We crossed the Atlantic and landed in Rioja, Spain to taste the 2005 La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva Vi?a Ardanza. Kyle and Tristen both love the versatility of Rioja wines and it's as heavy as they would suggest for a holiday meal.
Al gave it a perfect five-star rating for both taste and value. Ken called it "big, hey there, slap you in the face." Chris liked the earthy nose with big dark berry fruit and long, creamy, lingering finish.
The Grand Tasting is the finale of a 7–day epicurean delight—a food and wine (and this year beer) lover’s paradise, that showcases 170 wine and spirit purveyors and 70 of San Diego’s top chefs. Temecula wines were well represented. Callaway Winery, South Coast Winery, Wilson Creek Winery and Danza del Sol Winery and Europa Village were showcasing some of their latest releases.