Wines of Rioja

Rioja, the most recognizable and famous wine region in Spain, is the focus of March’s wine class at The Granary on Thursday, March 6th. We will be taking a look at the region’s history from the middle ages, to the first “modern period” when the influence of the Bordelais changed the regions course in the mid-19th century, to the second “modern period” in the late twentith Century when Rioja delved into a more international style, creating a divide between classical and modern producers. We will also explore the differences in climate between the sub-regions of Rioja and the expression of the wines from its different soil types. Our goal for this class is to show the age-ability of both red and white wines from Rioja, and to show the many different food pairing possibilities that the region’s wines have at the table.

Here’s a sneak peak of a few of the wines we will be tasting:

Lopez de Heredia, Blanco Grand Reserva, Vina Tondonia, 1991

Remelluri, Rioja Alavesa, Tinto, Grand Reserva, 1999

Remelluri, Rioja Alavesa, Reserva, 2003

Ostatu, Rioja, Tinto, 2010

And more!

This class will be the start of our Month of Spanish Wines through-out Fearrington Village, where we will be showcasing the great diversity of amazing wines Spanish wines at each of our restaurants. More details on this soon!

I hope to see you there!

– Maximilian Kast