Champagne, France, Rioja

Champagne is a wine region to the north-east of Paris where wine has been grown since the Romans first planted in the 5th century and the region is most well known for the Sparkling wine that goes by the regions name.

Champagne is made from 3 grapes. The two red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the white grape Chardonnay. All three are commonly blended though a ‘blanc de blanc’ meaning ‘white from white’ indicates that only Chardonnay was used. Conversely a ‘blanc de noir’ or ‘white from black’ indicates that the two red grapes were used.

A common misconception is that Champagne was invented by Dom Pérignon. Although this is not the case, he made considerable contributions to the quality and production methods used in the region. The very first bottles of Champagne were created by accident, and coined ‘the devil’s wine’ for all the popping corks. Sparkling wine in Australia was referred to as Champagne but this practise has long been disallowed.

Methode Champenoise is the traditional method by which Champagne is produced and if you see Millisime on a bottle, it represents the fact that the wine comes from a particular vintage rather than being blended, which is the more common practice.

Icons such as Dom Pérignon and Krug are world renowned, but we find as much pleasure in the smaller Champagne houses such as Gosset and Jacquinot. Magnums are perfect for the festive occasions and half bottles are also available.
Rioja is located in the south of the Cantabrian Mountains along the Ebro river in the north of Spain. The region also has a river called Rio Oja, which is where the region likely gained its name. There are three main regions in Rioja, with each of them producing quite unique expressions of Rioja wines.

To the west is Rioja Alta, in the higher elevated area. This sub-region is renowned for its old-world wines that are often lighter on the palate due to the higher altitude. The wines coming out of Rioja Alavesa on the other hand are fuller bodies, with higher acid levels than those from Rioja Alta. The third area, Rioja Baja is the warmest and driest of all, and can in summer months can be exposed to very high temperatures drought so irrigation is now permitted in the region.

The reds (tinto) wines of Rioja are generally blends of Tempranillo and Garnacha with lesser amounts of Graciano and Mazuelo. Amongst the white (bianco) varieties, Viura is the most common though normally blended with Malvasia or Garnacha Blanc. Plenty of interesting Rosé wines are produced, most commonly from the Garnacha variety. Note that wineries in Spain are commonly referred to as bodegas.
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  1. Alegro Rioja Tinto Tempranillo 2020
    A fun, fruity wine, perfect to enjoy every day with a snack or any Mediterranean dishes, like rice, vegetable or pasta. This wine is representative of the virtues of the Tempranillo variety: intense floral aromas, very fresh red and dark ... Learn More
  2. Alegro Rioja Tinto Tempranillo 2019
    A fun, fruity wine, perfect to enjoy every day with a snack or any Mediterranean dishes, like rice, vegetable or pasta. This wine is representative of the virtues of the Tempranillo variety: intense floral aromas, very fresh red and dark ... Learn More
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  3. Finca Nueva Rioja Rosado 2016
    The Finca Nueva Rosado is made for easy and enjoyable drinking. From the creator of Finca Allende, these wines over deliver on expectations. Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, one of the great revolutionaries pushing for modernity in Rioja, is the man ... Learn More
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  4. Alegro Rioja Crianza 2018
    A representative wine of the new Rioja style, interpreted from modernity. Elegant, balanced and reliable on any occasion, with classic aromas of red fruit and vanilla and subtle hints of liquorice and toffee. Versatile with all kinds of Mediterranean dishes ( ... Learn More
  5. Alegro Rioja Crianza 2017
    A representative wine of the new Rioja style, interpreted from modernity. Elegant, balanced and reliable on any occasion, with classic aromas of red fruit and vanilla and subtle hints of liquorice and toffee. Versatile with all kinds of Mediterranean dishes ( ... Learn More
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  6. Vina Muriel Rioja Reserva 2015
    Classic ruby red with a terracotta hue. Lifted aromas of red berries, cola, vanilla and subtle garden herbs. Ripe fruit flavour is pulled elegantly firm with fine sandy tannins and perky, refreshing acidity. This is an expressive yet refined Tempranillo ... Learn More
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  7. Bodegas Exopto Rioja Bozeto de Exopto 2019
    A creamy, full-bodied red with plum and berry character. Nice purity of fruit to this. Its full-bodied and layered with polish and beauty. Lovely tannins here. - James Suckling Exopto is Latin for to long for or to desire greatly ... Learn More
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  8. Alegro Rioja Reserva 2015
    A clear example of the elegance and silkiness of Rioja Reservas but with a more modern profile. With the complexity of long ageing in the barrel and bottle, and the delicateness of the Tempranillo. A wine with intense aromas of ... Learn More
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  9. Alegro Rioja Reserva 2014
    A clear example of the elegance and silkiness of Rioja Reservas but with a more modern profile. With the complexity of long ageing in the barrel and bottle, and the delicateness of the Tempranillo. A wine with intense aromas of ... Learn More
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  10. Vina Muriel Reserva Tempranillo 2011
    That said, the appeal of this release is easy to see. Rich dark fruit, plenty of roasted spices, fine tannin, earth and admirable mix of primary and secondary flavour. It’s both fresh with fruit and leathery at once. The ... Learn More
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  11. Alegro Rioja Gran Reserva 2012
    A clear example of the elegance and silkiness of Rioja Reservas but with a more modern profile. With the complexity of long ageing in the barrel and bottle, and the delicateness of the Tempranillo. This Gran Reserva spends an incredible 24 ... Learn More
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  12. Valenciso Reserva Rioja 2012
    It's naturally fermented, vinified in concrete vats and aged in low toast French and Russian oak for just 12 months. Forest fruits on the nose with some cherry aromas. There are also some earthy notes and hints of liquorice. Has liquorice, ... Learn More
  13. Champagne Drappier 1er Cru Brut NV
    A blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier, only from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards, this is exceptional quality Champagne for an unbelievable price! Offering notes of pear, hazelnut and subtle toasty spice on the nose, it follows ... Learn More
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  14. Le Brun De Neuville Blanc De Blancs Nv
    Awarded best Champagne producer at the 2015 International Wine & Spirits Competition The Le Brun family live by the village of Bethon in the Marne. The memory of Madame Le Brun, who owned the castle in 1845, is still alive today. The house ... Learn More
  15. Champagne Autreau Brut 1er Cru Champagne Nv
    Made from 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meuneir & 20% Chardonnay from Premier Cru vineyards, and aged for two years in bottle before release. Deep aromas of fresh fruits and hint of nuts. The taste is full bodied and rich with fruit though elegant ... Learn More
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  16. Bodegas Ollauri	Conde De Los Andes Tempranillo 2013
    The wine that marks the beginning of a new stage in the history of this great Rioja classic interprets the personality of the old Tempranillo vines that grow in the surroundings of the town of Ollauri in a fresh and ... Learn More
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  17. La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Alberdi’ 2012
    100% Tempranillo sourced from an estate-owned vineyard in Rioja. ... Learn More
  18. Champagne Autreau Brut Premier Cru Rose NV
    100% Premier Cru fruit. 85% Chardonnay lends an elegant floral character as well as grapefruit and melon, but the 15% Pinot Noir (blended as red wine) gives the ruby red colour and adds flavours of red berries and a savoury complexity. The family ... Learn More
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  19. Champagne Autreau Grand Cru Champagne Nv
    100% Grand Cru fruit. Pinot Noir & Chardonnay blend. The nose is a combination of ripe citrus fruits with a buttery overtone and flowery finish. The flavours are fresh and vibrant, of peaches, melons and raspberry with light hazelnut nuance adding depth ... Learn More
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  20. Champagne Jacquinot 'Private Cuvee' Brut NV
    Jean-Manuel Jacquinot obtained a degree in Oenology at the esteemed University of Reims. After this he became trainee oenologist at the world famous house of Veuve Clicquot. Today, Jean-Manuel has over 20 years of experience in making Champagne, is a Member ... Learn More
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  21. Pierre Baillette Brut le Village NV
    Pierre Baillette is not just limited to the creation of high-quality champagne, but to preserve the most authentic values ​​of the wine tradition of this legendary region. This refreshing and savory Champagne is loaded with flavors of citrus, white cherries, ... Learn More
  22. Veuve Clicquot Brut NV Champagne
    The lingering aromas echo and re-echo, with each fruit or spice note distinct. Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label manages to reconcile two opposing factors - forcefulness and finesse - and to hold them in perfect balance. Notes by Veuve Clicquot ... Learn More
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  23. BILLECART SALMON BRUT NV CHAMPAGNE
    Billecart Salmon is known within France and around the globe for fashioning the most elegant Champagnes ... Learn More
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  24. Champagne Autreau Brut Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru NV
    100% Chardonnay Grand Cru fruit sourced from the "White Hillside" Vineyards of the Autreau Estate. The family Autreau is an old family from Champillon - ancient documents certify their presence since 1670. This family is linked to the farming of the land ... Learn More
  25. Champagne Drappier Brut Nature Nv
    Only the juices from first pressing – the cuvées - are used. ... Learn More
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  26. La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Ardanza’ 2008
    The Tempranillo grapes (80%) come from the 30-year-old La Cuesta and Montecillo vineyards, located in Fuenmayor y Cenicero. For the first time in the blend of this brand, the Garnacha (20%) comes from La Pedriza vineyard in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja) at an ... Learn More
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  27. La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Ardanza’ 2009
    The Tempranillo grapes (80%) come from the 30-year-old La Cuesta and Montecillo vineyards, located in Fuenmayor y Cenicero. For the first time in the blend of this brand, the Garnacha (20%) comes from La Pedriza vineyard in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja) at an ... Learn More
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  28. Canard Duchene 'Authentic' Brut Nv
    GRAPES: 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay. Intense aromas of fresh fruit typical of the Pinot varietals. Fruit aromas intermingle with pastry notes, a sign of excellent maturity. ... Learn More
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  29. Henriot 'Souverain' Brut Nv Champagne
    A beautifully crafted wine of balance, fine mousse and pleasant complexity. Initially the nose is precise, expressive and refreshing, with notes of citrus and yellow fruit; floral fragrances (vine flowers, elderflowers) and pastry aromas (brioche, toast, grilled almond) follow. On ... Learn More
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  30. La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Ardanza’ 2010
    The Tempranillo grapes (80%) come from the 30-year-old La Cuesta and Montecillo vineyards, located in Fuenmayor y Cenicero. For the first time in the blend of this brand, the Garnacha (20%) comes from La Pedriza vineyard in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja) at an ... Learn More
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  31. Bollinger 'Special Cuvee' Nv Champagne
    Some 30 crus go into the blend (including a large proportion - 80% minimum - of Grand crus), which is predominantly Pinot Noir. Aged in the cellar for a minimum of 3 years before disgorgement. A complex creature, blended with finesse, the Special ... Learn More
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  32. Louis Roederer Brut Premier Nv Champagne
    "Louis Roederer Bruit Premier NV is a perennial favourite of mine. I love its biscuity character, its backbone and structure, which are more impressive than in virtually any other NV. But I do prefer to stash newly bought bottles away ... Learn More
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  33. La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Ardanza’ 2012
    “Quite simply, these are some of the finest Riojas that can grace your cellar: complex, refined, classic but without compromising fruit intensity and to reiterate: wines that speak about where they come from.” Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate The Tempranillo ... Learn More
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  34. Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee Sainte Anne Brut NV
    Cépages: 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier Assemblage: 60% 2016 base, 40% from 2015 & 2014 Vineyard/Village: From the village of Merfy Malo: Partial Elevage: 40% Stainless Steel, 60% Oak barrel En Tirage Aging: 24 months ... Learn More
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  35. Laherte Freres Blanc De Blancs Champagne NV
    100 per cent Chardonnay from the terroirs of Chavot, Vaudancourt, Voipreux 1er Cru and Epernay - all biodynamically farmed. Exuberant with lots of spicy white peach fruit, lemon pith and brown spice. The palate is crunchy and chalky with a delicious ... Learn More
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  36. Louis Roederer Collection 242 NV Champagne
    Collection 242 is the new multi-vintage cuvée which replaces the Brut Premier. The Collection 242 shares the same philosophy as the Jacquesson 7 series and Krug’s Edition wines, which are based on a younger vintage blended with some older reserve wines. ... Learn More
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  37. Canard Duchene Vintage 2008
    Vintage 2008 is based on a blend of Pinot Noir (36%), Chardonnay (32%) and Pinot Meunier (32%), from a number of different crus including Hautvilliers, Avize, Le Mesnil sur Oger, Ay, and Rilly-la-Montagne. Full of aromas of toast and orchard fruit compote. The wine ... Learn More
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  38. Larmandier Bernier 'Latitude' Champagne Brut Nv
    "Appealing candied berry and citrus aromas. A hint of bread dough and mineral... Though rich, it's lively too, with a smooth texture and lingering finish." - Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator When to drink 2012 - 2015 ... Learn More
  39. Laherte Freres 'Ultradition' Champagne Brut Nv
    Biodynamic and organic - A fine and complex blending excellent for aperitif. "Bright, appley and fragrant, this feels fresh and easy to drink, buttressed by taut, lively acidity. It finishes with brightly citrusy fragrance, its tangerine-like flavors showing energy and ... Learn More
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  40. Henriot Blanc De Blancs Nv Champagne
    The bottles of Blanc de Blancs remain for a period of 3-5 years in the calm and dark of the Henriot caves in Reims. Pure, concentrated and expressive, with floral (honeysuckle, orange flower, linden), fruity (lemon, dried apricot, almond) and ... Learn More
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