INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRITS TASTING 2014

On Tuesday 16th September the Spanish Chamber was proud to take part in the 6th edition of the International Wine & Spirits Tasting. This annual event is organised by several Chambers of Commerce in London. The event’s main goal is to broaden attendees’ network by providing members from the different chambers and related organisations with the opportunity to access an international audience. For this edition, the Wine Tasting had counted on two new additions, Georgia and Portugal Chambers of Commerce that joined last year’s participants that represented: Argentina, Austria, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, Mexico, Spain and Switzerland.

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This year the event counted with almost 300 attendees.

As the name of the event stands, the evening was driven around the wide variety of wines & spirits from diverse regions of the 12 countries that were represented in the event. This time we had a record number of attendees, over 300 guests gathered at the magnificent Grand Connaught Rooms, located steps away from the British Museum, to taste a selection of wine varieties from around the world as they walked their way around the different country stations and dispersed throughout the great room where the event was held.

On this occasion, Spanish wines were kindly sponsored by Gilbu, member of the Chamber. Delegates from Gilbu had the opportunity to showcase their products to a great and varied audience. During the event there were many curious individuals and lovers of the Spanish gastronomy that stopped by the Spanish station to taste the 3 wines presented, Solecico Fusión, Sarada Fusión and Sarada Selección, while getting some guidance through the tasting provided by their professional sommelier.  Gilbu products are distinguished due to its careful production process based on the assortment of the best raw materials, as well as, relying on the latest technology in ecological products.

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The GILBU staff moments previous that the event started

Moreover, the key of the event resides as well in the importance of the UK wine market within the worldwide scenario. Great Britain is one of the main worldwide wine markets, in numbers; it is the sixth biggest market in the world regarding the buying and selling volume.

This fact was reflected on the wide variety of products that were presented during the event. We could taste from a raspberry wine imported from Austria to a curious Japanese whiskey, without forgetting the sweet ice Canadian wine that was surprising once again.

Moreover, one of the key facts that contribute to turn this event into a noted date in London business based community relies on the position and relevance of UK wine market worldwide, being currently the sixth largest for its buying and selling volume.  The great variety, origin and distribution of the wines & spirits that were presented in the evening helped to  prove this fact. Attendees were able to travel around the world with their senses: one minute they were in Austria, trying raspberry wine, next one jumped to Japan where they were indulged with Suntory whiskey, to cross to the other side of the hemisphere to enjoy the popular Canadian iced wine.

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The Suntory Whisky was the star at the Japanese station.

We would like to express our gratitude to members and colleagues from the other Chambers for their hard work and effort to produce such a magnificent event.

If you missed this event or just want to find out about other activities that the Spanish Chamber is organising in the coming weeks, we encourage you to keep an eye on our UPCOMING EVENTS section within our website or subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

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