The most famous Spanish wine is without doubt Rioja, but that does not mean that the delicious Rioja Brand Wines are all that the sunny Spanish wine yards has to offer.
The world's leading authority on Spanish wines: Grupo Peñín, recently celebrated the launch of the 4th edition of its iconic New Values & Best Wines – The Peñín Guide to Spanish Wine 2010.
The celebration was held in The Powerhouse at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. This trade- and press-focused tasting event, which included 60 exhibiting tables and 70 wineries, has grown each year since 2007, keeping pace with increased interest in the various wine growing regions of Spain. During this year's event, 30 wine producing regions of the country were represented, including many which are familiar to US consumers (Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rías Baixas or Cava), as well as exciting areas less known to American wine drinkers such as Mentrida, Ribera del Júcar, Madrid or Mallorca. In addition to an interesting cross section of distinct wine regions, the tasting showcased specialized wineries including Elvi Wines, which produces only Kosher wines.
In the most recent Peñin guide, 'New Values' represents new wines that have received over 88 points out of 100, and 'Best Wines' includes wines having scored 91 plus points, which ensured a tasting that featured only interesting and well crafted, premium wines from established and newly emerging wine producing areas of Spain.
Castillo d'Ygay by Marques de Murrieta, Cirsión by Bodegas Roda, Cantos del Diablo by Jimenez - Landi and the wines Viñas Viejas & Nº2 Victoria by Bodegas Jorge Ordoñez are some of the stunning Spanish wines which were exhibited at the showroom.