The most recognized wine critic in the world, the British Jancis Robison, who until recently when talking about Spanish wine only referred to three types: the Rioja, the Ribera and the Red Wine, as it was called outside of our country to everything that did not belong to said Denominations of Origin.
Fortunately things have changed and, as Robison pointed out, Spanish wine is in a very good moment. Something that is noted in the pavilion of Alimentaria Intervin, which this year hosts the second edition of Vinorum Think, a space in which food critics, renowned sommeliers and wine lovers come together during these days to reflect on the preferred Spanish references of the most demanding palates.
Four days of historical pairings, master tastings and an open tasting space for those who want to freely try -without having to go through the stands- the best proposals of the Intervin exhibitors; they join Spain Top Pairings, a corner in which the sommelier Ferran Centelles has brought together some of the best restaurants and sommeliers in the country to offer the public six legendary pairings that have changed the history of gastronomy.
As the Celler de Can Roca, in which his sommelier Josep Roca makes a small demonstration of “the integral harmonies” that take place in the restaurant and that represent one of the last revolutions in the world of pairing. His technique consists in creating the dishes according to the aromas of the wine, and not vice versa. That is why Alimentaria has chosen to prepare an oyster with Albariño with green apple, red grapefruit and lemon, laurel sauce and fennel and ground distillate that combine with one of the most emblematic wines of Galicia.
It is also interesting -among others- the marriage of affinity proposed by Aponiente, the restaurant of chef Ángel León in El Puerto de Santamaría (Cádiz), for which the sommelier Juan Ruiz Henestrosa chooses one of the most representative wines of his land, the Jeréz, and combines it with a delicious Plankton “empanadilla” that also has its ingredients with shiso and bivaldos.
The favorite Spanish wines of Jancis Robison
During the day yesterday Vinorum Think had a very special tasting, in which the renowned British wine critic revealed to the attendees their favorite Spanish wines that make up the following list: Listan Blanco & Malvasia by Celler Alto de Trevejos, Cantallops Xarel · 2016 by AT Roca, Finca Calavestra Merseguera 2014 by Mustiguillo, As Sortes 2016 by Rafael Palacios, El Reventón 2015 by Daniel Landi, El Molar 2016 by Casa Castillo, Sierra Demanda 2014 by Compañía de Vinos del Atlántico, La Condenada 2016, by Artuke , Llanos del Almendro 2012 by Dominio de Atauta, Dementia 2012 by Dementia de Autor, Grans Muralles 2011 by Torres Family, Mas Doix 2014 by Bodegas Mas Doix, Anayón 1957 by Grandes Vinos and La Boote del Manzanilla no 71 by Equipo Navazos.
Today another magistral tasting is expected, that of the New York Times gastronomic critic Eric Asimov, who will make a tour of the preferred Spanish references in America and unmask the myths that exist around this strategic market for wine companies in Spain.
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Spain offers a large number of private jet airports, which allow passengers to reach their destination fast and with as little ground transfer time as possible.
Larger airports such as Madrid and Barcelona’s international airports, offer dedicated terminals and FBO facilities, which offer privacy and a fast arrival and departure. There are no waiting times to pass through customs or check in mean that you can be at the airport for as little as 15 minutes before departure.
Our most popular private jet airports in Spain include:
Madrid Adolfo Suarez International Airport
Adolfo Suarez airport began to take on most of Madrid’s private jet flights after the popular private jet airport at Madrid Torrejon reverted to a military-only airport in 2013.
The airport has 4 runways, is open 24-hours and it has a range of private jet FBOs offering private jet handling services, including Service Airline Security Madrid and Gestair Madrid.
Barcelona El Prat International Airport
Located 7.5 miles southwest of Barcelona, Barcelona Airport is just 15 minutes from the city and offers 3 runways and 24-hour access.
FBO facilities at Barcelona Airport include Execujet Barcelona and OCC Gestair Barcelona.
Girona Costa Brava Airport
Girona Airport is a smaller airport just to the east of Barcelona and offers another option for those travelling to the Barcelona area. It is particularly popular with those visiting the Spanish Grand Prix and the Costa Brava region.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso Malaga airport serves the southern Costa del Sol region and includes a general aviation terminal for private jet flights.
FBO facilities at Malaga Airport include Gestair Malaga.
Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI)
Palma de Mallorca Airport sees demand all-year-round from private jet travelers. It is situated less than 15 minutes from the city centre of Palma and also serves the whole island.
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The US company will be present in Barcelona for two months with the S and X models
The Tesla electric vehicle company has opened its first temporary store in Spain in Barcelona. From Friday you can visit the local, located in Port Vell, where visitors can test the Model S of the brand, with autonomy for 632 kilometers, and Model X, which can travel 565 kilometers without needing to recharge.
Tesla, which has been selling its cars in Spain since last December, plans to open two permanent stores from the second half of the year, one in Barcelona and one in Madrid. These concessionaires will move the commercial teams that now operate in the two cities and that are in charge of managing the orders that arrive at Tesla’s website from the Spanish territory.
Meanwhile, the pop-up store will be open for almost two months, from this Friday to July 12, from Monday to Sunday. To book a test drive, interested customers must register in advance on a website.
The US company has 14 recharge points nationwide and expects to end the year with 24. The brand, which focuses on the connectivity of cars, offers the largest screen in the market, with 17 inches, and software that is updates with or a mobile application.
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In addition, its doors open upwards, although, in case of parking near another vehicle, they can change the trajectory so as not to give it a blow. However, the price of the vehicles is not for all the pockets: goes from 80,000 euros for the S to 95,000 for the X.
The Californian brand has also chosen Barcelona to install the headquarters of its subsidiary in Spain, Tesla Spain, which will be dedicated to the import, distribution and sale of electric vehicles and energy storage systems, as well as parts, accessories and other products related to the sector.
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Air Nostrum will resume the route on March 26 at the express request of the Valencian government
The Valencian company Air Nostrum recovers the air route between Valencia and Barcelona, after years without air service between the second and the third capital of Spain. The first plane will start on March 26 and the intention is to get return flights the same day, company president Carlos Bertomeu announced at a press conference with the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, and the Minister of Economy, Vicent Soler.
According to Bertomeu, it is a “risk bet”, since it is a “complicated route”: “Although it has volume, the average income is low.” Likewise, he has revealed that recovering this airline has been an express and repeated request of the Valencian government at a time when the railway connection is “deteriorated”. Puig stressed that it seems “unusual” that there is still no AVE (high speed train) between Valencia and Barcelona.
Bertomeu has said that the project is starting to walk and has not committed to give a daily number of flights, but has expressed its intention to make it possible to make the trip back and forth on the same day between the two cities. It has also committed to launch “specific flights to bring Catalans to the Fallas,” celebrations that take place in March.
At the same time, Ximo Puig has announced a subsidy line with Air Nostrum for “ecomarketing”: through an initial four-year agreement, the company’s planes will be “painted” with different cultural, festive and tourist motifs of the Valencian Which operates the company. In this way, Air Nostrum and the public company Society Thematic Projects (SPT) commit to invest 6 million euros each. The first year will decorate 20 aircraft progressively; The first will deal with the declaration of the Fallas as Intangible Heritage of Unesco. The promotion will change every year depending on what the Tourism Council determines.
Regarding the possibility that the aid could be interpreted as a subsidy to the route Valencia-Barcelona, the Valencian president has been forceful: “The Generalitat Valenciana is not going to subsidize that flight nor any”. Bertomeu has insisted that the new route and the tourism promotion campaign are “two absolutely separate issues”.
The president of Air Nostrum has framed Valencia-Barcelona flights in an attempt to boost inland tourism, which has decreased by 4% in the last year and is “the one that rises the average cost”, with trips of congresses and end of week. Likewise, it has announced that for this route the company will make a “selection of cabin crew of Valencian”.