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Take a Rioja seminar this afternoon on your laptop

May 5, 2011 | 12:40 pm


In April, the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards live-streamed the ceremony from London's 12th century Guildhall. And the James Beard Foundation will  also be live-streaming its awards event this year -- from Lincoln Center in New York on Monday, starting at 6 p.m. EST. Quite the bargain,  considering that tickets for the event start at $400.

Now a wine event is getting in on the action. Today, starting at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time, you can take in the Vibrant Rioja Grand Tasting in New York at www.vibrantrioja.com/riojabuzz, virtually, of course. But hey, it's free. The event, open only to the trade and press, includes a Tempranillo seminar and interviews with Rioja winemakers and importers throughout the day. If you can't devote the entire afternoon to boning up on Rioja, you can follow along on Twitter via the hashtag #RiojaBuzz.

Got a question about some aspect of Rioja? Tweet it. The Rioja seminar, moderated by wine consultant Marnie Old and New York wine bar Terroir's owner Paul Grieco, begins at 1:30 p.m. Participants include Marques de Caceres owner Cristina Forner, Bodegas Bilbainas winemaker Diego Pinilla and Bodegas Dinastia Vivanco's  Rafael Vivanco.

-- S. Irene Virbila

Photo: Rioja, Spain, overlooking the vineyards of Laguardia. Credit: Sam Lubell