Friday, July 12, 2019

Our Favorite BBQ Ribs with LAN Rioja #WinePW

When Jeff of FoodWineClick sent the invitation out asking us to join him in a Rioja and BBQ celebration I was very excited.  There is nothing better than relaxing around the pool with a BBQ meal and glass of wine.

This event was made even sweeter by the fact that it was sponsored by Bodegas LAN who sent several of us, including me, some lovely bottles of wine.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are purely my own.

I wait all winter long for the weather to break so we can make our favorite BBQ Ribs.  I guess I could make them in the oven but if we could have them anytime we wanted they wouldn't be so special.

As soon as Jeff announced the theme I knew that I wanted to make the ribs to pair with the wine.  I was familiar with Rioja wine however I was not familiar with Bodegas LAN and anxious to try it.

In his Preview Post, Jeff gives some fast facts about Rioja wine.  He also explains the the different classifications of Rioja wine, Joven, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva.  I received a bottle ot the Crianza.

Let's see what the others got and what they decided to pair it with.......

While the ribs grilled, Frank and I enjoyed a glass while I looked up the Bodegas LAN website and we learned of the Bodegas wines and specifically the wine we were drinking.  

The LAN Crianza is the wine produced for people to enjoy every day.  It is affordable yet delicious.  It is aged in barrels made with both French and American Oak, giving it a unique flavor.  The Crianza is primarily Tempranillo with a small amount of Mazuelo.  It is made in stainless steel and then move to oak barrels for 14 months of aging.

We found it to be a very dry wine that left a nice touch of sweetness on the palate.  Sweet as in fruity, like the taste left after biting into a fresh, juicy peach.  We each enjoyed a second glass of wine with the Ribs which were absolutely perfect.  The pairing was very satisfying and I can see why Rioja has a reputation for pairing well with BBQ. 


  1. I love when you have a family favorite recipe that you make over and over and over again. I can see why those ribs are that for you and Frank. Yum! I didn't try a Crianza Rioja. I'll keep my eyes out. Cheers.

    1. I was very pleased with the wine. Hope to join in chat tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

  2. The best BBQ ribs sound wonderful with this wine. Congrats on perfecting the recipe! That is no easy task, especially when limited to summer grilling months. You have such wonderful family recipes on your site!

  3. Nothing like enjoying some wonderful Rioja while grilling/BBQing! I can almost taste those ribs!

  4. Glad the nice weather finally made its way to you! BBQ ribs and Rioja by the pool sound perfect: and a nice memory to keep you warm through the winter.

  5. I agree, I would never ever, under any circumstances cook my ribs indoors! Yours look delicious.

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