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    Find your new favourite.... Rioja Alternative

    Red wine from Rioja is regularly among our most popular. The wines are usually based on the Tempranillo grape offering flavours of raspberry, plum and cherry. They can range from young, juicy easy drinking reds to mature, full bodied, savoury wines. But if you enjoy the wines from this region what else could you try? We've collected 6 wines that offer flavours and textures that will deliver what you're after.

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    Emilio Moro, Finca Resalso Ribera del Duero 2019

    A brighter, fresher wine from this region a little further west of Rioja. This uses the same grape variety: Tempranillo, and is honest, intense and very expressive on the nose with aromas of blackberry and blackcurrant.

    Santos Lima, Quinta Vista Tinto 2019

    Portuguese red blend of syrah and other local varieties, full of jammy red fruits and sweet spices, velvety and well structured with a soft elegant finish. One to enjoy if you like Crianza Rioja.

    Venta La Vega Aldea Tinto

    Juicy and smooth with tons of black cherry and a touch of spice. This is a blend of Garnacha (which is often blended with Tempranillo in Rioja) with Syrah.

    Quinta dos Roques Tinto 2018

    Blackberry, pine, and vanilla notes from 10 months in oak. Generous and with good structure. A great alternative to Reserva Rioja reds.

    Paxton "Queen of the Hive" 2020

    Full of plush strawberries, poached rhubarb, plums and red cherries with a silky richness from time spent in small oak barrels. This is another one for fans of Reserva Rioja. It uses a little Tempranillo in the blend too.

    Cantine Povero, Barbera d'Asti 'Dianae' 2021

    A velvety, fruit packed Barbera. Vibrant and fruity with intense notes of raspberry and cherry. A very appealing wine.