December 2014/January 2015

Industry News

U.S. Wine Market Growth in 2014

The U.S. wine market is expected to grow for the 21st consecutive year, according to a recent report by Impact Databank. The projected increase is 0.3%, or 1 million cases, to 322 million nine-liter cases. For the sixth consecutive year, sparkling wines have surpassed still/table wines in growth, with an increase of 2.9% in 2014 to 16 million cases, an all-time high. Sparkling wines are now projected to account for 5% of the U.S. market. Among table wines, domestic brands now account for more than 75% of the table wine market, with Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon remaining the most popular varietals in the country. Last year, the U.S. surpassed France to become the number-one wine-consuming nation in the world. Read more on Shanken News Daily.

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For the Love of Tempranillo

Eric Asimov of the The New York Times dedicated November, International Tempanillo Month, to Rioja. Check out "Your Next Lesson: Rioja" from his monthly Wine School column. Also follow David Falchek’s wine recommendations in The Scranton Times Tribune’s online article, "Spanish Red? Probably Tempranillo." Known for producing big wine with considerable tannins, tempranillo is perfect for hearty meats and colder weather.

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Where to Buy

Where to Buy Rioja

We are updating the "Where to Buy Rioja" section on our website www.RiojaWine.com, and we would like your input in growing the list! This section helps consumers find some of the locations that sell Rioja wines, with links to stores and e-retailers. Do you know of locations that are not listed? Email us at buyrioja@riojacommunity.com with location information and we will add it to the site.

Tempranillo Day

Tempranillo Day

Rioja celebrated Tempranillo Day on November 13 with activations across the country. Special Rioja tempranillo tastings were held throughout the month at retailers and restaurants, promoted by e-blasts, event listings and social media. We also partnered with wine.com for 10% off bottles of Rioja, promoted through the website, e-blasts and Facebook ads. Did you see us? #RiojaBuzz #TempranilloDay

Holiday Thanks

Holiday Thanks

As the year comes to a close, we here at Rioja want to thank all of our friends, fans, vendors and partners for your support. We appreciate your business and are thankful for all your Rioja love! From our family to yours, we wish you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful new year. Cheers!

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B-21 Wine

B-21 Wine

Founded in 1948, B-21 Wine Company is one of Florida's top independent wine & spirits retailers. Beginning in 2010, B-21 and Rioja Wines joined forces to promote Rioja though special online offers, in-store tastings, special guest dinners and seminars. Several members from B-21 traveled to Rioja in 2013 to visit their favorite wineries and enjoy tapas on the famous Calle Laurel. With the store in Tarpon Springs, FL, B-21 offers over 70 Riojas in 38 states via their strong Internet presence. We caught up Director of Operations, Justin Hammer for a quick interview. Click here to check it out!

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Rioja & Horses

The Verizon Center in Washington, DC recently welcomed some of the world’s top show jumpers for the annual Washington International Horse Show. Wines from Rioja was on hand offering wines by the glass in all the VIP viewing platforms throughout the week. To close out the show we held a special tasting at the President’s Cup winner’s reception. Congratulations to all the winners!

Holiday Promotions

Holiday Promotions

Throughout December, look for Rioja specials at Stew Leonard's, Binny's Beverage Depot, Tommy Bahama restaurants and American Airlines Admirals Club. If you are interested in partnering with Rioja in 2015, contact viviana.pinzon@padillacrt.com. We'd love to work with you!

Need more Rioja in your life? Check out all of our upcoming events around the country here.

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Interested in a rich Rioja program to offer the clientele at your store, restaurant or bar? Rioja can create a customized, results-driven package for your business.

Please contact viviana.pinzon@padillacrt.com for further information.

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