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Bill Zacharkiw: Rioja can be many things to many drinkers

Wine Critic Bill Zacharkiw’s with over 25 years in the wine industry has a lot to say about Rioja this week.

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Wine critic, Bill Zacharkiw

As featured in Bill’s Wines of the Week

Rioja 2018, Rayos Uva, Olivier Rivière, Spain red, $21.20, SAQ # 13076071. Drinks like Burgundy and Rioja’s love child. Has that youthful, exuberant fruit — cherry and strawberry. The tannins are so fine, so elegant. The finish is wonderfully fresh, with just a hint of tempranillo earthiness. Lots of interesting complexity. Grape varieties: tempranillo, graciano, garnacha. Residual sugar: 1.4 g/L. Serve at: 16 C. Drink now-2021. Food pairing idea: fabada (Spanish bean stew with sausage).

Following-up with a beautiful point of view sharing thoughts on Wine from Rioja can be many things to many people.

“But old or young, Rioja has lots to offer.”