Invited by the Castilla-La Mancha IPEX (Institute for Foreign Promotion of Castilla-La Mancha), internationally famed wine sommelier-educator, gave rise to great expectations in the first of the four tasting sessions, "Spain, the Top Designations of Origin"
The internationally renowned wine sommelier-educator, Charlie Arturaola, came in to FENAVIN with an interesting proposal in the shape of four tasting sessions with the stimulating titles of "Spain, the Top Designations of Origin", "Pedigree Wines from Castilla La Mancha, "Wines that are Good Quality for Money… that will enthrall us" and "The Battle of the Palate: White, Rosé and Red Bubbles".
In the first session, "Spain, the Top Designations of Origin', Arturaola's crowd pulling capacity has been such that the tasting session, foreseen for 20 participants in the trade fair's Custodio Zamarra Hall, had to be extended in order to welcome the sixty participants that finally showed up on this first day of Fenavin. Arturaola was invited to the trade fair this year by the Castilla-La Mancha IPEX.
Today Charlie Arturaola presented the crowd with very interesting wines corresponding to the Designations of origin of Valdeorras, Rías Baixas, La Mancha, Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Jumilla, with which he wanted to "demonstrate, in emulation of Mocedades, that wines from the other Spain, the modern Spain, also exist, wines with sweet tannins, velvety, silky and full-bodied, innovative and reasonably priced." The six wines are all made with 100% Maturana, Garnacha, Tempranillo, Monastrel, Albariño and Macabeo grape varieties.
This expert once again praised the great work that Fenavin is doing, "thinking globally, not locally", hailing the great and precise machine that is behind the organization, "which understands synchronization of this great wine trade." And this is because for the famous sommelier this trade fair has achieved what nobody else has been capable of: "To open borders and business to the wineries of all of Spain."
For Arturaola, this trade fair that takes place in May in Ciudad Real "is an inspiration to all of us who make up the wine business to create and spread the word about these new regions and small wineries that are arising." He also added that Fenavin has managed to capitalize and commercialize, promote and fraternize with the entire world of wine in just three days, reaching markets as far flung as India, Vietnam, China or Hong Kong, something that no other trade fair has achieved."
Four interesting proposals for the senses
Arturaola has chosen a great variety of wines and grape stocks from the country for his first chat, all of which are giving rise to much talk. According to its director, this chat is based on the Designations that are being promoted the most in Canada and the United States, and also in markets such as Brazil and Hong Kong.
During the session he also talked about renowned vine stocks, and a few that are not quite as known, although they are also regional and correspond to "blends" of each designation of origin, hence covering all sorts of styles, prices and a wide range in which quality is the predominant factor.
On Wednesday, May 11th: Pedigree Wines from Castilla-La Mancha
The three tasting sessions that will take place on May 11th will all be dedicated to Castilla-La Mancha. High-end wines will be tasted in the first of these tasting sessions with Arturaola, "Pedigree Wines from Castilla-La Mancha", during which a variety of styles and prices will be investigated, analyzing a phenomenon that has recently taken place, which is the arrival in this region of great wine families such as Alejandro Fernández, Freixenet or Martínez Bujanda, along with other personalities from the world of sports, as is the case of the new wine maker Iniesta, FC Barcelona player.
"We will have to try these wines in order to prove to the rest of the world that they are overflowing with style, tannins, fruitiness, balance, harmony and that they can easily compete with those that have achieved worldwide fame," the sommelier stated.
The decisive factor is the palate and not the price of the wine
Pedigree wines will be followed by the tasting session "Wines that are Good Quality for Money… that will enthrall us". Charlie Arturaola has chosen wines that have a good quality-price ratio for this tasting session, "wines that will undoubtedly enthrall the importers that participate in the tasting session."
Arturaola is of the opinion that the wine's price is not a determining factor of its quality, as what the taster is actually looking for in a wine is harmony between its elements. "There are excellent wines in this region that have a good quality-price ratio, barely 1,25 Euros a bottle, although there are also 'super super Premium' wines that can be bought for 20-30 Euros and that make the region proud, and these are indeed enticing prices for a foreign buyer, because currently it is not easy to find 'gems' like this anywhere else in the world." He also adds two more factors to this situation: the variety of wines in the region in which autochthonous grape varieties are being combined with international varieties. "Experts all agree that the important thing in wine is its taste on the palate and not the price," he adds.