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Keep August Easy and Breezy with Crisp Blancos and Small Plates

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Yep, it’s hot out there! Keep your cool this summer by relaxing with friends, food and wine. Small plates are a fabulous way to create simple dishes perfect for sharing with a group of guests. So chill a few bottles of Rioja Blanco wine, and pair with finger foods such as broiled scallops, black bean and avocado crostini and grilled turkey sliders. Hot fun in the summer…
oh yeah.

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!

Rioja rosado

Congratulations to Daniel M. from Chandler, AZ, our June winner of a Grilling Prize Pack!


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

pearsWhat Grows Together, Goes Together

Yes, Rioja’s climate and land produce delicious wine, but did you know the famous wine region is also celebrated for the delicious fruits and vegetables produced there, as well? Crops are such an important part of Rioja that many have been granted Protected Designation of Origin (PDO); meaning no other region or country can claim the produce. Pretty amazing! Rioja crops include large green Pera de Rincon de Soto (pears), plums and prunes of the Claudia Reina Verde variety, Sweet Marcona almonds, Calahorra cauliflower, red peppers, mushrooms and white asparagus. All perfect pairings with the local wines. Yum!

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Rioja in Wine Folly Chart

Rioja in Wine Folly!

After an incredible visit, our friends at Wine Folly fell loco in love with Rioja! In their blog post, “Rioja Wine: From Crianza to Gran Reserva,” Take a peek for an excellent story of Rioja’s various wine styles from classic to
modern. ¡Salud!

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Rioja Wine Tasting at Blanchard’s Wines and Spirits – Revere, MA
August 10
3 – 6 pm


Rioja Wines at the Naperville Wine Festival – Naperville, IL
August 23 from 4 – 10 pm
August 24 from 2 – 8 pm
Details & buy tickets here

West Coast




Summer Rioja Taste on the Lake at New Seasons Market – Lake Oswego, OR
August 17
2 – 5 pm

Rioja Wines at the LA County Fair Wine Pavilion Tasting – Pomona, CA
August 30 – September 29
10 am – Midnight
Wednesdays through Sundays


Enjoy complimentary Rioja tastings at Spec's of Texas throughout the month of August! Check out our events calendar and for more information.

Vibrant Rioja throws quite the party! On June 27, Rioja Tamed the Flame, serving up awesome grilled summertime fare with Rioja-inspired rubs from Chef John Keller, paired with delicious Rioja wines to a huge crowd of Rioja lovers at the NYC hotspot The DL

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For all our upcoming events, visit our online calendar.

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Pork and Lamb Cassia Cinnamon Rub

Rioja Rub of the Month: Pork and Lamb!

August and grilling go hand-in-hand. Check out our featured recipe of the month, a tasty Pork and Lamb Cassia Cinnamon Rub, along with 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 each month. Nice to meet you, too!


Name: Patrice
Co-Chair, Chief Creative Officer
What do you love about wine?
Drinking wine is a ritual that signifies enjoyment of life’s goodness and bounty.
What’s your favorite part of working with wine?
Representing Rioja, Spain’s oldest and most venerated wine region.
It’s your last meal…what would you eat and drink?
A perfectly grilled rib-eye steak, grilled asparagus and a tomato and burrata salad along with, of course, a lovely Rioja Reserva.
Share your favorite cool, but random wine fact.
I experience Alcohol Flush Reaction when I drink wine or spirits, causing my face and body to flush in response. Since I can’t drink much wine, it’s important what I can enjoy be of very good, consistent quality, like Rioja.


Name: Brent
Creative Director, Vibrant Rioja Campaign
What do you love about wine?
My love of travel, culture, food and the arts always includes wine — the ultimate pairing for great food and good conversation. And, every great civilization has and will forever make wine — usually in a beautiful environment. What's not to love?
What’s your favorite part of working with wine?
The people that create, produce, market and enjoy them.
It’s your last meal…what would you eat and drink?
First, a grilled hot dog with a scrumptious Crianza. Followed by raw oysters, grilled lobster, scallops and asparagus paired with a crisp, refreshing Rosado. Finished with a gilled NY Strip and grilled rosemary potatoes paired with a balanced and hearty Rioja Reserva. Then, a long nap!
Share your favorite cool, but random wine fact.
Almost all wine grapes produce clear juice. Red wines get their color from the skins during fermentation. White wines usually are fermented only from juice, and pink wines typically are made by removing the skins from partially fermented wines after a short period.

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Tiki drinkHot Summer Drink Trend Alert!

So what are you serving up at your next summer soiree? Check out these hot summer drink trends from Delish. From Tiki Cocktails to Garden-To-Glass inspiration to Communal Drinks, these creative concoctions are sure to please any party-goer.

Get creative! Cheers!

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