(Given my recent 21st birthday, I’ve decided to try writing wine reviews for the blog. I will try to avoid what I, with my untrained palate, perceive as pretentiousness, and to keep them short and sweet. I’ll read around a bit more, and see what the conventions of the genre are for any later reviews.)

Recently, I purchased this wine, the Rio Madre. It is a Rioja region wine, meaning that the grapes involved hail from a small region in North Eastern Spain. The wine is unusual due to the type of grape used — the Graciano grape — as it is usually only used as a complement to other varieties. The wine is smooth, mild, and just slightly dry, with a beautifully dark color. Overall, a pleasant and inoffensive red, and well worth the price.