The Wonderful World of Spanish Wines

Spanish wine / Fernando Madariaga - ICEX

Spanish wine / Fernando Madariaga – ICEX

I spent yesterday at the 29th edition of the Salón de Gourmets, the massive annual gourmet food trade fair that is held annually in Madrid.

To get an idea of what this four-day professional event is like, just picture rows and rows of producers of olive oils, cheeses, canned seafood, beer, chocolate, preserved vegetables and fruits, bread, coffee, cured and fresh meats, fish, spices and any other top quality Spanish gastronomic products under the sun that you can possible think of.

Oh, and did I mention the wines? The Salón de Gourmets is also a wonderful place to try Spanish wines. In fact, the fair offers visitors more than one way to get their fill of their favorite grapes and regions. For example, you can head to the regionally-grouped stands and try new vintages and old favorites while chatting with the winemakers themselves. Or, you can immerse yourself in the delights of the “Tunnel of Wine”, where wines are grouped by grape variety. This is particularly interesting as you can see the way that different grapes express themselves in different regions, soil types and climates.

If you can’t make it to the Salón de Gourmets, don’t dismay. Another great resource for learning about Spanish grape varieties, wine regions and wineries is the “Wine” section on Foods and Wines from Spain.

 

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