RIOJA-OUR FAVORITES...

Yes you can still find phenomenal , world class, incredibly drinkable reds without paying Bordeaux/Napa Valley prices.

Where? RIOJA, SPAIN-HERE'S A FEW OF OUR FAVORITES

$10 VINA HERMINIA TEMPRANILLO '16

-great value from this esteemed bodega. all tank, no wood, fresh and juicy 100% tempranillo. 

$12 ERMITA D'SAN FELICES BLANCO "17

-After working in the industry for 33 years, Santiago Ijalba Garcia established Bodegas Santalba in 1998, in the Rioja town of Gimileo. Obtaining his degree in oenology in 1974, Santiago was later joined by his son, Roberto, in 1997, after he'd finished studying at UC Davis in 1996. "This is a father/son team," says Jorge Perez, our South American Portfolio Director. "They do everything hand-in-hand. These two winemakers represent two different generations. They have traditional style wines, Emirta; and Abando, which is the son taking over, introducing modern techniques." Terrific Rioja Blanco.

$12 BODEGAS ARTUKE '16

-This 16ha family winery (the name is for the sons's of the owner: Arturo and Kike) was created in 1985 after 100 years of growing for their larger neighbors. The vineyards from 30 to 100 years old are located in Barros de Ebro. Artuke whole berry fermented and is blended with 5% Viura. Boy is this Rioja a bargain!

$12 Bodegas Riojannas "Canchales" Joven '16

$13 El Coto "Crianza" '14

$13 bodegas riojannas -MONTE REAL- "CRIANZA '15

-a terrific Bodega producing wine for over a century.

$15 LUBERRI "ORLEGI" COSECHA '17

$16 ERMITA D'SAN FELICES "CRIANZA" '15

-after working in the industry for 33 years, Santiago Ijalba Garcia established Bodegas Santalba in 1998, in the Rioja town of Gimileo. Obtaining his degree in oenology in 1974, Santiago was later joined by his son, Roberto, in 1997, after he'd finished studying at UC Davis in 1996. This is a father/son team, they do everything hand-in-hand. These two winemakers represent two different generations. They have traditional style wines, Emirta; and Abando, which is the son taking over, introducing modern techniques. the 2015 Ermita Crianza is a perfect example.

$17 Bodega Hazanas "Vinas Viejas" '15

$20 Telmo Rodriguez "Bodega Laganza" '16

$20 Familia Montana "reserva" '11

$22 BODEGAS ARTUKE "PIES NEGRO" CRIANZA '15

$23 Telmo Rodriguez "Corriente" '15

$25 BODEGAS OSTATU "CRIANZA" '15

-stunning complexity and lovely flavors.

$25 Coto de Imaz "reserva" '13