June/July 2015

Industry News

Rioja Storms the Windy City

Rioja touched down in Chicago last month, kicking off Rioja Week with the second annual Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival. The day-long festival took place at Chicago’s historic Union Station on May 2, with more than 1,700 attendees. Showcasing 40+ Rioja winemakers, 30+ notable U.S. chefs cooking up Rioja-Inspired tapas, live music, seminars and more, the event was a vibrant display of Rioja’s beauty and versatility. More than 200 members of the trade and attended an exclusive preview prior to the festival, allowing a more personal Rioja experience. All attendees were encouraged to join in the #RiojaBuzz with our #shareyourpair photo contest of the best Rioja and tapas pairings, resulting in 550+ entries overall. For an in-depth look at the festival, check out our photos and video. Thank you, Chicago!

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Rioja Heads to the Windy City

Chicago Tribune’s business writer, David Herbling spent the day at the Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival to taste through 200 vibrant Rioja wines, enjoy Rioja-inspired tapas and interview winemakers and Rioja principals. Check out his feature article and video, “Union Station hosts Chicago’s first Rioja wine and tapas festival," for more on the festival’s economic impact and why Chicago is a valuable market for Wines from Rioja.

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Delta Offers Experiential Passport to Rioja

Delta Air Lines and Wines from Rioja kicked off an integrated national partnership last month, offering Delta customers a taste of the Rioja wine region in Delta Sky Clubs and inflight, second only to visiting the storied wine region in-person. The multi-pronged program includes in-flight and on-ground wine offerings and guided tastings to bring Rioja to life.

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Going Big in Texas

The Rioja team recently landed in Texas for the Austin Food & Wine Festival, offering a delicious selection of Riojas under the tents poured by special guests from Rioja bodegas. Each winery principal presented their finest in a thematic context, from how to pair wine and BBQ, to the role of family in the winemaking business. Muchas gracias to everyone who joined us!

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Come See Us in Colorado!

Stop by the Wines From Spain tent at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, June 19-21, to taste a special selection of Rioja wines and chat with Rioja experts. On Saturday, June 20, Wines from Rioja will be featured at the Rioja & Tapas Bar at Grand Cochon at the Viceroy in Snowmass Village. We hope to see you there!

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Harris Teeter & Rioja

For the third year, Rioja is pleased to announce a partnership with supermarket chain Harris Teeter. With 230 locations in the Mid-Atlantic region, our program includes promotion such as in-store tastings, bid tags, online wine club specials and case stacks. Thank you to all our partners!

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Rosé Wine Festival

On Sunday, June 21 in Los Angeles, Wines from Rioja will showcase a lovely array of Rioja Rosado wines at La Nuit en Rosé, the world's first festival dedicated entirely to rosé wines. The event will be held at the exclusive SkyBar atop the Mondrian Hotel. Accredited wine trade are invited to attend the special tasting for trade from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Rioja Rosados are the perfect summer sippers. We look forward to sharing tastes of our 2014 Rioja Rosados on the west coast!

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

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