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USA Trade Tasting ~ New York City ~ 5/13-5/14

By Pablo Aguero,

USA Trade Tasting, New York City, May 13 – 14

Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th ST, New York, NY 10011

 

Buyers, are you considering expanding your selection to include more Spanish wines that over deliver with a sense of place? If so, don’t miss your chance to meet with 10 producers from Navarra, Spain’s best kept secret.

 

To register for the event, click here: REGISTER USA TRADE 

Please visit us at tables 83-87 or to schedule a meeting, click here: SCHEDULE MEETING

 

To make the most of your time and meet with the wineries that best meet your expanding portfolio needs, we’re here to help with our Importer Connect initiative.  Simply answer a few questions and we’ll send you a list of producers that match your needs so that your time spent at the USA Trade Tasting is most productive by clicking on link here.

 

If you cannot attend the event but would like to make an appointment to meet with any of these producers during their visit to New York City, please contact April Cullom: april@cincosentidosmkt.com

 

For more information on each participating winery, please visit http://navarrawine.us/wineries/

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Escape to Navarra ~ April 1st & 2nd, Atlanta, GA

By Pablo Aguero,

Navarra Seminar & Tasting Series at Barcelona VinoTeca

Thank you Atlanta for the wonderful Southern Hospitality!  Pleased to see we have more Navarra Wine Lovers.

Monday, April 1st:

Seminar, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (wine trade & media only)

“The Colors of Navarra” showcasing the various styles of wines produced in the region thanks to its diverse terroir.  The seminar focused on the unique white, rosé and red wines produced in the region by family-run wineries who have been making wine for generations: Bodegas Castillo de Monjardin, Bodegas Nekeas and Bodegas Ochoa.

Click below to download “The Colors of Navarra” seminar tasting materials:

 

Vinos & Pintxos, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (wine trade & media only)

Following the seminar, media & trade were invited to enjoy a larger selection of wines including those seeking distribution in GA such as Bodegas Inurrieta and “pintxos” provided by Barcelona Wine Bar.

 

Click to download tasting sheet: Atlanta Vinos & Pintxos Tasting Sheet

 

In-store Tasting “Escape to Navarra”, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (wine aficionados)

Escape to Navarra, Spain and discover your style of wine and become a Navarra Wine Lover.

Local wine lovers tasted “The Colors of Navarra”, a range of white, rosé and red wines from Northern Spain thanks to the participating  family-run wineries of Bodegas Castillo de Monjardin, Bodegas Nekeas and Bodegas Ochoa.

Tuesday, April 2nd

Industry Night with Navarra (wine trade & media only), 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM:

Media and trade invited to stop by after work and enjoy the wines and “pintxos” from Navarra.

 

Click to download tasting sheet: Atlanta Vinos & Pintxos Tasting Sheet

 

In-store Tasting “Escape to Navarra”, 6:30 – 8:30 (wine aficionados)

Escape to Navarra, Spain and discover your style of wine and become a Navarra Wine Lover.

Local wine aficcionados taste a range of white, rosé and red wines from Northern Spain thanks to the participating  family-run wineries of Bodegas Castillo de Monjardin, Bodegas Nekeas and Bodegas Ochoa.

 

 

 

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La Nuit en Rosé 2019 ~ New York City ~ 5/10-5/11

By Pablo Aguero,

Navarra returns to La Nuit en Rosé.

Join us to discover the various shades of rosé found in Navarra.

 

Did you know Navarra Rosado exports are up 46%?  Join us on May 10th at the Media & Trade session and discover why.

 

Where: Hornblower Infinity Yacht, Pier 40, New York City

When: May 10th, 12PM – 4PM

To register for Media & Trade session: www.nuitrose-trade-2019.eventbrite.com

 

For more information on the event or to purchase consumer tickets, please visite https://nuitrose.com/

 

 

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Wines of Navarra Celebrating Spain’s Great Match 25th Year Anniversary ~ Los Angeles ~ Nov. 8

By April Cullom,

Thank you Los Angeles wine lovers for making it an exciting visit to southern California, sharing the range wine styles of Navarra at the 25th anniversary of Spain’s Great Match in Los Angeles on November 8th.

 

 

The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel, 465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

  • 12PM – 4PM (Trade & Media)
  • 6PM – 9PM (Consumers)

These producers and their California distributors had the opportunity to share their wines with #NavarraWineLovers in Los Angeles:

 

 

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Navarra @ TEXSOM

By Pablo Aguero,

Navarra is proud to be an official sponsor of the 2018 TEXSOM Conference, August 11 – 13”.

 

These participating wineries will be part of the luncheon on Sunday, August 12th.

 

This year’s wineries:

 

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Gracias Chicago! More Navarra Wine Lovers ~ Grand Tasting, May 8th, 2018

By April Cullom,

Cheers to Chicago!

Fantastic show of wine trade and media at the Chicago Grand Tasting of Spain’s best kept secret, Wines of Navarra.  Guests attended a seminar lead Brian Duncan who focused on the food pairing aspect of the range of wines.  The 13 producers shared their wines with local wine trade, media and consumers on May 8th at Bernie’s Lunch & Supper.  The tasting continued with an Escape to Navarra for Chicago wine lovers who had the opportunity to taste their way through Navarra and meet the people behind the wines.

Grand Tasting Chicago ~ Tuesday, May 8th, 2018, Bernie’s Lunch & Supper

 

 

 

 

 

Importers, these producers are seeking an importer:

Distributors, these producers are imported in the U.S. but not in Illinois:

Chicago Retailers & Restaurants, these producers have distribution in Illinois:

 

 

Invitation to Grand Tasting Chicago 2018

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Navarra Returns to Spain’s Great Match 2018

By April Cullom,

Navarra loved being part of Spain’s Great Match in New York City, October 4th and in Chicago November 2nd, sharing our wines and gaining more #NavarraWineLovers.

To learn more about each winery and the wines presented please visit our “Winery” page for more details.

#SpainsGreatMatch @WinesFromSpain

 

October 4th, New York City

IAC/InterActiveCorp Headquarters
555 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

 

Nekeas:

Vega Sindoa Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2016 & El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa 2015

 

 

 

Bodegas Ochoa:

Ochoa Tempranillo Crianza 2013 & Ochoa Reserva 2009

 

 

 

Castillo de Monjardin:

Castillo de Monjardin Chardonnay Unoaked El Cerezo 2016 & Castillo de Monjardin Garnacha La Cantera 2016

 

 

 

Castillo de Eneriz:

Mas de Berceo Tempranillo 2016 & Mas de Berceo Garnacha 2016

 

 

 

Bodegas Escudero:

Logos I 2004 & Logos II 2011

 

 

 

Bodega Inurrieta:

Inurrieta Orchidea 2016 & Inurrieta Norte 2015

 

November 2nd, Chicago

VENUE SIX10

610 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

 

Nekeas:

Vega Sindoa Chardonnay Unoaked 2016, Vega Sindoa Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2016, El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa 2015

 

 

Bodegas Ochoa:

Calendas Blanco 2016, Ochoa Tempranillo Crianza 2013, Ochoa Reserva 2009

 

 

Castillo de Monjardin:

Castillo de Monjardin Chardonnay El Cerezo 2016, Castillo de Monjardin Garnacha La Cantera 2016, Castillo de Monjardin Pinot Noir El Cerezo 2014

 

Castillo de Eneriz:

Mas de Berceo Blanco 2016, Mas de Berceo Tempranillo 2016, Mas de Berceo Garnacha 2016

 

 

 

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Navarra Wine Lovers at Aspen Food & Wine 2017

By April Cullom,

Fantastic three days in Aspen being part of  Wines from Spain/ICEX’s 25th anniversary at the Classic Food & Wine in Aspen, June 15 – 18.  Beatriz Ochoa from Bodegas Ochoa and Miguel Montiel of Bodegas Escudero shared their wines with all the Navarra Wine Lovers.

Celebrity chefs and top wine experts such as Andrea Robinson M.S. (one of 21 female Master Sommeliers in the world) and founder of GoVino Joseph Perrulli, stopped by to taste the range of wines from Navarra.

These 90+ point wines were selected to represent Navarra at Wines from Spain welcome event to celebrate 25 years in Aspen:

  • Castillo de Monjardin, Deyo Merlot 2012
  • Bodega Ochoa, Ochoa Reserva 2010

Wines showcasing the various styles of wines to be discovered in Navarra at the Grand Tasting:

  • Castillo de Eneriz (Grupo Manzanos): Mas de Berceo, Tempranillo 2016 & Mas de Berceo, Viura 2016
  • Bodega Inurrieta: Inurrieta Orchidea 2016 & Inurrieta Coral Rosado 2016
  • Castillo de Monjardin: Castillo de Monjardin Garnacha 2015 & Castillo de Monjardin Chardonnay Unoaked 2015
  • Bodegas Ochoa: Calendas Rosado 2016 & Ochoa Tempranillo Crianza 2011
  • Camilo Castilla: Capricho de Goya NV & Rayo de Sol 2015
  • Bodegas Escudero: Pedro de Ivar 2004 & Logos II 2011

Wines from Spain celebrating 25 year at Aspen Food & Wine

Navarra Wineries present at Aspen Food & Wine: Castillo de Eneriz ~ Bodega Inurrieta ~ Castillo de Monjardin ~ Bodegas Ochoa ~ Camilo Castilla ~ Bodegas Escudero

Beatriz Ochoa (Bodegas Ochoa) and Miguel Montiel (Bodegas Escudero) converting Aspen Food & Wine attendees into #NavarraWineLovers

Joseph Perrulli, founder of GoVino, now a #NavarraWineLover

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Navarra Wine Lovers & NYC Wine Lovers

By Pablo Aguero,

Navarra Wine Lovers & NYC Wine Lovers, April 9th at Pierre Loti (Gramercy)

http://www.wineny.com/wines-of-navarra.html

Do you like white, rosé or red wines? Luckily for you, the Navarra wine region of Spain can offer all three types of wines in a multiplicity of styles thanks to their diverse “terroir”. Learn more about what style of wine you like and why on April 9th as you taste an array of wines from Navarra to help you discover for yourself “your style of wine”. You’ll have the chance to taste 11 wines from 9 producers from Navarra and learn about why Hemingway loved not only Pamplona and its annual festivities of “the running of the bulls” but also its wines. One of Spain’s most storied regions under vine is arguably also its most versatile and dynamic.

Thanks to these participating wineries, you’ll discover your style of wine :

  • Bodegas Inurrieta
  • Pago de Cirsus
  • Bodegas Ochoa
  • Bodegas Principe de Viana
  • Bodegas Vega del Castillo
  • Bodegas Castillo Monjardin
  • Pago de Larrainzar
  • Bodegas Piedemonte
  • Bodegas Camilo Castilla

 

 

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Wine and Food from Navarra, Spain with Deborah Hansen and April Cullom

By Pablo Aguero,

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March 2, 2017: “Discover Navarra….Discover Your Style of Wine” – a food and wine demo presented by Chef/Owner Deborah Hansen of Taberna de Haro and April Cullom at Boston University Food & Wine Studies.

Guests from the culinary and wine studies classes, importers, retailers and journalists enjoyed a 4-course meal prepared by the students at Boston University’s culinary program with the instruction of Chef Hansen which were paired with 14 wines from Navarra.  Not only did the guests learn about the D.O. Navarra and its diverse terroir and climate but also about the range of styles of wines found in the region, allowing guests to discover their style of wine and to better understand what their style of wine is and why.

Participating wineries from Navarra:

  • Castillo de Monjardin
  • Nekeas
  • Príncipe de Viana
  • Ochoa
  • Vega de Castillo
  • Marco Real
  • Inurrieta
  • Pago de Cirsus
  • Pago de Larrainzar
  • Piedemonte
  • Camilo de Castilla

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Great Match 2016

By Pablo Aguero,

THE GREAT MATCH ~ NEW YORK CITY ~ OCTOBER 5, 2016

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IAC Building, 555 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Exclusive Trade & Media Walk-Around Tasting

6:30 – 9:00: Consumers

During the day, wine trade and press discovered the ample range of wines produced by these participating wineries, and in the evening consumers were able to find their own style of wine, becoming #NavarraWineLovers:

  • Principe de Viana: Edición Rosa 2015, Garnacha Viñas Viejas 2015
  • Ochoa: Tempranillo Crianza 2011, Garnacha/Tempranillo 2014
  • Inurrieta: Cuatrocientos Crianza 2011, Altos de Inurrieta Reserva 2010
  • Vega Sindoa: Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2015, El Chaparral 2014
  • Marco Real: Tempranillo 2014, Tempranillo Crianza 2013
  • Castillo de Monjardin: El Cerezo Chardonnay 2015, La Cantera Garnacha Old Vine 2015

 

 

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Grand Tasting NYC ~ CorkBuzz Union Square ~ November 14, 2016

By Pablo Aguero,

DISCOVER SPAIN’S BEST KEPT SECRET…

D.O. Navarra ~ Grand Tasting ~ Corkbuzz Union Square

Monday, November 14, 2016

Seminar “Discover Narrara”: 10:30 – 11:30

Walk-Around Tasting: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Corkbuzz Union Square

13 East 13th Street

New York, NY 10003

http://unionsquare.corkbuzz.com

 

 

 

Participating Wineries:

  • Nekeas – Martin Scott Wines (a division of the Winebow Group)
  • Marco Real – Monsieur Touton Selection
  • Principe de Viana – Classical Wines of Spain
  • Ochoa – Frontier Wine Imports
  • Castillo de Monjardin – Winebow
  • Inurrieta – Vinaio Wine Imports
  • Pago de Larrainzar – NYSUS, Novovino Wine Co.
  • Vega de Castillo – IPV Trading
  • Camilo Castillo – Bibatio LLC
  • Piedemonte – Seeking Importer
  • Pago de Cirsus – Seeking importer

 

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Vinos, Tapas & Winemakers, November 16, 2016 ~ Taberna de Haro, Boston

By Pablo Aguero,

DISCOVER SPAIN’S BEST KEPT SECRET…

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

5:30 PM – 8:30PM

 

Taberna de Haro

999 Beacon Street

Brookline, MA 02446

www.tabernaboston.com

 

 

Chef/Owner/Sommelier, Deborah Hansen showed her true passion for Spain by pairing her dishes with a variety of wines from Navarra, showcasing the food-friendly wines from this diverse region.

Participating Wineries:

  • Nekeas – Winebow
  • Marco Real – Latitude Beverage Company
  • Principe de Viana – Classical Wines of Spain
  • Ochoa – Frontier Wine Imports
  • Castillo de Monjardin –Winebow
  • Pago de Larrainzar – NYSUS, Novovino Wine Co.
  • Inurrieta – Vinaio Imports
  • Vega de Castillo – IPV Trading
  • Camilo Castillo – Bibatio LLC
  • Piedemonte – Seeking Importer
  • Pago de Cirsus – Seeking Importer

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Wines of Navarra at Mediterra in Princeton, NJ.

By April Cullom,

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On Monday, May 23, a small but influential group of Princeton, New Jersey food and wine professionals–including wine retailers, sommeliers, events coordinators and even a prominent food-literacy advocate from Princeton University, 13 guests in all–joined Wines of Navarra at Mediterra restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Princeton, for a tasting of 12 DO Navarra whites and reds, paired alongside Mediterra’s “wherever-the-olive-grows” seasonal Mediterranean fare.

Guest reactions to the wines were overwhelemingly positive, with Castillo de Monjardín‘s Deyo Merlot and Bodega Otazu‘s Premium Cuvée the consensus favorites, though all agreed that the wines in general were a lovely fit, not only with the food being served but also with the Princeton wine market at large. As one guest astutely observed, outside marketers often erroneously assume that local residents and Ivy League college students have loads of money to spend, that they’re on the hunt for premium purchases, be it wine or other goods. This is not the case in this very traditional university town, he pointed out, and so many of those marketing efforts fail.

So what what do Princeton residents want?

“Great quality, great value,” he replied. “And [Navarra] wines are the perfect fit.”

 

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Wines of Navarra at Filament in Dallas

By April Cullom,

Our mini-tour of Texas ended in Dallas with a meaty-delicious dinner at Filament, a hot Downtown newcomer that has a way with a wood grill. Another successful pairing excursion for Wines of Navarra! An accomplished roster of some of Dallas’s top wine professionals–including wine buyers for a major supermarket chain, the principals for a sommelier-for-hire startup (great business idea!) and an English-born, Texas-based wine writer–all heaped praise on the wines’ overall quality and its uncanny affinity for the smoky grilled steaks, pork chops and chicken turned out by Filament’s talented kitchen brigade.

Taking a more informal approach, we traded out the usual phalanx of glassware for just two stems per attendee; guests were provided with information for each wine, each tasted sequentially between bites in simple alphabetical order by winery and evaluated/discussed by our guests, before they dumped, rinsed and moved on, always being given the option to return back to a wine previously tasted.

There were some real stunners among the impromptu food-and-wine pairings, and the night was a triumphant finale to Navarra’s peaceful liquid invasion of the Lone Star State.

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Wines of Navarra at AF+W Social Hour.

By April Cullom,

The Madison, 307 W 5th St, Austin, TX. Friday, April 22.

While the rain-saturated grounds of Austin’s Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park forced the unfortunate cancellation of all outdoor programming at this year’s Austin Food + Wine Festival, Friday night’s indoor Social Hour, held at The Madison Bar in Downtown Austin, proceeded as planned, with Navarra the sole wine being poured at the event.

With DO Navarra wines displayed and poured at two bars, and servers passing glasses of wine throughout the expansive room, some 250 attendees sampled 19 different wines all night, tasting a little slice of northern Spain while a local DJ kept the records spinning, a vibrant and youthful vibe permeating the scene.

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Wines of Navarra at Bullfight Restaurant in Austin

By April Cullom,

The show must go on, as they say…Despite the disappointing news that the Austin Food+Wine Festival would be cancelled this year due to inclement weather, on Thursday, April 21 we went ahead anyway with our planned trade dinner at one of the hottest new eateries to open in Austin in the past year: North Austin’s Bullfight Restaurant.

And it’s a good thing we did! Seated outside on a gorgeous evening (before the storm), our cozy group of nine Texas wine professionals enjoyed an array of ‘thoughtfully modernized Spanish classics’ (as Bullfight describes its cuisine), served by an extraordinarily friendly and accommodating staff, and paired, of course, with nearly two dozen wines from Spain’s exceptionally diverse ‘kingdom’ of wine: DO Navarra.

Not surprisingly, there were many spot-on food and wine matches to be enjoyed and much conviviality in the air. As evening turned to night, you’d be forgiven if, for a few moments, you half-expected to see a group of pilgrims wander into the place, weary from a day walking the Camino de Santiago and eager for an exceedingly sumptuous and restorative repast, which they’d find, in abundance, the night Navarra met Bullfight under Texas stars.

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Wines of Navarra in Chicago!

By April Cullom,

Wines of Navarra blew into the Windy City on Monday, November 16 to host a sold-out room of wine importers, retailers, restaurateurs and media for in-depth tasting of Navarra wines accompanied by a four course lunch at the new, go-to Spanish restaurant Salero.   Many came early and stayed late–clearly enthusiastic about Wines of Navarra!

The event was detailed here on blog dwightthewinedoctor.com: THE WINES OF NAVARRA SPAIN IN ELEGANT SHOWCASE

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Wines of Navarra at The Butcher Shop, Boston

By April Cullom,

A perfect autumn day in Boston’s beautiful South End was the backdrop for  Wines of  Navarra’s tasting and lunch for a select group of wine industry trade. Fourteen of Navarra’s finest wines were paired beautifully with a three course menu created by our host restaurant The Butcher Shop.

“The wines are ideal for restaurants, on the wine list and also as wine by the glass options, as they offer great value to the diners and to the restaurant alike. I really enjoyed them – they have good balance and are well structured.”—Susan Holaday, Foodservice East Magazine.

The guests were curious and loved learning about what Navarra has to offer.

Next stop–Chicago!

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Navarra Wine in La Nuit en Rose New York 2015

By April Cullom,

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After our very successful showing in Miami in February, Wines of Navarra took part in La Nuit en Rose New York City, June 25 -27. For three days and nights, Navarra rosados flowed onboard the Hornblower cruise ship while sailing around the island of Manhattan. Over 4500 young guests partied the days and nights away at this sold-out stylish event with live music, dancing and DJs, and of course, plenty of rosé.

Navarra stood out once again with their juicy, round, gorgeous rosados:

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Navarra Wine in Aspen, Colorado

By April Cullom,

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Wines of Navarra rocked it at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, where the best of the best in the culinary and wine worlds flock each year to see, be seen and most importantly, eat and drink, in this high-profile ski town in the summer.

The event, now in its 32nd year, is the place to be in June and Navarra was there with a premium spot in the Wines from Spain tent serving 20 of their finest wines to the 5000 attendees over the course of this very fun weekend. The Navarra table even had a surprise visit from fellow exhibitor and actress Drew Barrymore!

Navarra wines featured in Aspen:

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*Images (from top to right)
– Inside the tent, near the entrance—our Wines of Navarra table ready to go!
– “Spanish Breakfast” with our neighbor’s jamon #Fermin.
– Wines of Navarra Brand Ambassador Adrian Murcia at our table.
– Jane Walsh and Adrian Murcia at the highest elevation on the Independence Pass / Continental Divide in the Rockies on our way to the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen for Wines of Navarra….
– Lovely Wines of Navarra supporters!

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Navarra Wine at WSWA 2015

By April Cullom,

A universe of wine lands in Central Florida this spring as DO Navarra sets up shop at WSWA’s 72nd Annual Convention in Grande Lakes Orlando, FL in mid-April, offering conference attendees at the industry’s biggest event a broad tasting tour of Navarra’s famously diverse and approachable wines—including stunning chardonnays and rosados (widely regarded as the best in Spain in both categories), deeply layered Bordeaux-style red blends and honey-hued dessert wines.

Visit us at Wines of Navarra, Booth #513 (located in the Palazzo Ballroom) to see why Navarra is often touted as the most versatile and dynamic wine region in Spain today.

Please join us for an informal lunch of Navarra-inspired pintxos and Navarra wines on Monday and Tuesday during the show, from 1‐2 PM Space is limited. RSVP to Jane Walsh: jane@jcwpr.com.

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Navarra Wine in La Nuit en Rose Miami 2015

By April Cullom,

Navarra rosados stole the show at La Nuit en Rose / Miami January 30 – February 1st. Held at the ultra-luxurious EDITION hotel located right on Miami Beach, this celebration of roses and rosados from around the world drew hundreds of Miami’s most glamorous wine lovers for 3 days of drinking all things pink. Eight of Navarra’s finest rosados were featured from wineries Otazu, Monjardin, Inurrieta, Camino del Villar, Campos de Enanzo, Sarria and Azul y Garanza.

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Navarra Wine’s ‘Run with it!’ campaign visits Toro Restaurant

By April Cullom,

Navarra kicks off its U.S. campaign with an exclusive dinner for select trade and media at Toro NYC.

‘Run with it!’ D.O. Navarra’s U.S. marketing entity, officially launched its 2014-15 promotional campaign with a wine dinner at Toro-NYC last month, hosting a small group of trade and press for an informal, seated tasting in Toro’s airy private dining room on Monday, November 10, 2014.

It seems fitting that a wine region so closely linked to bullfighting’s greatest spectacle—the annual Running of the Bulls in Navarra’s regional capital, Pamplona—should launch its campaign at a restaurant called Toro.

But, here’s where the bull—and the fighting, for that matter—ends. In fact, as the wines revealed themselves, opened up, interacted with the food, words like ‘diversity,’ ‘harmony,’ ‘honesty’ and ‘personality’ began to rise out of conversations among the group: in other words, “Aha’s” over “Olé’s”

Toro-NYC is Boston/New York-based chef (and recent James Beard Foundation Award winner) Jamie Bissonnette’s take on Northern Spanish tapas (or pintxos, as they are typically referred to north of the Ebro). Four courses of savory small plates came out in quite nicely measured waves (in fact, five savory courses came out, if you’re counting the passed hors oeuvres before the sit-down portion of the evening).

Eleven wineries from Spain’s D.O. Navarra were represented, each having sent two bottlings apiece, a total of 22 wines. Though arguably a bit cumbersome a number for one evening, the amplitude of options in fact proved manageable, with six wines earmarked as ‘greeting wines’ (i.e., for the canapé hour), with the remainder divided into four flights of four; in other words, for each course of two to three small plates of food, there were four types of wine to taste: Call it suggested ‘ballpark’ pairings, if you’d like. The groupings, each wine kind of similar but still stylistically varied, opened up the palette of pairing possibility. It hedged harmony bets a bit, let’s say.

But even more than specific harmonies (of which there were quite a few), the salient ascribable attribute overall that came out of the tasting was, without a doubt, diversity: very much the result of the specific, intentionally versatile line-up enjoyed at the Toro tasting—but also very much a microcosm of the region in general, about which diversity, more to come, including the specifics of the night’s tasting.

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D.O. Navarra kicked off its U.S. campaign, Run With It!, at NYC’s highly rated Toro on November 10, 2014. Attended by wine trade and media, the evening featured 22 stellar Navarra wines, complemented by a special menu created by James Beard Award winning chef Jamie Bissonnette.

Download Navarra/Toro Menu Here
Download Media Coverage of the Dinner Here

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