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Tailgating Rioja-Style

Sure we love the changing leaves, cooler days and apple picking, but we think the best thing about fall is…tailgating! There’s just something warm and fuzzy about gathering with friends and family to enjoy tasty food and beverages on game day. So break out your favorite team’s jersey, and bring on the fun with a bottle of red (remember, we are tailgating Rioja-style) and some of these wine-friendly tailgate foods.
Charleston Cheese Dip: featuring three types of cheese and bacon... yum!
from Buffalo Chicken to Greek to Thai Beef...hello!
Chili Mac: pasta + meat + spices + a Rioja...yes please!

Cheers to game day!

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Armchair Sips: Traveling Rioja

Interested in learning more about the Rioja region? The Reno Gazette-Journal shares some great tips on what to do, see and eat when traveling in Rioja. Be sure to check out the amazing "Chuletitas al Sarmiento" recipe for the best of traditional Riojanas BBQ and its perfect pairing.

Check out all the latest scoop in our Rioja newsroom.

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Harvest Time!

It’s autumn, and that means its harvest time in Rioja! Riojans are projected to harvest 424 million kilos of grapes in September and October that will produce approximately 77,930,755 gallons of wine.* To celebrate the start of the harvest, the “Fiestas de San Mateo” festival is held every year in Logroňo, the capital of Rioja. On September 21, the feast day of San Mateo, there is a traditional ceremony in which the first must (“young wine”) of the new harvest is offered to the patron saint of La Rioja. This week-long celebration also includes grape stomping, bull running, parades, fireworks, music, dancing, regional cuisine and plenty of Rioja wine…of course!
*As of published date of newsletter; if current conditions continue.

TruckHarvest truck carrying 6000 kilos of grapes HarvestAn excellent vintage is expected this year FestivalPreparing for festival grape stomping
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Rioja at the 2014 Wine & Food Fall Gala – Countryside, IL
November 2
11:30 am-1 pm VIP Members; 1-4 pm Non-VIP

"Make it Rioja for the Holidays!" at Binny's Beverage Depot – 30 Locations in IL
November 22
1-4 pm


Rioja Wines at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Lake Buena Vista, FL
October 16
4-4:45 pm
$14 (plus park admission)

Rioja Wine Dinner at Eddie V's Prime Seafood – Orlando, FL
October 24
7 pm

Northeast/New England


Rioja Across the Country

"The Diverse Excellence of Rioja" Seminar at Blanchard's – West Roxbury, MA
October 15
7-8:30 pm

Rioja Holiday Tastings at Stew Leonard's –
This holiday season, visit Stew Leonard's for complimentary Rioja tastings at its wine stores in the New York tri-state area. Watch for details on our online event calendar.


We are busy this fall! Through October 31, look for a Rioja Wine Feature at all American Airlines Admiral's Club locations. On October 15, we are hosting a Rioja Wine Dinner at Landry's Seafood in El Paso, Texas. Rioja by-the-glass specials are flowing at all Tommy Bahama restaurants in November, and all Ocean Prime restaurants throughout November and December. Hope to see you there!

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

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Seafood Paella

Red wine and crisp fall weather... is there a more perfect combination? Add in this Seafood Paella recipe with clams, shrimp and chorizo and you have the makings of a cozy fall night. Pair the meal with a luscious red such as a Rioja Reserva, aged to perfection. Make a fire, cuddle up and enjoy!

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Hi Ana,

What is the weather like in the Rioja region in December - January? Is anything going on then?
--Question from George J.

Great Question George! Winters in Rioja tend to be slightly milder than the Northeast U.S., with daytime temperatures averaging in the low 40s. I love winter in Rioja since the vines are “sleeping” and wineries are open to visitors and dialogue in a somewhat relaxed way. There are several delicious winter dishes, such as tender seasoned lamb chops, that are grilled with vine stalks from the fall harvest called "sarmientos.” In December, the Day of the Constitution (the 6th) and Immaculate Conception (the 8th) holidays are celebrated and most wineries and stores may be closed. The Day of the Kings on January 6th is a legal holiday and the official day for exchanging Christmas gifts. Streets are adorned with holiday decorations and fireplaces are roaring. It is a spectacular time of the year to experience the region, the wines, and feed your heart and soul.

Send us an e-mail with your question to and you may see it in the next newsletter!


Ana Fabiano is the Trade Director for the U.S. Rioja campaign, Brand Ambassador for the DOCa Rioja, and author of the award-winning book The Wine Region of Rioja. She has traveled extensively throughout Rioja is passionate about this region of the world.

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Hauntingly Good Treats

Hosting a Halloween party? These themed recipes from our friends at Food & Wine are sure to haunt your guests. Chocolate Mice are not only tasty; they make great decorations! This Black Widow Goat Cheese Log is a deliciously creepy appetizer. Complete the menu with Scallop-and-Olive Eyeball Canapés, Swamp Chili, and a sultry Crianza for a spooktacular Halloween night!

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