If you have never heard of the Ribera del Duero D.O. then you are either a teetotaler or a hermit. Producing some amazing wines and rivaling the likes of Rioja and Priorat, Ribera del Duero has been an official D.O. since 1982. The region is located approximately an hour and a half north of Madrid and extends over four provinces of Castilla y León: Burgos, Segovia, Soria, and Valladolid. It is sliced horizontally by the Duero River which provides a great diversity of soils along its banks and experiences a unique combination of Mediterranean and Continental climates (extreme daily and seasonal temperatures). In the hands of skilled artisans Tinto Fino/Tinta del País (Tempranillo) is masterfully transformed into elegant and delicious wines.
During the past three years Ribera del Duero has been infiltrating the United States wine market like Franco’s Army during the Spanish Civil War. With the help of an extremely talented and zealous US-based PR company and modern winemaking the region has made significant strides in gracing the tables of everyday America. The world has stood up and is now taking notice of what Ribera has to offer.
The 2012 Drink Ribera Grand Tasting event was recently held in New York and was another amazing spectacle to behold. More than 100 wineries showcased in excess of 300 wines. Almost 100 of the wines shown were by bodegas still seeking representation in the US. It is a wonder many of them are still looking as there were some tremendous wines (with fantastic values) presented.
The Grand Tasting event (this is the second in three years) is designed to showcase the remarkable wines of Ribera. This year’s event included such bodegas as Aalto, Alejandro Pesquera, Arzuaga, Neo, Pago de Capellanes, Peñafiel, and Torres. It also showcased a seminar by one of Spain’s most famous and popular wineries – Vega Sicilia. The wines were many and certainly worthy of the Ribera label and reputation. Familiar with the wines from Ribera del Duero? No? Learn more about the wines of Ribera at Drink Ribera. Now run out, grab a few bottles and enjoy!
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