With its vast wealth of wine styles and grape varieties, Spain really is one of the great wine regions of the world, with something for every wine lover. It is a stimulating mix of tradition and modernity – from innovative to classic, indigenous to international – and right now it is on a roll.
There’s more to Spanish wine than Rioja
Alongside the classic regions such as Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Priorat, a host of new wave regions such as Bierzo, Toro and Campo de Borja, as well as emerging regions like Andalucia, are attracting critical acclaim.
While Tempranillo and Garnacha might be the most famous Spanish grapes, if it’s white wine that floats your boat, you are now spoilt for choice. Galicia is home to vibrant, food-friendly Albariños and dynamic Godello, Rueda produces zesty Verdejos and Sauvignon while Catalunya is the home of Cava, the famous sparkling wine that never breaks the bank.
And, not to be forgotten, surely sherry from Jerez is one of the greatest-value and most underrated wines in the world – think bracing, tangy fino and manzanilla or richer, nuttier amontillado and oloroso.
The rise of Spanish gastronomy, architecture and arts has been mirrored by surging innovation in Spanish wine, often the result of a new generation of forward-thinking winemakers who are embracing a spirit of innovation and modernization.
In March 2019, we are delighted to be partnering with Wines from Spain for their spectacular tasting at Sky Garden, when guests will be able to see for themselves why the critics are currently wowed by the dynamism of the Spanish wine scene and meet some of these winemakers who are earning Spain its current reputation – see below.
If you want to hit the ground running with some fingertip wine knowledge, check out some of our bluffer’s guides here:
Check out the following articles on Spanish wine:
Spanish Variety – Spain’s most exciting wine styles
Spain’s Great Whites
Sherry – sleeping giant with food
KEY EVENT DETAILS
WHAT: Wines from Spain Tasting 2019
WHERE: Sky Garden
WHEN: Thursday 7 March
TICKETS: £32 (inc VAT and £2 booking fee). Strictly limited
BOOK HERE: Wines from Spain Tasting [NOW SOLD OUT]
Spanish influenced bowl food - example of typical menu :
Chorizo, chicken and squid Spanish rice dish
Spanish beans in a rich tomato sauce with a soft-poached quail egg
Caramelised Montenebro, piperade, paprika-spiced chickpea and aubergine salsa
Various restaurateurs will be showcasing some classic Spanish specialities. Ibérico ham from top quality producer 5J will be carved by the team from José Pizarro. Tapas Brindisa will champion Spanish olives and bacalao and serve their signature tapas: Gordial olives with orange, and marinated in olive oil & Brandada de Bacalao. And a chef team at Hispania will present a selection of fine Spanish cheeses.
Tio Pepe's Sherry Cocktail 'The Fino Colada' will be presented by Kuba Korzynski from Sack Bar in EC2. Learn how to make it at home – all you need is Tio Pepe, Scotch whisky, coconut syrup and pineapple juice.
For an advanced look at the wines that will be offered on the night, check out the catalogue below and have a play with the search functionality. You can look at the wines by style, region or price. You can even look up where to find different styles of wine: for example something white and floral, or red and spicy. Alternatively enquire as to where the biodynamic or organic wines can be found.