It has only been five days since we landed in New York to present our Ossian wines together with Tierra de Sabor and the public response could not have been more positive. Quality products from Castilla y León have been the protagonists of several meetings and dinners in the most exclusive restaurants in the Big Apple. But, going further, our General Manager Pedro Ruiz Aragoneses, our Marketing Director Paulo Cardoso and our Brand Ambassador José Ignacio Cuenca have been able to see firsthand how the wines of our terroir are perceived in the great squares of New York and Los Angeles.
One of the obligatory stops was CUT, the restaurant of one of the most prestigious chefs in the world: Wolfgang Puck, with whom we tasted the 2008 vintage of our Ossian, in his own cellar, in addition to sharing with him other great Spanish and world wines.
Little Spain Market
Undoubtedly, one of the places we were most looking forward to visiting is ‘Little Spain’, the trendy Spanish market in one of New York’s trendiest neighborhoods. José Andrés and the brothers Ferrán and Albert Adrià, top international referents of our gastronomy, inaugurated this month a space of more than 3,000 square meters in which our cuisine, our culture and -how not- our wines are the main axis. Of course, we could not miss it and we can assure you that it is spectacular.
Another stop where we could enjoy our Ossian and the wines of our colleagues from Pago de Carraovejas was ‘Boulud Sud’ by Daniel Boulud where, together with specialized journalists such as Antoine Berberi or Erin Lettera among others, we tasted some “local” products such as suckling pig or Iberian ham. At the Rockefeller Center in New York, we were able to present our latest vintages as well as some historical ones to Thomas Matthews, executive editor of WineSpectator, which he valued more than positively.
The Bazaar in Los Angeles
If there is one person capable of crossing the barriers of gastronomy in the United States, it is Chef José Andrés. His commitment and, of course, his gastronomic proposal… is more than enough reason to make a trip from coast to coast and jump to Los Angeles to enjoy his elaborations and the best wines at ‘The Bazaar’.
Finally, it is worth noting that we have taken time to spend time with the wine world’s leading figures who meet here: Josh Reynolds, one of the most renowned international tasters and in charge of Vinous scores, has been able to taste first-hand our wines and those of our colleagues from Pago de Carraovejas. Also Aldo Sohm, one of the most relevant sommeliers of the wine scene, has been able to exchange impressions with us about our wines.
The trip is not over yet, but we are sure that it will continue to leave us great surprises to toast…