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U.S. Spirits and Wine Distributors on Track for Significant Gains in 2012

After generating impressive revenue growth in 2011 despite the U.S. market's challenging economic environment, the country's leading spirits and wine wholesalers are now on pace to achieve significant gains in 2012, according a survey conducted by Shanken News/Impact. Impact's exclusive survey of the industry's top 10 distributors—accounting for 63% of the market–projects their combined revenue growth at nearly 7% this year, essentially matching last year's performance.

The top 10 distributors are all projecting growth in 2012, and they all appear likely to advance by at least $30 million. The biggest players are getting bigger, outpacing overall market growth. And with consolidation trend expected to resume in the near future, they'll soon be expanding even further.

"Consolidation is coming back. We've been in a holding pattern the past three or four years, largely because of the economy, but that's now coming to an end," says one leading East Coast distributor. "I think we'll see quite a few deals over the next year or two."

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Wine Spectator Wine Spectator's "A Beautiful Traditional Rioja," speaks to the underpinnings of classic Riojas, plus Thomas Matthews' love for both of the region's modern and traditional wines. Thomas reviews La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial 2001:

The wine was lovely. It was quite full-bodied, yet classically supple and fresh, with bright cherry fruit accented with mineral, licorice and smoke notes. I rated it 92 points, non-blind, and reflected that—at the highest levels of quality, such as Pingus and Ardanza, and given some age—somehow modern and traditional began to resemble each other in true and lovely ways.

Read the full article here.

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industry newsIn Miami April 30? Come to our Rioja Grand Tasting!

After three years of successful Grand Tasting events in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, the 4th annual events hit Florida this year on April 30 at the Intercontinental Hotel Miami. With strong ties to Spanish culture and wine, the Miami event will welcome on- and off-premise buyers, press and other wine trade from the region to meet and taste with top Rioja wineries and importers. This year's theme focuses on a "New Generation of Rioja Winemakers," kicking off with an exclusive seminar preceding the tasting. Please register here and add the event to your calendar.

Not able to join us? No worries! You can still have a Rioja experience without boarding a plane. Log on to our Rioja NextGen Tweet Chat on April 29 at 6 pm EST to hear from Rioja's next generation winemakers and owners from Bodegas Valdemar, Muriel and Ontañon. LIVE from Miami, we'll discuss and taste some new generation Rioja wines with host Gregory dal Piaz, editor in chief of the biggest wine website, Snooth.com. Follow us on Twitter and check the official event hashtag #riojabuzz for more info on the wines we'll taste.

Charles Joly Rioja Pour Genius – Meet Charles Joly
This month, we checked in with Pour Genius winner Charles Joly, chief mixologist at the Drawing Room in Chicago, who describes Rioja as intriguing, versatile & vivacious. We asked him about his favorite food pairings, winning cocktail secrets, and why he loves working as a mixologist. Read the full interview.

rioja pour geniusVibrant Rioja and NBA Star Pau Gasol Fighting Famine
Vibrant Rioja is pleased to announce our support for celebrated international Spanish athlete and well-known humanitarian, Pau Gasol of the LA Lakers, for his mission to combat hunger in the Horn of Africa. In addition to being the star power forward for the LA Lakers, Gasol is as an active ambassador for UNICEF, for which he launched an initiative called 'El Proyecto de Pau' ('Pau's Project') focusing on childhood education and the fight against malnutrition in Africa. After awarding him with the 16th annual Prestigio Rioja Prize for excellence both on the basketball court and through philanthropic endeavors, the Rioja Wines Control Board pledged 50,000 Euros to Gasol's humanitarian mission through "Rioja Wine in Solidarity with Pau's Project." The effort encourages members of the Rioja DOCa region to contribute to Pau's Project and help end famine in Africa. Vibrant Rioja is proud to stand with Gasol in support of this worthy mission.

RosadoThey Say Rosé, We Say Rosado
This spring, Vibrant Rioja will launch its first Rosados de Rioja program, in cities across the U.S. The program will include more than 12 unique bodegas. Much like the famous red of Rioja, the region's rosados are versatile and include 100% Tempranillo, Garnacha blends and even Gran Reservas, and pair with a surprising variety of foods. Keep an eye on upcoming newsletters, our Facebook page and website calendar for Rosados de Rioja events near you, from spring through late summer.

Chicago EventRioja Kicks Off in the Midwest
More than 80 trade guests enjoyed 60+ Rioja wines on a beautiful March evening under open skies at Benchmark in Chicago as part of the Rioja POP Midwest Kick-off event. The event was hosted by Rioja Regional Specialist Saurabh Kathuria. Want to hold a Rioja promotion? Contact Viviana Pinzon at vpinzon@crt-tanaka.com for information!

Texas SomRioja at the Tex-Som Competition
Rioja wines received two gold, nine silver and ten bronze awards at the Texas Sommelier Competition, the most awards given to any Spanish wine region. The competition not only allowed us to show some great Riojas available in that region, it also showed the high quality of Riojas that are available right now. More than 3,700 wines from Spain and the U.S. were entered into the competition hosted by the Dallas Morning News. So which Riojas scored big? Check out the entire competition results here (PDF).

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¡CELEBRATE RIOJA! 2012 Vibrant Rioja Point of Purchase Program Southeast Kick-off Event

Barcelona-Atlanta Wine Bar & Restaurant

240 N. Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Monday, April 23
1-4pm
RSVP to Dhane Chesson, Southeast Vibrant Rioja Regional Specialist: vibrantwine@gmail.com
(Press and Trade only)

Rioja Craft Cocktail Celebration

Barcelona-Atlanta Wine Bar & Restaurant

240 N. Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Monday, April 23
9-11pm
Kick back with other wine professionals from Atlanta & RIOJA! Atlanta's hottest bartenders create original cocktails using Rioja wine. RSVP to Dhane Chesson, Southeast Vibrant Rioja Regional Specialist: vibrantwine@gmail.com
(Press and Trade only)

2012 Vibrant Rioja Point of Purchase Program Los Angeles Kick-off Event

Campanile – Los Angeles
624 South La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Monday, May 7
1-5pm
RSVP to nina@vibrantrioja.com
(Press and Trade only)

To view all our upcoming events, click here.

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rioja supports retailInterested in creating a rich Rioja program to offer the clientele at your store, restaurant or bar?

Vibrant Rioja resources are vast and attractive and can generate a dynamic and prosperous program for your establishment with a wine category on the rise.

Please contact vpinzon@crt-tanaka.com for further information.

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