The first thing to say about Rioja is this: start afresh, think anew, see it in a new light. We are hardwired to think of Rioja (its reds in particular) solely through the lens of barrel ageing. In the modern Rioja (or as proponents might say, pre-modern) let's re-imagine the region through its tapestry of vineyards and terroirs. Let's also think beyond Tempranillo for reds. Above all, let's explore this famous wine region for what it can produce like nowhere else.