October/November 2014

Industry News

France, Italy & Spain Expected
Wine Harvests

According to Shanken News Daily, France wine production is expected to increase this year, while that of Italy and Spain production will see a decline. Government and trade groups from the three countries have released 2014 wine production forecasts. France’s Ministry of Agriculture projects 11% growth to 46.93 million hectoliters. Italy’s Associazione Enologi Enotecnici Italiani expects a 13.5% decrease, from 48.2 million hectoliters last year to 41.6 million hectoliters in 2014, partially due to wet weather conditions. Spain’s output this year is expected to decrease 26.3%, from 2013’s record 53.55 million hectoliters to 39.44 million hectoliters, according to Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture. Spain’s 2014 output will be closer to the county’s normal production (40.32 million hl in 2012, 40.9 million hl in 2011 and 39.3 hl million in 2010).

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Chuletitas al Sarmiento

Armchair Sips: Traveling Rioja

The lucky team at Total Wine & More has the opportunity to travel to Spain every two years, including a pit stop in Rioja! Rebecca Davidson of Reno's Total Wine & More shares what to see, do and eat in Reno Gazette-Journal's article. 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 of the latest scoop in our Rioja newsroom.

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Texas Passport Tasting Tour

In August, the Rioja campaign made several stops in key Texas cities, focusing on some of the largest wine markets in the U.S. The trade-only tastings featured a wide range of Riojas, from affordable to premium. In Dallas, U.S. Trade Campaign Director, Ana Fabiano hosted top trade at the chic Mercy Wine Bar, while guests in San Antonio and McAllen respectively enjoyed Fleming’s Steakhouse and the Renaissance Casa de Palma. Thank you to everyone who attended; and special thanks to Santa Fe Steakhouse, H-E-B and Feldman’s for joining us!


Wines of Rioja at the LA Food & Wine Festival

This past August, Rioja Regional Specialist Nina Sventitsky poured Rioja’s finest wines alongside mouth-watering bites from L.A.’s most talented chefs at the Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival. Chef Laura Werlin (pictured) gave a cooking demonstration to teach festival attendees how to recreate the experience at home.


Tribute to Food Arts Magazine

The Rioja team is saddened to hear the news about the closing of Food Arts magazine. Having worked together over the years, we hold Food Arts in the highest regard as a trusted and high-quality publication. Thank you to the editors and writers for all the beautiful stories, photography and insights over the years.
You will be missed!

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Bauer Wine

Bauer Wine & Spirits

Jeff Holden is the Marketing Director at Bauer Wines & Spirits, a Boston off-premise staple that has been operating on Newbury Street for over 50 years. Bauer and Rioja recently joined forces on several promotions, including a stunning window display for summer Riojas, a series of wine & tapas events, and a Rioja “Picnic & Grilling” mixed case special. Click here to read our interview with Jeff, including his current favorite wine trend, and what he loves about Rioja!

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Horse Show

Washington International Horse Show

Like the finest horses, a truly great wine needs ample care, attention, and time to mature. That is why we’re proud to bring together the two great traditions of Rioja wine and equestrian competition. From October 21–26, Rioja will team up with the Washington (D.C.) International Horse Show, providing the finest Crianzas, Reservas, and Gran Reservas in the hospitality suites. A Rioja expert will also be on hand Saturday night at the President’s Cup reception to talk about what makes the region special.

Ocean Prime

Rioja Fall Promotions

The Rioja campaign is busy with partnerships across the country this fall. Through October 31, look for a Rioja Wine feature at all American Airlines Admiral's Club locations. On October 15, the campaign will host a Rioja Wine Dinner at Landry's Seafood in El Paso, Texas. Finally, all Tommy Bahama restaurants will feature Rioja by-the-glass specials in November, as will all Ocean Prime restaurants throughout November and December.


Holidays with Rioja at Stew Leonard's and Binny's

This holiday season, Rioja has teamed up with Stew Leonard's to hold a series of Rioja tastings at its charming wine stores in the New York tri-state area. In Illinois, the campaign partnered with Binny's Beverage Depot to host “Make it Rioja for the Holidays!” tastings at locations across the Chicago-land area. Locations and details can be found here.

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

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

Please contact viviana.pinzon@padillacrt.com for further information.

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