Spanish Superstars 2011: Grandes Pagos from Spain

by Arnaldo Alcón Cánovas

Representatives of the Grandes Pagos wineries of Spain (Grand Spanish Domains), from various regions, traveled to the restaurant Per Se in New York for the 1st seminar of wine tasting made by the association in the United States. With expansive views of Columbus Circle and Central Park as a background, the restaurant Per Se owned by Chef Thomas Keller hosted the event, aimed at introducing the group and show the excellence of the Spanish Pago wineries.

The moderator Doug Frost, along with prestigious Spanish winemakers as Carlos Falco, winemaker of Pagos de Familia Marques de Griñón, Victor de la Serna of Finca Sandoval, and Javier Zaccagnini from Aalto, led to more than 50 prominent members of industry and trade press in New York at a seminar where 11 wines were tasted.

Wines from Spain is pleased to present Grandes Pagos Association of Spain to highlight the collective effort of Spanish wineries to achieve the common goal of recognition,” said Katrin Naelapaa, director of Wines from Spain USA. “The extensive knowledge of Doug Frost and the other speakers were a great value to publicize the high quality of Spanish wines.”

After the seminar, the guests went to the main hall of the restaurant to taste the wines of the twenty wineries belonging to this association. Attendees also enjoyed a variety of appetizers prepared by award-winning kitchen team of Per Se, who has received three Michelin stars since 2006. More than 85 leading members of the press and industry in New York like Tom Matthews, Wine Spectator executive editor, Michael Schachner, editor of the section of Spanish wines from Wine Enthusiast, Kristen Wolfe-Bieler, editor of Beverage Media, and Josh Greene, editor of Wine & Spirits Magazine attended the event.

Participating wineries: Aalto, Abadia Retuerta, Alonso del Yerro, Bodega del Jardín, Calzadilla, Can Rafols dels Caus, Cérvoles, Dehesa del Carrizal, Enrique Mendoza, Fillaboa, Finca Sandoval, Finca Valpiedra, Gramona, Luna Beberide, Manuel Manzano, Mas Doix, Mauro, Maurodos, Mustiguillo, Pago de Vallegarcía, Pagos de Familia Marqués de Griñón, Recaredo and Secastilla.

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