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The Finest Wines of Rioja & Northwest Spain [Paperback]

Jesus Barquin , Luis Gutierrez , Victor de la Serna
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1 Sep 2011


Picturesque Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine region, is a new world within a very old world. Beautifully illustrated with photographs of the people and landscape and with detailed maps, this guide ranges over a diverse area including not only Rioja but Navarra, Bierzo, Galicia, and the Basque country as it explores winemaking from the ancient to the traditional and modern.

Written by a trio of experts on Spanish wine, it provides insider information on a region home to Spain’s finest Tempranillo, its exciting Albariño, and many other indigenous grape varieties such as Garnacha, Mazuelo, and Viura. The authors look in depth at topics including climate and soil, grape varieties, and viticulture, and profile more than 85 individual wineries. They also include information not available elsewhere: several top ten lists plus “secret addresses” for the best restaurants and shops in which to find aged and historic vintages of Rioja.

Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845136934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845136932
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘An intelligent and accessible guide to some great wines that non-bankers can afford’

(Independent on Sunday )

‘Authoritative, nicely illustrated and beautifully produced’

(Daily Express )

‘A good discussion of current issues in Spanish wine’

(Evening Standard )

‘Well-designed maps and fine photography’

(The Scotsman )

This is a highly quality, well produced, authoritative book

(Living Spain )

About the Author

Jésus Barquín often tastes and writes for The World of Fine Wine, as well as for, and has won Spain’s National Gastronomy Award for his writing. Along with Luis Gutiérrez and Víctor de la Serna, he is co-author of The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain. He is a founder of Equipo Navazos, which bottles special wines under the La Bota label. He is a professor at the University of Granada.

Luis Gutiérrez works for a large multinational company in Madrid, sharing his free time between his family and wine. He tastes and writes regularly for and occasionally for other publications, not only on Spain and Portugal, but also on Burgundy, Champagne, the Rhône, and German Riesling. He is co-author of The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain.

Víctor de la Serna is deputy editor of El Mundo, a Spanish national newspaper, where he is also in charge of, a website devoted to the culture of wine. He has twice won Spain’s National Gastronomy Award for his food and wine writing. He owns Finca Sandoval, a wine estate in southeast Spain, and is co-author of The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wine Pleb's Review 14 Oct 2012
By M. Oxby
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I don't know the first thing about good wine, except that I like to drink it!

Planning a vist to northern Spain, I thought this book might give some insight on where to go and what to drink. My expectations were that it would be a dry, academic book. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a book that not only was rather readable, but had some really lovely photographs to boot - fantastic landscapes and some wonderful portraits. I was drawn into the history and the culture of the vineyards and actually learnt a lot, to the point where I'm going to take my wine drinking much more seriously from now on. I think this is a lovely book in every respect and the authors should be proud of it. Well worth your money if you're interested in wine or the region itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visiting Rioja? Buy this book. 18 Oct 2013
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If you love the wines of Rioja and around NW Spain and are planning to go there and buy some wine and vist a few Bodegas then you really should take this book with you. Detailed and insightful with descriptions of the full range of tradtional and more modern wines and their producers. An excellent book.
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Beautifull pictures, good all round indication on the about, maybe
a completer image about the companies' wine (all their wines)
should be systematically added, not just the best cuvees.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensablel book for Northern Spanish wines 6 Jun 2012
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I did not have high expectations on this book, I have some other book from the same collection, but actually I was quite surprising of the quality.

The book talks in other words about the Northern Spanish wines, not only about the very well know Rijoa. They get quite deep into other regions like Bierzo, Rias Baixas, Monterrey, Valdeorras or Ribeira Sacra. It is exquisite how the book presents some of the more relevant winemakers of those areas, that indeed are totally unknown for mostly of the Spanish people, even the wine lovers.

A great book indeed.
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