Rioja wine & Havana cigars
The 15th Habano Festival in Cuba, held from February 26th to March 2nd, was the venue chosen to reveal the perfect pairing between Rioja wine and Havana cigars. The winning wines, Beronia Reserva 2008 and Dominio de Campo Viejo 2007, were chosen by a panel of 18 experts from 38 samples sent by Rioja wineries, before being announced as the perfect alliance to Havana cigars H. Upmann No.2 and Motescristo No.2.
Throughout the festival attendance was high with professionals such as sommeliers and cigar specialists attending the selection of the two winning Rioja wines on February 28th. Jose Maria Lopez Incharurbe, director of Strategic Marketing of Habanos, S/A., said the reason for choosing Rioja as the perfect pairing to Havana cigars was because ‘it has a number of components, such as tradition, culture and consumption, that are very similar to those of Havana cigars.’ This was resonated by Victor Pascual, President of the D.O.Ca. Rioja Control Board, who described the alliance as the ‘perfect pairing between two excellent products [that] will continue for many years.’
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