Spain in 2022 is about the culture of food & wine
Spain Food & Wine 2022
We were invited to attend the recent 3-day long Madrid Fusión Alimentos de España 2022 by our friend and owner/chef of the popular Taberna La Catapa, Miguel Angel. This year’s event, the largest in it’s 20-year history, featured Dabiz Muñoz (DiverXO, Madrid), Joan Roca (El Celler de Can Roca), Andoni Luis Aduriz (Mugaritz, San Sebastián), Elena Arzak (Arzak’s, San Sebastián), Francis Paniego (Echaurren, Ezcaray, La Rioja), Mario Sandoval (Coque, Madrid), Quique Dacosta (Quique Dacosta Restaurant, Denia), Luis Alberto Lera (Lera, Castroverde de Campos, Zamora), Iván Cerdeño (Restaurante Iván Cerdeño, Toledo), and Rodrigo de la Calle (El Invernadero, Madrid), with Pedro Aguilera (Cádiz) taking home the Best New Chef award, was a major success.
Also featured chefs from other countries included René Redzepi (Noma, Copenhagen), Gastón Acurio (Yakumanka, Geneva), Alex Atala (D.O.M. Brazil), Rasmus Munk (Alchemist, Copenhagen), Antonia Klugmann(L’Argine a Vencó, Dolegna del Collio, Italy), and Ukrainian chef Ksenia Amber(Odessa).
La Rioja: one territory, a thousand bites
Also featured where the top chefs from the Rioja.
The special program on the use of locally sourced ingredients included chefs Francis Paniego (El Portal de Echaurren, Ezcaray), Ignacio Echapresto (Venta Moncalvillo, Daroca de Rioja), Carolina Sánchez e Iñaki Murúa (Ikaro, Logroño), Miguel Caño y Dani Lasa (Nublo, Haro).
The Wine Edition was back for a second year
The Wine Edition Wines from Spain, sponsored by Food & Wines from Spain
The Restoring the Mountainside and Vineyards Recovery presentation featured Ricard Rofes, Oenologist at Valldencomte ( Priorat), Telmo Rodríguez, one of the greatest of Spanish winemakers, Fernando Mora, Master of Wine and oenologist at Bodegas Frontonio (Zaragoza) and Alfonso Torrente and Roberto Santana, Bodegas Envínate (Canary Islands).
We also met Tao Platón of Península Vinicultores, wine maker at Bodegas Badiola in Villabuena de Álava, a new name in the Rioja. To get around the regulations that stipulate that village wines must come from the same location where the winery is physically built, the first three releases are labeled L4GD4 from Laguardia, V1BN4 from Villabuena and L3Z4 from Leza.
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