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Region's trio of classics

RIBERA del Duero is arguably the greatest red wine region of Spain and one of the best in the world. Only Rioja in the north of Spain, with its great tradition, and Priorato in the northeast, that produces superbly earthy and powerful Mediterranean-style reds, can justifiably contest this assertion.

Three of the world's most acclaimed red wines, Vega Sicilia, Pingus and Pesqura come from this region. This trio of greats commands very substantial prices, but there are also plenty of high-quality Ribera del Duero red wines at reasonable prices. Wines from the region that can be savored in Shanghai at quite reasonable prices include Altos de Tamaron Crianza and Condado de Oriza Reserva. But let's take a look at why the wines are so special. The combination of excellent gravely soil, elevations between 700 and 900 meters that lead to long sunny days and cool evenings and long ripening seasons have allowed wine makers to craft wines of exceptional quality. In general, the wines are deep colored, very aromatic and rich and concentrated. They suit all types of red meat including roasted lamb and BBQ beef and pair beautifully with Cantonese suckling pig and Shaanxi lamb chops.


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