@2012 - 2018

 by Lingua Vina Sommelier Services Ltd.

Past Events


The wines of Rioja are joining us across the province in February.  Look for events in Edmonton Feb 14 - 19

 Dining events below with the full schedule available at Wines of Rioja Canada

Valentine's Day

50 Years of Rioja

Wines back to the 1970's at Clementine on Feb 17

Official Rioja Afterparty

Visit with the winemakers at The Station after Winefest on Feb 16

Wine & Tapas Party

With Vivanco at The Marc on Feb 17

Rioja with Wilfred

An educational evening at Wilfred's  on Feb 18

Margaux Burgess is the only education provider in Canada able to offer Wines of Rioja DOCa certification! 


Rioja DOCa is Spain's most classic and historic wine region. It was the first wine region in Spain to be annointed a DOCa, the highest level of Spanish classification and reserved for only the best winegrowing regions. Even today there are only two. 


The Rioja Wine Educator program was created by the Control Board for the Qualified Denomination of Rioja to train educators for the wines of Rioja on a global level, ensuring their knowledge and communication skills with the aim to properly share the Rioja message and culture. Thus far Margaux is the first and only Canadian to have been accepted in the program. With her completion in early 2018 Margaux is now able to offer Basic and Advanced Rioja certification courses. 


The official Wines Of Rioja Basic Certification, offered September 30 will allow a small group of 15 to explore the region of Rioja and provide the attendees with an overall understanding of the region and its wines including the history, geography, sub-regional distinctions, aging requirments and organoleptic qualities of the wine. 


The course will include a tasting of Rioja wines will also be included to highlight the sub-regions,varieties and especially the unique aging process.


The DOCa Rioja will support the Rioja educator courses providing official certificates signed by the president of the Rioja control Board upon successful completion of the course. 

The basic level certification course is three hours long and taught by authorized Rioja Educator, Margaux Burgess, DipWSET