Imbibe Sommelier Trip 2016
Earlier this year, Wines from Rioja hosted a series of panel tastings with sommeliers, managers and buyers from restaurants specialising in British, American, Pan-Asian and Indian cuisines. The aim of the tastings was to find new and exciting food and Rioja matches to highlight Rioja’s ability to pair with a variety of flavours and food styles. Wines selected from these tastings were presented to the trade at the Imbibe Live show, where we also held a prize draw to select four panellists to join us on a trip to the Rioja region. The winners were:
The visit to Rioja took place last week and the attendees were treated to a vibrant Rioja, the landscape and the vineyards resplendent their autumn hues. The visit included visits to several wineries who each presented their own unique approach and style, but all showcasing the quality and diversity of the wines of Rioja.
As well as winery visits, the group also enjoyed a visit to the arguably the most famous tapas street in the world: Calle Laurel. Here, authentic tapas dishes of jamon; mushrooms; octopus, padron peppers and patatas bravas were enjoyed alongside Rioja wines, capturing the essence of the vinous and gastronomic heartland of Spain.
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