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Autumn 2013 - Newsletter

Wines from Rioja

Rioja Harvest Festival 

Every September in Logroño, the capital of La Rioja, the Fiestas de San Mateo are held to celebrate the start of the Rioja wine harvest. Taking place this year from September 20th-25th the Harvest Festival will see Rioja wine flowing by the gallon throughout the city and it will even include fountains filled with Rioja!

So why not jump on a flight over to Rioja and enjoy the harvest festivities for yourself! EasyJet are currently offering flights from London Gatwick – Bilbao on Fri 20th Sept returning Wednesday 25th Sept for around £150.

Want to learn about food and wine matching with Rioja wines?


We are very excited to announce that on the 19th September Wines from Rioja will be holding a food and wine tasting masterclass with Guardian wine critic and recognised food and wine matching expert, Fiona Beckett Taking place at the newly expanded Bridge Street branch of Cambridge Wine Merchants, our Rioja Independent Retailer of the year 2012, it’s an event not to be missed!
*For an example of one of Fiona Beckett’s perfect food matches to Rioja – see below*
When: Thursday 19th September
Time: 8pm
Where: Cambridge Wine Merchants, Bridge Street Branch
To Book: Email or telephone 01223568989


Teaser - a perfect match for a Rioja Reserva from Fiona Beckett


Have you been wondering what a perfect food match is with your warming Rioja Reserva as the nights start to draw in and Autumn approaches? Fiona Beckett tells us why a chicken, lemon and olive tagine is the perfect match…

“You might be surprised at the idea of pairing a chicken tagine with a Rioja but I’ve found in the past that red wines are better than white with this dish. Reds offer a pleasing contrast of colour and flavour. 
A chicken tagine contains two bitter ingredients, preserved lemons and green olives that bring out the sweet fruit in a red wine so I wouldn’t choose a wine that was very ripe and sweet-tasting already like a new world Cabernet, Merlot or Shiraz. An aged Rioja, with its soft, mellow cooked-strawberry fruit fits the bill perfectly.”
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