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Fall Into October With a Rioja Wine & Cheese Party

Wine and cheese


Feel that crisp air? Smell the smokiness of a distant fireplace? Fall’s anticipated arrival begs for the cork to pop on a smooth Rioja red? Better yet, pair your favorite bottle with an evening of good friends and good cheese! Need some pairing ideas? Try a mild brie with a Rioja blanco or Rosado, a young Havarti with a juicy Crianza, or an aged cheddar with a velvety Reserva or elegant Gran Reserva. Add fresh crusty bread, a tapas spread and some good music for the perfect gathering.

Win a Rioja Wine Dinner…
On Us!

In October, as a thank you for being a loyal member of our Vibrant Rioja community, we are offering you the chance to win a $150 gift certificate for a Rioja dinner at a restaurant near you! No matter what dish you choose, from fish to beef to pork to chicken to pasta…Rioja is the perfect pairing.
Enter now!

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Congratulations to Susan R. from St. Louis, MO, our August 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!

Rioja: Land of a Thousand Wines

See why Rioja is the Land of a Thousand Wines!

Take a quick tour through the Rioja region with this clip from our award-winning documentary by The Culinary Institute of America and Rioja. Learn about Rioja's distinctive climate, terroir, and culture, and bask in the beauty of the region.

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Wine Folly’s Top 6 Underrated Wines

Looking for some lesser known wine picks to brighten your day? Check out Wine Folly’s picks, including Rioja Reserva, one of the “six most underrated wines.” Wine Folly claims Reservas are “the secret of great Rioja,” and “the favorites of Rioja winemakers and drinkers alike.”
Good advice.

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Total Wine & More: Join us on October 18 from 6:30-8:30 pm at various Total Wine & More locations across the U.S. for a “Discover Vibrant Rioja” Wine Class. $20/person. For locations, click here.

Grand Del Mar Resort: From October 1-31, visit California’s top San Diego resort for its first ever Rioja month featuring tasting flights, tasting menus and by-the-glass specials. On October 17, enjoy a small plate and Rioja-pairing with a Rioja expert on hand to guide you through juicy tintos and crisp whites and rosados.

Stew Leonard’s: Join Rioja at select Stew Leonard’s stores in NY, NJ and CT this autumn for a Tempranillo flight that will please every palate. For dates and locations, check out our event calendar.



West Coast


Rioja Wine Dinner at Masona Grill – West Roxbury, MA
October 15
7 pm
$55 plus tax and gratuity

Autumn Wine Tasting at Julio’s Liquors – Westborough, MA
October 17
6-8 pm
Suggested donation of $5 to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Rioja Wine Dinner at CITY GRIT – New York, NY
October 22
7:30 pm
Cost $95/person, $170 for two; wine included


New Seasons In-Store Tasting – Portland, OR
October 19
3-6 pm

Rioja “At Home” at New Season’s Market – Happy Valley, OR
October 19
5-8 pm

Rioja Wine Class at The Wine & Spirits Archive – Portland, OR
October 19
3-5 pm
$50 for non-members of WSA, $45 for members
RSVP & Details





Rioja Tastings at ABC Wine & Spirits – Multiple Locations in FL
October 11 from 4-7 pm
October 12 from 1-4 pm

Publix Aprons School: Rioja Tasting & Seminar – Plantation, FL
October 11
6:30 pm
RSVP & Details


Haskell’s in Minnesota
Join us October 17-19 to taste and learn about Rioja at Haskell’s locations across Minnesota.

Contact Haskell’s individual locations for details.

Join Rioja for a dose of sophisticated style as we celebrate Wine, Women & Shoes. On October 24 in Fort Worth, TX, join the party at the Cendera Center for an evening cocktail reception, fashion show and auction in honor of Communities in Schools. For more information, click here or visit Facebook. Buy tickets here.

For all our upcoming events, visit our online calendar.

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Catalan Flatbread with Caramelized Onions, Roasted Peppers, Anchovies, and Manchego Cheese

While bread with roasted toppings is a staple in the Italian kitchen, it is also a traditional and popular cooking style in Catalonia. Try this month’s Catalan flatbread recipe from celebrity chef José Andrés at your next fall gathering. Pair this recipe with a Rioja Gran Reserva, known for its hints of cedar, cigar box and wild berries. Enjoy!

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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: Lauren
Vibrant Rioja U.S. Campaign Manager
What do you love about wine?
I love that wine is a living thing. That it has a life cycle and changes with time – just like us. And of course I love how wine brings people together. Sharing a bottle with family and friends, old and new, is the best way to enjoy wine.
What’s your favorite part of working with wine?
Connecting curious wine lovers with the place, the people and the story behind every bottle.
It’s your last meal…what would you eat and drink?
I would savor a venison steak and roasted mushrooms paired with a flight of Rioja Reservas, then sip single malt scotch on a Lake Superior beach under the northern lights.
Share your favorite cool, but random wine fact:
Spain is the second largest producer and exporter of natural cork in the world (second only
to Portugal).


Name: Nina
Rioja Regional Specialist, West Coast
What do you love about wine?
Every single glass of wine we drink has been created with passion, artistry, and the pure goal of making us happy every day.
What’s your favorite part of working with wine?
I am helping the growers and winemakers build their businesses. Being part of the story that is centuries-old is an honor.
It’s your last meal…what would you eat and drink?
My husband's hand-baked baguettes, a plate of jamon and cheese with Fino Sherry, a seafood paella with a barrel fermented Rioja Blanco, thinly-sliced baby lamb chops with any Rioja Gran Reserva 2001!
Share your favorite cool, but random wine fact:
The turbulence of the planets from millions of years ago could end up with such delicacy, aroma and flavor in the glass. Terroir is amazing!

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Spooky Sips

What better way to dress up your home this Halloween than with spook-tacular wine bottles? How about a wine bottle ghost? Witch? Vampire?

Check out these crafty ideas from our friends at Women’s Day!

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