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The Rioja Masterclass, featuring La Rioja Alta and Lopez de Heredia

December 6, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Twin Cities Wine Education presents a special night of Spanish wine education

The greatest wine region of Spain  

Spanish wine history is full of starts and stops over the course of 2000 years (far more so than France or Italy), resulting in a fractured wine system that didn’t really start great momentum until the late 20th century. One exception, however, is the famous region of Rioja.

This class will take a multi-pronged approach to understand this incredibly important region and the stunning wines it produces.

First, we’ll discuss the history of Rioja (and Spanish wine in general), focusing on the relationship Rioja developed with Bordeaux in the late 19th Century. Next, we’ll examine the grapes of Rioja with extensive discussion on Tempranillo but also talking about lesser grapes (and tasting examples, such as a 100% Graciano). Lastly, we’ll detail the laws of Rioja including the labeling of Crianza, Riserva, Gran Riserva and more.

The tasting will include stunning examples of wines from many of these categories, and the class will receive detailed handouts and maps to help complete your education. This will be an exceptional evening of incredible wines and eye-opening knowledge to help you navigate the Rioja section of your favorite wine shop with confidence.

The Rioja Masterclass will present to you a full range of Rioja wines but will focus on two of the legends: La Rioja Alta and Lopez de Heredia, both of which are often heralded as the best of the best.

Expect comprehensive maps, articles, discussion of the history and terroir of Rioja, and ideas for purchasing wines to achieve the best bang for the buck you can find.


Twin Cities Wine Education
2446 University Avenue West, #106
Saint Paul, MN 55114 United States

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