A tasting of high-end Spanish red wines was recently organized in Bern, Switzerland on November 20th. Attendees included journalists from some of the country’s leading wine industry publications, sommeliers from luxury hotels, representatives from Swiss wine companies and other trade professionals.
The tasting was organized by Spain’s Commercial Office in Bern, in cooperation with the Spanish Embassy there. It was hosted by the Spanish Ambassador, Aurora Díaz-Rato Revuelta, at the Spanish Embassy’s residence.
The blind tasting was called “Duel of the Titans,” and was led by wine expert David Schwarzwälder. He presented attendees with 10 exquisite Tempranillo wines from some of Spain’s top winemaking regions—Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Toro—and compared them with 10 other outstanding “new style” wines made with autochthonous grapes, specifically Prieto Picudo, Listán Negro, Mencía, Merenzao, Garnacha Calabrés, Garnacha Tintorera, Monastrell, Bobal, and Granacha.
Following the tasting, the head of media relations for the Expovina fair said, “From an enological standpoint, this wine tasting wasn’t a duel of titans but, rather, a fascinating journey. The trend towards more subtle and elegant wines, which we have seen with many of the wines presented, contrasts completely with the current offer of heavy, sweet and ‘overconcentrated’ wines. It is wonderful to witness a rebirth of autochthonous grapes that had almost been forgotten due to the challenge of combining subtlety with character. We hope that this ‘new style’ wine convinces not only specialists, but also consumers and the market.”
This event catered to trade professionals, such as sommeliers, journalists and representatives from wine companies