Rioja – where are the classics?


Andrew Licudi, who commutes between Gibraltar and Edinburgh and wrote this recent competition entry, laments the passing of classical rioja. See also A snapshot of Rioja today

The wine landscape in Spain has been changing. Many claim it’s made Spain one of the most exciting red wine regions on the planet. Others that its wines are mostly strong, over-extracted, indistinguishable from each other and ultimately simple. Classical rioja is increasingly difficult to find in Spain and, like sherry, is no longer fashionable. 

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