This June, Wines from Spain sponsored the 2017 Food and Wine Classic in Aspen for the 25th consecutive year. The Classic has been the culinary highlight of the summer season for 35 years, with the world’s most accomplished winemakers, celebrity chefs, and culinary experts coming together.
The festival rings in the start of summer with wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, featured speakers, and cooking competitions, and Wines from Spain continues to be the only country with its own dedicated wine tent. Foodies, gourmands, and wine lovers delight in the high quality selection of food and wine and the carefully curated seminars.
Starting out the weekend on a festive note, Wines from Spain hosted an invite-only welcome celebration on June 15 attended by over 250 guests, including such luminaries and stars in the food and wine world as Chef Hugh Acheson, Danny Meyer, and Leslie Sbrocco. The welcome celebration featured 2015 Food & Wine Best New Chef Katie Button, chef and owner of Cúrate and Nightbell and author of the new cookbook Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen. Button’s Spanish tapas menu complemented a selection of wines representing the rich traditions of Spanish winemaking.
Throughout the weekend, visitors to the Spain tent got the chance to sample the flavors of the country by tasting Spain’s excellent wines and bites of authentic Spanish cuisine. Among the over 120 wines featured at the tent were native Spanish varietals like Albariño, Cariñena, Garnacha, Godello, Macabeo, Mencía, Monastrell, Palomino Fino, Tempranillo, Verdejo, and Xarel-lo.
Delicious moments to sample Spain’s culinary heritage weren’t only reserved for the tasting tent. Several seminars were offered over the weekend that highlighted Spain’s wine and food traditions, such as “Remarkable Rioja,” led by Food & Wine Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle; “Spain’s New Voices,” led by 2016 Food & Wine Sommelier of the Year and Wine Director Helen Johannesen; and “Entertaining in Spain: Paellas vs. Fideos,” hosted by James Beard Award Winner Chef Jamie Bissonnette and Chef Ken Oringer.
Salud to such a successful event and wonderful weekend! Thanks to everyone who attended, and we’re looking forward to next year.