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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For the joy of the many Spanish food and wine lovers, Chef José Andrés is currently proposing a new culinary experience at his award winning restaurant Jaleo in its two locations, Bethesda and Crystal City, featuring vibrant meals and selected Spanish wines from the distinctive regions and grape varieties.

Starting June 10th Jaleo Bethesda will introduce a series of ‘Monday Night Flights’.  Every Monday night, the Bethesda location will showcase a different variety of Spanish wines, with tastings available for guests from 5:30 to 10:30 PM. Starting off with rich Garnacha wines from the northern region of Spain, these special evenings at Jaleo will be infused with delicious individual paellas to pair the wines with.

The trendy spot at the Crystal City location will also join the celebration of Spanish culture and cuisine, offering an invitation to its guests to embark on a journey through the cuisines and wines of various Spanish regions, with Catalonia as the first stop on the Tour. Dinners will include Catalonia’s Cava wine, fresh seafood, olive oils, goat cheese and traditional Crema Catalana among other delicacies.

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The global crisis has slowed down the consumption of wine in many markets. However, Spain’s foreign transactions in the industry have increased by 9.8% in value, with a rise in the average sale price by 32.2% between January and April, 2013, as a study carried out by the study the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) has revealed.

It seems that Spanish wines have attracted international recognition by the foreign press, as well as for the awards granted in different competitions. Spanish wines obtained 524 awards, from a total of 1,536 participants, at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, where Spain won 24 'Great Gold Medals', surpassing France and Portugal.

During the month of September the ICEX, in cooperation with the network of Spain’s Economic and Commercial Offices in Europe has organized a series of promoting activities in different European cities.

Starting September 17, the 9th Edition of the Spanish Wines Fair will be held in Poland with the purpose to increase our catalogue in this market, as well as to support the Spanish wineries to get in contact with potential importers.

On the same date, the Spanish Economic and Commercial Office in London, along with  “Wines from Spain” have organized the contest "The Wines from Spain Awards 2013", whose objective is to inform the British consumer about the variety and quality of Spanish wines. During the ceremony, a selected group of wine industry experts, led by the journalist and “Master of Wine”, Tim Atkin, will select among participants the top hundred wines that are currently sold on the British market.

Finally, on September 23-25, ICEX and the economic Office of the Embassy of Spain in Düsseldorf have organized the 12th Edition of the Spanish wines fair in Wiesbaden Hamburg respectively, which aims to introduce new wineries in the German market and to expand the distribution network in this country.

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Affairs in Washington, together with The Spanish Conference of Viticulture Regulatory Councils (CECRV), organized a Spanish wine tasting of different certificates of origin such as “Rueda”, “Toro” or “Rías Baixas” among others, accompanied by typical Spanish products as Manchego cheese or Iberian ham.

The famous Spanish Chef José Andrés, recently awarded by The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture for his commitment with the internationalization of the Spanish gastronomy, did not want to miss this gastronomical event, as well as the large number of high senior officials of the American Administration.

The event took place last 22nd May, at the residence of the Ambassador of Spain in Washington. This celebration is part of the export strategy of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, as a measure to make public the quality and diversity of Spanish wines.

Spain became the largest wine producer in the world in 2013, with an increase of 11% over the previous year in exports to USA.
Nowadays, about 700 Spanish wine cellars export their products to The States, increasing the presence of the Spanish Cuisine and Tapas bars outside our borders.

Source: www.elcatavinos.com

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