White tops the bill in Spanish contest

29 June, 2007

The overall winner of this year's New Wave Spanish Wine Awards is a white wine - Pazo Señorans Selección Añada 2002, an Albariño which hails from Rías Baixas in north west Spain.

The wine is part of a line-up of 109 winners, including 18 trophy wines from more than 700 entries. These were drawn from a wide selection of Spanish wine regions ranging from the familiar, such as Rioja, to the obscure and up-and-coming such as Getariako Txakolina and El Terrerazo.

The competition, a partnership between OLN and Wines from Spain now in its third year, aims to showcase the best Spanish wines in the UK off-trade. It was judged by a panel of 16 including Waitrose's Nick Room, Tesco's James Griswood and Thresher's Jonathan Butt and chaired by Tim Atkin MW.

Atkin said: "The Best Wine of Show was something of a curiosity and yet, paradoxically for an aged white wine, it also seemed to encapsulate Spain's new wave. If Spain can continue to produce wines like this allied to its established strengths as a producer of fortifieds and full-bodied reds, the future is bright indeed."

For details of the winning 109 wines, see the June 29 edition of OLN.

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