A passion for food + fashion

Red is the Color of My True Love, Rioja

In Design, Drink, Food, Out of Town on May 31, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Back from a week in Rioja, Spain. I went for the wine—and more on that later—but fell in love with the place. And if there is one color that defines the region, it’s red. Everywhere you look. Painted flower pots, doors, windows, rooftops.

There were poppies sprinkled throughout the vineyards and barley fields.

And red pequillo peppers in tapas and tossed with morcilla blood sausage…

But yes. Best of all, the very heart of the region is its red wine. Like this pretty glass of 1942 Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia—still so very vibrant and seductive after 69 years, and seduction after all is what Rioja does best.

  1. This brought tears to my eyes. I too was in the Riojo region of Spain last week and fell in love with everything – the culture, the food (pintxos), architecture, and mostly the wine. Thanks for validating my experience.

    • Laurie! We would LOVE to hear about your visit! Where did you stay? Favorite tapas? Mine? Mushrooms w/ garlic. And anything involving a sardine….

  2. Heather, Jeremy of Do Bianchi here. Was wondering if you would like to join us at Sotto for our wine dinner with Giampaolo Venica (sorry for the comment, but couldn’t find an email for you). Thanks either way… and hoping to get to taste with you someday soon! 🙂

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