Marques de Riscal Rioja Tasting with Special Guest Jose Luis Muguiro

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 07:30 PM

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"If penicillin can cure those that are ill, Spanish sherry can bring the dead back to life."


- Sir Alexander Fleming


And the newest revelation about red wine is that is kills the Corona virus!  It’s good to see some of our friends from this country starting to travel again but it may be a little more time before our friends from Europe and around the world come back to host events with us.


I cannot wait to get back to traveling to visit our friends in wine country around the world and my next trip will be to Spain.  It has been too long since my last visit to Spain and we already have the entire hotel booked at Marques de Riscal for our group of “Wine Drinking People” that would like to join me and Toni on our next wine country adventure.  I will have more information as soon as we firm up the dates when the Pandemic is over we will be making a trip to Rioja to visit our friends at Marques De Riscal to stay at the hotel designed by Frank Gehry! 

Marquis De Riscal is one of the most famous estates in all of Rioja with the history going back to 1856!  The wines here are magical and are the work of several possessed wine lovers that though out the history of this great property would settle at nothing less than the best.  This is a good way to get ready for our trip to Rioja by drinking some wines from Marquis de Riscal, the 2012 Gran Reserva was Wine Watch’s pick for best Spanish wine under $50 in 2020 but all the wines are excellent from this iconic winery from Rioja.

I can tell you after our last vintage Spanish wine tasting here at Wine Watch the wines from Rioja will easily last for 50 years in your cellar!   The 1970 Berberana Rioja was drinking beautifully showing us that Spain has been producing some of the greatest values in the world of collectible wines for a very long time.  Today, they are also making some iconic wines that are now on par with what the rest of the wine world is charging for their top wines like the Frank Gehry Selection which is a very limited production wine and is incredibly complex and layered.  The two top wines from the last vintage Spanish wine tasting were two such wines both the Pingus and Alvaro Palacios’s L’ermitage are over $1000 per bottle for the current release making this 2012 Marques de Riscal Rioja Frank Gehry Selection look like a bargain!!


Our good friend Jose Luis Muguiro from Marquis de Riscal is based here in South Florida so it is easy to bring the next generation from one of the iconic wineries of Rioja to the Wine Watch for a special evening of Spanish wines.  Join us as we taste through the entire line-up of wines including the new Frank Gehry Selection, chef Toni Lampasone will be making a special meal to accompany the wines.  The fee for this tasting which includes dinner is $225 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail

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Marques De Riscal Rioja Wine Tasting

With Special Guest Jose Luis Muguiro

Thursday, April 22nd



Marques de Riscal Rosado 750ml | Uptown Spirits™


  1. Marques De Riscal Rosado Rose



Price: $9.75        Sale $8.58


Marqués de Riscal began making rosé wines in the 60s, coinciding with the centenary of the bodega, made from grapes grown on young vines less than 15 years’ old.  A blend of 75% tempranillo, 15% viura, 5% malvasía and 5% garnacha blanca.


This rosé is made by pressing in line with a concept of classicism and refinement, producing a delicacy, freshness and smoothness which are rare in this type of wine.


Its style is refreshing and easy to drink. It has immediate appeal thanks to its natural fruitiness, viscosity and fresh, clean personality. It is a lovely pale-pink colour, with fragrant red-berry aromas and hints of white blossom. It has a soft, smooth mouth-feel and a long, fresh finish.


Marques de Riscal Blanco Rueda 2019 |


  1. Marques De Riscal Rueda Blanco



Price: $9.75       Sale $8.58


Bright, straw-yellow color. As you expect from the Verdejo variety, the wine shows high aromatic intensity on the nose, with aromas of tropical fruit and also hints of fennel and fresh grass. Fresh yet smooth on the palate with a slightly bitter finish which is typical of the variety, giving it a long, pleasant finish. Overall it can be enjoyed as a fresh, balanced wine. This wine goes well with fish, shellfish, ham pasta, chicken and cold meat.


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2017      Marques De Riscal Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $10.75                     Sale $9.46


Marqués de Riscal Sauvignon Blanc 100% organic is a wine made with the minimum possible intervention and with total respect for the environment and the ecosystem surrounding us. Its fresh image represents a  wine born of the land, of its roots, a sustainable, fine quality wine. 


In 1974 Marqués de Riscal successfully introduced the French Sauvignon Blanc variety, originally from the Loire Valley region,  in Rueda. Nowadays the bodega has 70 hectares of its own vineyards producing this grape and it is one of the varieties authorised by the Rueda Designation of Origin. .


Marqués de Riscal Sauvignon Blanc is the fruit of this innovating spirit from the 1970s which the bodega maintains as a reference today, immersed in this commitment to organic cultivation methods.

Marques de Riscal Marques de Arienzo Crianza 2015 |


  1. Marques De Riscal Arienzo Crianza





Price: $12.75                     Sale $11.22


Arienzo de Marqués de Riscal is an oaked Crianza wine which is noted for its great versatility. It has the purest essence of a Rioja combined with the highest standards of quality. Arienzo is a wine that can be enjoyed at any time and on any occasion.


Perfect those who like to make wine a part of their lives, for those who like music, art, sport or travel. It is a wine for original, daring, modern and engaged spirits. Arienzo is, without a shadow of a doubt, a new way of understanding wine.




  1. Marques De Riscal Rioja Reserva



Price: $20.75                     Sale $18.26


Marqués de Riscal Reserva is one of the most famous wines in Spain, due to its long history, consistent high quality and also for the many literary references it has inspired over the years. 

Very versatile and a faithful example of a Rioja wine, Marqués de Riscal Reserva has been enjoyed for generations by wine lovers all over the world, and praised by celebrities from the world of the arts and culture such as Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dalí or Frederick Forsyth.

Famous for its bottle wrapped in a metallic gold mesh, today it can be found in over 100 countries, and it is regarded as a benchmark for Rioja red wines. This wine stands for the dreams of the previous generations at  Marqués de Riscal.


Marques de Riscal Gran Reserva 2012 750ml - Crown Wine & Spirits

2012 Marques de Riscal Rioja Gran Reserva

Price: $47.50      Sale Price: $41.80            Quantity in Stock: 19

A beautiful bouquet of dried tobacco spice, smoked charcuterie dark plum and cherry berry fruit with notes of dried herbs and more, very complex bouquet. A good amount of berry and plum fruit on the tongue with silky smooth tannins and lovely freshness balanced long finish. Finish 45+ Most Excellent


Finca Torrea | Herederos del Marqués de Riscal - Wines with character from  Rioja, Rueda, Castilla León, Getaria

2015 Marques De Riscal Finca Torrea Rioja

List Price: $28.75              Your Price: $25.30

Cherry red with good depth of colour and few signs of evolution. Intense nose, with hints of dark fruit, spices and slight toasted nuances. Elegant on the palate with good structure, round, long with a fresh, fruity finish.


Marqués de Riscal 2015 Baron de Chirel Reserva (Rioja) Rating and Review |  Wine Enthusiast

2015 Marques de Riscal Baron de Chirel Reserva Rioja

Price: $78.75      Your Price: $63.00           Quantity in Stock: 13


The first vintage of Barón de Chirel, in 1986, was a response to the growing interest in fine quality Riojas. Since the outset, Marqués de Riscal has had very close ties with the winemaking methods of Bordeaux. At around that time Marqués de Riscal was working with a consultant named Professor Guy Guimberteau, successor to Émile Peynaud, who in his Bordeaux oenological training also had Francisco Hurtado de Amézaga as a student. Later, in 1997, Paul Pontallier, director general of one of the five Bordeaux premiers crus, Château Margaux, also joined. From this relationship sprang the idea of making an experimental wine which would revive the grandeur of those mythical Médoc Reservas brought right up to date with the technology and resources of the 20th century. Vines aged between 80 and 110 years’ old were selected, with very low yields and better quality grapes. The wine was only made in the best vintages when the vines express the full character of the terroir; the “New Era of Rioja” had just begun. Pioneer and precursor of what would later be known as “high expression wines”. After the success when it first broke into a market hungry for fine quality wines, an endless procession of wines began to appear in the wake of Barón de Chirel, enjoying great prestige among the most discerning consumers. OUR TASTING NOTES: The 2015 Barón de Chireloffers up a beautiful bouquet of coco, vanilla, dried meats with notes of sweet tobacco spice with red plum and cherry berry fruit lovely complexity on the nose. Silky smooth on the tongue with wonderful freshness and a long-layered finish very complex and wonderful freshness. The most modern style from this winery all French oak and the vines are over 100 years old. Finish 45+ TASTING DATE 10/21/20.


Frank Gehry Selection 2012 in Metallic Case (75cl)


2012 Marques de Riscal Rioja Frank Gehry Selection

Price: $534.00    Your Price: $427.20


A wine destined to write some of the most beautiful pages of Rioja wine in the 21st century.  It takes its name from one of the greatest architects of modern times and the creator of the emblematic Hotel Marqués de Riscal.

The Frank Gehry Selección wine is the fruit of a careful selection of grapes from our estate vineyards of over 80 years of age. It is not a wine for collectors, rather pure hedonism. A wine which will live an eternity. The worthy heir to the very best that this house has given.

A wine to caress the senses. The second glass is better than the first, when it has had a chance to breathe and opens up to reveal the quantity of nuances it displays. For long, slow drinking. A wine for friendship, a wine for calm moments. You mustn’t be in a hurry to enjoy each sip.





Selection of Cheese and Charcuterie

Spanish Torta With Roasted Pepper Salsa and Black Olive Tapenade

Grilled Octopus with Amontillado Sherry Vinaigrette

Lamb Chops with Mongolian BBQ

Dulce de Leche


The fee for this tasting which includes dinner is $225 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail


A bit about Marques De Riscal:

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Even those who don't drink will love a visit to this winery. The Marqués de Riscal City of Wine is a place where wine culture invades your five senses. You can taste a glass of good red while you take in the architectural work of Frank Gehry, breathe in the smell of the vines, listen to the wind in the leaves and experience the pleasure of a wine therapy session on your body. What more could you ask for?  You guessed it an amazing culinary experience is available here as well.

Restaurante Gastronómico Marqués de RiscalRestaurante 1860 Tradición

The Marqués de Riscal City of Wine offers a wide range of gastronomic options that range from the most traditional regional cuisine to the most avant-garde dishes. Under the guidance of the Riojan chef, Francis Paniego, the Hotel Marqués de Riscal, A Luxury Collection Hotel, offers the fine dining Restaurante Gastronómico, recognised with a Michelin Star, and the 1860 Tradición, as well as the hotel bar, Vinoteca & Bistró. The Asador Torrea grill completes the options with its outdoor barbecue grill. A perfect combination for turning your visit into a total experience.

Francis Paniego

The chef Francis Paniego, creator of the gastronomic character of the Hotel Marqués de Riscal, was the 2012 winner of the National Gastronomy Prize for the Best Head Chef. His particular style in the combination of traditional Riojan cuisine with a personal, contemporary touch has earned him three Michelin Stars, two for his restaurant, El Portal de Echaurren, in Ezcaray, and another for the Restaurant of the Hotel Marqués de Riscal, the first chef from La Rioja to be recognised with this distinction.

Located in the town of El Ciego, in Alava, this winery has succeeded like few in creating a world of proposals around its alma mater, wine. For this reason, it has built its own City of Wine, a complex comprising the historic Marqués de Riscal winery (1858), the oldest in Rioja.

This wine emporium is the result of centuries of working with vines and the fruits they produce. During the 16th and 17th century these vineyards expanded exponentially, and by the early 19th century wine production had reached 1.8 million litres, making this the most important town in the entire Alava region of Rioja in terms of wine production.

The eye-popping architecture of the Hotel Marques de Riscal makes a real statement; designed and built by Frank O. Gehry who Vanity Fair labelled ‘the most important architect of our age’. Glass-walled rooms offer views of the medieval town of El Ciego where history and culture flourish like the grapes hanging from their Rioja vineyards.

The transformation of the winery is a bridge between the 19th and 21st century for its owners, and Gehry's intervention was an important innovative element. Its building, which could be called sculptural, is now an iconic element of the landscape of El Ciego, with a characteristic curved titanium-covered outside that twists to show the chromatic tones of the winery: reds similar to wine; the gold of the mesh used by the winery; and the silver of the capsule of the Marqués de Riscal bottle.

The red wines of the "Marqués de Riscal" series are both traditional and modern Riojas. They are made using the latest technology but are loyal to tradition, with the excellent grapes of the best-known local Rioja varieties (tempranillo, graciano and mazuelo) and high-quality barrels. The winery has a range of wines with Designation of Origin Rioja, which it has been producing since 1858. One of the most outstanding is its Frank Gehry selection red, 100% tempranillo, with an intense color and potent aroma combined with a complex and open expression in the mouth. In terms of its white wines, Marqués de Riscal can also boast about having the largest vineyard of the Designation of Origin Rueda.

The winery offers daily-guided tours, lasting approximately an hour and a half, which show you the winemaking process as well as a small wine-tasting session with appetizers.

The hotel offers local tours as well, exploring the Basque-flavored culture around the area. As a border town between the Navarre and Castille kingdoms, the village has seen a fair amount of history in its nearly 1000 years. With the hotel as a piece of 21st-century imagination, the juxtaposition is an interesting look at the transformation of architecture. Glass rooms overlook the village below like a futuristic castle over an ancient feudal town.

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