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Spanish wine
Spanish wine  
I can't find anything on this wine, can you help? Thanks

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Hi Bogdan

This is quite a relic.  Haro is in the heart of Rioja in Spain, where the white wines are made from a grape called Viura.  That's not Riesling, which is what is says on this label.  And the bottle is a very odd shape for Rioja.  They normally use the traditional Bordeaux bottle.

So this is a wine from 1959, dur9in ghte Franco era, made from white grapes, probably Viura, and labeled as Riesling in the hopes of selling more.   I love the fact that the label calls it Spanish Riesling--there is no such thing!

It is completely over the hill--the color is a dark yellow/orange which indicates that the wine is well past its prime.  The bottle itself might be a bit of a collectors item for people who love oddities like this, but the wine inside is not of any value, either to collectors or connoisseurs.

If it were mine I would not open it.  I'd just save it and show it off to people as a curiosity.

Sorry that I can't give you better news.

Paul Wagner  

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Wines of the world, wine a food matching, wine and food service questions. I currently teach Wine courses at Napa Valley College, am an international wine judge, written many articles for publication, and have been a guest speaker at way too many wine conferences to remember. 25 years in the business. With Liz Thach and Janeen Olsen, I authored the definitive book on wine marketing: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market by The Wine Appreciation Guild, which won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book for professionals! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at rickandpaulwine.com, where I answer questions about wine and food on the air.

Experience

30 years in the business.

Organizations
Society of Wine Educators, Academy of Wine Communications, American Wine Society

Publications
Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, Fine Wine Journal, les Amis du Vin Journal, Society of Wine Educators Journal, and more.

Education/Credentials
I have taught at Napa Valley College for the last twenty years.

Awards and Honors
Spanish National Wine Fair: A lifetime dedicated to wine award. Espaderino della Castelania di Soave in Italy.

Past/Present Clients
Wineries include Caymus, Wente, Parducci, Shannon Ridge, Paul Dolan Wines, Vigilance, and others. Wine regions include the Union des Grand Crus de Borcdeaux, Union des Grands Crus de St. Emilion, Consorzio di Chianti CLassico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Consorzio di Franciacorta, Rioja Alavesa, and others.

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