Rioja: Grape, Brand or Region?

Here’s a great post by Ian Abrahams, from the Bristol Wine Blog. As I described some time ago in my post, “Bordeaux, It’s Not a Grape“, Ian highlights one of the major differences between Old World and New World wines; that Old World wines generally carry the name of their region of origin, rather than the grape varietals used. In his post, Ian discusses the Spanish wine, Rioja. I hope you enjoy Ian’s post as much as I did.


8 thoughts on “Rioja: Grape, Brand or Region?

  1. Thanks for the Old World v New World clarification. I didn’t know it was that simple!

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    • Appetite for Wine July 21, 2016 at 2:12 pm Reply

      While there are other differences between the two designations, this is one of the main ones, and possibly the most misunderstood. I am glad Ian and I were able to provide some clarity! Thanks, Mark!

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  2. okiewinegirl2015 July 22, 2016 at 7:17 am Reply

    Great clarification! Now I’m armed w knowledge the next time I stop by the wine shop! Grazie!

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    • Appetite for Wine July 22, 2016 at 8:21 am Reply

      Glad to be of service! Ian is a very knowledgeable blogger, and I recommend following him if you don’t already!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Have Wine, Will Inspire August 13, 2016 at 12:20 pm Reply

    I love how you educate and engage! I am trying to do the same. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Appetite for Wine August 13, 2016 at 2:36 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! I do my best, so it is nice to know my efforts are noted and appreciated! Thanks for the follow, too. I’m now following you, and in reading a few of your posts, we seem to have a similar style and passion. Keep up the great work!


  4. MerakiVino September 14, 2016 at 7:16 am Reply

    Great post! Please visit and possibly like or follow or visit the website : We are forming a community of wine bloggers and writers (even just the average Joe drinker). Look forward to reading your future posts

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