Enhance Holiday Hosting with Rioja Wine

The holiday season is a time for festive gatherings and intimate celebrations, and the anticipation of these events fills the air with excitement. Hosting an event can be a delightful experience, but it often comes with a touch of hustle and bustle. With the right planning and preparation, you can easily create an unforgettable holiday gathering that will leave your guests warm, merry, and well-fed. And to make your event truly special, incorporate Rioja wine, our versatile and flavorful wine that is perfect for any holiday occasion.

Our Rioja hosting guide will equip you with the hosting knowledge and confidence to host an unforgettable holiday gathering where Rioja wine plays a starring role. You will learn everything you need to know about planning your event, from choosing the perfect menu and décor to selecting the right wines and creating a festive atmosphere. With these helpful tips and insights, you can be sure that your holiday gathering will be one to remember.

Planning the Feast: HOSTING A Culinary Symphony

The heart of any holiday gathering lies in the culinary delights that grace the table. When planning your menu, consider the diverse tastes of your guests while incorporating signature dishes that reflect the warmth and spirit of the hosting season with Rioja.

Holiday Gathering with food and wine at a table

Laying Out the Food

A well-presented spread sets the stage for a memorable dining experience. Start by arranging the centerpiece, a visually appealing and thematically relevant element that anchors the table. Next, arrange the main courses, ensuring adequate space for each dish. Consider using tiered platters or risers to add dimension and visual interest.

Food on a Dinner Table with Rioja Wine


No holiday gathering is complete without an exceptional selection of wines. Rioja, Spain’s premier wine region, offers a diverse range of styles to complement your culinary creations. There is something for everyone.

Consider these expertly curated Rioja wines when hosting for the Holidays:

La Rioja Alta S.A. Gran ReservaRedFull-bodied, complex wine with flavors of ripe black fruit, tobacco, and leather.
Conde de los AndesRedMedium-bodied, fruity wine with flavors of red fruit, spice, and vanilla.
Bodegas Ramon Bilbao ‘Mirto’ Edicion EspecialRedFull-bodied, elegant wine with flavors of black fruit, chocolate, and tobacco.
Monte Real Gran ReservaRedPowerful, age-worthy wine with flavors of black fruit, cedar, and smoke.
Contino ReservaRedWell-balanced, flavorful wine with flavors of red fruit, spice, and earth.
Lan Edicion LimitadaRedRipe, fruit-forward wine with flavors of black fruit, plum, and vanilla.
El Cristo de SamaniegoRedComplex, elegant wine with flavors of black fruit, truffle, and smoke.
Flor de Muga RoseRoséFresh, fruity rose with flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and citrus.
Livius Reserva Rose ReservaRoséFull-bodied, complex rose with flavors of red fruit, spice, and earth.
Vivanco Cuvee Sparkling ReservaWhiteDry, crisp sparkling wine with flavors of fruit, citrus, and minerality.
Izadi Seleccion BlancoWhiteFruity, refreshing white with flavors of citrus, apple, and pear.
El Pacto de Alto Negrilla BlancoWhiteComplex, elegant white with flavors of citrus, stone fruit, and minerality.
Manzanos Blanco Fermentado en BarricaWhiteDry, crisp white with flavors of citrus, apple, and minerality.
Martinez Lacuesta Tempranillo BlancoWhiteFruity, aromatic white with flavors of citrus, peach, and honeysuckle.

Ambiance: Setting the Mood

The ambiance of your holiday gathering plays a crucial role in creating a welcoming and festive atmosphere. Dim the lights, allowing the warm glow of candles and fairy lights to create a cozy and intimate ambiance.

2 glasses of red rioja wine with holiday lights

Music: The Soundtrack to Joy

Music has the power to transport us and evoke emotions. Curating a playlist of festive tunes, from classic carols to contemporary holiday favorites, will set the mood for merriment and create a lively atmosphere.

Table Arrangements: A Touch of Nature

Table, Centerpiece, and Floral arrangements add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any space. Choose arrangements that complement the color scheme and overall style of your décor. Centerpieces, mantlepiece adornments, and small floral arrangements throughout the room will enhance the ambiance.

Holiday floral arrangement with rioja wine glass

The Company that Matters: Good Guest Etiquette

A successful holiday gathering is about more than just food and décor; it’s about the company you keep. Make sure your guests feel welcome and valued by engaging in meaningful conversations, offering assistance, and ensuring everyone feels included.

Host at Ease: Embrace the Joy of Hospitality

As the host, you create a warm and welcoming environment where guests can relax, connect, and enjoy themselves. Here are some tips to help you feel more at ease:

  • Plan and prepare in advance: By taking care of logistics beforehand, you’ll feel less stressed and more present during the gathering.
  • Delegate tasks: Don’t hesitate to ask for help from friends or family members.
  • Pace yourself: Take breaks throughout the evening to recharge and enjoy the company of your guests.
  • Embrace the imperfections: Don’t strive for perfection; focus on creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.
  • Most importantly, have fun! Relax, enjoy the company, and savor the spirit of the season.