These Wines From Spain are Must-Sips This Summer

We asked Food & Wine Classic presenter Leslie Sbrocco for her favorite patio pours.

By Cindy Hirschfeld May 24, 2017 Published in the Summer 2017 issue of Aspen Sojourner

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Over the Food & Wine Classic’s 34 years in Aspen, countless bottles of wine have been consumed, with many of those pours coming from regions like España Verde, the Duero River Valley, and the Mediterranean Coast. That’s because the Classic’s longest continuous wine sponsor, celebrating 25 years this June, is Wines from Spain. For the past 15 years, the trade group has had its own large—and very popular—tent at the Grand Tastings, all the better to introduce wine lovers to grapes like albariño and Alicante. To help celebrate that silver anniversary, we asked frequent Classic presenter and wine expert Leslie Sbrocco for some of her favorite Spanish sips. Salud!

Juvé Y Camps Pinot Noir Brut Rosé Cava, $18

“Deep pink in hue, this dry-styled sparkling beauty is as delicious to sip as it is to admire. Pour it poolside or tableside.” 

Fillaboa Albariño Rías Baixas, $20

“Made from Spanish superstar grape albariño, this refreshing, classy white is ideal with shellfish or spicy fare.” 

Bodegas Muriel Reserva Rioja, $18

“The Rioja Reserva category wins when it comes to value and quality. This elegant, aged red is supple and spicy.”

Arínzano ‘Gran Vino’ Blanco Vino de Pago, $80

“One of the best chardonnays I’ve ever tasted, this complex, crisp Spanish white is a rarity worth seeking out.”

Passholders can see Leslie Sbrocco at the 2017 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen at the following seminars:

Rosé All Day
Friday, June 16 & Saturday, June 17
10–10:45 a.m., Old Aspen Art Museum

It's Willamette, Dammit! 
Friday, June 16
3:45–4:30 p.m., Limelight Hotel

[Ed Note: This article has been updated in May 2019 to reflect the information below]

In 2019, Leslie Sbrocco gives the following seminars at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen:

Born in the USA
Friday, June 14
10–10:45 a.m., River Tent 2

Born in the USA
Saturday, June 15
2–2:45 p.m., River Tent 2

Napa Valley Meets Sonoma County
Saturday, June 15
3:45–4:30 p.m., River Tent 2

Napa Valley Meets Sonoma County
Sunday, June 16
10:30–11:15 a.m., River Tent 2




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