October/November 2015

Industry News

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Decanter Features Rioja’s Early Harvest

The harvest is here! The harvest is here! Harvest began nearly a month early in 2015 with the first white grape varieties picked on August 20. Expectations for a strong 2015 harvest remain high. Historically, harvest season for Rioja vineyards takes place in September and October, where grapes are picked in more than 120,000 registered vineyard parcels. To guarantee the best grape quality, the regulatory council of Rioja limits the quantity of grapes that can be picked; that ensures the “deliciousness” of the 250-300 million liters of wine that Rioja produces every year. Read more about the 2015 harvest in this Decanter article.


Rioja Wines Take Flight

As part of the partnership between Wines from Rioja and Delta Airlines, Delta customers can experience flavors from the Rioja region as they’re jet-setting across the globe. Andrea Robinson, Master Sommelier, is lending her expertise to educate customers about the versatility of Rioja’s wine portfolio. In her article, “Wine Flight,” Robinson captures the beauty of the region and states that the unique wine region is “definitely worth getting on a plane for.”


American Comfort Foods & Rioja

Harley Carbery, director of wine at the Delano Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, recommends pairing a spicy, meaty and herbaceous Rioja with meatloaf in the October issue of Wine Enthusiast. Read more about why Harley loves Rioja in the Trade Partner spotlight below.

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Tempranillo Day

November 12 marks the celebration of a grape near and dear to all those that love Rioja – the mighty Tempranillo. Tempranillo occupies more than 75% of the vineyards in Rioja. The finest expression of the Tempranillo grape is found in Rioja because the region’s cool growing conditions produce fruity, well-balanced wines with moderate alcohol and endless food pairing options. Wines from Rioja will once again partner with Wine.com to promote celebrating Tempranillo Day with Rioja.


Celebrate Rioja Month with PCLB

October is “Rioja Month” at the PLCB Fine Wine Good Spirits retail stores. Be on the lookout for promotions including in-store tastings and educational materials to raise awareness of Rioja wines.

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Mandalay Bay & Delano, Las Vegas

In December, Rioja will launch a new partnership with Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas to feature Rioja in its restaurants. We caught up with Harley Carbery, director of wine at the Delano Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas to find out how he fell in love with wine, his advice to young wine professionals and more. Click here to read the interview.

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Popping Up with Delta

In September, Wines from Rioja supported our national partnership with Delta Airlines by hosting pop-up Rioja tastings at Delta Sky Clubs. The tastings, conducted at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) & Orlando International Airport (MCO), offered passengers a sample of three beautiful Rioja wines, available at many additional Sky Club’s nationwide. These world-class wines, selected by Delta’s Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, showcased how Rioja wines can be easily paired with a variety of foods or sipped and savored on their own.


Rioja and RNDC Portfolio Tasting in Houston

Texas Trade! Join us and Rioja expert/author Ana Fabiano at Caracol in Houston for an exclusive walk-around tasting of Rioja wines on October 15 from 2-4:30pm. The RNDC portfolio showcases all that Rioja has to offer including centenary bodegas, Rioja subzones, single vineyard or estate, monovarietal tempranillo wines, artisanal whites, ready to drink Rioja and Rioja for short-term or long-term cellar aging. Please contact your RNDC TX distributor representative for RSVP details.

Need more Rioja in your life? Check out our online event calendar here.

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