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September Tailgating Tip

Burger with wine glasses


We love fall - crisp air, leaves changing and tailgating! This year, simplify your game day prep by making a batch of dry rubs before the season kicks off. Store them in airtight containers in your pantry and pull them out anytime you crave wings or sliders for a game-day get-together.

The best part? Rioja is the perfect wine to tame the heat spices in our recommended rubs. Game on!

Win A BBQ Grill Kit!

Through September, the Vibrant Rioja community can enter to win the perfect BBQ hook-up! 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 Joan D. from Philadelphia, PA, our July Grilling Prize Pack winner!


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

Old Quarter

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Tapas Crawl, Anyone?

Spaniards love to socialize with tapas and wine. The streets of the Old Quarter in Logrono are home to a bustling Tapas bar scene, with 50 taperias to enjoy within a few blocks. You may have to elbow your way into the bars, but it’s all worth it when you sample these unique small plates along with a glass of Rioja. Some of the local favorites: Roast sucking pig, skewers of chorizo sausage and grilled lamb in a spicy sweet sauce, wild mushrooms with garlic, fish cakes, and white asparagus coated with local Camerano cheese. Anybody else hungry?

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Rioja in D Magazine and on TV!

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the love for Rioja! Dallas wine editor Hayley Hamilton featured Rioja in a summer grilling article in D Magazine, and again on the local TV station KTXD. Watch the video to learn why chicken and pork pair nicely with
Rioja Tempranillo.

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Loews Hotels Events: Also in September, enjoy special Rioja events at Loews Atlanta Hotel and Rioja flights and tapas at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort September through December. Hope to see you there!

Smith & Wollensky: On September 17th, the classic steakhouse Smith & Wollensky will dedicate the day to wines of Rioja during their 53rd National Wine Week, taking place September 16-20. Ten wine samples of Rioja will be available for $20 with a lunch entrée purchase on the 17th and a special prix fixe Rioja Wine Pairing Dinner Menu will be offered that evening at iconic locations. Rioja specialists will be on hand, and raffles will be held throughout the month. For details, click here or check out Facebook. #NationalWineWeek





Rioja “Crianzas and Seafood" Tasting at Finest Kind Wine and Spirits – Montauk, NY
September 8
12-4 pm

Rioja Wine / Short Stack Dinner at CITY GRIT – New York, NY
September 10
7:30 pm
$150 per person (includes Rioja wine and 3 short stack books)
Details & Tickets


Rioja Tasting at Whole Foods – Atlanta, GA
September 7
1-3 pm

Rioja Tasting and Tapas at Vin' tij Wine – Destin, FL
September 19
6 pm
Details & RSVP

West Coast




Rioja Tasting at New Season’s – Portland, OR
September 7
3-6 pm

Rioja 101 Class at LA County Fair Wine Pavilion Tasting – Pomona, CA
September 8
4 pm
$17 per class


Rioja Wines at Binny’s “Taste at the Track” at Arlington Park – Arlington Heights, IL
September 7
1-5 pm
$30 per person
Details & Tickets

Texas Tastings: Visit our complimentary tastings on September 7 and 14 at Specs locations across the Lone Star State. Receive a premium gift with your Rioja purchase. Click here for details. Or visit Kroger to celebrate Rioja Month! Taste and be inspired by Rioja wines at participating Dallas-Ft. Worth and Houston locations throughout September. Click here for dates and locations.

For all our upcoming events, visit our online calendar.

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Rioja Rub of the Month: Steak and Beef!

Spice up your fall cookout with our Vibrant Rioja Aleppo Pepper Rub, ideal for steaks and fine cuts of beef. And a glass of Rioja, of course. 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: Rebekah
Media Relations & Event Manager
What do you love about wine?
I love that you can have the same grapes grown in different regions, and the end result is so vastly different. My wine “aha” moment was when I was just beginning in wine PR and working with a terroirist, who tasted through three wines, using a similar percentage of three grapes, yet all were from different regions. The wines each were beautiful in expression, flavor and scent, yet were all so diverse.
What’s your favorite part of working with wine?
Getting to taste amazing wines from all over the world! And the people – there are some pretty interesting people who work in wine.
It’s your last meal…what would you eat and drink?
It depends on the season: for fall, it would be Peking duck paired with a New Zealand Pinot Noir or a Rioja Cosecha that would be delicious with the fatty duck.
Share your favorite cool, but random wine fact.
Wine grapes are the most widely planted fruit crop in the world!


Name: Ana
US Trade Director and DOCa Brand Ambassador
What do you love about wine?
The unique experience you hold forever every time you visit a bodega, have a glass of wine or open a bottle.
What’s your favorite part of working with wine?
The amazing professionals and people I have been able to meet and work with throughout many vintages.
It’s your last meal…what would you eat and drink?
Chorizo from Rioja, Serrano ham, white asparagus, Riojan Menestra, a Napolean and a classic Rioja Reserva.
Share your favorite cool, but random wine fact. The Castilian language was created in Rioja. Tempranillo Blanco is a mutation; Maturana Blanca is not.

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Basic Food Pairing

Our friends at Wine Folly did it again! Are you confused about which foods pair with which wines? Fear no more, this graphic (even available for purchase as a poster) makes it simple, using fun color coding. Thanks Wine Folly!

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