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Hot Fun, Cool Appetizers, Chilled Wine

Sun, sand, surf… summer is the time for some hot fun. Keep it cool by relaxing poolside or at the beach with friends, food and wine. Small plates are an easy way to entertain a whole group of guests. So chill a few bottles of Rioja Blanco wine, and pair with cold finger foods such as Cream Cheese Stuffed Shrimp, Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta and Turkey and Manchego Sandwiches. Stay cool, Rioja friends!

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 Sheryl E. from Willis, TX, the winner of our April/May Rioja Wine Dinner Sweepstakes!

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Rosado in Saveur Magazine

Summer is the season for delicious rosé wine, or as we call it in Rioja, rosado. Light and crisp in flavor and body, rosado is the perfect sidekick for a wide range of dishes, from barbequed meats to colorful veggies. Saveur magazine offers a comprehensive guide in the article “The Pair: The World of Rosé” featuring pink wines from around the world, including one of our own, CVNE Rioja Rosado.

Learn more about Rioja rosados here

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Delta Airlines

Rioja Flying High

Now you can enjoy Rioja even when you’re in the air or in transit! Wines from Rioja and Delta Air Lines have teamed up to offer Delta customers a taste of Rioja. Wine lovers can enjoy Rioja in-flight and at the airport, including guided tastings. We look forward to enhancing your Delta experience with a taste of Rioja. Cheers to traveling!

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Wines from Rioja at Battle of the Burger – Philadelphia, PA
September 14
6-9:30 pm
Cost: Early Bird $40; GA $50


“Rioja and Tapas Escape” at Mitchell’s Fish Market – Orlando, FL
August 22
1:30-4:30 pm
Cost: $45
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West Coast


Wines from Rioja at the Naperville Wine Festival – Naperville, IL
August 14, 4:30-10 pm
August 15, 4-9:30 pm
Cost: $32 in advance, $40 at door
Details & Tickets

Rioja Wine Flight at Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar – Scottsdale, AZ
October 1 - 31
Cost: $17-$20 (for a flight of three wines)

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

Stop at your local Fleming’s Steakhouse through October 31 to sample their handpicked Rioja flight or enjoy a Rioja by the glass at the bar! Click here for locations across the U.S.

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Featured Recipe

Goat Cheese, Walnut and Honey Bruschetta

Light, simple and delicious! Try this Goat Cheese, Walnut and Honey Bruschetta and impress guests at your next summer get-together. A fruity Rioja Rosado brings out the fresh flavors of the bruschetta.

Check out our website for more recipes

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We have a fire pit at our beach home and enjoy campfires. What wines do you recommend for evening campfires and the occasional fire pit dinner on the patio? - From Mike & Dee from Hudsonville, MI

Ana: Thanks for such an on-trend question. I like to think that the surge of fireplaces, fire pits, and campfires is a sign that we like to slow down! Coincidentally, impromptu gatherings around a fire while grilling lamb chops and sausages on vines is a local tradition in Rioja known as "Chocos." A great style of wine that delivers satisfaction and pleasure at a reasonable price is Rioja’s "Crianza" category. A Crianza is a great patio wine to enjoy by the glass or with a meal. A fruit-forward Crianza from producers like LAN, LA MONTESA, and VIVANCO pairs well with summer harvest fare and salsas. If you prefer more savory and full-bodied wines, try VINA REAL and IBERICOS, two hot Crianza wines from the Rioja Alavesa. Enjoy your summer evening gatherings!

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 and is passionate about this region of the world.

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This is Your Passport to Rioja!

Fleming’s Steakhouse and Wines from Rioja invite you to win a five-day trip for two to explore the always vibrant wine region of Rioja! Visit the Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar website anytime now through August 23 to enter the sweepstakes. The grand prize winner will receive airfare, hotel and spa accommodations, and tours of some of the region's historic wineries selected by Fleming's National Wine Director. Enter today!

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