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WINE OF THE WEEK

2005 Artadi Vinas de Gain Rioja

September 17, 2008|S. IRENE VIRBILA

Better break out two bottles of this superb Rioja, not just one, because this beauty tends to disappear fast. Luscious and full-bodied, the 2005 Artadi Vinas de Gain starts out strong and just keeps going. It has everything you'd want in a Tempranillo -- balance, finesse, fire and an indefinable earthy character.

Bring on your best ribs, your grilled porterhouse or calf's liver. This wine can stand up to red meat. It's great with any or all parts of the pig too.

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Region: Rioja.

Price: $24 to $30.

Style: Rich and full-bodied.

Food it goes with: Grilled ribs, steaks, calf's liver, pork and lamb.

Where you find it: Available at fine wine retailers throughout Southern California.

--S. Irene Virbila

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