I had the most profound and privileged experience to attend
Wines from Spain for it’s 17th Annual
Great Match, featuring varietals and tantalizing tastes from
Ribero del Duero
provides a benchmark for quality in the Spanish wine category. With extreme climate perfectly suited for quality grape growing,
Ribera del Duero wines represent the pinnacle of Spanish winemaking and the ultimate expression of
The afternoon started with a lecture by food and wine connisseur , Bruce Schoenfiel who made me wonder if we were speaking the same language as I had never heard so many descriptive words in the English language in one hour in my whole life but everything he mentioned from rhubarb flavors or dark raspberry to the tannins doing their “broad shouldered” work as fit like a magical description of what I was tasting. I was captivated by his ability to capture the experience of every wine so uniquely. I thought it was all just wonderful. Simple, easy, wonderful and Spanish; what more could a girl ask for?
Some of the wines I tried were:
Vina Pedrosa Reserva 2005, Montecastro 2005, Lynus Pago de Infante Crianza 2006,Vina Gormaz Temporanillo 2007, Pago de los Capeppanes Crianza 2006, Malleolus Sanchomartin 2007, Aalto PS 2006 and my personal favorite,
Vega Sicilia 91 Unico. The price range of the wines was anywhere from $11 to $350. Honestly, I agree, one does not have to spend $350 to get more taste or more of an experience. It’s unique and fun to try expensive wine but to me they are all-wonderful and taste like
The seminar started right on time and the last of the pouring took place the moment before with perfect timing for temperature. In 1982 there were 6 wineries in
Through a series of developments, one of them being that the French were looking for alternative grapes, the Spanish Wine Revolution emerged and found a voice and a market. The wines taste like
After the seminar the doors in the ballroom opened for a walk-around Grand Tasting where members of the trade and media sampled the current releases of the Ribera del Duero wines- along with Ribera del Duero wines seeking importers in the U.S.- all presented by Ribera del Duero winemakers and qualified representatives from Spain Consumer admission.
It was at the Grand tasting that I had the opportunity to taste Sherry for the first time and although I was not particularly fond of the taste it made the food taste amazing! I was also able to taste some Cava which I accidentally called champagne because it looked like sparkling wine to me but I was quickly informed that in
The Grand Tasting is the first event of the
Ribera Road Tour, a national trade and consumer sampling and workshop program trade and press workshops designed to educate and inform wine professionals about
Ribera del Duero’s unique contribution to winemaking.