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Campo Viejo Rioja Crianza
Member Name: charby
Campo Viejo Rioja Crianza
Advantages: Gorgeous wine, fruity
Disadvantages: More expensive than it used to be
I'm a big fan of wine. My parents have a small (12 bottle) wine rack in our dining room and I've been having a small glass or more of wine with our evening meal since I was a teenager. Now, of course, I have a lot more, and whenever I'm home my parents and I will get through a bottle of wine while cooking and another while eating. They're hardly wine experts but they make good choices and I often go by their recommendations when I'm buying wine to drink myself. There's a lovely wine shop near my boyfriend's flat in Edinburgh (Provenance Wines, if you're interested), but before I discovered it I used to buy most of my wine from supermarkets for convenience. The wine I'm reviewing today is one that I used to often go for as I knew that it was one I liked and it was usually reasonably priced.
== Campo Viejo Rioja ==
Rioja is a wine named after the autonomous community of La Rioja in Spain with qualified destination of origin, meaning that it is grown in that region as well as in parts of Navarre and the Basque Country. Rioja can be made out of various grapes and is usually made from a blend. Campo Viejo is a red tempranillo or crianza from this Spanish region.
== What I Thought ==
Wine connoisseurs will probably gasp, but I have to say I didn't greatly notice when this wine changed from crianza to tempranillo, although Sainsbury's still lists it as being crianza online so it's possible I've been drinking both for the past few years without realising. I still found that it tasted lovely and continued to buy it. While the grape obviously affects the taste of the wine (I find myself going for Cabernet Sauvignon varieties more often than other specific grapes), I believe that where it was made and how greatly affects a wine's flavour more than the grape itself. It is for this reason that I usually choose rioja or Chilean wines if they are available, as I know that they are suited to my tastes.
Campo Viejo crianza/tempranillo is a lovely wine. It's not sweet at all, but is rich and fruity and complements food very well. I would happily drink it with anything, but it appropriately does go with Spanish food especially well. It's a bit spicy and so also goes with spicy food (I have it with Indian take aways a lot) but it won't help to cool your mouth down if you have something too hot.
== Conclusion ==
This is a lovely wine that I have been drinking and have loved for years. It has become more and more popular over the past few years with it often been given pride of place in supermarket wine aisles, and its price has increased accordingly. It currently costs more than £8 per bottle in most supermarkets (though £6.29 at Waitrose until the end of October), but I definitely used to get it for closer to £5, I'm sure. This is definitely a wine to look out for when it's on offer or to treat yourself with if you want a lovely bottle under £10. It is one of my favourites and I'm sure it'll be one I continue to buy once I'm back in the UK, but I haven't seen it anywhere in Germany yet, sadly.
Summary: A lovely rioja