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VOL 3 ISSUE 10 NOVEMBER 2011

In This Issue:

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Rioja!

Rioja Tip

Rioja in the News

Consumer Events

Consumer Tastings

Rioja Recipe

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The Vibrant Rioja Wine Team

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and football are three great reasons to love November! Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving in your home, or are invited to a party elsewhere, it’s about time to think about wine pairings for your holiday meal. When it comes to a dinner as big as Thanksgiving, selecting the right wine can be difficult.

Thanks to a mix of Mediterranean and Atlantic climates, Rioja wines are crisp and acidic, making them a perfect pairing for a richer meal. They also please many palates, as wines from Rioja combine the earthy character of Old World wines with the fruitiness of New World wines. So this year, give thanks and drink Spanish! If you do, send us a picture of your Thanksgiving meal paired with Rioja wine to newsletter@vibrantrioja.com. You may be published in our next newsletter, and one lucky winner will win a dinner for two!

Wine Snobs Heart Rioja at Great Match New York


Dozens of “wine snobs” gathered at the Rioja booth at Wines from Spain’s Great Match New York tasting on October 6. In its 18th year, the Great Match event series is a unique opportunity to taste the best wines Spain has to offer, all in one place. We encouraged wine fans to snap a picture of their best wine geek impression for a chance to win Rioja wine. Check out the deserving winner yourself: We congratulate @NYCsidewalker for this convincing impersonation of a true wine snob!

Rioja Tip: Decanting

Decanting is often unnecessary for extended barrel-aged Riojas, such as Reservas and Gran ReservasThese wines leave most of their sediment in the barrel, and rarely have any sediment in the bottle. Next time you open a well-aged Rioja, you can pour it straight into the glass!

Rioja in the News

Check out Vibrant Rioja’s latest media coverage:

Sommelier Lucas Paya reviews Rioja’s tapas culture in Food & Wine magazine’s “Tapas Trail” article. Read the full story.

Wine Spectator published a spotlight on Cune titled “Cune Imperial: A Benchmark Rioja.” writer Tom Mathews states “I think Rioja reaches full maturity much quicker than Bordeaux…but has the virtue of staying on its plateau for a very long time.” Read the full article.

Named “Bright Stars & Big Surprises,” Wine Spectator also featured a six-page spread on Spanish wines. Rioja is portrayed as remaining Spain’s biggest stage, unmatched for its diversity of style, its range of vintages in current release, and its historic prestige. Read the full article.

Consumer Events

Pure Genius Complimentary Tastings at A&P Wine & Spirits and Best Cellars
October 15 – December 31

Visit two of the tri-state area’s top wine lover destinations, A&P Wine & Spirits and Best Cellars, for a season of Pure Genius featuring Vibrant Rioja. Stop by for a complimentary tastings and receive a Vibrant Rioja gift.

Connecticut Locations:
November 11, 5-8pm
November 22, 5-8pm
December 2, 5-8pm
December 24, 3-6pm
December 31, 3-6pm*
*(Fairfield area locations only)

New Jersey Locations:
October 15, 1-4pm
November 12, 1-4pm
November 23, 3-6pm
December 3, 1-4pm

New York Locations:
5pm-8pm for all dates
October 19
October 26
November 2
November 9
November 15
December 1
December 8
December 21

For Store Locations Visit: http://apfreshonline.com/pages_myAP_LS_Locator.asp

¡Hola! Rioja! Rioja Month at Greenery Market and Greenery Restaurant
October 15 – November 15

Visit El Paso’s top wine shop, Greenery Market, and Greenery Restaurant for a month of Vibrant Rioja tastings. Join us in-store on October 29 to taste these special Spanish wines and receive a complimentary gift. Greenery Restaurant is featuring by-the-glass Rioja specials through November 15.

Greenery Restaurant and Market
Sunland Park Mall
750 Sunland Park Dr.
El Paso, Texas 79912
915.584.6706

View all our upcoming events.

Consumer Tastings

NORTHEAST

In-store Rioja Wine Tasting at Beacon Wines
“Riojas and The Tippler’s Tapas”
Thursday, November 3
5-8pm
2120 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
Complimentary

In-store “Rioja, Cheeses and Charcuterie” Tasting at Dandelion Wines
Thursday, November 3
6-9pm
153 Franklin St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Complimentary

In-store Rioja Wine Tasting at Roger Wilco Wine Warehouse
“New Fall Riojas”
Saturday, November 5
4-9pm
700 Haddonfield-Berlin Rd.
Vorhees, NJ 08043
Complimentary

New Haven Restaurant Week - Featuring the Wines of Rioja!
November 6 -11
For participating restaurants and details please visit: http://infonewhaven.com/restaurantweek

In-store Rioja Wine Tasting at Jersey Wine and Spirits
“Taste Every Rioja in Store"
Saturday, November 12
1-10pm
492 Jersey Ave.
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Complimentary

In-store Rioja Tasting at Uva Wines
Saturday, November 12
1-3pm
199 Bedford Ave.
New York, NY 11211
Complimentary

Cooking with Rioja Seminar at Whole Foods P Street
Wednesday, November 16
7-8:30pm
1440 P Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20005
For pricing and information please contact Tim Hayes: Tim.Hayes@wholefoods.com

Hyper Tasting at Union Square Wines
Saturday, November 19
4-7pm
140 Fourth Ave.
New York, NY 10003
For pricing and information please contact Thomas Smith: tom@unionsquarewines.com

MIDWEST

In-store Rioja Tasting at Lush Wine & Spirits
Friday, November 11
5-8pm
1257 South Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Complimentary

In-store Rioja Tasting at Whole Foods Cicero
Friday, November 11th
5-8pm
6020 North Cicero Ave.
Chicago, IL 60646
Complimentary

In-store Rioja Tasting at Potash Brother Market
Friday, November 18
5-8pm
875 North State St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Complimentary

In-store Rioja Tasting at Fox & Obel
Friday, November 22
5-8pm
401 East Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Complimentary

SOUTHEAST

In-store “Affordable Rioja Reds and Whites” Tasting at Market Street Wine Shop
Saturday, November 5
2-5pm
230 Shoppers World Court
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Complimentary

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

“Riojas & Tapas” Tasting Event at Whole Foods Market Wine Bar - El Segundo
Friday, November 4
5-7pm
760 South Sepulveda Blvd.
El Segundo, CA 90245
Cost: $10
Buy two bottles of Roja wine and receive a Vibrant Rioja wine tote.

“Gracias por Rioja” Thanksgiving Rioja Wine Tasting Event at K&L - Hollywood
One of the most difficult holiday menus meets its match! Come by to learn how Rioja wines pair with everything from oyster stuffing to a green bean casserole.
Friday, November 4
5:30-7pm
1400 Vine St.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Cost: $8
Reservations recommended. Call 323.464.9463.

"Tapas & Paella" Rioja Wine Tasting at the Wine Country
Saturday, November 5
1-4pm
2301 Redondo Ave.
Signal Hill/Long Beach, CA 90755
Cost: $20

"Rioja and Thanksgiving Pairing" Tasting Event at Vendome Studio City
Saturday, November 5
4-6pm
11555 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
Cost: $20

"Sip n' Swirl Rioja Wine Tasting" led by Sommelier Ryan Hess at Vinoteque on Melrose
Wines will be paired with Chef KC Ma's farm-to-table cuisine.
Tuesday, November 8
7pm & 9pm
7469 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Cost: $20
Reservations are required. To reserve a seat, please call 310.860.6060 or email info@vinotequeonmelrose.com

Rioja Wine & Dim Sum Pairing at Wing Hop Fung - Monterey Park
Vibrant Rioja celebrates the grand opening of Wing Hop Fung's wine tasting bar!
Friday, November 11
5-10pm
Wing Hop Fung
725 W. Garvey Ave.
Monterey Park, CA 91754
 
"Tapas, Aged Cheeses & Jamón" Wine Tasting at Wine Exchange
Saturday, November 26
12-5pm
1500 East Village Way, #2364
Orange, CA 92865
Cost: $25
Please purchase tickets in advance http://www.winex.com/wineEventsAll.aspx
or by phone 800.974.1454.

To view all upcoming events, please visit the Vibrant Rioja web site

Other Information

Buy Rioja Wines Online at J.J. Buckley

Save some time this holiday season and skip the visit to the wine shop! Vibrant Rioja is now available online through J.J. Buckley, a leading national online wine retailer. More than two dozen Rioja wines of all types (Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva) are now available for purchase online through their website at www.jjbuckley.com.

Browse Rioja wines available from J.J. Buckley. Complete shipping information.

Rioja at Total Wine & More

More than 130 Vibrant Rioja in-store tastings took place in 72 Total Wine & More stores across the US last month!

This Vibrant Rioja display caught our eye at the Total Wine store in Chesapeake, Va.

Rioja Recipe: Isabel's Vegetable Paella
   

The following recipe is from Penelope Casas, a frequent contributor to New York Times, Gourmet, Food & Wine, and Fine Cooking. She is also a consultant and lecturer on Spain, a guest speaker at the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society, and an adjunct professor at the New York University.

Arroz De Verduras De Isabel
(Isabel's Vegetable Paella)

2-1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
Salt, as needed
1/8 teaspoon crumbled saffron threads
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup frozen baby lima beans
8 baby carrots (about 3 ounces), chopped
8 shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, coarsely chopped
1/4 pound green beans, trimmed, coarsely chopped
2 medium red bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch squares
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup canned chopped tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sweet paprika, preferably smoked
1-1/4 cups Arborio or other short-grain rice

Preheat oven to 400°F. Taste broth and add salt to taste. In a 2-quart saucepan, bring the broth to a boil; stir in the saffron. Cover pan and remove from heat. In a large skillet or a 13-inch paella pan, over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the lima beans, carrots, mushrooms, green beans, red peppers and zucchini; stir-fry until vegetables begin to brown, about 6 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, garlic and paprika; cook one minute. Reduce heat to low; add the rice and stir to coat. Add broth and bring to a gentle boil. Cook, without stirring, 10 minutes. Transfer to the oven and cook, uncovered, 10 minutes. Remove from oven and tent loosely with foil; let stand 5 minutes. To make the socarrat crust, uncover and return pan to stove over medium-high heat. Cook without stirring 2 minutes, until a crust forms on the bottom, being careful not to burn. Serve, scraping up the crust with a metal spatula. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

Serve with Rioja Reserva. Aged for a minimum of 12 months in oak and at least 24 in bottle before release, Rioja Reserva is the benchmark Rioja, the age category on which most bodegas stake their reputations.