Winecast: Rioja

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Back to Spain with arguably that country’s most famous wine region. ERRATUM: In the cast I say that there’s a formal expectation that Tempranillo and Viura “dominate” their respective blends. I may be overstating what the regulations actually say. The regs just state that Tempranillo and Viura should be regarded as “preferred” or “preferential” grapes and don’t elaborate further. Whatever the regs mean by that, they don’t seem to mean that either Tempranillo or Viura are legally required in a Rioja wine, since there are at least red Riojas that are made without Tempranillo, though they are rare. Sorry that I wasn’t more clear on this point.

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