Is it just me or does Rioja have a split personality
>cheap ass plonk catering to working-class plebs
>elegant patrician wines catering to old money
>absolutely nothing in between
Why is this?
>Initial quality tests are promising sir!
>Great! Put it in the good barrels and keep a close eye on it for a few years.
>This likely won't age well, sir.
>Alright, dump it in the cheap barrels for a few months, then plastic drums and have the soms blend it when they can get to it.
There is the local market that caters to locals which serves things @ normal prices
And on the other side there is the industry that caters to turists who pretend to know nutshit about ham & wine.
The best ham is sold for 150€ the full leg & best wines don't go higher than 20€ bottle