On Wednesday Oct. 7th, 2015 Mood of Living explored and experienced the flavors and scents of Spain’s best wines in Chelsea, New York City. The Spain’s Great Match event was a curated wine tasting of some of Spain’s greatest wines. It was an afternoon of reds, whites, suits, heels, stained corks, and pleasant conversations. Winemakers and importers brought more than 200 Spanish wines, and there were a certain few that really caught our eye.
A notable winery is Campo Viejo from the Rioja region. Since their renovation in 2001, they have been creating fine wines in sustainable ways. They are passionate about preserving the richness of their territory and have found innovative ways to do so. They use an uncommon technique called gravity flow in their winemaking process, which does not require pumps or mechanical pressure. Their Tempranillo grape tastes strong, smooth and natural. Campo Viejo is also the first Spanish winery to certify its Carbon Footprint.
Unlike most wineries in Spain that are family owned and which have gained popularity and dominance in their specific regions, Finca Hispana acts as the distributor of many independent wineries. As part of their colorful branding, each bottle has a photo of its winemaker. Also attending the event was the Terrior Wine Group, which boasted the only organic wines at the event. All of their wines are created with organic grapes grown with biodynamic agriculture. Paul Clear, a partner of the group, created a bottle with his Spanish name, Pablo Claro. There was a plethora of different wines to try, from new innovative wineries to classic vineyards with long histories.
The event was informative and we had a great time. For this special afternoon, people from different continents mingled, laughed and bonded over wine. They shared stories and business cards. The Spanish Cultural Mission offered the finest of Spain’s olives to taste while young members of influential Spanish families represented their vineyards and legacies. It is clear that the enjoyment of drinking wine is universal!