Definition of Rioja in US English:



  • A wine produced in La Rioja, Spain.

    • ‘A newcomer on the scene, at least to American palates, is tempranillo, the hearty Spanish grape that goes into Riojas.’
    • ‘Even Rioja, already Spain's leading table wine at the turn of the 19th century, found few markets other than neighbouring Basque country and South America.’
    • ‘As it was felt, justifiably, that most Riojas were undervalued anyway, the increases implemented at the time have remained in place.’
    • ‘Draught beer is around €2.20 a glass, but why bother when you can buy fantastic Rioja reservas for the price of a bottle of plonk back home?’
    • ‘Setting out at dawn with a formidable supply of beer and rum, they would fish all day then return under moonlit skies to dine and drink jugs of Rioja wine in local Spanish restaurants.’
    • ‘Behind a door at the back of the kitchen hides an extensive wine cellar stacked with choice Riojas.’
    • ‘Willis sampled a lot of Beaujolais with Arlott, but what he loved most were the Riojas.’
    • ‘Some publications use panels or teams of tasters, so the person who steered you toward that great Spanish Rioja may not be the same one praising the German Riesling.’
    • ‘Any young and fruity red, such as a Beaujolais or Rioja, is a good all-around choice.’
    • ‘Pinot noirs are particularly popular at all price points and there are plenty of others, such as Spanish Riojas and grenache blends from the south of France.’
    • ‘Over ten days of walking the group will pass through Rioja vineyards, the plains of Navarre, small, traditional villages and lush valleys dotted with red poppies.’
    • ‘Main dishes are customarily accompanied by a simple salad, often made with vegetables picked minutes before from the household garden, and are almost always served with the region's Rioja wines.’