As you can see the we are importing more and more Rioja wine
Rioja is an area of north central Spain considered to be Spain's finest wine region. It is also group of mouth-filling, fruity red wines based on the Tempranillo grape variety. Spanish law stipulates how long wine must be aged in oak barrels, the minimum for Rioja is two years, but most are aged much longer. Suggested food pairings include Veal Marsala and Pot Roast.
Rioja starts at about $12-14 a bottle and can reach eye-popping levels. One good, inexpensive choice is the Tempranillo Rioja Riserva from Bodegas Campo Viejo at about $13 with dried cherry, tea, herb and spice flavors. This is not a wine to age. A good choice in the $25 range is the Bodegas Marques de Murrieta Ygay Rioja Reserva which tastes of bitter chocolate, cocoa, menthol, and smoke. It's earthy and you can age it for about three to five years. If you are ready to pay about $50 take a look at the Torre Muga, a New World style Spanish wine that spends time in both French and American oak. It's very powerful with a whole range of aromas and flavors including leather, cedar, tobacco, raspberry, and black cherry. You may decant it an hour before serving or age it for up to ten or even fifteen years.