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Wines from Spain at the 2012 FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen: Celebrating Twenty Years

Posted by: AlisonSeibert in: Consumer Lifestyle - Food/Beverage -

For twenty years, Wines from Spain has been a headlining sponsor at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. In its 30th year as America’s premier culinary event, the Classic in Aspen consists of three days of cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and panel discussions by world-class chefs and wine experts.

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Year after year, the Classic draws that nation’s most noteworthy food and beverage talent including experts such as Mario Batali, Gail Simmons, José Andrés, Jacques Pépin, and Joshua Wesson.
Friday morning marked the official beginning of the three day FOOD & WINE Classic, in which Wines from Spain always plays a prominent role both in the grand tastings and seminars.  One of only three tents in the grand tasting, Wines from Spain anchors the festival and offers 24 tables of wines from across the country, including special regional tables featuring wines from Rías Baixas, Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Valencia as well as tables of tapas prepared by Chef Javier Gonzalez-Bringas from local restaurant Tempranillo, as well as Jamón Ibérico and Spanish cheeses.  Considered a staple in the Classic, both trade and consumer attendees consistently remark that the Wines from Spain tent remains their favorite part of the Classic.

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In addition to the grand tasting tents, Wines from Spain was featured at the Classic’s many seminars, including the Undiscovered Grapes of Spain with wine and spirits educator  Steve Olson, Spanish Wine: Better with Age led by sommelier Marnie Old, Cheese and Wine Around the World with cheese expert Laura Werlin and wine editor Megan Krigbaum, and Spain: An Italian Chef’s Pilgrimage with Chef Michael Chiarello.  Over the course of the three-day FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, almost all attendees experienced the wines and foods from Spain, making them both lovers and ambassadors for all things Spanish.

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