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Fair Trade Wines from La Riojana Cooperativa

October is Fair Trade Month, and we’re proud to support La Riojana Wines Cooperative, a collection of Fair Trade Certified farms in Argentina. La Riojana is the single largest producer of Fairtrade certified wines in the world. Each wine stands for the ethos of the winery, teaching La Riojana growers to produce wine using sustainable and ethical farming practices as well as supporting health and education throughout their communities.

From family farms, to your family’s table, when you purchase La Riojana wine you are not just purchasing quality wine, you are casting a vote in favor of cooperative, fair trade businesses—and helping more than 422 cooperative members continue to invest in a brighter future.

Featured La Riojana Wines:

La Riojana Malbec

This dark, full-bodied Malbec shows off its intensity with herbal berry aromas. Pumped-up candied black-fruit flavors are thick and gooey, with cooked brown sugar, mint and toasty flavors on the finish. A perfect match for grilled red meats, tomato based pasta dishes, cheese or chocolate.

La Riojana Bonarda Malbec

This wine is a blend of two of Argentina’s favorite red grape varieties. It has a smooth, medium bodied taste and is bursting with juicy red berry and ripe plum flavors. A perfect choice for lamb chops, roast beef, tomato based pasta dishes or cheese.

La Riojana Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine is clear and bright with a deep ruby color. It’s a sophisticated wine with concentrated, succulent fruit. It is dry in the mouth with silky tannins. It has pronounced intensity flavors of dark plums, dark cherries, cocoa, and hints of coffee. Enjoy with pasta, grilled steak, pork chops, meats or stews.

Check out the video to hear directly from members of La Riojana Co-op and their local community:

By: CV, The Wine Guy

CV, The Wine GuyCV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences.