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Staff Pick

Real Rubio Blanco, Rioja - 2017

Item # 30101 750mL
$16.96 $11.96 / Single Bottle
You Save 29%
$203.52 $129.17/ Case of 12
You Save 37%
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Tasting Notes

White Rioja is a pleasure to drink and really much rarer than those delicious red wines from the region. This is an especially fruit-forward version that is lively on the palate and makes an excellent match to any shellfish dishes.

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Staff Pick Notes

For the longest time, I was convinced that Rioja was the Spanish word for "red," and I couldn't comprehend how something could be a Rioja Blanco. Turns out that Rioja is actually a fantastic wine-producing region that turns out great value and very tasty wines. This guy from Real Rubio is super fresh and pairs with 90% of things I eat in my daily life. Very young and clean, this wine is mostly Viura (the local synonym for Macabeo) with a splash of Verdejo. I got tons of very clean and spritzy notes of yellow apple, white peach, and maybe something floral. The finish is very refreshing and lively. The Real Rubio is very drinkable on its own, especially once the weather gets over 50 degrees, but if you're feeling fancy, you can pair up with cucumber sandwiches, lobster rolls, crawfish, or ceviche.

- DD

Astor's Glossary of Terms


Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the...

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The origin of Spanish winemaking, Rioja has been the benchmark for Spanish wines in the international market for over two hundred years, and remains so to this day. Tempranillo is the star of the red wines here, though its expression can vary wildly from producer to producer. Traditionally-styled Riojas tend to be subtle and soft, and often have high levels of acidity to ensure their survival...

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