The wines of Rioja, Spain are pure genius. They're an exceptional value, especially important in tough economic times when both quality, and value really matter. I tried many Crianzas, Reservas, and Grand Reservas all made from the great Rioja grape Tempranillo. I also tried a number of wonderful small production, single varietals unique to Rioja such as Manzuela, Garnacha Tinto, and Graziano. All were incredibly wonderful! I am a huge fan of Rioja wines! They have the classicism of Bordeaux, but the New World influences of varietal bottlings as well.
Here's some my favorites.
Beronia was new to me, but I really liked it.