Reviewing An Event Featuring Spanish Dozens Of Spanish Vinos
Spain came to Southern California for one wonderful afternoon and brought some of its most treasured items with it – wines!
It was the Wines From Spain event at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills and it was a full afternoon of tastings features wine and sparkling wines from all over the country. There were a couple dozen wineries and distributors represented, and each brought a half dozen to a dozen products with them.
In other words, there was plenty to sample.
And sample I did, along with PubClub associate Rick and PubClubette Ashley. For four very enjoyable hours, along with some real wine experts.
We spotted one guy swirling his glass with a hand over it. Ashley and I approached him and he gave an explanation about it being a method developed by an Italian wine connoisseur. He explained it all in the video that’s attached to this post.
Ashley, Rick and I also noted how many people spit out their wine into buckets after tasting it. We all looked at each other and agreed that is NOT the PubClub.com style of wine tasting.
I would like to tell you what we had and where all the wines were from, but I misplaced the booklet that contained all that information. So instead, I’ll just tell you that it was an excellent event.
In addition to the wines were snacks, including some really tasty sausages and cheeses. I had never really though of Spain as a place for cheese, but this event certainly educated me in this area.
Ashley also discovered something about her tastes in wines. She had long thought she liked the lighter, sweeter wines and champagnes but after talking with the winery representatives, she learned what she really likes are the fruity wines.
For me, I enjoy full-bodied reds the most and found quite a few of them. But mostly what I like about wine tasting events are the people. I enjoy talking with other wine tasters and also the wine representatives.
In fact, it’s the latter that can really determine whether or not I like a wine and its winery. Stodgy people who just pour a tiny bit in a glass, give a brief explanation of it and then turn away are always a turnoff for me.
Yet when I encounter someone fun, I’ll hang around, chat for a while and pretty much try everything they have to pour. Such was the case with the outgoing Faustino Sanchez, Vice President of Senic International wines, an importer and wholesaler or world premium wines and spirits. Dressed in a Panama Jack hat and sporting a smile as wide as Spain, Sanchez welcomed us to his table as if we were family, and we ended our day sharing wines and laughs with him.
We started Wines From Spain expecting some good tastings and left it with a good taste in our mouths.