March 2013

Industry News

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According to the Wine Market Council (WMC) — an independent, nonprofit trade association — and The Nielsen Company, wine sales continued to grow in 2012 despite an ever-sluggish economy. Top findings include:

Wine drinkers are finding more occasions and locations to enjoy wine, including sports events, concerts and quick service restaurants.

Millennials (ages 21-36) continue to drive the growth of wine consumption, and the category overall. Although Boomers remain the largest demographic of wine consumers, Millennials drink more frequently, and consume more wine per occasion.

Wine drinkers in the U.S. are becoming more diverse, with higher rates of consumption among African American, Asian American, and Latino Americans.

The majority of wine drinkers order wine by the glass in on-premise establishments, versus less than half that order wine by the bottle, even at upscale restaurants. By-the-glass rates are higher for women, whereas by-the-bottle rates are higher for men.

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Wine Enthusiast Logo Rioja: Top 10 Wine Travel Destination!
Love wine will travel? Wine Enthusiast recommends Rioja as one of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2013! Wine writer Michael Schachner features Rioja wineries in a comprehensive round-up of where to drink, dine, stay, visit and other traveling tips. Read the full article here!


Cook yourself sexy Rioja on CBS New York
Iron Chef judge and cookbook author Candice Kumai showed Rioja wines some love in a Valentine’s Day food-pairing segment on CBS New York’s “Live from the Couch!” Check it out here and be sure to tune in March 17 to see Candice again in the premier of “Playing with Fire” on the E! network.

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TOTAL WINE LOGO ‘Win a Trip to Spain!’ Sweepstakes
Throughout March, Rioja partnered with Wine Enthusiast and Total Wine to launch Rioja tastings at Total Wine stores across the country, in conjunction with a ‘Win a Trip to Spain!’ sweepstakes. Got the travel bug? Enter to win now!

Oscar infographic Oscar Infographic Goes Viral!
What was the hottest Oscar night scorecard? Surely Rioja’s! Mixing wine and the biggest night in film, Vibrant Rioja created a wine-themed Oscars infographic and scorecard for movie lovers to download and fill out for the big night. K&L Wine Merchants and Monopole Wines in Pasadena also got in on the action with a fun in-store promotion giving out scorecards and Oscar-themed Rioja bags. So, who is the Gran Reserva of Oscar winners? Download your copy here!

Minds Behind the Wines
Ever wonder who “we” are here at Rioja wines, and what we do? In 2013, we will feature profiles of two Vibrant Rioja team members. Nice to meet you, too!

Aaron Gordon Name: Aaron Gordon
Role: Rioja Regional Specialist, Northeast
What do you love about wine? It is an ever changing learning process where all of the scientific advances succumb to Mother Nature.
What’s your favorite part of working with wine? Each bottle tells a different story and each year is a new book.
It’s your last meal…what would you eat and drink? If it were my last meal, I would hope that I did not know, so I could relax and enjoy it. I would probably have a Negroni and fried oysters from Le Petite Crivette (Brooklyn). I would save my appetite for the big dinner party in the clouds.
Share your favorite cool, but random wine fact. California is the fourth-largest wine producer in the world, right after Spain!


Cassandra Bianco Name: Cassandra Bianco
Role: Media Relations + Social Media Ninja
What do you love about wine? I love learning. And I love how I am always learning something exciting about wine. Especially working for Rioja, when you represent the whole region! It’s truly an honor.
It’s your last meal…what would you eat and drink? I’m half Italian, and pasta is my life. I would eat a fresh sauce with penne pasta (Parmigiano-Reggiano is a must) with some Crianza. Dessert would be a Nutella pancake. Pancakes and pasta are almost as special as wine. Almost.
Share your favorite cool, but random wine fact. Did you know the Spanish language was born in Rioja? I think that is so cool!

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Chocolate Photo Wine and Chocolate
A day filled with artisan chocolate producers and great wine…sounds like the perfect day to us! Taste premium Rioja wines paired with gourmet chocolate from over 40 master chocolatiers and confectioners at the 7th Annual International Chocolate Salon. Enjoy tastings, demonstrations and chef talks as you sip delicious Rioja wines. The event is March 24 at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion in San Francisco. Click here for details.

Wine Fest No. 18 Rioja for a Cause
Stop by and say hello at WineFest No.18—A Toast to Children’s Health, the most prestigious food and wine charity event in the Midwest. Held May 10-11 in Minneapolis, WineFest weekend includes sumptuous food and Rioja wine tastings with special guest winemakers, a chance to win a trip for two to Rioja, and other fun entertainment. Proceeds benefit the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. Vibrant Rioja is thrilled to be a part of this spectacular event and align with such a worthy cause. Click here for details. We’d love to see you there!

Check out all our upcoming events around the country here.

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