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Summer 2015 - Newsletter

The latest news from Wines from Rioja, including tips on enjoying Rioja with food and an update on promotions and events in the UK

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Rioja Summer of Tapas Fantasticas starts now!

The celebrate the start of summer, we've launched the ‘Rioja Summer of Tapas Fantasticas’ where you can enjoy a series of exciting events and activities that will bring the heart of Rioja to the UK and Ireland! Centred around rich and flavoursome pairings of Spanish tapas with versatile crisp whites, deep reds, and bright rosé wines, the Rioja Summer of Tapas Fantasticas is not to be missed.

We’ll be celebrating Rioja Tapas Fantasticas throughout the summer with a series of exclusive offers and giveaways on Facebook and Twitter including a chance to win a trip to Rioja! Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages as we’ll be announcing details throughout the summer, and don’t forget to share your Rioja and tapas moments with the hashtag #RiojaSummerTapas.”



Tapas Fantasticas on Tour! 


Experience Rioja in a whole new way starting in June when Wines from Rioja begins its journey across the UK and Ireland. See if you can spot the Wines from Rioja tapas bar at food festivals - including Taste of Dublin (11th – 14th June), and Foodies Festivals in Bristol (26th – 28th June), Edinburgh (7th – 9th August) and Oxford (29th – 31st August). Enjoy a broad selection of Rioja wines alongside classic and contemporary tapas dishes provided by London based Spanish caterers and jamón specialists Bar Tozino. You can also attend an informal masterclass with wine experts Susy Atkins or Jane Parkinson to learn how to make the most of Rioja with your favourite foods.

Tickets are now available and start from just £13.00 so make sure you get yours before they run out.  




Taste Tapas Fantasticas!


Throughout the month of June, your favourite restaurants will be celebrating all things Rioja with a variety of exciting offers - from complimentary tapitas to Rioja tastings, sharing platters and many more – check out what’s going on at your local restaurant here or visit Time Out for the full list of restaurants participating.  




Olly and José Tapas Fantasticas


What better what to celebrate the Rioja Summer of Tapas Fantasticas than with Tapas Fantasticas ambassadors Olly Smith and José Pizarro? This dynamic duo has thrown the wine rule book out the window and come up with a series of videos that will help you bust those age old wine myths such as “fish only goes with white wine” or “wine kills the flavour of eggs”. As long time amigos with a deep love for Rioja, Olly and José will inspire you to get creative in the kitchen using simple, fresh ingredients and beautiful Rioja wines of all types.

The videos will be live on the Guardian website from mid June, but for a taster of what’s to come, check out our website here.  




Tapas Fantasticas Sessions



School may be out over the summer months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t further your Rioja education, as retailers Laithwaite’s Wines and Prohibition Wines will be hosting a series of informal Rioja masterclasses as part of our Rioja Summer of Tapas Fantasticas. Laithwaite’s and Prohibition Wines were both crowned ‘Rioja Retailer of the Year’ in 2014, thanks to their passion and enthusiasm for the Rioja region so this summer we’re offering consumers the chance to discover their wonderful ranges of Rioja wines.
The Tapas Fantasticas Sessions will be hosted by expert speaker and of course no Rioja tasting would be complete, or indeed authentic, without some delicious tapas to accompany the wines, so be sure to head along to one of the below Sessions for a fun and informative Rioja food and wine experience!


Win a year of Rioja Wine and tapas

Don't forget to share your Taste Tapas Fantasticas experience on our Facebook page to be in with a chance of wining a year of Tapas Fantasticas - a glass of wine and tapa dish in each of the participating restaurants. We'll be revealing a winner every Thursday throughout June.

Dates for your diary

Throughout June: Taste Tapas Fantasticas, various locations

11th - 14th June: Tapas Fantasticas on Tour, Taste of DublinIveagh Gardens with wine expert, Kevin Ecock 

24th June: Tapas Fantastcas Session, Laithwaite's Binfield store

25th June: Tapas Fantasticas Session, Laithwaite's Locksbottom store

26th - 28th June: Tapas Fantasticas on Tour, Bristol FoodiesThe Downs

2nd July: Tapas Fantasticas Session, Prohibition Wines Muswell Hill with wine expert Susy Atkins

7th July: Tapas Fantasticas Session, Laithwaite's Virginia Water store

7th - 9th August: Tapas Fantasticas on Tour, Edinburgh FoodiesInverleith Park

29th - 31st August: Tapas Fantasticas on Tour, Oxford South FoodiesSouth Park 

2nd September: Tapas Fantasticas Session, Laithwaite's Hersham store

3rd September: Tapas Fantasticas Session, Prohibition Wines Muswell Hill with BBC Food & Drink's Joe Wadsack     

24th September: Tapas Fantasticas Session, Prohibition Wines, Muswell Hill with wine expert Susy Atkins,  

To stay in the know about all our up and coming events, check out our Rioja what's on page here

Visit Rioja this Summer 

Planning a visit to Rioja this summer? Make sure you check out our Rioja travel guide for the lowdown on the best wineries to visit, places to stay, eat and must see's of Spain's flagship wine region. 



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