Topic of the Week 9/18/17 - Introductory and Certified

Last week we looked at the differences between Scottish and Irish whisk(e)y. Peek at our Spirits Study Guide for a a closer look at the comparsion between the two!

This week's study/discussion topic: Rioja

What French winemaking region had a major influence on late 19th century Rioja and how?

  • The Great French Wine Blight was a severe blight of the mid-19th century that destroyed many of the vineyards in France and laid waste to the wine industry. So in Bordeaux they needed wine to meet the market. The Spanish in Rjoja shipped tons of wine to Bordeaux in return the French filled in the Spanish centuries of winemaking techniques. Most importantly introducing the Spanish to French oak