Rioja Grand Tasting in Miami

Despite the hurricane-like conditions (hello Miami!), hundreds of trade members and consumers met in Florida to attend "NextGen Rioja," Vibrant Rioja's Annual Grand Tasting. Held on April 30, this year's event featured the most comprehensive showcase of wines from Rioja in the U.S., and highlighted the new generation of Rioja winemakers and winery owners that are not only following in their ancestors' footsteps, but are also carving a new path of their own. During the day, Rioja hosted 170 trade and press guests for a seminar and tasting, where guests sampled more than 250+ Riojas from over 60 importers.

In the evening, Vibrant Rioja and Snooth Media hosted a tasting event for more than 200 consumers featuring a global food lounge and DJ. Guests enjoyed a selection of 250+ Rioja wines, and 100% of the ticket proceeds benefitted the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida. Vibrant Rioja also donated $1 per live tweet generated during the consumer event to the organization.

Thank you to all who attended! For more event photos, visit the Vibrant Rioja Facebook page.

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Rosado GlassesRioja Rosados - Spring is Time to Think Pink!

Much like the famous reds of Rioja, the region's rosados are versatile and offer a range of styles. Made exclusively from Tempranillo, or blends with other indigenous varietals, Rioja rosados are growing in popularity and sophistication. While Tempranillo is the king grape of Rioja, other local grapes, such as Garnacha, are often used in the blend to produce various styles of rosados.

Full of succulent red berries with a dry finish, Rioja rosados boast an elegant texture and well-balanced acidity, making them surprisingly versatile in food pairings. Usually unoaked, they are also perfect to quaff your thirst on a warm day. Be sure to look for the most recent vintage - with very few exceptions, rosados are meant to be enjoyed right away!

For some quick tips on food and wine pairings, including rosados, click here.

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Rioja CorksRioja in The New York Times!
Titled "For Reservas, No Cellar Required," wine critic Eric Asimov and The New York Times' tasting panel conducted a blind tasting of 20 different Rioja Reservas! Here is a quick highlight from the article:

"It's accepted wisdom today that most wine drinkers do not have the money, the storage space or the patience to wait years as their bottles age to maturity. Consumers expect wines to be ready, or at least enjoyable, immediately after they buy them. Who among us would not like the opportunity to drink aged wines without paying a fortune or waiting them out? What about tonight? May I humbly offer a happy solution: Rioja Reservas." - Eric Asimov

New York Times logo Read the full article here.

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Oceanair logo Perfect Pairings at Oceanaire

From May 9-31, enjoy tastings at Oceanaire restaurant locations nationwide including Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, Miami, Minneapolis, San Diego and other cities. Each tasting event will feature multiple food and wine stations with chef-inspired tapas and Rioja pairings. Cost is $65/person. For dates, locations and reservations please click here or visit www.theoceanaire.com.

Tryp logo Rioja Spring Sips at Gastro Bar in NYC

Through May 18, enjoy Rioja specials at Gastro Bar inside the new Tryp Hotel. There will be daily by the glass specials and Riojan tapas pairings, as well as weekly happy hour "Sips & Chats" with Rioja experts.Click here for details. See below article about our Tyrp kick-off event!

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Northeast

       

Rioja Food and Wine Pairing Seminar at Union Square Wines - New York
Wednesday, May 16
6:30-8:00pm
For pricing and details, please call 212-675-8100

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In-store Rioja Tasting at Gotham Wines and Spirits
Sunday, May 20
1-5pm
Complimentary

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In-store Rioja Tasting at Finest Kind Wines
Saturday, June 2
12-6pm
Complimentary

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Midwest

       

Rioja In-Store Tasting at Peterson Wine Cellar
Saturday, May 12
1-5pm
Complimentary

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Rioja Wine Dinner at Café Ba Ba Reeba
Tuesday, May 22
6:30-8:30pm
Tapas reception followed by sit-down 4-course dinner - all paired with a superb selection of Rioja wines
$40 + tax and gratuity

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80 Sips Challenge with Rioja
May 14-25
At 20 restaurants in Chicago, taste as many wines as you can, and note and rate each wine.
Enter the competition on Bottlenotes.com/tastingweek
Also includes D.O.C. Wine Bar, Naha and Gilt Bar.

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West Coast

       

Rioja Fest at The Wine House - Los Angeles
Sunday, June 3
2-4:30pm
Join us to taste the Rioja revolution! Over 40 different wines will be poured including wines from López de Heredia, Marqués de Cáceres, Campo Viejo, Artadi, Muga and more. Also enjoy passed tapas from Upstairs 2. $45/person. Please RSVP online.

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Rioja Tasting

To view all our upcoming events, click here.

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Tryp Event Rioja Spring Sips Launch at Tryp NYC
With nearly 200 attendees, Vibrant Rioja's launch party and tasting kicked off Tryp's Spring Sips program with a bang on April 19. Tryp's Gastro Bar welcomed Chef Ignacio Echapresto from Rioja, who designed the evening's menu and special tapas to pair with Gastrobar's Rioja offerings. Guests tasted delicious selections from each winery represented on Gastrobar's list, in addition to rosado gems just arriving on the market. Spring Sips with Rioja @ Gastro Bar continues through May 18.

Chef Oceanaire Interview with Chef Wade Wiestling of Oceanaire
Rioja recently partnered with Oceanaire restaurants across the country for a month-long promotion featuring Rioja wine pairings and daily specials. As we are seeing a rise in the art of food and wine pairings, we interviewed Chef Wade Wiestling, vice president of culinary development of Oceanaire restaurants, to hear his thoughts, including what he like best about Riojas.

Read the interview here!

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Mac and Cheese Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese is soul satisfying and delicious…a real crowd pleaser for kids of all ages! And great for springtime picnics and get-togethers. Yes, you can buy the stuff that comes in a box, but as an alternative try this recipe -- it's real food for real people.Click here to view the recipe!

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Congratulations!
In partnership with Snooth, Rioja held a Red Hot Restaurant Sweepstakes offering the chance to win a wine pairing dinner experience at a premier restaurant. Congratulations to the winner, C. Gonzales from California! She will be dining at Spago Beverly Hills in May. Enjoy!

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