All the excitement and emotion surrounding the world of wine was palpable at the 2nd edition of The Wine Edition which, sponsored by Foods & Wine from Spain, got off to a strong start. During the first presentation, winemakers like Telmo Rodríguez explained the different projects underway in Spain seeking to recover vineyards in mountains, from Galicia to the Canary Islands, where some of the best in Spain are located. José Antonio Navarrete, sommelier at Quique Dacosta Restaurant; Annegret Kühner, from Noma (Copenhagen); and Ferrán Centelles, the former sommelier at elBulli all discussed issues related to dining room service, especially how to create a relaxed, informal ambiance to make customers feel as comfortable as possible. The morning session concluded with Mohamed Benabdallah, sommelier at Etxebarri, who explained different meat pairing possibilities.
Pedro Ballesteros, Master of Wine, took over in the afternoon, explaining the peculiarities of the wines from the Spanish-Portuguese border and comparing six wines together with Pedro Ramos, sommelier at Lisbon-based restaurant Alma. The highlight, however, was a roundtable discussion on the new wines from Jerez. Peter Sisseck presented his new project in the area, in which he has sought to "pamper the vineyard," while Willy Pérez, winemaker at Bodegas Luis Pérez, and Ramiro Ibáñez, a wine grower, talked about their efforts to recover old vineyards and former winemaking methods. The perfect symbol of an inaugural day in which bridges were continuously built between the old and the new, as befits an edition marked by such an important anniversary.