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La Maldita, a new style of Rioja wines!

Happy to discover these 2 wines from Vivanco winery, La Maldita, that go beyond the traditional Rioja style! The red is a trendy Garnacha, fresh and easy to drink. Only part of the wine was aged in barrels and just for a couple months, so the wine is young and fruity with notes of red fruits and violets. Yes, it’s possible to get an every day Rioja and still feel the richness and elegancy of the authentic terroir and simply pair it with a pizza or a burger.

But, honestly, my special mention is to La Maldita white! This is a 100% Garnacha Blanca, an indigenous Spanish and very rare grape that grows in Rioja in limited quantities. What to expect? In nose you can feel expressive floral and herbal notes, with a crispy and refreshing acidity in the palate. Considering it’s not a common grape I celebrate the intention of this traditional winery to cultivate and vinify this varietal to demonstrate how unique and excellent the Garnacha Blanca from Rioja is.

La Maldita brand is, in my humble opinion, a good option to discover also how vibrant and vanguard can also be a classic and traditional region like the already well beloved Rioja. The world of wine still surprises, and I am every day looking for it. Olé!

Marina La Forgia 


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Vetiver Viura, a delight from Rioja

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Viña Real Crianza, an authentic Rioja blend

(Marina La Forgia) I like red wines when they are fruity, fresh and elegant, but I like them most when they also have a good structure and are a genuine expression of their unique Rioja ones! The Viña Real Crianza from CVNE Bodegas is without any doubts one of these spanish reds that never disappoint. If you look for a medium bodied and delicate red wine for your tasty meals, then try this delicious blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Mazuelo, aged for a minimum of 1 year in both French and American oak barrels. Intense but round, fruity but also a bit herbaceous, this Crianza is an authentic and traditional Rioja. A unique style and a sure value. 

Apothic Red: Un blend de California intenso y misterioso

No soy una consumidora frecuente de vinos californianos, pero debo reconocer que en general me gustan mucho. Forman parte del ya conocido estilo nuevo mundo donde la fruta, el color y la intensidad de cuerpo, sabores y aromas son característicos. He descubierto recientemente un vino tinto sublime. La etiqueta se llama Apothic y es el único exponente de la bodega que lleva su nombre, Apothic Wines. Por lo visto han puesto su energía a vinificar un solo vino, pero con gran dedicación. Me he dejado gratamente cautivar por este vino desde lo visual. Ya su nombre es atractivo, proviene del latín “Apotheca” y nos remite al misterioso lugar donde en el medioevo los europeos elaboraban y almacenaban sus vinos. Y en su nombre está su esencia, ya que es un secreto “blend” del enólogo que incluye cuatro variedades intensas: Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon y Merlot. El resultado no es más que una explosión de fruta, ya sea en sus aromas como en el gusto. Una verdadera delicia para los se