Seminars This Year Include a 25-Year Retrospective of Spanish Wine in the US, Along with Tutored Regional Tasting Seminars

New York, September 20, 2018 – The Trade Commission of Spain in New York and Wines from Spain will host the 25th annual Spain’s Great Match, the largest comprehensive Spanish wine and food event in the U.S, on Wednesday, October 4 at New York’s iconic IAC HQ Building. A second event will be held in Los Angeles on November 8. This collaborative extravaganza with Wines from Spain, Foods from Spain and Interiors from Spain celebrates the distinctive wines, food and culture of Spain. Over 300 wines representing the varieties and wine regions of Spain will be featured in a walk-around tasting format. Importers and distributors of Spanish wines will present their best products, including new wines and the latest vintages, to wine industry professionals and consumers.

To kick off the day’s festivities, select members of the wine media and trade will be invited to attend a panel discussion, “A Tribute to 25 Years of Spain’s Great Match”, moderated by noted wine educator Steve Olson, and joined by Spanish wine veterans Michael Schachner of Wine Enthusiast, Steve Metzler of Classical Wines, and Jordi Paronella of Jaleo and Think Food Group. All will share their experience with Spanish wines and look back at certain milestone events over the last 25 years. Additional tutored seminars focusing on wines from Navarra, Castilla y Leon, and the Canary Islands will also be held later in the afternoon. In the evening, Spain’s Great Match will open to the public for a ticketed lifestyle event which will feature over 30 wine stations and tapas prepared by special guest chefs from Spain as well as New York City’s top Spanish restaurants and tapas bars.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer exciting new seminars presented by leading wine educators at this 25th anniversary Great Match,” said Katrin Naelapaa, Director of Wines from Spain. “We are particularly excited to celebrate Spanish wine milestones of the last 25 years that have had a significant impact on the growth of Spanish wine in the US.”

Trade & Press Seminar Schedule:

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: A Tribute to 25 Years of Spain’s Great Match hosted by Steve Olson, wine educator with Michael Schachner of Wine Enthusiast, Steve Metzler of Classical Wines, and  Jordi Paronella of Think Food Group

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Walk Around Tasting 

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm:  Spain’s Undiscovered Gems from Navarra by Marnie Old, Wine Educator

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Wine-ing Down the Duero River: A Look at Castilla y León by Leslie Sbrocco, Award-winning Author, Speaker, Consultant, and Television Host

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: The Volcanic Terroirs of the Canary Islands by Joshua Greene, Editor-in-Chief, Wine & Spirits

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About Wines from Spain:

The Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior, ICEX) is the public platform for the promotion of Spanish exports and Spanish companies abroad. Vinos de España – or Wines from Spain – is ICEX’s brand for a wide range of promotional activities designed to inform trade and consumers about Spanish wines. Wines from Spain has been promoting Spanish wines in the United States for nearly 30 years. For more information about Wines from Spain, please visit