The Trade Commission of Spain Announces Spain's Great Match 2015 Seminar Schedule

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Seminars this year include "My Spain" panel, moderated by Karen MacNeil, as well as tutored regional tasting seminars

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The Trade Commission of Spain will be hosting the 22nd annual Spain’s Great Match event on October 7th in New York’s iconic IAC HQ Building. A second event will be held in Houston, Texas in November. This collaborative extravaganza with the Tourism Office of Spain in New York, Foods from Spain and Interiors from Spain celebrates the distinctive wines, food and culture of Spain. Over 300 wines representing the varietals and wine regions of Spain will be featured in a walk-around tasting format. Importers and distributors of Spanish wines will present their best products, including new wines and the latest vintages, to wine industry professionals and consumers.

In the afternoon, select members of the wine trade and press will be invited to a panel discussion, “My Spain,” during which Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible, will moderate as three wine experts share the Spanish wines that “changed their worlds.” Additional seminars focusing on the Bobal grape and the wines of Somontano will also be held later in the afternoon. In the evening, the Great Match will open to the public for a ticketed lifestyle event and will feature, along with the wine stations, food from ten of New York City’s top Spanish restaurants and tapas bars, a Rioja lounge with live music and contemporary Spanish designed furnishings.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer several new and exciting seminars this year,” said Angel Martín Acebes, Senior Trade Commissioner of The Trade Commission of Spain in New York. “The seminars are a fantastic way for us to educate guests on the rich landscape of Spanish wine. And both tasting events are sure to broaden the awareness and enjoyment of Spain’s wine, food and culture.”

Trade & Press Event Schedule
11:00 – 12:00 pm        'My Spain' Panel, moderated by Karen McNeil
12:00 – 4:00 pm        Walk-Around Tasting, exclusively for press and trade
1:30 – 2:15 pm        Somontano Seminar, by Karen MacNeil
3:00 – 4:00 pm        Bobal Seminar, by Nora Favelukes and Brian Friedman

Public Event Schedule & Tickets
5:30 – 6:30 pm    Pre-event tasting (Exclusively for VIP guests and Premium ticket holders)
6:30 – 9:00 pm        Tasting open to General Admission ticket holders

Additional seminar information, as well as details on the second Spain’s Great Match 2015, which will be held in Houston, Texas this November, will follow shortly. Must be 21 or older to attend.

To register for Spain’s Great Match New York trade event, please visit greatmatchnyc.eventbrite.com. To purchase tickets for the consumer event, please visit greatmatchnycpublic.eventbrite.com.

Follow Spain’s Great Match on Facebook at Facebook.com/WinesfromSpain, Twitter at @WinesFromSpain and Instagram at @WinesfromSpain. The hashtag for the event is #SpainsGreatMatch.

About Wines from Spain: The Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior, ICEX) is the authorized governmental platform for the promotion of Spanish exports and Spanish companies' international growth. Vinos de España - or Wines from Spain - is ICEX's brand for a wide range of promotional activities designed to inform trade and consumers abroad about quality Spanish wines. Wines from Spain has been promoting Spanish wines in walk-around tastings to press, trade and consumers in New York and the United States for nearly 30 years. Each year, Wines from Spain hosts “Spains Great Match”- an opportunity to sample and learn about a variety of the world’s most sought-after Spanish wines paired with tapas from the top rated area Spanish restaurants.

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