This red wine grape is native to Spain where it is widely grown particularly in the north and central region. Tempranillo (tem-prah-NEE-yoh) can generate deep coloured wines with characteristics of strawberry, spice and fresh tobacco. Perhaps the best Tempranillo is grown in the cooler Rioja region which has been growing wine grapes for over 2,500 years. Because this grape is lower in acidity and alcohol it is frequently blended with other grapes such as Grenache.
To try this wonderful wine we suggest Winexpert’s Selection International Spanish Rioja. This medium to full-bodied wine is best served with beef stews and spiced red meats. It has wonderful bright red and black berry flavours with spice and oak. And better yet…. its on sale.