Casa de Illana Moscatel-Sauvignon Blanc
Casa Illana, pertaining to the winery Bodegas Casa Illana, has classified for the National Final of the Best Wines of Spain.
Casa Illana, pertaining to the winery Bodegas y Viñedos Illana, has classified for the National Final of the Best Wines of Spain.
The 21st Edition of the “Nariz de Oro” (Golden Nose) kicked-off in Bilbao on the past Thursday, November 3rd, representing the mythical contest that awards the sommelier who is capable of distinguishing a wine in a black-tinted glass, guided only by the sense of smell. The prestigious competition, which is organized by the Vino+Gastronomía magazine, gathered the very best pool of young sommeliers from the northern part of the country at the Hotel Silken Domine Bilbao.
“The Best Wines of Spain”
Not only sommeliers compete in the Nariz de Oro Contest, as the wines also compete. Every year, both professionals that participate in the contest, as well as the jury that is in charge of taking the decisions, will taste a good number of wines that aspire to become The Best Wines of Spain. Approximately forty wines were tasted during this semi-final session.
The wine professionals, with the scores that were granted, choose amongst the best white wines, Casa Illana made by the winery Bodegas Casa Illana. Thus it was that this true jewel was classified for the National Final of The Best Wines of Spain, contest that is to be held in Madrid in the month of June. Altogether twenty wines were selected from seven categories (generosos, sparkling wine, white wine, rosé, red wine aged for less than nine months, red wine aged for more than nine months and sweet wines) as well as two distilled alcoholic beverages (in this case diverse gins were tasted).
The contest brought together forty-one sommeliers that tasted more than forty wines and distilled alcoholic beverages. During the tasting session, which was decisive in order to pass on to the final, the participants had to decipher the wine that was hidden behind the black-tinted glass, this only guided by their sense of smell.
Those sommeliers that demonstrated that they enjoyed a privileged sense of smell by identifying the wine that was hidden behind the black-tinted glass were finally selected. A total of ten sommeliers were classified:
Iván Martínez from El Colmado de Medina de Pomar in Burgos (Best sommelier of this edition)
Elías Rodero from Vinosfera in Vitoria (Álava)
Arnau Estrader from Vinoteca Ánima in Zarautz (Guipúzcoa)
Joan Andoni Rementería from Restaurante Remenetxe in Muxika (Vizcaya)
Olalla Elorriaga from Sucesores de Granja López in la Arenas (Vizcaya)
Roberto Monreal from Restaurante Baserri in Pamplona (Navarra)
Iban Mate from Restaurante Dolarea in Beasain (Guipúzkoa)
Féix Villar from Deviselectos in Alesón (La Rioja)
Álvaro Tobalina from Restaurante Andere in Vitoria (Álava)
Mónica Castillo from Restaurante Oleaga in Vitoria (Álava)
The jury was in charge of evaluating both the performance of the sommeliers, as well as the quality of the participating wines, with the expert jury panel being made up by: Elena Adell, winemaker at Azpilicueta; Vanesa Viñolo, Tasting Manager at La Nariz de Oro, and María José Vázquez, Nariz de Oro
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