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Perfect Picnic Pairings

Spring has sprung! What better time to enjoy some sun and fresh air at a fun picnic with friends and family? Pack a basket, a comfy blanket, a bottle of wine and these tasty treats for the perfect spring picnic outing:

  • Chicken Salad Pitas + a refreshing Rioja white (blanco)
  • Pasta Salad with Shrimp and Lemon-Dill Dressing + a crisp and fruity Rioja rosé (rosado)
  • Artisanal cured meats (like Spanish chorizo or jamón) + a spicy Rioja Crianza red

  • Don't forget your corkscrew... cheers!

    Win Dinner for Two... On Us!

    This month, we are offering the Vibrant Rioja community an exclusive chance to win a Rioja wine dinner for two. One lucky winner will receive a $150 gift certificate to a local restaurant for a fabulous meal paired with Riojas.
    Enter now!


    Congratulations to Antonio O. from North Port, FL, the winner of our December/January Wine Refrigerator Sweepstakes!

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    Rioja on The Better TV Show

    Taste through the ages of Rioja with The Better TV Show! Featured in the segment, "Spanish Wines? Si! (Part 1 and Part 2)," World Wine Guys Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen talk quality and versatility with Rioja. Learn more about tempranillo, the main grape of the region, how our wines are aged, plus taste alongside some of the best minds in the wine world. Bravo!

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    Rioja for Adventurists

    Rioja is, of course, famous for its gorgeous landscape dotted with Spain’s finest wineries, but did you know the region is also abundant with stunning mountain ranges, national parks and nature preserves? In between winery visits, you can enjoy windsurfing on the Gonzalez reservoir and canoeing on the white waters of the Iregua and Najerilla rivers. Or ski, cave and climb the Demanda and Urbión mountain ranges. Thrillists can bungee jump over the river Jubera or paraglide over the San Millán and Leza Valleys. Wine + adventure = a vacation to remember!


    Rioja Rioja Rioja

    Always wanted to visit Rioja? Be part of an exclusive, behind-the-scenes travel experience featuring Spain’s best food, wine, and culture. Tour with 1WineDude's founder and international wine writer Joe Roberts and Wine On The Road's Chief Wine Sherpa Ben Weinberg. Limited spots available! Click here for details.

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    Wines from Rioja at JFK Airport’s Delta Terminal - Jamaica, NY
    Starting May 2
    JFK Airport


    Rioja Wine & Tapas Tasting at B-21 Wine Company - Tarpon Springs, FL
    May 2

    Wines from Rioja Rosado Promotion at Wine on the Way - Orlando, FL
    May 2-10
    Rosado specials

    Wines from Rioja By-the-Glass at The Vendue - Charleston, SC
    May 2-10
    Cost: $12 per glass



    Celebrate Rioja Week! at Paola's Vinum - Chicago, IL
    April 13 - May 18
    Cost: $25

    Wines from Rioja Dinner at Volo Restaurant Wine Bar- Chicago, IL
    May 5
    Cost: $74 inclusive

    Rosado Happy Hour at Chart House and Muer’s
    In honor of Rioja week, Chart House and Muer's restaurants will host a Rioja Rosado Happy Hour with daily tastings at various locations nationwide. Stop by May 2-10, from 5-7 pm for a spring Rosado! Click here for Chart House locations and here for Muer’s locations. Hope to see you there!

    Win a Rioja Spa Weekend!
    Rioja has partnered with Spa Week to offer a luxurious Spa Getaway weekend in NYC! Prize includes airfare, two nights at Loews Regency Hotel, spa treatments and dinner with Rioja wine. Enter now through April 30!

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    Featured Recipe

    Spring Orecchiette

    This light dish is perfect for any springtime get-together! The grassiness from the parsley and the saltiness from the sheep’s milk cheese make it a fantastic companion to a Rioja Rosado. Click here for the recipe.

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    Hi Ana,

    What is springtime like in Rioja and what are some good Rioja choices for this time of year?
    -- Sally in Bangor, Maine

    A very relevant question Sally! Rioja is a region with four very distinctive seasons that tend to be milder than the northeast. It is not only Spring Break but “Bud Break” in Rioja when vines are budding and spring spirits are blooming. White Asparagus a true delicacy are harvested in early May and served fresh from the local fields with typical delicious Riojan wine and fare. And when I think of spring, I look for Rioja Rosados, ranging from full-bodied bright cherry red choices to delicate provence style blends. During this time, I also stock up on “fruit forward” Crianzas; they pair perfectly with tomato and peppered-based salsas, sauces and grilled skewered creations.

    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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    Last Sip

    Attention Chicago Rioja fans! Rioja is coming to the Windy City for the 2nd annual Rioja Week, kicking off May 2 at the Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival. The festival will showcase 200 vibrant Rioja wines, 30 American chefs creating Rioja-inspired tapas, a cheese cave, jamón bar, live music and more! Extending through the week, Wines from Rioja will host Rioja Week, including tasting events, flights and food pairings, plus special discounts in restaurants and retail shops around the city. Experience some of the world’s most delicious, food-friendly wines at extraordinary values.

    Tickets to the festival are $65/person, $45/person to the Rioja Community. The festival is all-inclusive. Ages 21 and over only. Buy your tickets today and sign up for the Rioja 101 Seminar. Space is limited. Buy tickets now!

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