Although it´s been a while since our last post, we have worked non-stop, attending the trendiest events in the industry. As an example, La Grande Dégustation 2015, that brings us back to November 2015.
Organized by the Association Québécoise des Agences de Vins, Bières et Spiritueux (AQAVBS) and co-presented by the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ), La Grande Dégustation welcomed more than 13,000 visitors over its three days duration (5-7 November 2015), representing an increase of attendees by almost 11% over last year.
La Grande Dégustation brought together nearly 200 producers who showcased around 1,200 products. It featured 60 Spanish producers, drop in tastings, as well as conferences and express tasting trainings were available to the general public, where they had the opportunity to meet producers and renowned experts.
In 2015, focus was on Spain, Grenache and Bubblies of the World
Boasting the largest area of vineyards in the World, Spain placed first in wine production in 2013 for the first time, one of the reasons why it was chosen as the thematic country.
According to information published by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, and gathered by the Spanish Wine Market Observatory, Spain has become the World’s number one producer of wine
Spain took over from France and Italy as the World’s top wine-producing country, with its production increasing by over 40% in 2013. France is now the biggest buyer of Spanish wines, importing and bottling – often as French wine – 5.8m hectolitres in 2014,40% more than the previous year. The next biggest buyers after France were Germany, Portugal and Russia.
As we love to say “If food is the body of good living, wine is its soul”, so some of our fine food products were also there, to create the perfect customer experience.
Visitors were offered Spanish cheese, oil, ham and persimmons to accompany their wines.
Please take a look at the list of winners in the CAVA category:
They are mainly produced in the region of Penedès, in Catalonia:
1. SEGURA VIUDAS, Reserva Brut.
2. PERE VENTURA, Clos Amador, Cava Brut.
3. J. GARCIA CARRION, Jaume Serra Cristallino, Cava Brut.
4. FREIXENET Ellysia, Gran Cuvée Brut.
5. BODEGA MUGA, Casa Conde de Haro, Brut Vintage 2011
Looking forward to seeing you in La Grande Dégustation 2016 (@)!