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In This Issue:

A Toast To The End Of The Summer With Rioja!

Spotlight on Rioja

Rioja in the News

Wine And Goodie Bag Winners

Consumer Tastings

Rioja Recipe

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A Toast To The End Of The Summer With Rioja!


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Do you have a favorite recipe and Rioja wine you’d like us to try? Have a great story about wine or Rioja that you’d like us to print? Or a question you’ve been wanting to ask about food and wine pairing, travel to Spain or other Rioja topics? Talk to us! Send us your ideas, recipes or stories. Simply contact


The Vibrant Rioja Wine Team

September has come and we all know what that means, right? Yeap, it’s almost the end of summer (cue in the tears). After working hard, waking up early, commuting, facing angry bosses (but not ours, we all think you’re great), long hours, elevators that don’t come, over-crowded public transportation, that mariachi band in the subway that won’t shut up at 8:30 am, etc. now it’s time to relax and enjoy the end of the summer drinking a good wine.

And since it’s Labor Day, make sure you grab your bottle of Rioja, good company (many believe that’s friends and family, but it’s open to interpretation) and celebrate! But don’t forget to go outside as fall is right around the corner, and you don’t want to miss the remaining sunny days.

Your hard work deserves a toast. Make it with Rioja!
Spotlight on Rioja: Rioja Bartender Challenge

We are presenting our first ever Rioja Pour Genius Bar Competition!

The competition is designed to showcase the versatility of Rioja wines, as well as to further immerse the competitors in the tradition, history and defining characteristics that make up the DOCa Rioja. This is a call to all mixologists to embrace Rioja and continue the rich history of wine by the glass.

Bartenders, be sure to enter here , read the competition rules, and check out the awesome Rioja Bar Guide from our friends the Tippling Brothers, which features some delicious wine cocktails. Enjoy!
Rioja in the News

Beverage Media featured Rioja in “The Tapas Effect – Dining Out Fuels a Boom in Spanish Wines.” The article discusses the rise in popularity of Spanish wines due to the increasing interest in Spanish cuisine and tapas.

Wine And Goodie Bag Winners

Congrats to our Wine Bloggers Conference and #WineChat winners! @chmatu Tracy Parral, James Melendez, Amy Corron Power, Elizabeth Smith and Melissa Sutherland.

Consumer and Trade Tastings

Marnie Old Wine Seminar at 2011 WPSU Wine Festival
Sunday, September 25, 2011
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
215 Innovation Boulevard
State College, PA 16803
$100 per person pre-sale, $110 at the door. Includes admission to the WPSU Grand Tasting and a Vibrant Rioja wine tote)
For tickets please click here

Rioja Street Fare Festival with Wine on the Way
Orlando, Florida

Vibrant Rioja is sponsoring a consumer wine event in Central Florida with Wine on the Way and food & wine critic Scott Joseph.  

September 22, 2011, 6-9pm
Winter Park Farmer’s Market :200 W New England Ave Winter Park, FL 32789

Rioja & Street Fare Festival is inspired by the Rioja Harvest Festival “San Mateo” which is a celebration of the grape harvest. Ten local restaurants and food trucks are creating “street fare” style dishes.  There will be a 2-piece Spanish Guitar band playing live music. 

Participating restaurants include:

  • James Petrakis, The Ravenous Pig
  • Kevin Fonzo, K restaurant
  • Jamie McFadden, Cuisiniers and BarJme
  • John Rivers, 4 Rivers
  • Gregory Richie, Emeril's Tchoup Chop
  • Tony Adams, Big Wheel Provisions food truck
  • Brandon McGlamery, Luma on Park
  • Matt Cargo, new restaurant from Luma


If you live in or around the state of New Hampshire, be sure to stop into
one of the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet stores this September to
celebrate “Rioja Month” New England-style! Over 50 tastings will be taking
place at various stores throughout the month, so be sure to check our Rioja
event calendar
to find out which tastings are happening near you!

In-store tasting at Roger Wilco Wine Warehouse
“Single Varietals”
Friday, September 2
4-7 pm
700 Haddonfield-Berlin Rd - Vorhees NJ

In-store tasting at Bowery and Vine
Saturday, September 10
Bowery and Vine
269 Bowery - New York, NY 10002
(212) 941-7943

Rioja Seminar and Pairing at Racket Club of Philadelphia
Tuesday, September 13
6-8 pm
For tickets please email:

Rioja and Steak Dinner hosted by Harry's Wines
Sunday, September 18
Barcelona Restaurant-Fairfield
4180 Black Rock Tnpk. - Fairfield, CT 06824
For pricing and information please contact William Miller:

Cool Vines Charity Event for Mountainside Children's Hospital
Saturday, September 24
Location to be disclosed
For more information please contact Cool Vines: 127 Central Avenue -
Westfield, NJ 07090 or call (908) 232-5050


September Rioja By the Glass Promotion at Dexter's of Winter Park, FL
Month long
558 West New England Avenue # 100 - Winter Park, FL

September Rioja By the Glass Promotion at Dexters of Thornton Park, FL
Month long
808 East Washington Street - Orlando, FL

September Rioja By the Glass Promotion at Dexters Lake Mary, FL
Month Long
950 Market Promenade Ave #1201 - Lake Mary, FL

Rioja Wine Tasting at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
Thursday, September 1
55810 Manatee Ave – Bradenton, FL

Tempranillo Day wine Tasting! at Sanford Wine Company
Celebrate Tempranillo Month
Friday, September 2
114 South Palmetto Avenue - Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 302-8620

CVNE Rioja Tasting at Tim's Wine Market

Tuesday, September 13
1223 North Orange Avenue - Orlando, FL
(407) 895-9463

Rioja Wine Tasting at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
Wednesday, September 21
10835 West Colonial Drive - Orlando, FL

Rioja Street Festival with Scott Joseph & Wine on the Way
Thursday, September 22
Winter Park Farmer’s Market
200 W New England Ave - Winter Park, FL 32789
$125 per person – tickets available through
(*follow Scott Joseph on Facebook,Twitter or sign up for emails at for specific discounts (SJO Deals) on
tickets for the event)

Rioja Wine Festival at the Intercontinental Hotel -Miami
September 26-30
100 Chopin Plaza - Miami, FL 33131
Monday night kick off Fiesta - $25


Rioja Burger Bash at Whole Foods Market
Saturday, September 3
1550 N. Kingsbury Street – Chicago, IL
$20 per person
To rsvp please call 312.587.0648
Click here for invitation

Rioja Recipe: Rioja Poached Chorizo

The Rioja region has long been known for the delicious chorizos it produces.
Increasingly, chorizo from Rioja is becoming more readily available in most
specialty stores and many supermarkets in the United States.

1 8-ounce piece of dried chorizo
1 750ml bottle of red Rioja
6 garlic cloves
1 bay leaf


  1. Slice chorizo into ¼-inch pieces.
  2. In 8 or 9 inch sauté pan over medium heat, combine chorizo, garlic, bay leaf and wine; cover and poach for 20 minutes. Remove cover; continue cooking, turning each piece of chorizo halfway through, until liquid has reduced by half, about 30 minutes.
  3. Remove bay leaf; transfer chorizo mixture to bowl. Serve immediately!

Yield: serves 4 as a side dish.

Rioja Pairing: Chorizo is garlicky, fatty and salty so it needs a wine with good acid and good fruit! This dish will stand up well to a wine that has seen more time in oak like a Reserva or Gran Reserva.

Chef Note: Be sure to use a dried chorizo when following this recipe. Although fresh chorizos are delicious, they are not appropriate for this preparation, as they will fall apart during the cooking process. This recipe can be prepared ahead of time and re-reheated before serving.

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