rio·​ja rē-ˈō-(ˌ)hä How to pronounce rioja (audio)
often capitalized
: a wine from the Rioja region of Spain
especially : a dry red wine from this region

Examples of rioja in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This box has Italian, Spanish, French, and Greek-style salamis, including a sweet and smoky chorizo rioja and loukanika, a Greek-style salami with cumin, garlic, and orange that’s based on owner and salumist Elias Ciaro’s family recipe. Devra Ferst, Bon Appétit, 10 Nov. 2023 Against this simple brownstone backdrop, a resplendent three-story Spanish Baroque entrance — now with details painted blue, white, gold, and a purple the shade of rioja — was added in 1921. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, 2 June 2023 Graciano became a minor player in blended wines such as rioja. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2023 Wine writer Rebecca Murphy shares a special rioja — an old vine garnacha (100%) from a legendary producer. Tina Danze, Dallas News, 17 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rioja was in 1863

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Cite this Entry

“Rioja.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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