Photographer's Note

In the north of Spain is La Rioja, where some of the best wines in the world are produced.
After the grape is collected, it passes a very hard quality control where the degree is measured (quantity of sugar), the grape is tasted and the mixture between the different types os grapes is decided. It is then pressed and kept in a temperature controlled huge reservoirs for 5 to 20 days for the natural fermentation.
After, this "soup" is filtrated, and the cleared wine is moved into the barrels.
This barrels are made of american or french oak, and are new or semi-new, both things depend on the taste we want to obtain. From 6 months to 2 years, the wine is kept with love in this beautifull underground wine cellars you can see on the photo.
After this process, the wine is again moved into glass bottles which are sold, or reserved for many years to be sold as "reserves" or "great reserves".
Nowadays you can find wines from 1950-60 in the market.
Anyway the best ones in my opinion, are the great reserves 10 years old, 2 or 3 in barrel and 7 or 8 in bottle. After 10 or 15 years the wine gets lighter and not as intense, but this is only a question of taste.
Hope you try a good Rioja sometime, you wont be dissapointed.

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  • Copyright: Felipe Mateo (Extramundi) (26)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2004-07-27
  • Categories: Food
  • Camera: Sony DSC F-717
  • Exposure: f/2, 1/40 seconds
  • Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2004-08-19 10:54
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