The first #winechat occurred on July 31st with Rioja Wine (@RiojaWine) as our guest. Although several people had technical difficulties with Twitter during the chat, there were 83 active participants talking about Rioja!
Unfortunately I was placed in Twitter hashtag jail during the chat (yes, it does exist!) and Dave (@997Dave) was slapped in and out of it but we persevered due to great people like the lovely Eileen(@wineeveryday)who offered to be my official re-tweeter.
My co-host Dave opened up a 2007 Glorioso Crianza which he really enjoyed “Great fruit and oak.” I tried a bit of all the recommended Riojas. Watch for coming tasting notes!
Rioja Wines was on hand to answer questions and give out some great prizes!
What were others drinking?
Elizabeth Smith (@cestbeth), who enchanted us with her fluent Spanish, picked up the only Tempranillo Rioja offered from her local wine store, a 2009 Montebuena 90-point Wine Advocate best buy. She paired this with spicy sausage and found “the fat, salt, and spice brought out the fruit.”
William Pollard (@wild4wawine) picked up a Ramon Cardova 2007, a 100% Tempranillo which he described as having “some gingerbread, coffee, earth, leather, spice on the nose, chocolate truffle, coffee, finish modest tannins, good acidity.” Yum!
Suzielin (@suzielin) enjoyed the 2006 Lan Rioja Crianza. According to Suzie, the wine improved as it opened up, and became “smooth, full, nice dark fruit, little hint of oak.”
Todd Trzaskos(@vtwinemedia) opened a 2008 Osoti Rioja and found it “fruit forward pleasing and fresh.”
Douglas Trapasso (@demilove) had the most descriptive way to describe his white Rioja “reminds me a little of Honey Nut Cheerios!” Hmm, not sure if that’s a good or bad thing!
Jason Phelps(@ancientfirewine) also had a white Rioja: Marques de Caceres 2009. His description was “Nose is very nice, with a streak of minerality. Mouth is drier than the nose leads on.”
@projecthope7 noted that “the semi-dulce white wine is my fave!” because he could “mix with sweets & savory!”
A few disappointments
Lorie Perrone (@winingways) had the 2009 Cortijo Rioja Rosato, a 50/50 blend of Garnacha and Tempranillo. Unfortunately she found although it was “pretty in the glass, good nose” it was “flabby on the palate. No zip. No zing. More rhubarb than strawberry.”
Certified Sommelier Alexandra Alznauer (@winewatcher) found a Montebuena DOC Cosecha 2009 in the kitchen. Unfortunately she found it wasn’t stored properly so was disappointed.
Some great food pairings
Anthony Burich (@aburich ) had a Montecillo 2003 Gran Reserva paired with a beautiful Tortilla Espanola and baby greens. Invitation next time, Anthony?
Tom (@WineTom) paired his Crianza with “lamb sausage and fennel! Definitely food wine!”
Learning more about Rioja
Watch for a future post where we’ll go through the questions that folks had on Rioja and the responses from our fantastic hosts, RiojaWine!
Thanks for joining us!
Marie and Dave