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Rioja Recognises 2019

Left to right: Iñigo Tapiado (Director of Global Marketing for the Rioja DOCa), Richard Bigg (Managing Director of London-based restaurant group Camino), Tim Atkin MW (host representing ‘Communicator of the Year’ on behalf of Fiona Beckett, Dawn Mannis (founder of The Sampler), Pierre Mansour (Head of Buying at The Wine Society, Ana Lópezcano Lamarain (Global Project Manager for the Rioja DOCa)



On Tuesday 26th November, we celebrated four new industry ambassadors who received awards at our Rioja Recognises dinner hosted at Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar in London. The winners were selected in recognition of their outstanding commitment to the Rioja region over the year, and for supporting our marketing activities throughout the year. They included: Fiona Beckett, Richard Bigg, Dawn Mannis and
Pierre Mansour.


The ‘Communicator of the Year’ award went to Fiona Beckett, who has written several pieces about the region for her popular website matchingfoodandwine.com, and highlighted up-and-coming Rioja producers
in her regular column in The Guardian.


The ‘On-Trade Representative of the Year’ award went to Richard Bigg, Managing Director and founder of popular Spanish eatery group, Camino. A passionate hispanophile for years, Richard oversees the
restaurant group’s wine listings and ensures that Rioja plays a key role in the selection.




Dawn Mannis, founder of independent wine retailer The Sampler, received the ‘Off-Trade Representative of the Year’ award for her efforts in highlighting Rioja producers in The Sampler’s wine list, including mature Rioja and rare vintages.


Finally, the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award went to Pierre Mansour, Head of Buying at The Wine Society. Pierre is responsible for the Spanish wine listings, always ensuring there is a high-quality and wide-ranging Rioja offering.





Guests at the evening, hosted by Tim Atkin MW, event enjoyed a range of Rioja wines including Chairs’ Choices from 10×10, and one wine selected by each of the winners, alongside a delicious menu specially
curated for the event.


Thank you again to our winners and attendees; we’re looking forward to a Rioja-filled 2020!