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Which is better, Ribera or Rioja?


So much has been said and written about the virtues of the wines of Ribera del Duero and La Rioja that they end up being rivals. Both are excellent and known by the world thanks to the large scale of exports.

If we talk about the early days, it is indisputable that the appellation of La Rioja was the first to be certified in Spain while the appellation of Ribera del Duero wine was certified later. As for grapes, the ones that are used for the production of wines of La Rioja are Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano red and Viura, Malvasia and white Garnacha. Ribera del Duero authorizes the grape Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec, Grenache and small amounts Albillo grapes. Both of them use the tempranillo grape wines.

There are differences in the wines but also certain similarities. Perhaps the biggest differences between them are the taste on the palate, because La Rioja is known for its more fruitiness, and Ribera wine is more intense

The wines of Ribera del Duero are elaborated in the southeast of Castilla and Leon (in Burgos, Segovia, Soria and Valladolid) and Rioja has an extension in different Spanish regions: From the Basque Country to Castilla and Leon, to other nearby.

The different climates of each appellation may also vary in some areas. For example, Ribera del Duero has a more extreme climate both in summer and winter, meanwhile in the Rioja there are different parts, each of which with a more specific atmosphere: Rioja Alta offers a moderate temperature; Rioja Baja has areas with frequent rain in winter, and Rioja Alavesa usually has dark temperate soils. What they do share, is that each one of these climates allows production of different but great quality wines.

To summarize, what is clear is that there is no absolute or closed in response to the question and that fundamentally it all depends on the quality of the crop and the taste and palate of the one who drinks it. After all, you choose the one you prefer.

 TAGS:Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2012Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2012

Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2012: a red wine from Ribera del Duero based on tempranillo, tinto fino and cabernet sauvignon of 2012 and presents an alcohol content of 13.50%. 



 TAGS:Muga Reserva 2012Muga Reserva 2012

Muga Reserva 2012: is a red wine made by Bodegas Muga from the region of Rioja from the 2012 vintage and has an alcoholic content of 14%.



It’s Blue Tropic? No, it’s blue wine!


So far, we have seen red, rosé, white, deep red wines… but not blue. Although there’s already swarming some champagne with this colour, nothing to do with what we show today: blue wine is something new, and just came up in Spain. This is the first blue wine in the world. Surprising, right?

This wine is called Gik Live!, and has been invented by young entrepreneurs in the Basque Country. And it is not only different in colour but also in taste, being sweeter than conventional wines. Its development and elaboration are the result of a research process that has been achieved in collaboration with the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU) and Azti Tecnalia, the food research department of the Basque Government.

The wine can be customized, since the first batch that has been released, which counted 400 bottles, has been developed in a cellar of El Bierzo. But the following blue wines can come from other grapes and wine makers, so it may be different according to customer demands.

These entrepreneurs have jumped all standards of wine culture because they didn’t wanted to do something traditional, but something they really liked, without the shackles of conventional wines. It is noteworthy that its development is environmentally friendly and is expected to be marketed among young people, thanks to its innovation, taste and colour.

To achieve this colour they perform a technological process of pigmentation of the grapes. It is sold ??online for a reasonable price of 10 Euros per bottle, through their website, gik.blue. The wine’s alcohol content 11.5%, and the goal of its creators is not to compete with designations of origin already existing. Its makers recommend to serve and drink it cold, since it is quite sweet.

However it is, today we recommend you some more traditional wines from El Bierzo, don’t miss them! 

 TAGS:Pétalos del Bierzo 2012Pétalos del Bierzo 2012

Pétalos del Bierzo 2012:  a red wine from the Bierzo DO made with mencía of 2012 and 14º of alcohol strength. 



 TAGS:Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas 2009Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas 2009

Dominio de Tares Cepas Viejas 2009:  a red wine from the Bierzo DO based on the top of mencía from 2009 vintage and with an alcoholic strength of 14.5º. 



Imatges: Uvinum and Martin