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  1. 1. Navarra Summer Times 2012_Layout 1 01/08/2012 16:31 Page 1 Issue 04 • Summer 2012 THE NAVARRA TIMES PAGE 3 PAGE 5 PAGE 8 NEWS FROM COMPETITION PRODUCERS PRODUCERS TIME DIRECTORY Win a trip to Navarra A round-up of events Details of producers and news direct from and who to contact in Navarra the UK A TASTe Of NAvArrA fOr LONDON A wide variety of producers from Navarra brought a taste of northern Spain to London and showcased new producers, new wines, and some known favourites Producers, commentators and wine the range of flavours and textures lovers alike were treated to a and in explanation Carlos Biurrun selection of some of the best wines of Bodegas Nekeas explained that of Navarra on Wednesday the 18th one of the main reasons for the of April in Bar Pepito, Kings Cross as true diversity of the region is the part of the campaign to bring location of the vineyards. He said: Navarran wines to a wider UK "There is no singular taste to audience. Just over thirty wines Navarra. The north is mountainous One thing that stood out amongst the wealth of positive commentary from our visitors was the real connection between Navarran wines and the food they are intended to be served with. Alex Hunt MW meets with Navarran producer Marco Real were showcased by Inurrieta, like Switzerland, the centre green Bodegas Chivite, Bodegas Malón de like Central Europe and the south international grapes; Cabernet, consultant for Harpers Wine and Echaide, Bodega de Sarria, Bodegas is like a desert.” Merlot and Syrah. There were also Spirits trade review reported that Pago De Larrainzar (Georges Still, many guests found that their some white wines in with the although “Mostly known for its lively, Barbier of London), Bodega Marco definition of Navarran wines was rosados-from crisp to super sweet.” easy-drinking rosado wines, Navarra Real and Compania Vitivinicola challenged. Sipswooshspit owner One thing that stood out amongst has lots more to offer than these Tandem (Hallgarten Druitt.) and blog writer Paola Tich noted the wealth of positive commentary brightly pink summer wines and the For many, the event was a chance that: “…they weren’t all made from from our visitors was the real particular focus of the tasting was to get familiar with the differing Garnacha and Tempranillo. There connection between Navarran showing Navarra wines to go with tastes of the region and experience were some smooth operators- wines and the food they are food.” She also noted that the the variety of wines on offer. Many alongside some big beasties made intended to be served with. Anne tannic backbone of Calendas guests expressed their fascination at from, or including, so-called Krebiehal, freelance wine writer and (Ochoa’s wine), Rosado from Download the Wines of Navarra iPhone/Android app today. Search for wines, producers, read about the region, explore the wine map and more... Simply visit iTunes and search DO Navarra 01 THE NAVARRA TIMES
  2. 2. Navarra Summer Times 2012_Layout 1 01/08/2012 16:31 Page 2 THE NAVARRA TIMES Bodegas Ochoa marked it out as a his favourites for his review of the “Navarra’s moderate and in some for the time being this means great food wine with many options of event: "The standard and value-for cases marginal climate afford all of value for money for us.” accompaniment, while Tandem’s money was all good here, I thought; these wines a refreshing, natural Several of the wines were praised soon to be released Inmacula Viura with so many receiving ticks, I have acidity while a long wine-making by guests for their originality. was described as "Marked by starred the "best in class" wines." history lends authenticity and Señorio de Sarría’s No 7 Graciano natural acidity and freshness, Anne Krebiehal also praised the expertise. Amazingly, Navarra still was described as "Unusual but textured and long; it is another regions quality versus the value for operates in the shadow of Spain’s delicious"" all its clove scented serious food wine." money we receive in the UK: more Parker-worthy regions- but glory with notes of smoky meat and Value for money was another well a smooth, rounded body," Inmacula discussed subject amongst our Viura was praised as a“low- guests. Wine Blogger, Tom Lewis The standard and value-for money was all intervention wine, bordering on noted that the range of affordable good here, I thought; with so many receiving natural, feels rounded and creamy wines was too large to simply ticks, I have starred the "best in class" wines. with big Natural Wine mouthfeel,” categorize by price when selecting whilst Pago de Larrainzar 2006 was described as having “real power – Richard Bigg, owner, Camino bars meets with Beatrix Ochoa from Bodegas Ochoa the producers aren’t wrong when they say it has a “strong personality”. But it also has fragrant, juicy black cherries mixed with leather, cedar, almonds When some food was served, I tried this with some charcoal grilled steak. Good match.” All in all it seemed that everyone found something to their taste that they wanted to talk about; demonstrating the potential of Navarran wines to reach a wide audience across the UK with their originality and unique tastes. The small intimate atmosphere of Pepito proved to be a perfect setting for the tasting and, as ever, it was a joy to see so many familiar faces and so many new ones. Even though some of our guests were on a tight schedule, popping in to see us when they got a spare moment, everyone seemed to be getting into the Spanish spirit and trying something new. Overall we received some very positive feedback from those who attended about the future of Navarran wines in the UK and hope to hear even more at future events across the country. Bespoke Drinks Media Limited Designed by Lucy Erikson First Floor, 2 The Brook, Southwater Copyright Bespoke Drinks Media Ltd 2012. Horsham RH13 9UY All rights reserved. Tel: 01403 733756 Email: No part of this publication may be copied, photocopied or Website: reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in Edited by Charlotte Hey any way or means, either by recording or otherwise, Email: without permission of the publishers in writing. Wines of Navarra newsletter is published by Bespoke Drinks Media Ltd. Contributors on behalf of Wines of Navarra • Charlotte Hey • Angeline Bayly • Pilar García-Granero 02 THE NAVARRA TIMES
  3. 3. Navarra Summer Times 2012_Layout 1 01/08/2012 16:31 Page 3 THE NAVARRA TIMES Welcome Summer is here and our thoughts all of our key markets; the UK contact the Wines of Navarra office have to wait and see what the rest turn to beaches and sun and a chilled continuing to be a priority for our for more information. We are also of the summer and the early autumn glass of Navarra Rosado. exporters.The tasting we held in the delighted to announce that we will bring in terms of weather but our The 2011 vintage is drinking Spring proved a great success – our be participating in the Wine Gang growers and winemakers will be particularly well at the moment and main focus being to talk directly to Tasting in Bath at the end of the year. working hard over the next couple even though we know you are not buyers in the off and on-trade so that This tasting gives us a great chance to of months to ensure the best having the best of summers in the we can help improve the distribution get more Navarra wine in the glasses possible results. UK, we are sure that a glass of one of the region’s wines. Later this year of wine interested individuals. of our Rosados will help you to we will be taking a group of buyers We are currently preparing for the Wishing you all good summer. forget the rain. out to Navarra for a three day trip vintage and the signs so far are that Feliz Verano. This year has been full of and there are still a couple of places we are going to have a good crop Pilar García-Granero promotional activities for Navarra in so if you would like to join us please and some great quality fruit. We will News they got into the gastronomic away with Silver medals in both young wines already made groove. competitions. In addition the new by Bodegas Ochoa with the This event follows on from the look Gran Feudo range had Calendas Roble is a new Navarra Wine festivals that were success in the Challenge and the wine that now joins this GREAT RECEPTION FOR o popular last year in the region Sommelier Awards wining a new range. NAVARRA AT VINOFEST itself and is part of the Consejo Broze for the Rosado and a Commenting on the Last month saw the first edition Regulador’s objective to get a silver for the 2011 Gran Feudo new wines, Adriana of VINOFEST in San Sebastian. younger generation of consumers Edición Chardonnay 2011. Ochoa, winemaker said, Thousands of consumers visited interested in Navarran wines. Julián Chivite, president of the “The wines are modern the Navarran food and wine company, said, “We have been in style and aimed at a extravaganza which ran for ten For more information working hard to make the most younger generation, the days in the middle of June. of the fabulous quality we have Calendas Blanco uses Seventeen wineries from the at Finca Arinzano, our estate in Muscat to bring aroma, region took part in the event MEDAL WINS FOR CHIVITE the north of Navarra. Finca de freshness and liveliness where the visitors were able to The new team at Chivite are Villatuerta is a wine that is to the Viura and sample some great wines delighted with the results their made for enjoyment and easy structure of the alongside some delicious typical new launch wines have received in drinking and the medals prove Chardonnay. The rosé is dishes from the region in the the Decanter Wine Awards and that our hard work is starting to made from red grapes using the form of Pintxo (small, bite-size the International Wine Challenge pay off.” saignée method and in the reds dishes). Consumers were also this year. The Finca de Villatuerta we use Tempranillo and Garnacha able to enjoy live music whilst Syrah 2010 and Tinto 2008 walked NEW LAUNCH FOR OCHOA to make a great young wine. The Bodegas Ochoa has just launched Calendas Roble has a little Syrah ‘Calendas’, a new generation of added to the blend to help with wines for the company. The aim of the oak ageing and give it an the range is to create a easy- intense fruity character.” drinking, accessible wines that not on adhere to the founding FRAILE DEFENDS principles of the winery but also INTERNATIONAL VARIETIES are respectful of the environment. José María Fraile, one of the The name comes from the word founders from Tandem was for the first day of the lunar year interviewed by the journalist according to the Roman calendar, Denise Medrano at the Navarra the calends of March, just when Wines Tasting earlier this year in the Bodegas Ochoa vineyard in London and defended the use of Traibuenas springs into life after the so called international grape the winter. The ‘Calendas’ range varieties in Navarra – an aspect of consists of a white, a rosé and two viticulture that is often questioned reds. Three of these, the white, the by press and trade outside of rosé and one of the reds, Spain. represent an image change for the Fraile gave perspective to this Ochoa brand in relation to the conundrum commenting that 03 THE NAVARRA TIMES
  4. 4. Navarra Summer Times 2012_Layout 1 01/08/2012 16:31 Page 4 THE NAVARRA TIMES News Navarra for more information on Wines of Navarra in the UK “People are going mad over please contact us. indigenous grapes, but Cabernet Tel: 01403 733756 or email: and Merlot were planted here before phylloxera. They are in their natural place given the strong historical links between the region and France that has been in existence long before the disastrous consequences of phylloxera hit Spain’s neighbour. Following their discussion writing in her blog, Medrano observed that “Tandem is certainly adding its own stamp to the classic Bordeaux blend with its Macula 2004, a 60- 40 split between Cabernet and achieving success internationally, Sommelier Competition. Merlot. But, for me, there was one the Moscatel a Petit Grains and This raft of awards is testament style that stood out (from the the Chardonnay 2011 which has to the hard work and effor t put tasting) – those intense, structured won Silver medals in the UK’s into the wines at Bodegas and distinctive Navarra red blends. Sommelier Wine awards and in Innurieta which has increased its Let’s hope they’re enough for the international wine contest, cache of medal tenfold in the past Navarra to attract new consumers Best Chardonnay du Monde. 12 months. and step out of Rioja’s shadow.” Only eight Spanish wines have been awarded with a silver medal MALON DE ECHAIDE WINS NEW LOOK BODEGA DE in this impor tant international It s been a great year for the SARRÍA contest. During the contest 908 winesmaker at Bodegas Malón de Señorio de Sarría s team has been wines coming from 43 different Echaide whose wines have hard at work launching the new countries all over the world have triumphed in “Le challenge vintage for its old vine Rosado been tasted and after four days of international du vin” in France. The within the Viñedo Nº 5 range with tasting and analysis, the jury Viña Parot 2003 Reserva received completely reworked packaging selected the best wines. a gold medal and a silver for the bring the wine into line with the Señorio de Cascante 2003 Gran new Señorio de Sarria corporate BODEGA INURRIETA´S Reserva in the competition. image. A fruity rosé made from INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS Apart from gaining international 100% garnacha is is harvested by Medal season is upon us and recognition for their wines the hand in “nº5” block in the winery’s Bodegas Innurieta is no exception winereies benchmark brand own estate vineyards, near Puente when it comes to picking up gongs Malon de Echaide has had a La Reina. After a rigorous grape having had a great run of medal complete makeover with new selection from the 50 year having won a raft of golds, silvers look packaging bringing the brand old bush vines, the must is and bronzes in competitions from into line with market demands. In extracted by the traditional the “Challenge International du addition, making the most of the vat bleeding method. Vin” to the Navarra Sommeliers oppor tunity that the rebrand This wine has received Competition to the Concours presents, two new wines international acclaim Mondial de Bruxelles. have been added to the range; the including Best Rosé of the The wines from the range that Malon de Echaide Blanco is now a Year and bronze medals have been the most successful are 100% Chardonnay and the in the International the Innurieta Sur, Mediodia and winemaker has created a new Wine Challenge 2012 Orchidea winning silvers and golds wine, the “Vendimia Seleccionada” and at the Challenge in the Concours Mondial, proving that the winery is International du Vin 2012. Challenge International du investing time and effor t in But it is not just the Vin, the International Wine producing the best possible Jay Miller Chardonnays that are Chalenge and the Navarra quality. Take a trip to Navarra: See page 5 for details 04 THE NAVARRA TIMES
  5. 5. Navarra Summer Times 2012_Layout 1 01/08/2012 16:31 Page 5 NAvArrA TrIP 2011 each year Wines of Navarra hosts a UK trade and buyers trip to Navarra, find out how you could be joining them this September Navarra is an exciting wine region with plenty to offer. It epitomises the diversity Spain has to offer in terms of quality and value. As part of the UK’s 2012 promotional campaign, Wines of Navarra is offering two independent wine merchants the opportunity to visit Navarra this September, as part of a wider trade buying trip. Many people do not realise the sheer variety of the wines produced in the region, due to its sub regions, micro-climates, differing grape varieties and wine making styles. The trip will allow you to become familiar with the different tastes of the region and be able to talk more knowledgably about the region as a whole; not just a handful of producers or styles. You will also be able to give your feedback to the winemakers themselves and see several different winemaking processes first-hand. Philippe Loiseau, restaurant manager, of Yauatcha [before] I visited Navarra I couldn’t imagine how rich that region is, in history, traditional food, and wine production. Three days in Navarra was something I couldn’t forget. My top visit was Ochoa, with Adriana, the daughter, making her If you would like to apply for a place on the next trip, and can make 30 September – own wines which we 3 October from London Heathrow (inclusive) please email: tasted from the barrel. explaining what benefit your company would get from joining us. These new Winners will be contacted with full details by august 17th, 2012. generations of winemakers are bringing an air of change to the region. And they can always count on me to visit again. W W W . W I N E S O F N A V A R R A . C O . U K
  6. 6. Navarra Summer Times 2012_Layout 1 01/08/2012 16:31 Page 6 THE NAVARRA TIMES ON TOUr IN NAvArrA each year the CrDO Navarra invites buyers out to the region to get closer to the winemakers and the vines. This year one of the largest groups of buyers visited Navarra to find out more One of the main focuses of the Navarra generic campaign has always been to get people out to the region because, as Jordi Vidal, general manager at the CRDO Navarra, points out, “Until people come to Navarra they cannot fully appreciate the diversity and range Navarra has to offer – from its sub-regions to its micro-climates, its variety of wine making styles to the vast number of grape varieties cultivated.” He continues, “We firmly believe that by investing in bringing buyers, press and opinion formers to Navarra we are able to give them an insight into what we are about and hopefully create an opportunity for them to speak more knowledgeably about the region and its wines.” Last autumn saw the largest trip of buyers visiting the region in the last few years as members of the UK trade, from the on and off-trade, visited the region for three days of winery tours and tastings. The group arrived into Pamplona WHO’S WHO The people who visited Navarra were: • Emma Harrison, Store Manager and buyer,The Sampler • Paul Walker, Bars Manager, Rockcliffe Hall • Gustavo Medina Assistant Manager,Tate Catering • Terry Wiseman, Hotel Purchasing Manager, Saga Shipping Co • Andrea Briccarello, Head Sommelier, Galvin Restaurants • Richard Bigg, Managing Director, Cantaloupe Group • John Hodges, Owner,The Vineyard at Dorking • Stephen Arnold, Manager, Ex Cellar 06 THE NAVARRA TIMES
  7. 7. Navarra Summer Times 2012_Layout 1 01/08/2012 16:31 Page 7 THE NAVARRA TIMES late on a Sunday evening to a tapas am sure that Navarra has something supper in one of the city’s great bars to fill the gap.” and then bustled off to bed early in Another important part of these preparation for an early start the visits is to make sure that the buyers following morning. get a broad vision of the quality of Monday morning was taken up by the culture and cuisine in Navarra and introduction to the region in the and so in the evenings the group Consejo Regulador, situated towards visited restaurants that represented these aspects well. The second evening was spent in a Michelin I was extremely starred restaurant in Enekorri, in impressed by Pilar at order to give guests a chance to the Consejo, what sample the best of what Pamplona energy, vision, bravery and We will be happy to determination…! continue stocking Richard Bigg, Cantaloupe Group wines of Navarra Gustavo Medina ramirez, the centre of the region in Olite.The Tate Group Consejo’s President, Pilar Garcia Granero, gave the assembled group has to offer and the third evening an introduction to the region, its was spent in a local Asador on the origins and the developments that outskirts of the city where the group have taken place in recent years.The got a feel for a more traditional style group was particularly interested by of dining enjoying deliciously grilled the changes to the regulations steaks and local vegetables such as ensuring higher quality standards Pimientos al Piquillo, fresh white in production and vinification, which asparagus and chistorra (a spice small entails rigorous tastings just after paprika sausage similar to chorizo). vintage and prior to release on the All the guests were impressed with market. the range of wines available and the consistent quality of these wines. They noted that there are some Great food & wines, outstanding wines available but that wonderful variety there are also some good entry level from both…plus wines too. wines to suit almost any occasion.” I will seriously look Stephen Arnold, Manager, at these wines for our ex Cellar all inclusive cruising trips...” Following the presentation in the Terry Wiseman, Saga Shipping Consejo the group was taken Company Ltd around the region for the next two days to visit the wineries which are The region should continue focused on exporting to the UK educating consumers and should market. “Our aim with this kind of consider linking in with other activity,” commented Vidal, “is to areas, such as culture and food to make sure that our guests can achieve this. Navarra has a strong 2012 BACK TO NAVARRA experience the different sizes and identity within Spain, which needs to styles of wineries around Navarra. This year will see another trade trip being organized to the region towards be accentuated with the UK gate We have small, boutique bodegas the end of Spetember/early October and whilst places are filling up fast keepers and as a result the with limited production and large there is still a possibility for you to join the trip if you are interested. You consumer, the Consejo believes operations that are either need to be a bona fide member of the wine trade who currently holds a that these types of trips are key cooperatives or privately owned – buying position for wines in either an on- or off-trade retail environment. to furthering the education the point being that whatever style For more information contact and promoting interest in the of wine you are looking for I region’s wines. 07 THE NAVARRA TIMES
  8. 8. Navarra Summer Times 2012_Layout 1 01/08/2012 16:31 Page 8 PRODUCERS DIRECTORY: Details of producers and who to contact in the UK Bodegas y Viñedos Nekeas UK Importer: seeking UK importer Contact: Carlos Biurrun Bodega Inurrieta Tel: 0034 948 350296 Viña Aliaga UK importer: C & D Wines Ltd Email: UK importer: seeking UK importer Contact: Felix Benito Contact: Carlos Aliaga Tel: 020 8778 1711 Tel: +34 948 40 13 21 Email: Email: Compañia Vitivinícola Tandem Bodegas Ochoa UK importer: Hallgarten Druitt Bodegas Pago de Larrainzar UK importer: PLB Group Contact: Andrew Parker UK importer: Georges Barbier of Contact: Lisa Marr Tel: 01582 406433 London Tel: 01342 336534 Email: Contact: Georges Barbier Email: Tel: 020 8852 5801 Email: Bodega de Sarría UK importer: Boutinot Contact: Christina Cavender Tel: 0161 908 1300 Domaines Lupier Email: UK Importer: seeking UK importer Bodega Marco Real Contact: Elisa Ucar UK importer: Clink Wines Tel: 0034 639 622111 Contact: Catherine Monaghan Email: Tel: 07500 933848 Email: Bodegas Chivite UK importer: 10 International Contact: Jo Thompson Tel: 01372 454 910 Email: Ntr. Sra. del Romero UK importer: Morgenrot Chevaliers Contact: Simon Smith Tel: 0845 070 4310 Email: w w w. w i n e s o f n a v a r ra . c o. u k