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Wines from Rioja launches top 100 Riojas at new November tasting

Published:  27 October, 2015

Wines from Rioja is set to launch its selection of the top 100 Rioja wines at a special tasting event for the trade in November.

The event, named Rioja 10 x 10, will feature the ten best Riojas in ten categories of wine, as selected by a panel of twelve expert tasters.

The panel, which was chaired by Tim Atkin MW and Sarah Jane Evans MW, included wine buyers, wine writers and specialists. Together they tasted over 400 wines submitted to create their definitive listing.

The ten categories of wine have been chosen to demonstrate the diversity of high-quality wine available across the region.

The categories are: Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva, unoaked whites, oaked whites, rosado, unusual wines, generic wines over £15, wineries seeking representation, and reds made from non-Tempranillo varieties.

Tim Atkin MW said: "The 10 x 10 tasting highlighted the quality as well as the growing diversity of Spain's most famous wine region and was a pleasure to judge."

Sarah Jane Evans MW added: "Diversity. That sums up our tasting. All in all, a tempting snapshot of Rioja in 2015."

Ricardo Aguiriano, marketing director for the Consejo Regulador, said: "We are proud of the 10 x 10 selection, and we are excited to be sharing it with the UK trade this November.

"The UK is our most important market, accounting for 34% of our exports, and we have a strong focus on continuing the positive trend for value growth in this market by celebrating quality and excellence in the category.

"We were delighted to work with such a knowledgeable and dedicated panel who have developed a list which really draws attention to each individual style the region produces, demonstrating that there is a Rioja for every occasion"

The Rioja 10 x 10 tasting will take place on Tuesday, November 10 from 12pm to 6pm at Banking Hall, 14 Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND.

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