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Red, White and Rosado in July!

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Summer’s here and the great outdoors are calling! Take it from the kings of fiestas and celebrate with delicious and affordable wines from Rioja. From laid back Crianzas to refreshing Blancos and Rosados, you’ll have all your crowd pleasers covered to pair with just about any foods you can cook up! Burgers and dogs? Grab a Crianza! Crab bake and lobster rolls? Reach for a Blanco! Watermelon, cheese and grilled veggies? Don’t forget a bottle of Rosado for an easy pairing that everyone will love. Your summer never tasted so good. ¡Salud!

Need a little vino and jonesing for a new grill to spice up your summer cookouts? Enter to win with JJ Buckley’s “Rioja Tames the Flame” promotion now through July 9! Buy any 12+ bottles of Rioja (mix and match!) and get a free $25 gift card, and/or enter for the chance to win a Weber Grill.

Win A BBQ Grill Kit!

Throughout the summer, the Vibrant Rioja community can enter to win the perfect BBQ hook-up! Each month, one lucky winner will receive a Rioja “Tames the Flame” Grill Kit, including a sweet set of grilling tools, Rioja apron, our new Rub Recipe booklet, and a $25 gift certificate to
Enter now!

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Congratulations to Sandy V. from Williamsburg, VA, our May winner of a $150 Rioja dinner
gift certificate!


header Spotlight on Rioja: Castle History

For fun facts, little-known places and quirky attractions, check out this spotlight on a little Rioja trivia!

Castle The Rioja region has a rich and storied past, more than just wine! Rioja is home to a section of the famous Way of Saint James, the ancient pilgrimmage route through Europe. Along the route, you will find various magnificent castles, documenting the series of battles between nobles to control the land. While many castles have vanished, several survived and exist today. Take a tour of the Clavijo, Cornago, Sajazarra, or Agoncillo castles – a great way for history buffs to experience Rioja!

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Rioja on the TODAY Show!

Featured on the TODAY show’s Kathie Lee & Hoda’s segment, “6 Summer Wines Less Than $17,” Ray Isle, Food and Wine magazine’s executive wine editor, and Leslie Sbrocco, Thirsty Girl and author of “Wine for Women,” shared their favorite summer wines that are both perfect for the season and reasonably priced. Watch the segment here!

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West Coast




Rioja Wines for Summer at Whole Foods Market – Long Beach, CA
July 12
5 - 7:30 pm

Rioja Summer Grilling Sweepstakes & Tasting at Fred Meyer – Portland, OR
July 26
2 - 5pm


Rioja Tasting at Slope Cellars – New York
July 12
6 - 8 pm

Rioja and Tapas Tasting at 67 Wine and Spirits – New York
August 3
2 - 6 pm





Rioja Tasting at Peterson Wine Cellars –
Naperville, IL
July 13
4 -7 pm


Rioja In-Store Wine Tastings at Harris Teeter
July 12 & 13
Select Harris Teeter locations in NC, DC & VA
Call your local store for tasting times

For all our upcoming events, visit our online calendar.

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Rioja Rub of the Month: Shrimp and Fish!

For your next seafood cookout, check out our featured July recipe, Shrimp and Fish Rub, along with Rioja wine pairing tips.

Please share your thoughts and favorite barbeque recipes on Facebook and Twitter!

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


Name: Laura
Role: Media Relations & Event Manager
What do you love about wine? I’d like to think you uncork happiness with every bottle of wine. There is truth in the saying that “no good story ever started with someone eating a salad.” Wine has a very social aspect, and I love that every bottle of wine presents the opportunity to spend quality time with family or friends.
What’s your favorite part of working with wine? Working with winemakers and sommeliers. In my next life, I want to be born as the daughter of a vintner. That’s a family business I would be passionate about. How amazing is it that one can just go in the cellar and pick a bottle of wine your grandparents made to go with dinner?
It’s your last meal…what would you eat and drink? I hail from Austria, so Wiener Schnitzel, German-style potato salad (vinegar instead of mayo) and apple strudel. My DNA demands me to drink Grüner Veltliner or Riesling with my meal, but I’d probably finish my last meal with a Semi-Dulce from Rioja.
Share your favorite cool, but random wine fact. With more than 1,700 acres of vineyards within the city limits, Vienna is one of Europe’s main wine capitals.


Name: Pablo
Role: Campaign Director
What do you love about wine? Everything. I love learning about it, talking about it, meeting interesting people in the industry and, of course, I love to drink it. Wine has been a part of my life since I was a little kid in Spain, since my dad was a collector. And yes, my dad used to put some drops of wine in my water (during lunch!) when I was young.
What’s your favorite part of working with wine? There is still so much to learn and so many interesting people to meet. I love the passion the people have in this industry - it is contagious.
It’s your last meal…what would you eat and drink? This is an interesting one for me: I would first have some nice lamb chops (my way! Friends and family rave about them) and then, after I finish eating, I would have an old (+25 years) Rioja Gran Reserva. I love to drink old Riojas by themselves, no food required.
Share your favorite cool, but random wine fact. Kevin Zraly, one of the best wine educators in the world, once told me that when planning a wine dinner, the wine should always be listed before the food on the menu, because the wine is the star. Also, he suggested the best wine to pair with your meal is whatever wine you like. No matter what! Totally agree with him. Salud!

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Tips Ahhhh, the lazy days of summer are finally here. What better way to enjoy warm days and long sunshine than hosting an outdoor party with friends and (of course) wine? Check out these warm-weather entertaining tips from our friends at the Glitter Guide. We hope Rioja is invited to the party!

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