May 2009 issue
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Rioja: Still the Benchmark for Spanish Wine Doug Krenik, MS, CWENo other region in Spain embodies both the history and the essence of the country’s wine the way Rioja does. As early as 1560, Rioja producers recognized the importance of the area, banning the inclusion of grapes from outside the region and marking their brand on the goat skins in which the wine was transported to guarantee its authenticity. Ribera del Duero may have its Vega Sicilia, Toro its new investors, and Priorat its power and premium pricing, but Rioja still stands as the quintessenti...
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