Amidst the hottest gathering for the Texas culinary scene is a little known fact: Rioja wines are a perfect pair! On Friday, April 24th, follow your taste buds to the Taste of Texas — a star-studded lineup of Texas’ top talent serving up dishes that reflect their signature style and just happen to pair fantastically with Rioja wines.
In the heart of Spain lies the wine region of Rioja, known for its excellent value, exceptional quality and delicious versatility. With these trademarks, it’s no wonder the wines pair so perfectly with succulent meats and spices from Texas’ Hill Country and complement the cutting edge foods coming from nouveau chefs in the area.
One might think a wine that stands up to a bevy of culinary talent in Texas is an unaffordable luxury; fortunately, this is not the case with Rioja.
It is the only wine region in the world that does not release any of their wines until they are ready to drink.
The value of an aged Rioja is unmatched when compared to other regions of comparable caliber. Many winemaking regions release their wines before aging to accelerate release date, expedite profits and reduce cost of storage. Rioja remains one of the last regions that takes on the responsibility of cellaring and ageing its wines, so they are perfectly ready to drink when you pick up a glass or a bottle.
There is a wine for just about every dish.
With over 500 wineries, big and small, Rioja’s versatility will leave you pleasantly surprised. The region’s flagship grape, Tempranillo can be voluptuous, round, rich and full, pairing perfectly with meats, hams, stews, cheeses and more. Not to be outdone, the whites or blancos of Rioja, primarily made up of the Viura grape, are a perfect match with seafood and chicken and hot Texas nights. Need something in between? Leave it to Rioja rosados – these roses give others a run for their money and are delicious go-tos for just about any occasion or dish.
Why this versatility?
The cool growing conditions of Rioja produces fruit forward, balanced and structured wines with moderate alcohol that will not overwhelm food. The soft tannins in Rioja are strong enough to cleanse the palate, but then the fruit takes over and calms even a high level of spice.
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As you taste your way through Austin Food + Wine Festival, we encourage you to post a photo of your favorite Rioja wine and tapas pairing tagged with #RiojaBuzz and #ShareYourPair and you’ll be entered into our #ShareYourPair photo contest! Encourage your friends to vote and the fan favorite wins a grand prize Rioja dinner for two, while five runners up will receive a Rioja swag bag.