Rioja Grand Tasting: NextGen Winemakers Up Close

snooth.comIf you are in Miami, don't make any plans for the evening of April 30! Come mingle at our Vibrant Rioja Grand Tasting event at the InterContinental Miami. Co-hosted by Snooth Media, you can enjoy more than 200 Riojas paired with tapas and live entertainment. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Buy your ticket here. 100% of the event proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish-Foundation® of Southern Florida.

Not able to join us? No worries!
You can still have a Rioja experience without boarding a plane. Log on to our Rioja NextGen Tweet Chat on April 29 at 6 pm EST to hear from Rioja's next generation winemakers and owners from Bodegas Valdemar, Muriel and Ontañon. LIVE from Miami, we'll discuss and taste some new generation Rioja wines with host Gregory dal Piaz, editor in chief of the biggest wine website, Follow us on Twitter and check the official event hashtag #riojabuzz for more info on the wines we'll taste.

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Muga and Lopez HerediaNextGen Rioja

Famous for its grand and storied past, Rioja currently consists of both historical and newcomer wineries, many helmed by a new generation of Rioja winemakers and winery owners. This is the rich fabric that makes up the diverse landscape of today's Rioja.

Some historical wineries have remained closely woven with leadership passed down within the family. Founded in 1877, for example, López de Heredia is currently run by the fourth generation following precisely in its founder's footsteps. Started in 1932, Bodegas Muga continues today in a spirit of tradition and innovation with its third generation winemaker.

Look here for more information on Rioja wineries and other cool stories from the region.

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Pau GasolVibrant Rioja and NBA Star Pau Gasol Fighting Famine
Vibrant Rioja is pleased to announce our support for celebrated international Spanish athlete and humanitarian Pau Gasol of the LA Lakers, for his mission to combat hunger in the horn of Africa. The Rioja Wines Control Board pledged financial support of 50,000 Euros to Gasol's humanitarian mission through the "Rioja Wine in Solidarity with Pau's Project." Read the full article here.

Rioja in the Wall Street Journal
In this Wall Street Journal article titled "Rioja, Barolo and the wine that inspired a dress" fashion and fragrance designer Narciso Rodriguez discusses his inspirations, and his love for Riojas and Spanish wine. Read the entire article here.

Meet Charles Joly: Rioja Pour Genius Bartender Competition Winner
We checked in with Rioja Pour Genius winner Charles Joly, chief mixologist at the Drawing Room in Chicago, and asked his thoughts about Rioja, wine cocktails and the best wines to pair with foods. Read the interview here!

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Gastro BarSpring Sips with Rioja at Gastro Bar in NYC
From April 16 through May 18, enjoy Rioja specials at Gastro Bar inside the new Tryp Hotel. There will be daily by the glass specials and Riojan tapas pairings, as well as weekly happy hour "Sips & Chats" with Rioja experts. The kick-off tasting will be held Thursday, April 19 from 7-10 p.m. Click here for details.

A "Meet the Chef" event will feature 10 Gastronomy & Wine Stations with tapas by Michelin-starred Chef Ignacio Echapresto of Rioja's Venta Moncalvillo; centenary bodegas, modern classics, crisp whites and juicy Rosados; and BEA Organic Biodynamic Olive Oil. Cost is $25/person. RSVP to or purchase tickets.

Perfect Grilling Pairings in Texas
Master the "Thrill of the Grill" with James King, president of the Texas Wine School, as he leads an engaging Rioja educational tasting at Central Market. This sit-down tasting will highlight an inspired lineup of succulent Spring Rosados, centenary Crianza classics and diverse Reserva gems –-- including Muga, CVNE and Riscal. As space is limited, you must reserve your seat by calling Central Market – all classes begin at 6:30 p.m. For exact dates and locations, please visit Vibrant Rioja's events calendar.

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In-store Tasting at Despaña Vino y Mas - New York
Thursday, April 12

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In-store Tasting at Tinto Fino - New York
Saturday, April 14

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Spring in Spain Tasting at Union Square Wines - New York
Saturday, April 28
Please call 212-675-8100 for pricing and details

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¡Celebrate Rioja! Rioja Wine Tasting at The Iberian Pig - Decatur GA
Tuesday, April 24
For reservations please call The Iberian Pig at 404-371-8800

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Rioja Wine Pairing Dinner at The Iberian Pig - Decatur GA
Tuesday, April 24
$45 per person
For reservations please call The Iberian Pig at 404-371-8800

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To view all our upcoming events, click here.

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Rioja Winning in Texas
Rioja wines received two gold, nine silver and ten bronze awards at the Texas Sommelier Competition, the most awards given to any Spanish wine region! The competition not only allowed us to show some great Riojas available in that region, it also showed the high quality of Riojas that are available for purchase right now. So which Riojas are on your shopping list? Check out the entire competition results here (PDF).

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RosadoThey Say Rosé, We Say Rosado
Warmer weather is the perfect time to enjoy some refreshing Rioja Rosados...don't you think? This spring, Vibrant Rioja will launch its first Rosados de Rioja program, in cities across the U.S. Much like the famous red of Rioja, the region's Rosados are versatile and include Tempranillo and Garnacha blends, and pair with a surprising variety of foods. Keep an eye on upcoming newsletters, our Facebook page and website calendar for Rosados de Rioja tastings near you, from spring through late summer.

Congratulations to the latest winners of our Rioja advertising campaign prizes! The lucky winners registered to win an iPad2 through our Rioja online ads, and were randomly selected from thousands of entries: Edward F. from Washington, DC; Daniel O. from Oak Park, Il.; Sarah J. from Brooklyn, NY; Tonya S. from Newport News, VA; Herb P. from Carlsbad, CA; Deb F. from Fort Myers, FL; Karli P. from Puyallup, WA; Marlo C. from New York, NY and Venetia B. from Davie, FL. Enjoy your new iPad2!

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