The Spanish Wine Cellar 2012 trade show, a promotional event of Spanish wines in the US organized by the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) in association with the Trade Commission of New York and the Chamber of Commerce of Valladolid will be held in New York and San Francisco on the 17 and 19 of April, respectively. 

The event, addressed to wine producers and marketers seeking to access or increase their presence  in the US market, will gather a total 45 Spanish wineries from different production areas. The promotional activities scheduled for the show include an informative seminar so that Spanish wine professionals can build knowledge on the industry sector in the United States as well as get familiar with the competition in the business through a visit to the main distribution channels. The ultimate purpose of the event is to help businesses establish commercial contacts with local companies in the area of imports, distribution and retail trade expected to attend the fair.

For more information on the event, please visit www.spanishwinecellar.com.

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If you enjoy and appreciate the exquisite taste and complex textures of fine cuisine and you are planning to be in Madrid these days, Millesime” is definitely an event not to be missed. 
Celebrated from October 19 through October 21, the annual event will be held at the Pipa Pavilion in Casa de Campo, a unique Exhibition Center with 47,000 m2 of open air space and 40,000m² of indoor space located in the heart of sunny Casa de Campo, a large park only five minutes’ walk from emblematic Plaza de España.
For three days in row, it will bring together professionals from the restaurant and catering industry, renowned sommeliers, cuisine and art enthusiasts and some of the most influential Spanish chefs in today's fine-dining scene. 
This year's featured chefs include popular names such as Martín Berasetegui, Paco Morales, Joan Roca, Nacho Manzano, Paco Roncero, and Pepe Solla, just to name a few. They will be the expert hands behind the menus served those days and will take visitors on an exciting culinary adventure through live food demonstrations and didactic workshops.
The event is expected to catch as much attention as previous editions, which gathered an average of 5,000 visitors and catered as many as 1,500 guests a day.

For more information, visit http://www.millesimemadrid.com

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Under the title “The purple gold of La Mancha” the Wall Street Journal has dedicated an extensive article about Spanish saffron, in particular the one that grows in the fields of Castilla La Mancha, granted Protected Designation of Origin in 2001.

It explains how the Moors, whose influence during the 8th century spread through Iberia and into southern France, are believed to have introduced the saffron crocus into central and southern Spain.

Manchegan saffron differs slightly from other varieties, and is recognized for its unique sweet aroma and vibrant red color. The flowers are picked by hand, the stigmas removed by fingernail and then quickly dried over a heat source like charcoal, a method that helps to retain its fiery flavor.

The article offers expert advice on how to recognize authentic saffron from geneticist Jose Antonio Fernandez, professor at the University of Castilla La Mancha. Saffron has long been a valued commodity, and has subsequently "been adulterated for centuries”.

“One way to ensure you are getting genuine saffron is to restrict purchases to a few European regions whose saffron has received protected geographical status from the European Union, and is marked by a seal”. When in doubt, he adds, "the best thing to do is use turmeric or paprika, which are both far preferable to fake or adulterated saffron”

Experts have high expectations on this year's crop in La Mancha, since 2011 has been "remarkable on both the quality and the quantity of plants, unusually high” says Professor Fernandez.

The land of Don Quixote has become so popular for its production of quality saffron that is now a new tourist attraction thanks to the Saffron Rose Festival. The event is held annually in Consuegra, a small town in the northwest of the region and attended by tourists and food lovers from around the world.

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