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Holiday Velvety Reds

For some, the arrival of the holidays means dollar signs. And while a beautifully aged wine for holiday gatherings might seem like an unaffordable luxury, Rioja wines are the exception to the rule! Aged velvety Rioja Reservas and Gran Reservas are a fantastic value and perfect with any holiday meal, from turkey to pork loin to fish.

And Rioja is the only wine region in the world that does not release a bottle until it is perfectly ready to drink. So, raise a glass of Rioja this holiday season!

Need a great bottle for dinner tonight? Check out our "Where to Buy Rioja" section on to find a sampling of locations that sell delicious Riojas across the U.S., along with links to stores and e-retailers. New locations are added regularly, so check back often!

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Tempranillo Love

Eric Asimov of the The New York Times dedicated November, International Tempanillo Month, to Rioja. Sad to have missed the fun? Fret not! Check out “Your Next Lesson: Rioja” from his monthly Wine School column. Also follow David Falchek’s wine recommendations in The Scranton Times Tribune’s online article, “Spanish Red? Probably Tempranillo.” Known for producing big wine with considerable tannins, tempranillo is perfect for hearty meats and colder weather. So, get cozy and enjoy Rioja’s noble grape throughout the winter!

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Holiday Celebrations

La Navidad (Christmas) in Spain is a time for religion, traditions, family, great food and wine (of course!) The season kicks off on December 8 with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a national holiday. Throughout the month, cities and villages display elaborate nativity scenes, Christmas trees, and Christmas markets. Traditionally, presents are exchanged on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, as excited Spanish children wake up to find Los Reyes Magos (the Three Kings/Wise Men) have left them gifts. At midnight on El Año Nuevo (New Year's Eve), December 31, everyone celebrates the New Year by eating 12 grapes, one for every chime of the bells in the city hall tower in Madrid, to bring good luck. Feliz Navidad y Feliz Año Nuevo!

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Rioja Featured Tastings

Stew Leonard's

Just in time for holiday entertaining and gift season, visit Stew Leonard’s on select days through December 20 for complimentary Rioja wine tastings. A selection of Rioja gems, both classic and modern will be poured. Stop by our table, and start planning what bottles you will pair with your holiday feasts. Visit our Rioja wine events calendar for details. For Stew Leonard’s locations and store hours, click here.

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BBQ Short Ribs

Easy BBQ Short Ribs

Cold weather have you stuck indoors? Reminisce about the lazy days of summer by enjoying a good ol’ BBQ dinner. Warm up with our Easy BBQ Short Ribs recipe, a roaring fire and a glass of luscious Rioja Reserva. Enjoy!

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Hi Ana,

What makes Rioja Tempranillo special?
--Question from Peggy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What an insightful question Peggy! I would think you may have arrived at this question from your sensorial experience with a glass of Rioja. As I shared in my book, "Tempranillo of Rioja expresses the nobility of the grape in a way that is not found in any other wine region." This nobility is the greatest expression of the grape, which translates into balance, elegance, and finesse that equates excellence. Experts agree that the terrior of Rioja is where Tempranillo is happiest. Our growers and winemakers are in a “deep relationship” with Tempranillo which accounts for over 80% of our current DOCa vineyard distribution. In addition to this, the DOCa of Rioja implements a sophisticated system of quality control that assists in the pursuit of excellence.

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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NYE Party Tips

Hosting a December 31st gathering? Check out these ideas for throwing the Easiest New Year’s Eve Party ever, including downloadable New Year’s game cards, a party playlist, favor ideas, recipes and more. And, of course, we hope you will be toasting 2015 with your favorite bottle of Rioja!


As the year comes to a close, we want to thank all of our friends, fans, supporters, vendors and partners for your support and loyalty. From our Rioja family to yours, we wish you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful new year!

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