December 2013

Industry News

Cune Imperial Gran Reserva 2004

Wine Spectator Announces #1 Wine and Top 100 of 2013

Wine Spectator’s announcement of the magazine's Top 100 Wines and Wine of the Year is always eagerly awaited. According to the popular magazine, the selections are “based on quality (represented by score), value (reflected by release price), availability (based on the number of cases either made or imported into the United States) and an ‘X-factor’ we call excitement.”

We are thrilled Rioja’s Cune Imperial Gran Reserva 2004 was named Wine Spectator Magazine’s #1 Wine of the Year! The wine world has been buzzing with the news, and it’s no wonder, as this was the first time a Spanish wine received the top honor. In addition to Cune’s win, four other Rioja wines made the top 100 list: La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2004 (#22); R. López de Heredia Viña Gravonia White Crianza 2003 (#29); Bodegas Valdemar Inspiración Selección 2010 (#34) and Viña Herminia Excelsus 2009 (#39). The Top 100 Wines list, reviews and scores can be found here. Cheers to all the winners!

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Rioja in Condé Nast Traveler and Dr. Vino

As they say, when in Rioja... Condé Nast Traveler shares top travel trips on what to do, eat and drink in the article, “A Taste for Rioja.” sIn Tyler Coleman’s recent Dr. Vino post, experience his first visit to the Rioja region and magical trip to the famous Bodegas López de Heredia in “A Visit to López de Heredia.” Read up and then come visit us!

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Featured Campaign: Stew Leonard’s

A long-standing staple in the New York metropolitan area, grocery chain Stew Leonard’s has partnered with Vibrant Rioja to bring Spain’s oldest and most famous wine region to shoppers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut – just in time for Christmas shopping and holiday entertaining. Stew Leonards’ staff was personally trained by the Rioja team in preparation for numerous tastings throughout the holiday season. Shoppers can sample a variety of styles and aging categories of Rioja and learn more about the region from local Rioja experts, dropping by during surprise tastings. The program will also feature an exquisitely-paired Rioja dinner and seminar led personally by Trade Director Ana Fabiano later this winter. (If you are interested in creating a custom promotion with us, please contact

Blogging in Rioja

During this year’s European Wine Bloggers Conference held in Logrono, Rioja’s capital city, Vibrant Rioja hosted three top bloggers to experience the conference and region. The bloggers and Rioja representative attended key sessions during the conference, speaking on several sessions as highlighted guests. Surrounding the winery visits, the attending writers experienced Riojan culture through a tapas crawl and Rioja wine tasting on Calle Laurel, a visit to the Vivanco Wine Museum and a vintage Rioja wine dinner.

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Ever wonder who “we” are here at Rioja wines, and what we do? Check out our team member profile. Nice to meet you, too!

Dhane Chesson

Name: Dhane Chesson
National Accounts & the Southeast
What do you love about wine?
I love all of the history: the wineries, the people the grapes, the vintage. What exactly was going on in the world when that amazing wine was created?
What’s your favorite part of working with wine?
The obvious. The people, places and cultures we get to experience.
It’s your last meal…what would you eat and drink?
Anything prepared by my Southern grandmother or by Juan Mari Arzak. Whoever got it to me first. I suspect it would be Juan Mari. For my last drinks, it would have to be Champagne followed by a great Rioja Gran Reserva. If Txomin Rokondo would let me raid his restaurant's cellar, that would be optimal.
Share your favorite cool, but random wine fact.
Plato argued that the minimum drinking age should be 18, and then wine in moderation may be tasted until 31. When a man reaches 40, he may drink as much as he wants to cure the “crabbedness of old age.”

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Rioja Heats Up Miami

On November 12, Vibrant Rioja poured at Wines from Spain’s Great Match event in Miami at The Moore Building. With over 400 trade and consumers attending the event, Rioja kept the crowds coming with a comprehensive offering of the region’s finest Blancos, Rosados, Crianzas, Reservas and Gran Reservas.

Need more Rioja in your life? Check out all of our upcoming events around the country here.

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Rioja Supports Retail

Interested in creating a rich Rioja program to offer the clientele at your store, restaurant or bar? Vibrant Rioja can generate a customized, results-driven package for your business.

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