Get Ready for the “Other” Riojas: A Cheat Sheet for Lesser Known Spanish Wines (Food & Wine FWx) Ask any casual American drinker to name a Spanish wine and he or she will likely get as far as the word “Rioja” before drawing a complete blank. But the truth is that the Rioja region’s younger brothers—Ribera del Duero and Rueda—are producing some of the best juice in the country. Read More

10 Best Wineries in Ribera del Duero and Rueda (USA Today 10Best) Travel Expert Lane Nieset invites travelers to head north of Madrid to find one of Spain’s newest wine routes in Rueda, established a little over a year ago with 14 wineries winding through 13 towns. After you’ve made it through a round of white wines, take your tour to the next-door region of Ribera del Duero with 53 wineries and vineyards lining the Duero river. Read More

Why Verdejo Should Make Your Summer Drinking List (VinePair) Millennial-based publication, VinePair, encourages readers to replace Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio with Verdejo. Rueda is playfully described as “hipster cool” and full of “tortured-looking vines that have twisted and dug their way into rocky soil” for centuries. Get up close and personal with Rueda’s terroir, vines and wines you can serve at your next get together. Read More

9 Wine and Cheese Pairings Every 20-Something Should Know (Marie Claire) Pairing wine and cheese is the greatest, right? But if you’re a 20-something who’s just now figured out how to pick a bottle without being like “I don’t know, this label’s pretty?”, then you’re probably not very good at choosing *which* wine should go with *which* cheese. Here, a primer from Charles Ford, wine director for The Bristol in Chicago and brand ambassador for Ribera y Rueda. Read More

Lively White Verdejo Wines To Sip With Your Tapas (The Boston Globe) Throughout Spain, lively white verdejo wines are well known, the sort of pours you might sip alongside a nibble of tapas. Here, the wines (pictured below) are just a blip on the radar, but Boston sommeliers are discovering new bottles hailing from a lesser-known region in central Spain. Read More

Why Rivers Make Great Wine Regions (VinePair) It comes down to chemistry. Geography 101 – Water maintains its temperature longer than air, rivers are able to act as both heat reservoirs and cooling agents in the valleys they’ve carved over thousands of years. This science is the same reason outdoor pools stay warm longer than the air after sunset, and why seaside areas have more consistent temperatures than their nearby inland counterparts. That’s the case for Ribera del Duero, and it enables them to make some of the best wine in the world. Read More

The Major Tempranillo Regions of Spain: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, and Toro (Vivino) Tempranillo has been cultivated in Spain for at least the last 200 years and probably much longer. It’s an early-ripening variety, thus leading to its name; temprano is the Spanish word for early. There are three major regions in Spain producing Tempranillo – Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Toro. See where they stand amongst each other. Read More

Growing Ribera del Duero (Wine Spectator – Subscription Needed) In a region that has experienced such great growth in recent decades, Tom Matthews at Wine Spectator praises the region for producing some of the best juice. Bodegas Vega Sicilia is highlighted as a leader in the Designation of Origin (DO). The bodega influenced many of the regulations put in place and still holds great influence in the realm of Spanish wine. Read More (Subscription Needed)

Unexpected Pairings (The Daily Meal) As a master sommelier and restaurant owner, I often hear the question, “What should I pair with this?” It’s a topic that can be quite intimidating and overly scientific for the uninitiated, but it can also be a game-changer when a wine and food in combination become more than the sums of their individual flavors. You can create something almost magical.  I’m not just talking pairings for fancy restaurants and tasting menus, but for fun foods, too! Read More

Ribera y Rueda Invites US Millenials to “Sí What’s Next” (BrandChannel) Spanish winemakers D.O. Ribera del Duero y D.O. Rueda have joined forces to launch a new brand, Ribera y Rueda (RyR), targeting US millennials by introducing high-quality, affordable Spanish wines via social media and local marketing. Read More

Perfect Wine Pairing For Your Grown Up Pizza Party (Single Minded Women)  … I’ll sidetrack to a hearty slice of meat lovers deep dish. All that cheese, charred crust and a ton of meaty toppings like pepperoni, Italian sausage and ham. This works well with a more modern style Ribera Del Duero … Read More

What Wine Pairs With Lamb? Tempranillo From Spain’s Ribera del Duero (Los Angeles Times) In Spain, eating lamb, and especially milk-fed and suckling lamb, is practically a religion. Usually it’s quartered and roasted in a big terra cotta cazuela in a dome-shaped, wood-burning oven, emerging so tender you can cut the meat with a spoon. That’s the way I had it last fall at Restaurante Mannix in Ribera del Duero, where some of Spain’s best reds are made from the Tempranillo grape. Compared with Tempranillo stronghold Rioja, where many of the historic cellars date from the 19th century, Ribera del Duero is a relative newcomer. But in both wine regions, lamb and Tempranillo rule the table. Read More

On the Verdejo Wine Trail in Central Spain (The Guardian)  A decade ago verdejo was barely known outside a small area north-west of Madrid. Now the full-bodied white is popular across Spain and beyond. Read More