“There are no standards of taste in wine, cigars, poetry, prose, etc. Each man’s own taste is the standard, and a majority vote cannot decide for him or in any slightest degree affect the supremacy of his own standard.”
–Mark Twain, 1895
“One not only drinks wine, one smells it, observes it, tastes it, sips it, and—one talks about it.” –King Edward VII of England
On June 29th the Haro Wine Festival takes place in the town of Haro, in the La Rioja province of northern Spain. It is held every year in the summer and involves a lot of wine drinking and pouring of buckets of wine on each other.
Despite a surge in diverse and interesting wines from all around Spain, Rioja still reigns as the principal red-wine-producing region. Rioja offers both quality and quantity and comfortably sits alongside many of the worlds greatest wine-producing regions. A deep ruby red wine from Rioja is likely to be light to medium-bodied, with intense aromas of wild red berries and black cherry and blackberry flavors.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “Music and wine are one”. As music is an essential companion to a good glass of wine, I invite you to listen to your favorite music as you drink a nice glass of Rioja. May it uncork your interest in the fascinating regions where wine originates. Let us know what you think of Rioja!