Great Match’s 17th annual tasting of Wines from Spain

Year after year, new wines and new wineries springing up all over Spain giving the old wines a run for their money


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 Spain . Spanish winery representatives, wine importers and distributors attended this trade-exclusive tasting, which features more than 130 wines from many of Spain ’s 74 wine making regions. Several of Los Angeles ’ renowned restaurants were in attendance, sharing the superb tapas that paired perfectly with Spanish wines all of this at the exclusive SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills .

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 Spain ’s most noble grape.

The afternoon started with a lecture by food and wine connisseur , Bruce Schoenfiel



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, the 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 Spain .

They are all-wonderful and taste like Spain.



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 Spain and now, only 28 years later there are 300! In a generations time Spain has become among the top dozen wine producing countries in the world! Spanish wine has grown further and faster than any other. Spanish grapes have been fortunate and the history of the vines makes the wines distinctly Spanish to combine perfectly with Spanish food and gastromic affairs.

The last of the pouring took place the moment before with perfect timing for temperature



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 Spain . Coming from a lover of Spain , to open a bottle is always a reminiscing moment of the streets of Barcelona and La Boqueria. One after another, year after year, new wines and new wineries springing up all over Spain giving the old wines a run for their money. You can spend $100 a bottle if you want or need to but you don’t HAVE to! A $10 bottle of Spanish wine will accompany even the finest gastromic delights. Spanish food as earned a more favorable reputation over the past several years and has done for Spain what fashion did for Italy . The wines from Spain are important at any price and have earned worldwide respect.

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.


In a generations time Spain has become among the top dozen wine producing countries in the world

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 Spain the sparkling liquid is called Cava. The scintillating fizz produced in Catalonia under the collective name Cava may not be entitled to use the name Champagne (that’s strictly reserved for French wines made in a specific region) but it does have Its own claim to fame a well made white or pink sparkler. It’s a superb party wine, made with care according to the same principles as its illustrious French cousin: however, in Spain this must be called the Método Tradicional, rather than the Champagne Method.

 

There are more than 130 wines from many of Spain’s 74 wine making regions



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.


Ribera del Duero wines represent the pinnacle of Spanish winemaking

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