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Best. Wine Region. Ever., the largest online wine network with one million monthly users, just revealed Rioja as its "Wine Region of the Year 2011." According to Snooth, Rioja wines are unmatched when it comes to offering incredible value, with both excellent aging potential and a broad diversity in style. The Vibrant Rioja campaign accepted the honors after announcing one of the strongest U.S. wine sales results for the Spanish wine region, up nearly 18% in 2011. As Editor-in-chief Gregory dal Piaz pointed out, "with wine made in hyper-traditional and hyper-modern styles and all that falls between, Rioja is able to supply nearly all palates with wines of preference." Fortune magazine and CNN Money also reported the news.

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"Unlike other regions, Rioja fulfills a simple promise," said Ana Fabiano, trade director for the Vibrant Rioja campaign. "You get excellent quality at any price point, regardless of style or ageing category. Our strict regulations require us to age the wine in our cellars for you, so it's ready to drink when you open the bottle. This makes Rioja a strong offering in the on- and off-premise."

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header Save the Date! Rioja Grand Tasting Miami

nextgen rioja After three years of successful Grand Tasting events in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, the 4th annual events hit Florida this year on April 30 at the Intercontinental Hotel Miami. With strong ties to Spanish culture and wine, the Miami event will welcome on- and off-premise buyers, press and other wine trade from the region to meet and taste with top Rioja wineries and importers. This year's theme focuses on a "New Generation of Rioja Winemakers," kicking off with an exclusive seminar preceding the tasting.

Add the event to your calendar and stay tuned for more information and follow all the #RiojaBuzz conversation on Twitter with @RiojaWine.

header Industry News: Rioja is "Best Value"

industry newsIn a recent wine trends survey by Futureshift, wines from Rioja scored high in consumer and trade ratings correlated with awareness and wine purchase decisions. According to trade, Rioja is the best value proposition in the $10-$20 price range (45 percent), followed by Argentina (42 percent) and Chile (34 percent).

For the second year running, Rioja also leads in the $20-$50 price category, exceeding other Spanish and Italian wine regions, Burgundy and Bordeaux. Surveyed consumers sampled more Rioja than any other region of Spain this year.

For more results from this year's survey, click here.

header Rioja in the News

in the news Beverage Media featured Rioja as the February cover story!

"Rioja's New Calling Card: Reservas emerge as fastest-growing wines from Spain's most famous region" highlights the 50% growth of the Rioja reserva category in the last two years.

Click here for the full article on Rioja reservas and here for the Tempranillos Al Mundo article that featured the 12 Gold Rioja winners from the international competition.

header Rioja Pour Genius Contest - Sip the Winning Recipe!

rioja pour geniusAfter a five-month, nationwide search for the most knowledgeable bartender, first place goes to Charles Joly, chief mixologist at the Drawing Room in Chicago! Taking top billing, Charles won a five-day, all-expenses paid visit to Rioja.

With entries from over forty bartenders from around the country, competition was stiff. Second and third place went to Dylan Regan, bar manager at Jimmy's in Aspen, Colorado, and Alexander Caban, a bartender at Junction in Santa Fe, New Mexico, respectively.

Try out the winning Rioja Pour Genius Recipe

header Annual Trade Conference

annual trade conference The Vibrant Rioja trade team met in late January to discuss achievements in 2011 and strategies for 2012 and beyond. As growth across all programs and markets was the focal point, the campaign executed over 1,200 events and tastings nationwide in the past year. Vibrant Rioja was also present in 40 US markets working with over 450 distinct on- and off-premise partners from Connecticut and Texas to Wisconsin and California. To learn more about Vibrant Rioja activities in your area please contact:

Northeast (NY metro, DC & CT) - Jill Paradiso
Northeast (NY metro & NJ) - Aaron Gordon
Southeast (FL, GA) - Dhane Chesson
Midwest (IL, WI, MN) - Saurabh Kathuria
Southern California (LA, Orange County) - Nina Sventitsky
For any markets outside of the above - Viviana Pinzon

header Trade Events

trade events2012 Vibrant Rioja Point of Purchase Program Kick-Off Events

Midwest Kick-off Event at Benchmark
1510 North Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610
Monday, March 12
Please join us for a taste of Rioja at its finest.
RSVP to Saurabh Kathuria, Midwest Vibrant Rioja Regional Specialist:
(Press and Trade only)

New York City
Northeast Kick-off Event at Corkbuzz Wine Studio
13 East 13th St., New York, NY 10003
Tuesday, March 27
Please join us for a special Rioja seminar led by Master Sommelier Laura Maniec.
RSVP to Jill Paradiso, Midwest Vibrant Rioja Regional Specialist:
(Press and Trade only)

header Rioja at the Boston Wine Expo

boston wine expoThe Boston Wine Expo, now in its 21st season, boasted attendance from top trade and consumer attendees. One of the most well-known in the US, this popular wine event allowed Vibrant Rioja the opportunity to meet on- and off-premise trade and consumer attendees from throughout New England.

To view our upcoming events, click here.

header Rioja Supports Retail

rioja supports retailInterested in creating a rich Rioja program to offer the clientele at your store, restaurant or bar?

Vibrant Rioja resources are vast and attractive and can generate a dynamic and prosperous program for your establishment with a wine category on the rise.

Please contact for further information.

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