Regular readers know that I’ve always positioned Rioja as the no-brainer, seductive red. And here is a quintessential example. So over-the-top that the experience is more suggestive of boudoir than the dinner table. Difficult to describe but lets try exotic perfumes mixed with the flavours of the finest cigars ““ floating on silk. This is a great opportunity to experience the so-called “˜higher-end’ of Rioja. See if it seduces you. I know you’ll end up buying a case. And thinking ahead, there is no better wines for winter fireside. And delighting family over the Holidays.

RIOJA BORDON 2007, Gran Reserva, Spain 428060 $24.90 ($21.90 till Sept 9)

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