Something for everyone

18 May, 2007

José-Luis Ruiz, winemaker at Somontano-based Bodegas Olvena, will be introducing his wines

to the UK on the Stratford's stand. On taste will be Olvena

Cuatro, a Tempranillo/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Syrah blend, and Coupage, a Tempranillo/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend. Look out for Hache, a Garnacha/Syrah blend packaged in an unusual square bottle.

Stratford's will initially be targeting the independent trade with the Olvena range, which will retail for between £5.99 and £17.99.

"Paul Stratford firmly believes in working with producers with a

New

World philosophy, hence his successful relationship with

Old

World producers such as the forward-thinking Jean-Claude Mas, from Les Domaines Paul Mas in the Languedoc, and now

with Bodegas Olvena," a spokesman

says. Stand F22

Gonzalez Byass will launch a

limited-production red wine from Arcos de la Fronter a, a region famous for

sherry production. Finca Moncloa is a premium quality Cabernet Sauvignon /Syrah with a retail price of £9.99.

Sample the 2006 vintage of Gonzalez Byass' Altozano range at the show. The wines, which come under the Vino de la Tierra classification, are all bottled under screwcap and include Verdejo, Tempranillo and Shiraz, as well as Tempranillo Rosé, a new addition for 2006.

New Rioja vintages from the Beronia range will also be on taste, as well as still and sparkling wines from

cava winery Castell de Vilarnau. Stand M50

Osborne will be unveiling a new look for its Solaz range, based on the iconic Osborne Bull.

Lewis Jones, marketing director for D&D Wines International, says: "We have been working intensively over the

past few months with a team of designers, Wine Intelligence researchers and key trade buyers to come up with the ultimate packaging for Solaz.

"We are confident

the new look will attract consumers to this progressive Spanish brand."

For the first time Osborne will showcase seven wines, including three reds from the Solaz range, a white, and a new tri-varietal

rosado, made from a blend of Merlot, Shiraz and Petit Verdot.

Also on taste will be the Dominio de Malpica, and the Plural brand made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Mencia. Stand L10

Freixenet will be rolling out a number of new wines including Vaza, an easy-drinking, fruit-driven Rioja from the Solar Viejo winery, and Oroya, which has been developed by Freixenet's Japanese oenologist Yoko Sato to complement

sushi.

The

2006 vintages of its Ash Tree Estate wines will be on taste, including Bobal Cabernet Rosado, Chardonnay/Macabeo and Shiraz/Monastrell.

Freixenet will also show its Ferrer Wine Estate - a collection of premium wines that includes the Valdubon range from Ribera del Duero, Vionta from Rías Baixas, which is made from the Albariño grape, Morlanda Crianza and Fra

Guerau.

Also on taste will be limited-production wine CVNE Real de Asúa 1995, Alta Expresión wines from Jesús Madrazo's Contino Estate, and the 2006 vintage of Castillo de Nava Verdejo Sauvignon Blanc from Bodegas Alvarez

& Diez.

Stand Q40

Francisco Navarro-López, the owner of Bodegas ­Navarro López, and export manager Ruedi Wildbolz will present a selection of ­Tempranillo-based wines created by winemaker Javier Muños, including new vintages of the Laguna de la Nav a Crianza 2004, the Reserva 2001 and Gran Reserva 2000.

Stand O10-P10

Bottle Green has joined forces with new agency Baron de Ley, which is made up of four wineries : Baron de Ley in Rioja Baja; Bodegas El Meson in Rioja Alavesa; Finca Museum in Cigales

and Bodegas Maximo, an ageing, blending and bottling cellar in Rioja. Stand D68

Rioja winery Bodegas Luis Gurpegui Muga will be unveiling limited-production Los Dominios de Berceo Prefiloxérico 2001, its pre-phylloxera single-vineyard wine. Prefiloxérico has a recommended retail price of £26

and is made from hand-picked grapes grown on Gurpegui Muga's 2ha Baños de Ebro vineyard in Rioja. Stand O74

Elena Adell and Diego Pinilla, head winemakers for Campo Viejo and Ysios, will be on Pernod Ricard's stand. Look out for the new Campo Viejo Reserva 2001 and

the company's portfolio of brands for the independent sector, including Aura from Rueda and Terra Douro Albariño from Rías Baixas. Stand D50

Codorníu will introduce

wines from its portfolio of still wines and

cavas

and launch a

cava called Teresa Rosado Brut - a blend of Monastrell and Pinot Noir grapes with the latter sourced from Group Codorníu's Raimat vineyards in the DO Costers del Segre . With a n rrp of £7.49, the

rosado will partner the Teresa Brut, which is currently listed in major UK multiples. Codorníu will also

release a

Codorníu Anna Cava 4x20cl carry-pack, which retails at £12.

New releases from the Legaris and Raimat estates will also be showcased.

Codorníu has set aside a designated area on its stand to carry out tailored tastings with staff from Majestic, Oddbins, Threshers and Wine Rack stores in the London and Greater London area. Stand L60

Maria Martinez, winemaker for Rioja-based Bodegas Montecillo, is flying over to be on the HBJ stand on May 22 and 23. Martinez uses only 100 per cent Tempranillo for her red wines, and 100 per cent Viura for the whites, and favours French oak barriques produced at the winery's in-house cooperage, as opposed to the American oak favoured by many Spanish wineries.

Stand I22

Alliance Wine has joined forces with a raft of new producers from Rías Baixas, Somontano, Bierzo, Yecla and Cigales. Highlights include the Caré wines of Cariñena,

cava from Miret and new entry-point brand Centelleo.

Stand Q50

Select Spanish Fine Wine is launching its portfolio of Spanish wines. Sourced from small family or boutique wineries, the initial range includes red, white and rosé wines from La Mancha, Navarra, Rías Baixas, Ribera del Duero and Rioja, plus premium cavas and a range of Andalucian sherries.

Names in its portfolio include Alta Pavina, Baldor & Ilex, Bod egas Coloma, Bodegas Otazu, El Grifo, Miros de Ribera and Sol Post & Les Eres.

Stand R92

Bodegas Laus is one of the newest projects in Somontano. Maintaining low yields, it produces premium-grade wines. On taste will be Flor de Chardonnay 2006, Flor de Gewürztraminer 2006, Flor de Merlot 2006, Tinto Crianza 2003, Tinto Reserva 2003 and Tinto Roble 2004. Stand O70

Spanish Wine Dealers has brought together representatives from 11

regions in Spain , including Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Navarra, Toro, Somontano, Rueda, Rías Baixas, Monterrei and Vino de la Tierra de Castilla . Its brands include Abside, Entrecepas, Noche

&

Dia Cava, Nova, Pazo de Monterrey and Viña Adrien. Stand Q4

Bodega Tintoralba belongs to the relatively unknown DO Almansa, in the south east of Spain. At an altitude of 1,000 m, it grows Garnacha Tintorera to make Higueruela red and rosé wines, and its range of Crianza Tintoralba which includes Tintoralba Espumoso sparkling wine. Stand N65.46

Laymont & Shaw will

share stand F10 with

Vinoceros. Lagar de Cervera 2006, Áster Reserva 2000, Áster Crianza 2001, Viña Alberdi 2000, Viña Arana Reserva 1998 and Viña Ardanza Reserva 1999 will be on taste. Stand F10

Grupo Faustino and its UK partner Cellar Trends will launch the Portia Prima 2004 from Ribera del Duero, and the Condesa de Leganza Sauvignon Blanc 2006.

Stand M60Wines from Spain will run themed tutored seminars at midday every day. Subjects covered will be indigenous Spanish whites (May 22), indigenous Spanish reds (May 23) and Spanish rosados (May 24). Stands N40,

P60.

Sherry round-up

The Sherry Institute of Spain will be showing more than 100 sherries matched to Spanish tapas. Stand N45.5

Revamped packaging will be unveiled for Gonzalez Byass' Vina AB, Alfonso and Nectar, which form part of its superior range of sherries. New packaging for Elegante and La Concha will also be available to taste. Stand M50

Don't miss Eaux de Vie's full range of sherries from Sanchez Romate. Stand U20

Williams & Humbert's portfolio of vintage sherries (see picture, page 58) will be on the Ehrmanns stand. The range includes Alegria Manzanilla, Fino Collection, Oloroso 12

Year

Old, Pedro Ximenez 20

Year

Old, Dry Sack 15

Year

Old, Jalifa Amontillado 30

Year

Old and Dos Cortados Palo Cortado 20

Year

Old. (stand F20)

A selection of sherries from Bodegas Barbadillo will be on taste, including Barbadillo Sherries Reliquias and Barbadillo Vors Sherries (stand O40.4).

Who else is there?

Moreno is launching a Rioja Rosado Crianza from Navajas and two new cavas from Covides. Stand H10

Ciudad Real Chamber of Commerce

& Industry will host daily tastings of Castilla La Mancha wines. Stand O10

Highlights from Thierry's El Prado range include recently launched El Prado Cava Rosado and a new Gran Reserva. Stand Q10

Bodega Farina from Toro will make its debut with Bibendum. Stand D30

Rioja producer Bodegas Roda will show new vintages of Roda and Cirsion at Mentzendorff's stand. Stand G72

Brand Phoenix will reveal revamped packaging and a modernised look for Grandia. Stand E50

Bodegas Tikalo will present

wines from the Finca Guadianeja Estate in Castilla La Mancha . Stand O10-P10

Bodegas Martúe will make its debut

with

Martúe 2006 Chardonnay, its flagship Martúe 2005 and the Martúe 2004 Especial. Stand P40




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