Wine List: Ribera de Duero To Rosso Piceno

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Ribera del Duero
Ribera del Duero is an area of north central Spain known for classical, refined red wines, tasting of plums and black currants. Pesquera and Unico are top of the line examples. Suggested food pairings include Beef Goulash and Roast Lamb.

Riesling is a famous white wine grape. It's the signature grape of Germany where it is vinified in a wide variety of styles. Don't miss out on today's fine Riesling wines because of bad experiences with cloying, low-quality Rieslings in the past. It's a food friendly wine; one that's worth getting to know. See My Own French Wine Articles for a clickable list of French Riesling wines. See My Own German Wine Articles for a clickable list of German Riesling wines. See A Tasmania, Australia Riesling (Under $15) and A South Australian Riesling (Under $15) for reviews of this grape down under.

Rioja fine wine red and Spanish wine lists

Rioja provides many of Spain's great wines.

Rioja is an area of north central Spain considered to be Spain's finest wine region. It is also group of mouth-filling, fruity red wines based on the Tempranillo grape variety. Spanish law stipulates how long wine must be aged in oak barrels, the minimum for Rioja is two years, but most are aged much longer. Suggested food pairings include Veal Marsala.

RosÚ wine is usually made from red grapes whose skins remain in contact with the grape juice prior to fermentation. The longer the contact, the darker the ensuing wine will be. RosÚ wines are often thought of as summer, easy to drink wines, but there are a wide variety of rosÚs, many of which are food-friendly. In general, eat light foods with rosÚ wines. Suggested food pairings include Pasta Arrabiata, a spicy Pasta.

RosÚ Champagne
RosÚ Champagne by law is only produced in the Champagne region of northern France. It gets its red color from the Pinot Noir grape, and also contains the Chardonnay grape in varying proportions. They are full-bodied, elegant wines, not as sweet as most still rosÚ wines. Many consider rosÚ Champagnes to be the pick of the litter (and what a litter.) Suggested food pairings include Grilled Fish and Roast Lamb, but frankly Champagne goes with most fine foods.

Rosso Piceno
Rosso Piceno is a DOC red wine produced throughout most of the Marche region in central Italy. It is based on the Montepulciano and Sangiovese red grape varieties but some other red grapes may be used to a maximum of 15%. Suggested food pairings include Steak and Venison. See I Love Italian Wine and Food - The Marche Region for a review of a Rosso Piceno wine.

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