Stars on the event horizon

16 May, 2008

New and old Spain come together with a wide range of Rioja's classic styles and

more modern interpretations on show. There's a chance to get an insight into emerging Spanish regions, with wines from Rías Baixas, Toro and the new Manchuela DO all getting their moment in the spotlight and you can also satisfy any chocolate cravings courtesy of the Montilla PX campaign team.

François Lurton is showing the cheekily named De Puta Madre, his new sweet wine from Rueda. It is a recreation of the traditional style -

produced from over ripe Verdejo in soleras made up of small barrels (100 litre).

Try the wine (and ask what the name means) at stand P1.

Castillo Perelada, from the Empordà DO (north east Spain), will be showing its still and sparkling wines. Look out for the 2005 vintages of Finca Malaveïna and La Garriga as well as the "exceptional" Tinto Gran Claustro 2003. Perelada also owns the Cooperativa Agricola in Porrera, Priorat. In 2005, two wines were made from

the region's key grapes - Cims Classic (old vine Cariñena) and Cims Garnatxa. Stevens Garnier's stand, N70

Moreno Wines is showing the Albariño wine of Adegas Rosalia de Castro in the Rías Baixas region. It

is described as fun and stylish

and is expected to retail for around £12 in

the independent sector. Stand H10

Cellar Trends will be

revealing Grupo Faustino's wines

from Rioja, Navarra and Ribera del Duero. Look out for the new Portia Prima , vintage 2004, from Ribera del Duero, which is targeting upper-end specialists . The Faustino range includes a two-bottle gift pack for Faustino Edicion Especial to mark the 50th vintage, made by

chairman Julio Faustino Martínez.

Stand M60

PLB

has a new off-trade brand,

yet to be named, from Cherubino Valsangiacomo, a Valencia-based producer

in the new Manchuela DO. Tank samples of the Shiraz, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon wines (rrp £6-£8) will be available to taste, as well as Monegrillo 2006, a Shiraz/Petit Verdot blend which will retail at £10-plus. Alongside will be the latest vintages of Finca Sobreño from Toro, Fuentespina from the Ribera del Duero and

Rioja Precioso. Stand F60

Guy Anderson's Spanish portfolio is expanding

to cover both well-known and more obscure regions. Highlights of its line-up include the first vintage of

Rioja Gran Familia Reserva, a Mazuelo from Extremadura for the Pilgrimage range and a range of wines called Vega Barcelona from DO Catalunya. There is also a new wine from DO Valdepeñas called Anciano. The label features the words "aged five years" rather than a

traditional term such as "reserva", with the aim of offering an alternative approach to selling an older wine. A new table wine from Jerez-based Barbadillo completes the selection. Stand C12

Torres will

unveil the new look for some of its best-known wines - Viña Sol, De Casta and Sangre de Toro. The range has

been enhanced with new arrivals across a variety of styles: Flores de Viña Sol (Muscat/Parellada), Viña Sol Rosé (Garnacha/Cariñena) and Sangre de Toro Tempranillo.

Don't miss a new wine from Priorat called Perpetual - a single vineyard wine which was produced in 2005. Fells' stand, E70

Pernod Ricard will

focus on its Campo Viejo brand. Brut and rosé cavas will be on display at the Bubbles Bar at the centre of the stand while the Rioja rosé will be part of a dedicated rosé section. Campo Viejo Rioja rosé and white are now both offered with screwcap closures. Nick Blair, Pernod Ricard's newly appointed director for wine sales and marketing, will be present. Stand D50

After an overhaul of Raimat's winemaking, labels and closures, Codorníu is ready to relaunch the wines of the 2,245 ha estate in Costers de Segre. Winemaking is now overseen by Australian Mark Nairn and an international team

working

with the estate's viticultural ists to select

plots that best express the character of each grape variety. Raimat's revamped range offers two new blends - Abadía ­Crianza (Cabernet/Tempranillo/Merlot) and Abadía Blanc de Blancs

(Chardonnay/Albariño). The Raimat Viñas selection features an Albariño in screwcap together with a Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz, ­Tempranillo and Cabernet. Each wine features its plot number on the label. Each day members of the Raimat winemaking team will be hosting tapas and wine-matching seminars . Contact Naomi Cook at Westbury Communications, Naomi.Cook@westburycom.co.uk or 020 7751 9170.

Stand L60

Diego Martínez, export manager for Rioja's Familia Martínez Bujanda and Finca Valpiedra, will be hosting a tutored tasting of recent vintages and wines including the new Cantos de Valpiedra, a 100% Tempranillo wine aged in French and American oak.

Berkmann Wine Cellars' stand , 3.30 pm, May 21. Stand D60

Bacchanalia TWS, recently created to target the independent, wholesale and on-trade sectors by the Arco Wine Investment Group/United Wineries and headed up by Alex Francis, will be showing a portfolio of "boutique premium wines" from its wineries in Rioja, Arribes del Duero, Penedés and Rueda.

These will include new wave Rioja brand Marqués de la Concordia crianza and reserva wines, Hacienda de Susar and Marqués de la Concordia Extreme Syrah. These wines come from the Hacienda de Susar vineyard in the Rioja Baja, where Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah are grown under experimental status.

From the new Arribes del Duero,

DO status in 2007, comes Durius, a blend of hand-picked Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.

The white

selection has been boosted with the arrival of the Verdejo and Sauvignon wines from Vega de la Reina in Rueda, following the acquisition of this winery last year. The Bacchanalia portfolio also includes two premium cavas from ­Marqués de Monistrol - Premium Reserve Vintage Brut and Premium Reserve Vintage Brut Rosé. Stand N40/P60

New Zealand winemaker Sam Harrop MW and Australia's Simon Steele have brought New World influence to

Hijos de Antonio Barcelo, making wine near Medina del Campo in the Duero valley. The Storks' Tower brand includes the cross-region Trufino, Cuesta del Arie and Tempranillo/Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc/Verdejo blends. Stand P50/14

Hatch Mansfield has ventured into Spain for the first time, having entered into partnership with one of Rioja's historic producers, CVNE. The producer's

chief executive, Victor Urretia, and export man-ager Oscar Urretia will present the latest vintages of key wines, including the white Monopole, Cune, Imperial, the estate wine Contino and Viña Real. Stand S60

Bodegas Olvena will be joining the Stratford's team to show its innovative wines from Somontano

- the 2007 vintage of Olvena's 'O' Chardonnay, Merlot Rosado and Gewürztraminer . These are the first wines produced in collaboration with consultant winemaker Michel Rolland.

Red blends Coupage and Quatro, Crianza Cabernet Sauvignon, Hache (Garnacha and Syrah) and a barrel-fermented Chardonnay are also on show. Stand F22

Buckingham Vintners will be relaunching the wines of Valencia-based Bodegas Murviedro , which has adopted a new company image as well as new labels and wine styles

incorporat ing international grapes and indigenous varieties. A Spanish wine also forms part of Buckingham's '50' range

- three 50cl wines from different countries (Chile and Italy are represented as well as Spain). The brand addresses the

trend for alcohol in moderation

by pitching 50cl as the perfect size for two people to share. Stand T42

D&D Wines International is showing

Rioja's Bodegas Muriel and The Osborne Group. Bodegas Muriel's range spans young wines to gran reservas. Look out for the JME range, made from Tempranillo and given partial barrel fermentation and short barrel ageing in a bid to extract oak influences early without having a negative impact on ripe fruit characters.

Osborne's Solaz range has been extended and the reds

restyled to offer a more UK-friendly taste profile. Stand L10

Ehrmanns will be showing the Calatrava range from Vinícola de Castilla, a major player in the La Mancha DO. On show will be a new organic wine, which will line up with the Tempranillo Reserva and Gran Reserva, Rosado and white Macabeo. Stand F20

Montilla is back with a new promotional campaign

Five leading Montilla producers - Bodegas Alvear, La Aurora, Moreno, Navisa and Pérez Barquero - will be presenting their Pedro Ximénez wines in a range of styles, including añadas (vintage wines), soleras and aged vintages on the Montilla stand.

As part of the new UK campaign for the region, a series of 15-minute Montilla Bites PX and Chocolate matching seminars, featuring combinations devised by Sarah Jane Evans MW of The Academy of Chocolate, will take place at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm daily.

Hosted by Peter McCombie MW, each tutorial will match five PX wines with single origin chocolates, ganaches and truffles to illustrate the best way to serve and sell Montilla wines. Visitors can find the producers and attend the seminars at stand Q68.

Highlights at the Spanish pavilion

Wines from Spain will be holding three themed tastings on the Spanish pavilion during the show. Each

will feature six to eight wines and will last

around

30 minutes. They will be hosted at stand P50 by MWs Peter McCombie and Lynne Sherriff and there will be space for around 25 tasters on each occasion.

May 20: indigenous whites

May 21: Tempranillo

May 22: indigenous reds

other than Tempranillo

On

May 20 Tim Atkin MW will present a seminar called Spanish Whites: a Revelation.

Atkin will look at the present offering of both modern and traditional white styles from indigenous and international grape varieties, taking in regions such as Rías Baixas, Rueda, Somontano, Navarra, Priorat, Rioja and Penedés. Venue: LIWF Masterclass Theatre, 5-6pm.

On May 21 Spanish wine expert John Radford will be hosting a seminar on Rioja Through the Decades.

The presentation will look at Rioja over the past 40 years and its changing wine styles. Six wines will be tasted f rom key vintages stretching back to the 1970s.

Visitors wishing to attend the presentation should contact Natalie Potts on 020 7759 7438 or

natalie.potts@phippspr.co.uk. Venue: LIWF Masterclass Theatre, between 12 noon and 1pm.




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