×

Christmas opening hours

Sunday 22nd: 8am-9pm
Monday 23rd: 8am-10pm
Christmas Eve: 8am - 6pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Thurs 26th: CLOSED
Friday 27th: 9am -4pm
Saturday 28th: 8am - 6pm
New Year's Eve: 8am -6pm
New Year's Day: 9am-4pm

Login

×



Auto-login on future visits

Forgot your password?

Register for an account

Remove item from cart

×

Are you sure you want to remove from your cart?

Yes No
×

This is the register form

Close overlay ×

When you're done typing, hit Enter, or click the search icon to start your search.

Searching...

Share You Say Rioja

×

Food Heroes

Wine: You say Rioja

On holiday, sometimes we just want to chill, other times explore a little and other times again we want the fully immersive cultural experience. So too it is with wine. Certain occasions call for a glass of something uncomplicated at the end of the day, others a complimentary food match or perhaps to mark a special occasion.

So often we choose the same wine for each of these occasions. We have found one we like and we are sticking to it! Like the holiday, that is fine but when we do make a conscious decision to seek out and try some other wine styles, the experience can be very rewarding.

Once we get over the pronunciation (the J sound is more of a soft K), red Rioja is a great wine to explore and a perfect example of three different styles in one, allowing us to move about easily depending on the occasion.

Located in North Eastern Spain, Rioja was for long time Spain's only high-profile wine region and is still one of the most widely-recognised wine brands in the world. Red grapes represent 90% of those grown in the region, the most significant being Tempranillo and Garnacha. It is from these two grapes that Rioja is made.

Tempranillo is a big wine with high tannins which makes it a great partner for rich meat and aged cheese. Garnacha complements the Tempranillo with high alcohol, spicy notes and light tannins and works beautifully with braised meat and stews.

Rioja defining feature is its classification structure. Based on a specific length of time that it must spend aging in oak casks and then in bottle, the wine achieves a particular classification of which there are four. They are all easy to approach wines, building in character as you move up the scale, happily offering great value at each level.

Joven (meaning young, Juvenile): Wines in their first or second year, these are often made from just Tempranillo and are a great example of its fresh and fruity characteristics. Rioja Vega €10.99 Gold medal Irish Wine Awards - 'Best for value wine in Ireland 2017’
 

Crianza: Perhaps the most accessible level of Rioja wines, here the wine has spent a minimum of one year in oak, commonly in previously used casks so the oak flavours are not as strong. An additional period aging in bottle offers great value at this level.

Reserva: A minimum 3 years aging, with at least  A minimum 3 years aging, with at least st one of those years in cask. Many Rioja wine enthusiasts swear by Reserva level because they are a medium between super fruity Crianza and oaky-bottle-aged Gran Reserva. 
Gran Reserva: Selected wines from exceptional vintages which have spent at least 2 years in oak casks and 3 years in the bottle. This gives Rioja wine the most tannin structure and age-worthy potential.


With so many great individual Rioja producers within each of these levels, a world of pleasure awaits, whatever the occasion.
All the wines mentioned are available instore at Ardkeen Quality Food Store
Julie Ward is Food and Wine Customer Advisor at Ardkeen Quality Food Store in Waterford. 
Julie holds a WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Level 2 Award in Wine

  • Rioja Vega Crianza 2012 75cl

    Rioja Vega Crianza 2012 75cl

    The winery at Rioja Vega was overhauled in 2001 and their wines have surged forward. From Tempranillo with a little Mazuelo and Garnacha, this smooth, soft, richly-fruited red, has spice and vanilla from 12 months in American oak.

    €12.99

  • Berceo Rioja Crianza 75cl

    Berceo Rioja Crianza 75cl

    APPEARENCE
    Intense red colour with garnet hues, clean and bright.


    AROMA
    Expressive, elegant, with liquorice, black fruit, pastry and chocolate scents.


    TASTE
    Intense, ripe, elegant. Medium-bodied and with a pleasant acidity, soft and round tannins with an elegant aftertaste.
     

    €14.99

  • Rioja Vega 750ml

    Rioja Vega 750ml

    One vision, one rejion, one wine.

    Rioja Vega Spanish Red Wine

    €10.99

  • Palacios-Remondo Rioja Crianza La Montesa 2012 75cl

    Palacios-Remondo Rioja Crianza La Montesa 2012 75cl

    La Montesa was aged for 12 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak and bottled unfiltered. Medium crimson-colored, it offers an expressive bouquet of cedar, pencil lead, black raspberry, and blackberry. Medium to full-bodied, it reveals a supple texture, plenty of spicy dark fruits, good complexity, and an elegant personality. It has a lengthy finish for its modest price. 

    €18.25

  • Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2014 375ml

    Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2014 375ml

    Marqués de Riscal Reserva wines are basically made from grapes from Tempranillo vines planted before 1970's, grown in the best clay-limestone soils of the Rioja Alavesa. This variety withstands oak- and bottle ageing well thanks to its good balance of acidity and fine tannin. The Graciano and Mazuelo varieties, whose presence in the blend does not exceed 10%, provide crispness and a lively colour. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 26ºC and the maceration time is never more than 12 days. Riscal reservas spend around two years in American Oak barrels, producing a wine which corresponds to the classic Rioja style: fresh, fine, elegant and very suitable for laying down for many years. Before release for sale it spends a minimum of one year rounding off in the bottle; time enough to show how much complexity tempranillo is able to achieve.

    • Tasting notes: Cherry-red colour with good robe. Spicy, balsamic aromas of great complexity, with notes of ripe dark berries and light toasted nuances. On the palate it is full and tasty, with good structure and rounded, elegant tannins. The finish is long and fresh, with a slight reminder of the fine oak.
    • Grape variety: Tempranillo/ Graciano/ Mazuelo
    • Food pairing: This wine goes well with ham, mild cheeses, casseroles which are not highly spiced, bean and pulse dishes, poultry, red meat, grills and roasts.
    • Best served: Between 16º and 18ºC

    “A classic Rioja made from 90pc Tempranillo, with a touch of Graciano and Mazuelo, this has concentrated red and dark fruit with notes of liquorice, balsamic, warm spice and black pepper. Perfect with roast lamb.” Corinna Hardgrave, The wine buff: The top 15 wines for Easter, Irish Independent, Published: 1st May ,2019

    Independentie. 2019. Irish Independent. [Online]. [1 May 2019]. Available from: https://www.independent.ie/life/food-drink/wine/the-wine-buff-the-top-15-wines-for-easter-38001087.html

    €12.99

  • Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2014 750ml

    Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2014 750ml

    Marqués de Riscal Reserva wines are basically made from grapes from Tempranillo vines planted before 1970's, grown in the best clay-limestone soils of the Rioja Alavesa. This variety withstands oak- and bottle ageing well thanks to its good balance of acidity and fine tannin. The Graciano and Mazuelo varieties, whose presence in the blend does not exceed 10%, provide crispness and a lively colour. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 26ºC and the maceration time is never more than 12 days. Riscal reservas spend around two years in American Oak barrels, producing a wine which corresponds to the classic Rioja style: fresh, fine, elegant and very suitable for laying down for many years. Before release for sale it spends a minimum of one year rounding off in the bottle; time enough to show how much complexity tempranillo is able to achieve.

    • Tasting notes: Cherry-red colour with good robe. Spicy, balsamic aromas of great complexity, with notes of ripe dark berries and light toasted nuances. On the palate it is full and tasty, with good structure and rounded, elegant tannins. The finish is long and fresh, with a slight reminder of the fine oak.
    • Grape variety: Tempranillo/ Graciano/ Mazuelo
    • Food pairing: This wine goes well with ham, mild cheeses, casseroles which are not highly spiced, bean and pulse dishes, poultry, red meat, grills and roasts.
    • Best served: Between 16º and 18ºC

    “A classic Rioja made from 90pc Tempranillo, with a touch of Graciano and Mazuelo, this has concentrated red and dark fruit with notes of liquorice, balsamic, warm spice and black pepper. Perfect with roast lamb.” Corinna Hardgrave, The wine buff: The top 15 wines for Easter, Irish Independent, Published: 1st May ,2019

    Independentie. 2019. Irish Independent. [Online]. [1 May 2019]. Available from: https://www.independent.ie/life/food-drink/wine/the-wine-buff-the-top-15-wines-for-easter-38001087.html

    €21.50

Trust Ecommerce
Retail Excellence
SagePay

Ardkeen Quality Food Store processes all payments securely using Sage Pay technology. For further information see our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions sections.

Dispute Resolution

Our Developers

Automat:ee