The annual Wines of Spain tasting is one of the biggest wine events in London.
I have been attending for many years and while the 'crisis' has seen a reduction in the number of wineries attending it is still an important trade show.
Recently I attended a tasting to reveal the award winners.
Like all awards care needs to be taken about how representative they are.
The tasters in this case are highly regarded and they selected 102 wines for special mention out of 700 tasted.
In each class there was an award winner.
Here are those winners.
Franck Massard Mas Sardana NV
BEST VALUE CAVA
The Wine Society's Reserva
On to the whites's...
BEST NEW DISCOVERY
Suertes del Marqués
BEST WHITE OVER £10
Bodegas Pablo Padin
Segrel Ambar Albariño 2012
BEST PREMIUM WHITE
Marqués de Murrieta
BEST VALUE ROSADO
Hacienda Uvains Garnacha 2013
And the red's....
BEST VALUE RED
Momo Vendimia Seleccionada 2010
BEST RED OVER £10
Bodegas Ismael Arroyo
Valsotillo Crianza 2011
BEST PREMIUM RED £20+
Pago de Carraovejas Crianza 2011
...and finally, Sweet and Fortified
BEST DRY FORTIFIED
Cayetano del Pino Palo Cortado
Fernando de Castilla
BEST OWN LABEL FORTIFIED
Waitrose/ Emilio Lustau
Jerezana Dry Olorosso
BEST SWEET WINE
Late harvest Arima 2010
I wasn't convinced by all these winners, but that's inevitable, how boring if we all felt the same.
I thought in the white category that the Pazo de Señorans Selección de Añada 2007 deserved more recognition.
And in the Reds LRA's Torre de Oña Reserva 2009 and Guelbenzu Lombana 2005 were very impressive.
There's a full list of all 102 winners here
Sorry for the double post.
Do you think that the wines given awards represent the Spanish wine scene?
I'm sure we all woulf pick slightly different wines perhaps but are they at the same level as your favourites?
sorry for the delay.
Well, you know, I really dislike wine contests. I find no sense (neither in scores ;-) ).
Anyway, I tried Trenzado a couple of weeks ago. It was one of those wines in my to-do list and really enjoyed it. Have you tasted?
No, I haven't tried it yet but it's on my list.
I have tried some of the reds and I like them.
Ok, I'll move it nearer the top of the list!