The Trade Commission Of Spain Announces 2016 Seminar Schedule for New York Spain's Great Match

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Seminars include “The Sommelier's Guide to Spain: Spanish Wine on Your List” as well as tutored tasting seminars

The Trade Commission of Spain will be hosting the 23rd annual Spain’s Great Match event on Wednesday, October 5th in New York’s iconic IAC HQ Building. A second event will be held in San Francisco on November 15th. 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 in the afternoon and to consumers during a ticketed evening event.

In the afternoon, select members of the wine trade and press will be invited to a panel discussion, “The Sommelier's Guide to Spain: Spanish Wine on Your List,” moderated by wine educator, Steve Olson. Three sommeliers will share how to best select Spanish wines for a restaurant list. Additional tasting seminars will be held with focus on the wines of Bierzo and Vinos de Jerez, as well as a tasting seminar hosted by Wine Enthusiast editors. 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, ‘Taberna Jerez,’ a sherry cocktail lounge, and contemporary Spanish designed furnishings.

“We are very excited to offer our guests seminars on the rich wine landscape of Spain,” says Genaro González Palacios, Senior Trade Commissioner of The Trade Commission of Spain in New York. “Only at Spain’s Great Match does one have the opportunity to learn and taste in tutored seminars led by leading Spanish wine experts, meet with suppliers and sample over 300 Spanish wines.”

Spain’s Great Match: Schedule
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Trade (exclusively for the wine trade & media)
11:30 – 12:30 pm    The Sommelier's Guide to Spain: Spanish Wine on Your List (Tent), sommelier panel moderated by wine educator Steven Olson
12:00 – 4:00 pm Walk-Around Tasting
1:00 – 1:45 pm "Why Spain is Hot” (9th Floor) presented by Wine Enthusiast Editors: Michael Schachner, Lana Bortolot, Susan Kostrzewa
2:00 – 3:00 pm Today's Sherry Revolution: ‘Only’ 3,000 Years of Evolution (Tent), by César Saldaña, General Director, Jerez Control Board
3:00 – 3:45 pm Unveiling the Mystery of Bierzo (9th Floor), by wine educator Steven Olson

Public Ticketed Event
5:30 – 6:30 pm Premium Tickets and pre-event tasting
6:30 – 9:00 pm Open tasting for General Admission ticket holders

Additional seminar information, as well as details on the second Spain’s Great Match 2016, which will be held in San Francisco, California on November 15, will follow shortly. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Follow Spain’s Great Match on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: username @WinesFromSpain and hashtag #SpainsGreatMatch To register for the Spain's Great Match trade event, please visit To purchase tickets for the consumer event, please visit

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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