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Summer Sips

Summer’s here and the great outdoors are calling! Gather your favorite people for a sunny outdoor get-together. Rioja has you covered as the perfect pairing to anything you can cook up! Burgers and hot dogs? They’ll taste even juicier with a Crianza. Clambake and lobster rolls? It’s all about the blanco, baby! Watermelon, cheese and grilled veggies? Crisp Rosado is an easy pairing that everyone will love. Your summer never tasted so good. ¡Salud!

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 Sue R. from Cincinnati, OH, the winner of our February/March Wine Refrigerator Sweepstakes!

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Rioja in the Chicago Tribune

The 2nd annual Rioja Week blew through the Windy City in May, kicking off with the Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival to celebrate the wine and culture the Spanish region is famous for. Chicago Tribune’s David Herbling spent the day enjoying the festival, tasting through 200 vibrant Riojas, enjoying Rioja-inspired tapas and interviewing winemakers and Rioja principals. Take a peek at his experience and video, “Union Station hosts Chicago’s first Rioja wine and tapas festival.”

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Thank You Chicago!

More than 1,700 Windy City wine lovers ripped it up Rioja-style…without leaving home! Kicking off Rioja week with a bang, the second annual Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival filled Chicago’s historic Union Station, showcasing 40+ Rioja winemakers, 30+ notable U.S. chefs cooking up Rioja-Inspired tapas, live music and more. Get a glimpse of the revelry in our photos and video, and stay tuned for next year’s location!


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


Rioja Wine Tasting at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits – Winter Park, FL
June 25
6-8 pm
Cost: $10



West Coast


Passport to Rioja at Bin 36 – Chicago, IL
June 17
6-9 pm
Cost: $20

Wines From Rioja at La Nuit en Rosé at Skybar – Los Angeles, CA
June 21
2-8 pm
Cost: $75 GA/$125 VIP

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

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Featured Recipe

Lemon Soup

Rich and tart, this classic Greek soup is a unique and refreshing addition to any meal. Pair with a crisp, light Rioja Rosado for summertime deliciousness! Click here for the recipe.

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We enjoy our boat during the summer season and love to share it with our friends and family. What are some good Rioja choices to bring on board? – Jim and Patricia in Huntington, NY

Ana: I too love getting outside in the warm weather! One of the beauties of Rioja wines is truly the diversity of styles that our queen grape Tempranillo enables us to produce. It ranges from young wines to aged wines and collectibles. If I had a boat, I would definitely stock up on some 2014 Rioja Rosados that would shine and delight the palate in the sea breeze of the Long Island Sound. Some to look for are Marqués de Cáceres, El Coto, Muga, Faustino, CUNE and Vivanco, but there are many more. A Rioja rosé hits that perfect summer spot. Have fun!

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

Our friends at Vinepair have concocted the perfect summer treat...a wine float! Try one of these divine recipes at your next outdoor gathering. I mean, really, wine + ice cream? You can’t go wrong!

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