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In This Issue:

Put Some Spring in Your Step with Rioja

Spotlight on Rioja

Rioja in the News

Consumer Tip

Consumer Tastings

Extra Information

Social Media Widget

Rioja Recipe

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The Vibrant Rioja Wine Team

Spring is officially here, which means it's time to open your windows and your bottles of Rioja (and very likely your umbrellas as well)! Riojas are a great companion to the fresh vegetables and lighter fare that are sure to grace your kitchen tables as we say farewell to the hearty stews of winter (check out the virtual At Home with Rioja guide we introduce below for some great food and wine suggestions). It's time for rebirth and renewal! Surely that calls for a toast.

Spotlight on Rioja: The Art of Rioja Bodegas

Interested in traveling to Rioja? Spring is the perfect time! No other wine region in the world can offer the mixture of cutting edge modern architecture along with historic vineyards. In a region where medieval history is seen everywhere and rustic and timeless landscapes surround you, the contrast with avant-garde winery architecture couldn’t be more spectacular. The region has quickly become the capital of such architecture – designed by innovative and international architects such as Frank Gehry, Santiago Calatrava and Zaha Hadid. This juxtaposition of rich history and local heritage with the shock of the new truly makes Rioja unique among both wine regions and international travel destinations. Learn more at Vibrant Rioja: Architecture.

Rioja in the News
Chicago Tribune wine columnist, Bill St. John, gave special praise for the red wines of Rioja in his February 16, 2011 article “Uncorked: Spain conquers”. St. John wrote, “Rioja remains, hands down, the best value in Spanish red wine. Although a few are in the $30-$50 range, the wines are well-aged on release, having been held back for 5-20 years by the wineries, at their cost.”
Consumer Tip
When choosing a bottle of Rioja, you can’t go wrong. Every single bottle of Rioja bearing a certified DOCa back label is guaranteed to hold high quality wine made from only the best grapes. Fully understanding the differences between the four different DOCa back labels will, however, help you to choose the Rioja that’s your perfect match. Learn more about the DOCa back labels at Wine Portfolio.
Consumer Tastings
Haskell's In-Store Rioja Tasting (6 locations)
April 22nd and 23rd
Visit Vibrant Rioja: Events for more information.

Morrell Wine In-store Tasting
1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020, (212) 688-9370
April 1st, 3:30-6:30pm
Union Square Wines Spring in Spain Tasting
140 Fourth Avenue, New York, NY 10003, (212) 675-8100
April 2nd, 2-5pm
Tinto Fino In-store Tasting
85 1st Ave A, New York, NY 10003, (212) 254-0850
April 9th, 4-7pm
Whole Foods - P Street In-store Tasting
1440 P Street Northwest, Washington D.C., 20005, (202) 332-4300
April 14th and 15th, 5-8pm
Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits In-store Tasting
3423 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington D.C., 20005, (202) 363-4265
April 16th, 1-4pm
Uva In-store Tasting
199 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211, (718) 963-3939
April 20th, 6-8pm

Rioja Tasting Hosted by Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs, FL, (407) 804-8220
Ticket cost: $30/person
April 2nd, 4-8pm
A Taste for Learning
Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, (407) 996-9939
Ticket cost: $125/person $200/couple
April 2nd, 7-10pm
Bern’s Wine Fest - Grand Tasting with Rioja
1002 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL, (813) 250-9463
Ticket cost: $135/person
April 10th, 12:30-4pm
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Rioja Tasting
399 North Semoran, Orlando, FL 32846, (407) 671-1211
Ticket cost: $10/person
April 13th, 6-8pm
Chef Challenge
Featuring Wines from Rioja & Chef Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant (Orlando, FL), Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, 8511 Commodity Circle, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32819
Ticket cost: $250/person
April 16th, 6-9pm
Chan’s Wine World - Rioja and Spanish Cheese Seminar
Sandestin Food and Wine Festival, 4424 Commons Drive E, Destin, FL 32541, (850) 269-2909
Ticket cost: $25/person
April 28th, 6-8pm
Chan's Wine World - Rioja Tasting
Sandestin Food and Wine Festival, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West, Destin, FL 32550, (850) 267-8000
Ticket cost: $35/person
April 30th, 12 noon-4pm
Chans Wine World - Taste Rioja!
Sandestin Food and Wine Festival, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West, Destin, FL 32550, (850) 267-8000
Ticket cost: $80/advance, $90/door
May 1st, 1-5pm
Extra Information

We have been receiving such rave reviews over our At Home with Rioja entertainment guide and recipe book that we’ve decided to create an online version to share with Rioja fans (and foodies) everywhere. Take a peek at our newly released virtual At Home with Rioja guide. We’re quite sure you’ll find it to be your go-to source for entertaining At Home with Rioja!

Rioja PAL™ Social Media Widget

Tired of remembering a million different URLs and always being the last one to know current trends/news? You can download the Rioja PAL™ which enables you to monitor everything you’re interested in that’s happening on the web, including news, blogs and social media. And it’s constantly updating, so you don’t have to keep opening up your browser to check!

Rioja Recipe: Pasta with Porcini

While fresh porcini mushrooms can be painfully expensive, dried porcini are extremely affordable and lend a deep, earthy quality that acts as a wonderful foundation. This dish is particularly good at bridging the gap between winter and spring--it is hearty and comforting enough to ward off the last chill of winter while also celebrating the bounty of mushrooms that come with the spring rains.

Note: A host of fresh mushrooms work well in this dish: common button mushrooms, cremini, portabella, oyster or chanterelle, to name a few. Avoid mushrooms like shiitake or morels, which would compete with the flavor of the porcini.

Serves: 4 as a main course, 6 as a starter

1 1/2 ounces dried porcini mushrooms
1 1/2 cups hot water
1/4 cup cream
1 small onion, finely chopped
6 tablespoons butter
3 fresh sage leaves
2 cups fresh mushrooms, roughly chopped
1 lb. rigatoni
1/4 cup grated parmigiano reggiano
Salt, to taste

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