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Consejo Regulador of Rioja DOCa appoints four new UK ambassadors

Four key members of the UK wine trade were recognised at an awards ceremony in London last month for their efforts in promoting and selling Rioja wines in Britain.

The Consejo Regulador of Rioja DOCa gave gongs to Richard Bigg, owner of Spanish tapas chain Camino, who was singled out as the Off-Trade Representative of the Year for having long championed Rioja on the wine lists across his five London restaurants.

Also decorated was Dawn Mannis, co-founder of Enomatic machine pioneer, The Sampler, who has been equally influential in getting Londoners sipping Rioja, particularly older vintages via Enomatic. She was named Off-Trade Representative of the Year.

Food and wine writer Fiona Beckett received the Communicator of the Year award for her efforts in spreading the word about the diversity and democracy of Rioja wines to her Guardian readers.

Pierre Mansour, head of buying at The Wine Society, won an Outstanding Contribution award for his ongoing championing of the reds, whites and rosados from the region within TWS’s portfolio.

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