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What You Should Know about Rioja

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Rioja is the most famous of all Spanish wine regions. In 1560 Rioja established regulations to ensure the purity of their wines and to prevent other regions from hijacking its “brand.” In 1925, Rioja became Spain’s first, legally recognized Denomination of Origin for wine. When new classifications were introduced in 1991, Rioja was immediately upgraded to DOCa. It is still one of only two in Spain.

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Are Expensive Wines Better?

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

This may be the wine question I’m most frequently asked by consumers. The question is broad, so a simple “yes or no” answer doesn’t work, but the short answer is “usually.” ...In objective terms, wine quality tends to go up with price. ...Some regions are famous for producing wines which offer an excellent quality-price ratio.

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4 Ways to Keep your New Year's Resolutions while Expanding your Wine Horizons

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Some New Year’s resolutions are good for us, but no fun. They are tough to stick with. The right rewards for diligence makes it easier though. Treat yourself to new wine experiences when you reach milestones. At the end of the year, you’ll be happy with your achievements and have broadened your wine perspectives too.

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Is Vega Sicilia the Chateau Petrus of Spain?

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

For decades, Vega Sicilia has produced wines of one variety at a quality level so high as to transcend national boundaries. Like Chateau Petrus for Merlot, Vega Sicilia Unico is typically considered not just the best Tempranillo in the Ribeira del Duero region, nor in Spain overall, but in the world.

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