The Cantabrian Mountains protect Rioja to the north and west, providing shelter from the Atlantic Ocean. Rioja is divided into three zones; Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja, and Rioja Alavesa. It was the first Spanish region to be awarded DO status back in 1933, and in 1991 became the first to be upgraded to the top-level DOC. Rioja Reserva wines are produced in better vintages and are aged for a minimum of 3 years, with at least one year in oak. Gran Reserva wines are made only in exceptional vintages, and spend at least 2 years in oak and 3 years in the bottle. The Reserva wines are brought to market at their peak drinking window, allowing customers to have mature wines without the need to keep them aging in a cellar. These are excellent wines to serve with chicken dishes. Come in and try a selection of these wines on Saturday, January 16th at both shops.

2007 Viña Cerrada Reserva Rioja 17.00 14.11VS

2009 Lan Reserva Rioja 18.00 14.94VS

2008 Bodegas Palacios Reserva ‘Glorioso’ 22.00 18.26VS

2008 Luis Cañas Reserva Rioja Alavesa (Limited) 23.00 19.09VS

2009 Marqués de Vargas Reserva Rioja 25.00 20.75VS

2006 La Antigua Reserva ‘Clásico’ Rioja 26.00 21.58VS

2009 Sierra Cantabria Reserva ‘Unica’ Rioja 28.00 23.24VS

2005 Coto de Imaz Reserva Rioja 29.00 24.07VS

2010 Marqués de Murrieta Reserva ‘Finca Ygay’ 30.00 24.90VS

2005 La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial Rioja Alta 33.00 27.39VS

2005 Bodegas Ontañón Gran Reserva Rioja 35.00 29.05VS