My favourite Riojas: sommelier picks. If sommeliers had to pick just one bottle of Rioja for their restaurant lists, what would it be? Experts from top establishments around the world share their favourite choice.
María José Huertas
Head sommelier of two-star Michelin restaurant Paco Roncero in Madrid.
‘My choice would be CVNE, Viña Real Gran Reserva 1994 . The Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE) was founded in Haro in 1879; today, the same family remains faithful to this winery, with the affection that five generations have given to it. In all, it is a very fine ambassador for this emblematic wine region of Spain. CVNE has produced great classics that have made history and renewed traditions, always with the same commitment to quality.
‘Wineries such as Imperial, Viña Real, Monopole and Contino have accompanied me since I set out, as well as being among the first I visited. I have been lucky enough to return on many occasions. There has always been real excitement when tasting some of the very old treasures in their cellars, and always a warm welcome.’
That’s María’s answer to “My favourite Riojas. sommelier picks”. What would you choose if you could pick just one historic Rioja?