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Seminar: Rioja Rising

Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 North 3rd Street Richmond
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Please join Carol Colby, Fine Wine Specialist for Free Run Wine Merchants, as she guides you through the most famous wine region in Spain - Rioja!

Rioja, to some, is Spain in a glass.  Red wines from this region are age-worthy and known for their structure and tannins, similar to Cabernet Sauvignon, but also with a flavor profile that often imparts a unique fruit characteristic and some "dirt".

Made with the indigenous Tempranillo grape, you'll taste some amazing red wines and enjoy a few whites made from a blend of native grapes.   Enjoy!

The seminar leader will be Carol Colby, Fine Wine Specialist with Free Run Wine Merchants, a boutique wine distributor based in Virginia, which specializes in part in the distribution of high-quality Portuguese wines.

Attendees will taste six extraordinary Rioja wines at this seminar.  

Wine selections coming soon.

Carol Colby Professional Biography

Carol Colby is a Fine Wine Specialist for Free Run Wine Merchants. Carol has a passion for wine and for food and wine together.  She is a Certified Specialist of Wine as well as a Certified Wine Educator from the Society of Wine Educators and a guide member of the Court of Master Sommeliers.  She holds an Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.  Carol is also Vice Echanson for the Richmond Bailliage of La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and Board Chair and Wine Educator for Women’s Wine Society.   She has appeared numerous times on local television and radio to share her passion of all things wine related.  Carol is also the resident wine instructor at Mise En Place Cooking School in Richmond. She has been teaching wine classes in the Richmond area for more than 10 years.  Her greatest joy is the excitement and pleasure to be found in sharing the wonders of wine with others

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