Wine and tapas matching tips:
Rioja wines are considered to be among the world’s most food-friendly wines, so to help you match your tapas and wine at this year’s festival, here are some helpful tips:
Unaged white Rioja:Young, fresh, and fruity – think citrus aromas and zingy acidity – perfect with salpicón de marisco (seafood salad).
Barrel-fermented white Rioja: Traditional wines with creamy, buttery flavours. Great with a variety of different foods, from meaty and flavoursome vieras (sea scallops) to the notoriously difficult to match tortilla de patatas (potato omelette).
Rosado Rioja: Rosé wines are typically made from Tempranillo or Garnacha in a dry style, with plenty of strawberry and cherry flavours – ideal with juicy gambas a la plancha (grilled prawns).
- Guarantee of origin wines: Typically fruity and approachable reds – great partner to many different tapas dishes from jamón to chorizo a la parilla. Can also apply to some modern fruit-driven styles which don’t fit into the traditional ageing categories.
- Crianza wines: Wines which have spent at least two years ageing at the winery before release, with a minimum of one year in casks. . These wines are fresh and juicy with just a hint of creamy vanilla from time spent in oak – try drinking with smoked cod croquetas.
- Reserva wines: Selected wines of the best vintages with excellent ageing potential. These are aged for a minimum of 3 years at the winery, with at least one year in casks. These are serious wines, built to last, with concentrated fruit flavours and complex hints of spice – drink with morcilla con alegris (pan fried black pudding with spicy peppers).
- Gran Reserva wines: Selected wines from exceptional vintages which have spent at least 2 years in oak casks and 3 years in the bottle before release. These rank among the world’s finest wines, with intense depth, silky texture, and savoury flavours – try with braised Ibérico pork cheek.