As with the goat cheese and Sauvignon Blanc, this pairing arose out of necessity; what else would you drink with Paella except for the local wine? While there are many versions of Paella, one of the classics includes a variety of meats and seafood in saffron flavored rice. With such a complex dish it's a good idea to opt for a simplier wine to offer a single contrasting background note. A young, fruity Rioja with bright acidity is just the ticket; bold enough for the intense flavors of saffron and chorizo, but light enough to not overpower shrimp or chicken.
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Rioja and Paella