TAMPA, Fla., October 10, 2013 – Grandes Pagos de España brings the best of their single-estate Spanish wines to Florida for the very first time to Columbia Ybor City on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 at 7 p.m.
“Pago” in Spanish means “Single Estate.” Grandes Pagos de España is an elite group composed of 25 wineries of different Spanish regions with a common philosophy: To express the personality of their soil, weather and vineyard through their wines. Only 25 wineries in Spain are included because of their unique and artisanal elaboration as well as their excellence at wine culture, combining the tradition of quality wine with international recognition and prestige.
Representing the Grandes Pagos de España are winemakers Carlos Falcó of Marqués de Griñón, Carlos Bujanda of Finca Valpiedra and Pepe Mendoza of Bodegas Enrique Mendoza.
“We are so honored to host the Florida premiere of Grandes Pagos de España at Columbia Ybor City,” said fourth generation family member and Columbia Restaurant Group president Richard Gonzmart. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to meet legendary Spanish winemakers Carlos Falcó, Carlos Bujanda and Pepe Mendoza and to sample their extraordinary wines.”
Guests will enjoy an evening of sampling and enjoying fine wines and food while interacting with these world-class Spanish winemakers. There will also be an opportunity to purchase the wines to take home. The event is from 7 — 10 p.m. and is $55 per person. For reservations call 813-248-4961 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Marqués de Griñón
Marqués de Griñón wines are sourced from the prized Dominio de Valdepusa vineyard in Castilla-La Mancha. Valdepusa stands apart from the rest of the region, because its 1,068-foot elevation is one of the highest in Spain, and its top layer of soil is similar to Burgundy’s — it is almost pure limestone. Dominio de Valdepusa was the first estate to win DO de Pago designation in 2003, meaning that Valdepusa, like Sassicaia or Romanee-Conti, is an estate with its own DO. Read more at http://www.winebow.com/winery.php?id=210
About Carlos Falcó of Marqués de Griñón
Carlos Falcó was born in Seville (Spain). He graduated as an agronomist from Leuven University (Belgium) and later graduated from the University of California (Davis). He is one of the pioneers of modern viticulture and a producer of great quality pago wines in Spain. He was the first to plant Syrah and Petit Verdot in Spain, as well as the Cabernet Sauvignon and Graciano varieties in Castilla La Mancha.
His Dominio de Valdepusa vineyards in Toledo were European pioneers with the introduction of new technologies such as drip irrigation (1974), Smart-Dyson trellising systems (1994), partial root drying (PRD) in 1999, in addition to the use of dendrometers to monitor hydric stress and vine growth.
In 2003, Dominio de Valdepusa was the first Spanish single-estate to be awarded its own Denominación de Origen by the Spanish government and by the European Union. In June 1999 he published his first book Understanding Wine, which is currently in its 10th edition and is a bestseller in the subject of wine. It has received a number of awards from national and international critics, including Best Gastronomic Publication, awarded by the Cofradía de la Buena Mesa (Good Table Guild) and the Spanish Gastronomy Academy in Madrid,as well as Best Spanish Book on Wines, which was granted during the 1999 World Cookbook Awards in Versailles.
Falcó is the President of Pagos de Familia Marqués de Griñón, S.A. and owner of the Dominio de Valdepusa Estate and Sociedad del Viñedo del Rincón, S.A..
He is Chairman of Grandes Pagos de España (Association of Spanish Grand Crus), Chairman of the Royal Spanish Academy of Gastronomy and Chairman of the Castellano-Manchega Academy of Gastronomy. In addition, he is an honorary member of the Rioja, Penedés, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne wine guilds. In April 2004 he was named Man of the Year by the Peñín Guide. Verema.com, a leading online wine resource, conferred on him the identical award, which was determined by their clients in 2006.
About Finca Valpiedra
Finca Valpiedra is a single-estate vineyard in an oxbow meander in the Ebro River in Rioja Alta, creating a microclimate unlike anywhere else in the region. The soil is full of stones from the river bed, which trap heat and accelerate grape ripening. The soil is high in calcium, nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, copper and iron, all of which contribute to its acidity and fertility.
Finca Valpiedra is owned by La Familia Martinez Bujanda, a family-owned winery founded in 1889 and now on its fourth generation of ownership. The combination of a unique vineyard location and La Familia Martinez Bujanda’s dedication to excellence make Finca Valpiedra the only Rioja member of Grandes Pagos de España. Learn more at http://www.winebow.com/winery.php?id=1140
About Carlos Bujanda of Finca Valpiedra
Carlos Bujanda is the chairman of the Familia Martínez Bujanda group, which is composed of the following wineries:
• Finca Valpiedra, DOCa Rioja (the only Rioja member of Grandes Pagos de España)
• Viña Bujanda, DOCa Rioja
• Finca Antigua, DO La Mancha
• Finca Montepedroso, DO Rueda
• Cosecheros y Criadores, VdlT Castilla-La Mancha
Bujanda belongs to the fourth generation of a wine-dedicated family that extends back to 1889. He has spent his entire life in the family wine business.
After finishing his studies in Economy and Enterprise Management at the University of Deusto (Bilbao), he joined the winery in 1983 and took a role in the commercial department. After three years in the domestic market, he took the lead in developing the winery’s exposure in export markets. One of Carlos’s first major undertakings was to consolidate the winery’s importers around the world. The resulting strengthened relationships and increased efficiency meant that Familia Martinez Bujanda wines were soon exported in over 60 different countries. Today, export sales account for 70 percent of the winery’s production, a dramatic change from their previous reliance on the domestic market.
In 2006, Carlos became chairman of the Familia Martínez Bujanda group. Since then, he has grown the business with successful new vineyards and wineries, including Viña Bujanda in DOCa Rioja and Finca Montepedroso in DO Rueda. Familia Martinez Bujanda now encompasses five different cellars in four DOs and employs 110 people.
Carlos prides himself in staying in close touch with his customers, importers, and distributors across the globe, and is “proud to say that many of them are also great friends.”
About Bodegas Enrique Mendoza
Alicante native Enrique Mendoza founded this winery in 1989. Today, Enrique’s son Pepe serves as vineyard manager and winemaker, while his other son Julian takes care of the commercial end of the business. Bodegas Enrique Mendoza is perhaps best known for its single-vineyard Monastrell wines, although Pepe has also begun experimenting with international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. The vineyards are at a high altitude of 1,200 to 2,100 feet and are located close to the ocean, where the climate is cooler. Pepe prioritizes natural winemaking, eschewing herbicides and insecticides and using only compost for fertilizer. This combination of vineyard location, viticulture and viniculture has led to a uniquely elegant and complex style of Monastrell rarely seen elsewhere. Learn more at http://www.winebow.com/winery.php?id=73
About Pepe Mendoza of Bodegas Enrique Mendoza
Pepe Mendoza has been participating in wine production from a young age, helping with harvest and grape pressing (using a 300-year-old, Roman-style wine press) at Bodegas Enrique Mendoza. After declaring his vocation of oenology in secondary school, Pepe continued his studies at the Félix Jiménez de Requena School of Viticulture and Enology, and carried out his practicum with the Raimat and Masia Bach group. He was the first Spanish winemaker to work in New Zealand, at Grove Mill in Marlborough Valley. He later worked in Argentina with Altavista and Achaval-Ferrer.
In 1990, Pepe returned to Spain to manage Bodegas Enrique Mendoza with the help of his brother, Julián. Now a part of a new generation of winegrowers, Pepe’s fundamental objective at Enrique Mendoza is to attain grapes of the highest quality. All of the plants are nurtured using compost fertilizer and environmentally friendly practices, without insecticides or herbicides. Pepe’s belief is that great wine comes from a great vineyard.
The original Columbia Restaurant was founded in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., and is Florida’s oldest restaurant. It began as a 60-seat corner café known for its Cuban coffee and authentic Cuban sandwiches, frequented by the local cigar workers. Additional Columbia locations include St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, the Historic District in St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida’s town of Celebration, the Columbia Café on the Riverwalk in Tampa and the Columbia Restaurant Café at Tampa International Airport. All Columbia locations are owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation members of the founding family except for Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport, which is operated in partnership with HMSHost. Please see www.columbiarestaurant.com for more information.
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