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A Taste of Spain! 

Spain is featued as the theme country at the 18th annual Ottawa Wine and Food Show, November 7, 8 & 9, 2003.

The Trade Commission of Spain, in collaboration with top wineries, agents, food distributors and the Tourist Office of Spain, is proud to have Spain featured as the hosting theme country at the 18th annual edition of the Ottawa Wine and Food Show. We will be bringing Canadian aficionados a wide selection of our best wines and foods for their enjoyment.

Wine Spectator, in a cover article in its June 2003 issue, proclaimed that Spain is "the new source of Europe's most exciting wine and food."

Spain is a country where food and wine matter. Not only because it is one of the world's biggest producers of quality food and beverage products, but because its gastronomy is as rich, varied and colourful as its history, cultures, languages and people. Spain's gastronomy conveys strong, passionate regionalism and historic culinary traditions. For many years, Spain has been the best-kept culinary secret of North America. Today, Spanish gastronomy is a trend-setter in Europe and the world.

Our celebrity guest chef is Teresa Barrenechea. Owner and chef of the prestigious Restaurant "Marichu" in New York, Teresa has introduced authentic Basque and Spanish cuisines to the United States. Author of The Basque Table, for which she was awarded the National Gastronomy Prize in Spain, she has been promoting our gastronomy all over the world, teaching at the most prestigious schools in America and the world.

Spain is the country with the largest area under vine and is the world's third largest producer of wine. These figures show how important wine is for Spain, but what they do not reveal is the astonishing range of wines Spain has to offer. The diversity of our soil, very different climatic conditions, indigenous grape varieties, centuries-long traditions, and last but not least, the passion of our wine makers have translated in one of the most diverse and rich wine productions in the world.

Four different special wine tastings, in collaboration with the National Capital Sommelier guild, will be able to help you get better acquainted with our wines, our regions and our grapes (a Torres tasting, presented by Carlos Soriano, from the winery; a sherry treasures tasting; a selection of some of best red wines; and a "best of Spain" tasting featuring a careful selection of Cavas, whites and reds).

During the show, you will be able to taste wines from more than 30 different wineries. Representing their wineries will be Carlos Soriano from Torres; Mercedes de Gregorio from Finca Allende, the award winning new Rioja winery; Stanley Manski, right from the Osborne bodega; and Ramón Llorens, wine maker at Bodegas Biurko Gorri.

We will also be bringing an incredible selection of gourmet products from Spain: extra-virgin olive oils, olives, Sherry vinegar, piquillo peppers, saffron, our well-known clementines, and of course a wide selection of Spain's best cheeses, including Manchego!

Our Tourism Office in Canada will also be present at the show with information on our wonderful country, tourist routes, anything you need to get to know Spain better.

Be sure you do not miss it! A true Taste of Spain in Ottawa. Enjoy and experience our foods, wines, learn about our gastronomy, our culture, our country and join the growing numbers of Spain-addicts!

And the show's Spanish theme extends to the Westin Hotel. Teresa Barrenechea's recipes will be featured at "Daly's Restaurant" for a 10-day promotion.




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