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Spring 2013 - Newsletter

Rioja Tapas Fantasticas is back on 15th - 16th June!

We’re excited to announce that our award winning festival Rioja Tapas Fantasticas will be taking place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June. The free food and drink festival will be held in the fantastic location of Potters Fields Park with the magnificent backdrop of Tower Bridge. You’ll be sure to see many amazing wineries and restaurants offering authentic Spanish produce along with the very best Rioja wines, with an array of reds, whites and rosés to explore, not to mention delicious tapas dishes from some of London’s best Spanish restaurants – İqué aproveche!

Over the two day festival, come along to enjoy exciting activities including live cookery demonstrations by renowned Spanish chef José Pizarro, as well as fun and informal wine workshops and walks hosted by wine experts Olly Smith and Susy Atkins, who will be offering their top tips on swirling, sniffing, sipping and enjoying Rioja wines! To get tickets to these sessions, make sure that you book now to avoid disappointment!

Don’t forget to follow our Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates. We hope to see you at Rioja Tapas Fantasticas 2013!



Want to learn more about Rioja wines?

Cambridge Wine Merchants - proud winners of the 2012 Wines from Rioja Independent Retailer of the Year award - are excited to welcome Master of Wine Sarah Jane Evans to host a Rioja masterclass later this month.

To learn everything there is to know about Rioja and to taste eight delicious wines alongside traditional tapas dishes, book your tickets now!

When: Monday 22nd April at 7.30pm
Where: Tasting room, 163 Cherry Hinton Road, CB1 7BX
How much: £15 per person
How to book: Contact the Cherry Hinton Road team on 01223 214548 or at

(If you'd like to see further details on Wines from Rioja Independent Retailer of the Year click here to go to our website)

Spring in Rioja is simply beautiful!


Rioja is not only famed for its wine but it is also beautiful walking country with spring being one of the best times to visit the region. Located along the southern border of the Rioja wine region, the Sierra de la Demanda mountain range provides a beautiful setting for hiking, with wild flowers lining the paths throughout April and May. The mountain range is home to lush forests and glacial lakes as well as wildlife ranging from deer to golden eagles. If you fancy spending spring like a Riojan, head out to the mountains for an invigorating hike before exploring the many tapas trails in Logroño and Haro – accompanied by a glass of Rioja wine, naturally!!

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