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These Colorful Pages Reveal Rioja And Its Tempranillo Wines

2017
13 November
2017-11-13 00:00:00
2017-11-13 00:00:00

These Colorful Pages Reveal Rioja And Its Tempranillo Wines

Author Ana Fabiano recently released the second edition of her book about Rioja, Spain, and its powerful wines.

Titled The Wine Region of Rioja, this glossy hardcover is colorful and compact, lush and informative. It includes well researched text, gorgeous photographs, quotations from winemakers (and side bars about vintners and chefs) and a segment on pairing wine with food that includes sumptuous recipes—such as tomato tartare with lagoustine and white garlic. The dominant red grape of Rioja is Tempranillo, used to produce both blends and varietal wines.  "Rioja wines," writes Fabiano, "are voluptuous; they are round, full and rich."

Chapters cover history and geography (including succinct breakdowns of the seven principal valleys of the region), wine styles and regulations. Two chapters are also dedicated to 'grand old bodegas' as well as newer wineries. The final chapter covers the 'Modern Medley of Rioja: Architecture, Gastronomy, and Wine.'

Below, author Fabiano tells of her own journey to the region, as well as highlights of her book.

“I’m American. From New Jersey. People ask me—what brought you to Rioja? I say democracy. I studied in Madrid. Lived there for three years. I was studying in Spain during the transition to democracy in 1978 through 1982. The country was privatizing and trying to build its economic base for product sectors. They were interested in moving toward supporting those which had economic but also commercial cache. One of those was the wine industry. I was hired by the embassy of Spain’s trade office.

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