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Winter 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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Feliz Navidad! 

Shop Rioja Winners 2015
Over 120 Independent merchants across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland took part in the Shop Rioja promotion this year, going to huge lengths to share their passion and enthusiasm for the region with their customers, offering everything from window displays to Rioja wine offers, tasting, dinners, in-store sampling, winemaker dinners and much, much more, all for the opportunity to be award the Rioja Independent Retailer of the Year 2015.
All participating retailers did a fantastic job and we were most impressed! There were a lot of very well thought out promotions implemented to increase the knowledge and perception of Rioja across the UK for Rioja but we are pleased to announce that the following retailers emerged triumphant: 

Small Merchant Winner:  The Good Wine Shop
Large Merchant Winner: Adnams
Highly Commended: John Hattersley Wines; Bedales; Hoults; Luvians, Highbury Vintners

If passing by please pop for a bottle of Rioja and to congratulate our winners!


Perfect Rioja Wine for Christmas 



Are you looking for the perfect Rioja wine for your Christmas feast this year? Look no further than our Facebook page everyday until 24th December where we’re giving away a bottle of Rioja wine a day to one lucky follower. If that isn’t enough, we’ll also be sharing food and Rioja pairing suggestions perfect for the festive season, as well as delicious recipes and a grand 12 bottle case giveaway on Christmas Eve.




Meet our Rioja heroes



In London, this November, we honoured six industry personalities and friends for their contribution to Rioja wine. During a canapé reception at traditional Spanish restaurant, Hispania London, guests enjoyed a delicious selection of wines from the Rioja 10x10 – a list of 10 top wines in 10 different categories selected by an expert panel.
The star studded line up included Olly Smith from Saturday Kitchen, as Communicator of the Year, leading Spanish chef José Pizarro for On-Trade Personality of the Year with awards also going to Woman & Home wine writer Tim Atkin MW and BBC Good Food and Masterchef wine expert Sarah Jane Evans MW for their outstanding contribution to the category, as well as Simon Jerrome of leading restaurant supplier Matthew Clark for Distributor of the Year and Beth Willard, Spanish buyer for Laithwaites, who picked up Retailer of the Year. 

Congratulations to all our winners!




Three Game Terrine Layered with Fresh Rosemary



Rioja match selected by Sarah Jane Evans MW: Eat this terrine with an elegant Gran Reserva Rioja wine. The wine's delicate red fruit overlaid by fine oak will be a perfect complement to the rich terrine This classic pairing brings out the sweetness of the game, and balances the richness.

Preparation time: 25 minutes, 2 hours to chill
Cooking time: 90 minutes
Serves: 4-6 as a starter


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 duck fillet, skinned and cut into 1 cm strips
  • 300g pigeon breast fillets, cut into 1cm strips
  • 150g pheasant breast fillets, cut into 1cm strips
  • 3 long sprigs of rosemary
  • 300g streaky bacon
  • 100g white bread, crusts cut off
  • 3 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 6 juniper berries, crushed
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 450g sausage meat
  • 250g chicken liver
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp Rioja red wine

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2015 in pictures 
It’s been a very busy year for Wines from Rioja with lots of events, food festivals, tastings, workshops, masterclasses, a video series and much more.

Check out our round-up of highlights….


Global Gift Gala



Tapas Fantasticas on Tour 



Laithwaite's Live 



British Airways Partnership



Tapas Fantasticas on Tour


Tapas Fantasticas Sessions 



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