Drink Ribera. Drink Spain. has released their spring 2013 Road Tour calendar, including opportunities for trade and press to meet winemakers and taste current releases from over 100 D.O. Ribera del Duero wineries in Dallas, Austin, Miami, Boston, Chicago and Denver. The Drink Ribera Road Tour will include RiberaConnect, a trade sampling platform designed to facilitate business between importers and Ribera wineries seeking representation in the United States.
This year the annual Drink Ribera Road Tour will also encompass a Guild of Sommeliers Master Class tasting series in Chicago, Houston, New York, Atlanta, Seattle and San Francisco. Led by certified Master Sommeliers, classes will include a comprehensive tasting of Ribera wines for wine professionals designed to advance education and training on the Ribera del Duero region.
The Drink Ribera Road Tour follows the success of the region’s 4th annual Grand Tasting in New York. On February 25, 2013, Drink Ribera hosted over 120 wineries from the Ribera del Duero region of Spain, presenting their latest releases to 400 wine industry professionals and guests at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Exclusively for Drink Ribera guests, Pablo Alvarez, General Director of Vega Sicilia, led a rare vertical tasting including a magnum Unico 1981 and Unico Reserva Especial.
About D.O. Ribera del Duero
Ribera del Duero provides a benchmark for quality in the Spanish wine category. With an extreme climate perfectly suited for quality grape-growing and ripening, Ribera del Duero wines represent the pinnacle of Spanish winemaking and the ultimate expression of Spain’s most noble red grape: Tempranillo. The region became a Denominación de Origen (D.O.) in 1982, and today there are more than 260 wineries producing top world-class wines. Ribera del Duero was named 2012 Wine Region of the Year in Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s annual Wine Star Awards.