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A Few Treats From Rioja

Since traveling doesn’t seem to be an option these days, my wine glass and I have been roaming the world from the comfort of home. Our most recent virtual stop was to Rioja, Spain to taste a few delectable wines. Rioja wine region is located in north-central Spain and is made up of valleys that stretch along the Ebro River. Rioja is divided into three sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa.

CVNE (pronounced coo-nay) is an acronym for Compania Vinicola del Norte des Espana and it is one of Rioja’s most iconic and historic wine producers. Two brothers founded the winery in 1879 and within six years they began receiving international awards for their wines. By 1915 they introduced Monopole, the oldest white wine brand of Spain. The current owners are direct descendants and represent the fifth generation. 

CVNE owns 545 hectares of vineyards and several wineries that are dispersed throughout the subregions of Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. The vineyards benefit from the influence of the Atlantic and Mediterranean climates and are rich with calcareous clay, ferrous clay and alluvial soils.

CVNE Vineyard Photo courtesy of CVNE

Cune Rosado DOCa 2019

This wine is 100% Tempranillo, hand-picked from Rioja Alta sub-region. A cherry red color leads to fragrant aromas of strawberry and candied fruit. This is a dry wine with crisp acidity, strawberry, cherry and licorice on the palate. It is a nice balance between sweet and tart. Serve as an aperitif or make it into a spritzer. It will pair well with appetizers, seafood and light fare.
Alcohol:  13%
SRP:  $13

Photo credit: Penny Weiss

Viña Real Crianza DOCa 2016

Viña Real Vineyard Photo courtesy of CVNE

The first Viña Real wines were launched in 1920 and are produced from grapes grown in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa province. This wine is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuela. Crianza is a Spanish wine classification indicating the wine is aged for a minimum of one year in casks and a few months in the bottle. This wine is aged in French and American oak casks for 13 to 14 months.  

Photo credit: Penny Weiss

Dark ruby in color, this wine delivers lush aromas of dark fruit, spice and vanilla. The palate offers expressive and juicy notes of dark plum, dark cherry, pomegranate, floral, spice, vanilla and licorice. Hints of pepper and toasty notes linger on a long finish. Fine tannins, depth and complexity add to the elegance of this wine. I’m still in awe of the price! Serve with grilled meat, grilled fish, stews and pasta.
Alcohol:  14.5%
SRP:  $17

CVNE wines never disappoint me.  I’m looking forward to exploring and tasting more of their wines!

Until next time…



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