Women’s Day in Rioja – Happy Hour

Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30pm on Zoom

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, join Sara d’Amato, Janet Dorozynski DipWSET, and Megha Jandhyala as they explore Rioja’s dynamic female-led wine industry. For millennia women have been involved in tending to the harvest and participating in Rioja’s winemaking culture. Today, women are taking on such roles as head winemaker, president, export manager, and many other prominent positions, resulting in the region becoming a global leader in gender equalization within the wine industry. Women such as María Barúa of LAN, Maria Larrea of CVNE, Isabel Palacios of Palacios Remondo, and Carmen Oros Romeo and Carmen Martínez Zabala of Bodegas Faustino are some of the many trailblazers whose wines will be featured in our taste-along virtual happy hour to mark this day. We are pleased to announce that Maria Larrea and Carmen Oros Romea will be joining us live from Spain!

Straddling the meandering Ebro river in Central Spain, the Rioja produces a diverse array of styles, with a deeply rooted tradition of barrel aging that never abandons a fruit-driven disposition or a sense of place. DOCa Rioja is split into three distinct zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental. Wines are sometimes a blend of fruit from all three, although specific zonas, village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines may be labeled as such, exhibiting unique, geographic distinctiveness. 

The vineyards are planted on tiered terraces, some as high as 700 metres above sea level. Innovation, creativity and a progressive attitude along with an increasing understanding of diversity culminate in an impressive variety of wines emanating from this classic region. Though Rioja’s reputation has been built upon memorable, oak-aged reds, the region’s contrasting terroirs, grape varieties, and winemaking practices also create a broad spectrum of easy-to-drink red, white, and rosé wines that consumers can turn to for excellent value. Each bottle is marked with the distinctive Rioja trust seal of guarantee.

We hope you join us to celebrate Rioja’s diverse winemaking culture on Zoom on March 8 at 6:30 p.m. To taste along with us, please refer to the wine list below. All wines are available through LCBO/VINTAGES.

Wine List:

1. Palacios Remondo La Vendimia 2020, DOCa Rioja, Spain $18.95

2. Lan Crianza 2018, DOCa Rioja, Spain $16.95

3. CVNE Imperial Reserva 2016, DOCa Rioja, Spain $39.95

4. Bodegas Faustino Icon Edition 2015, DOCa Rioja, Spain $55.95 (Online Exclusive only – delivery takes 3 to 5 business days)