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March 2013

Rioja: Top Wine Travel Destination!

Wine Enthusiast Logo Love wine, will travel? Wine Enthusiast just named Rioja one of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2013! From gorgeous wineries to great tips on where to drink, dine, stay, visit and beyond. Our favorite tip is to visit the world’s best wine museum at Dinastía Vivanco. For more great wine travel tips, read the full article here.

 

Want a chance to visit and sip Rioja? Watch out for Wine Enthusiast’s Rioja tastings, store displays and a sweepstakes to ‘Win a Trip to Spain’ in Total Wine stores across the country in March! Enter the sweepstakes here!

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This year, our Spotlight on Rioja section will chat about little-known places, fun facts and attractions about the region. Check it out and impress your friends with your newfound knowledge!

The Coolest Wine Museum in the World

Speaking of Dinastía Vivanco’s museum and winery (see above!), wouldn’t you love to tour thousands of corkscrews? The best wine museum in the world resides at this winery in Briones. Explore the Museo de la Cultura del Vino and its nearly 3,000 corkscrews and over 8,000 wine-related artifacts with stunning, interactive winemaking displays and the beautiful Bacchus' Garden of 220 different vine varieties. Thirsty? There’s no shortage of wonderful wine and foods with a tapas bar and restaurant. Read more here.

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Cook yourself sexy Rioja on CBS New York

Iron Chef judge and cookbook author Candice Kumai showed Rioja wines some love in the Valentine’s Day segment on CBS New York’s “Live from the Couch!” Check out her saucy food and wine tips here! Be sure to tune in March 17 to see Candice again in the premier of “Playing with Fire” on the E! network.

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TOTAL WINE LOGO In March, we are excited to partner with Total Wine and Wine Enthusiast for Rioja tastings in select locations across the country. All tastings will be held Friday, March 8 from 4-7 pm. Locations include:

 

Northeast

   

Southwest

 

Laurel, MD
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McLean, VA
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Las Vegas, NV
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Tempe, AZ
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Southeast

   

 

 

North Miami, FL
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Don’t live in those towns? No worries! For all our upcoming events, visit our online calendar.

 
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Asparagus and Eggs Asparagus and Eggs
Having a springtime gathering? Not only can this recipe be prepared in around 10 minutes, it looks beautiful and can be served as a main dish, at brunch, or as a light dinner. View the recipe here. Pair it with a light, fruity rose Rioja. Yum!

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People often wonder who “we” are here at Rioja wines, and what we do. Yes, we are lucky enough to work with Rioja wines every day, and YES, they actually pay us for this! In 2013, we will highlight two Vibrant Rioja team members. Nice to meet you, too!

Aaron Gordon Name: Aaron Gordon
Role: Rioja Regional Specialist, Northeast
What do you love about wine? It is an ever changing learning process where all of the scientific advances succumb to Mother Nature.
What’s your favorite part of working with wine? Each bottle tells a different story and each year is a new book.
It’s your last meal…what would you eat and drink? If it were my last meal, I would hope that I did not know, so I could relax and enjoy it. I would probably have a Negroni and fried oysters from Le Petite Crivette (Brooklyn). I would save my appetite for the big dinner party in the clouds.
Share your favorite cool, but random wine fact. California is the fourth-largest wine producer in the world, right after Spain!

 

Cassandra Bianco Name: Cassandra Bianco
Role: Media Relations + Social Media Ninja
What do you love about wine? I love learning. And I love how I am always learning something exciting about wine. Especially working for Rioja, when you represent the whole region! It’s truly an honor.
It’s your last meal…what would you eat and drink? I’m half Italian, and pasta is my life. I would eat a fresh sauce with penne pasta (Parmigiano-Reggiano is a must) with some Crianza. Dessert would be a Nutella pancake. Pancakes and pasta are almost as special as wine. Almost.
Share your favorite cool, but random wine fact. Did you know the Spanish language was born in Rioja? I think that is so cool!

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DVD cover Free Documentary on Rioja
Planning a trip to Spain and looking for inspiration on Riojan culture, cuisine and wineries? The Culinary Institute of America offers a complimentary podcast on Rioja and its many culinary treasures. Join the 200,000 people that watched the documentary in 2012 alone and download your free copy here.

PS: We will be announcing our Trip to Rioja Sweepstakes winners next month. Be on the lookout!

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