioja also are broken down in several categories. You have basic Rioja, or Joven, which are more of the young, basic table wines. Then you will find the main 3 classifications; Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva. These classifications are used to show the aging of the wines, Crianza spending the least amount of time in oak barrels, and Gran Reserva’s the most.
While I can tell you the basics about Rioja, to get more in depth knowledge, and to taste 200+ wines from different producers, come to the Vibrant Rioja tasting next week. You will be able to meet and discuss with the winery owners and winemakers directly from Rioja who are making a special stop in Miami to help educate us about this fabulous region!