New Trending Wine Regions of Spain Capture Gold Medals from

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Spanish red and white wines from Ribera del Duero and Rueda receive 18 gold, 43 silver and 7 bronze medals from

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"The wine quality and value coming out of Spain today is remarkable." Jerald O'Kennard - Director at

Spain has eclipsed France and Italy as the largest exporter of wine to the world and knows why. The American wine review organization received 68 submissions from 35 wineries located in the Spanish regions of Ribera del Duero and Rueda for a special blind tasting. The tasting took place at the Beverage Testing Institute facility in Chicago. "The quality and value coming out of Spain today is remarkable," says Jerald O'Kennard, director at “Out of 68 submissions, 18 wines won gold medals, 43 took home silver and 7 bronze and over a third were awarded with a ‘Best Buy’.” See the complete list of results.

Wine organizations like the Ribera del Duero and Rueda Wine Regulatory Council call upon for its professional review and marketing services. tests over 2,000 wines annually and offers objective, third party reviews that winemakers use for quality control and marketing purposes. "We offer a level playing field where all different types of wine can be rated and reviewed without bias," said O'Kennard. "Tastings has a long history of reviewing wines that help strengthen awareness. For Ribera del Duero and Rueda wines, it offers an impartial endorsement of the quality we are known for," said Felipe Gonzalez-Gordon, director of the Ribera del Duero & Rueda Wine Council.

With the huge increase of new wine brands, winemakers seek new ways to differentiate themselves from their competition. "Bodegas Resalte is honored to be recognized with a gold medal from, an important authority in the wine world and its highly experienced tasters," said Esther M. de Frutos, director of sales and marketing. Luis Garcia, the US sales manager for Grupo Matarromera noted, "Our Emina winery has just started being imported in the US so thanks to this competition we can help our importer start developing the brand and close distribution agreements."

Each wine was awarded an official certificate on the Tastings Facebook page. Welcoming fans and the trade to interact with brands and share opinions is a part of how uses social media to engage its consumer-focused wine reviews. educates wine lovers around the globe who learn more about new, exciting wines every week on or Twitter page.

Since 1981, Tastings has reviewed tens of thousands of wine, spirits and beers to help consumers find quality brands. The highly organized tastings are executed in their Chicago facility to control any external factors and maximize judges' concentration. Every month features a new category of reviews creating fresh content consumers enjoy and sales support for brands. If you are a member of the beverage industry, see how to get a review at

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