La Mancha Wine Region Announces 2012 “Wines Worth Discovering” U.S. Tour


Spring La Mancha events to include Seattle, San Francisco, Houston and Dallas

ALCAZAR DE SAN JUAN, SPAIN (April 25, 2012) – The Appellation of Origin La Mancha, Spain’s most expansive wine region, is pleased to announce that it will continue its “Wines Worth Discovering” tour with Grand Tastings for members of the wine trade and press in Seattle (May 7), San Francisco (May 8) and Houston (May 10), as well as a Grand Tasting open to the general public in Dallas (May 12). The events will present over 100 red and white wines from 15 wineries from the D.O. (designation of origin) La Mancha, and will also feature an exclusive seminar presented by renowned wine expert and educator Michael Green, whose 25 years of experience including nearly two decades as Gourmet Magazine’s wine and spirits consultant will provide a unique perspective on these extraordinary wines.

Seattle – May 7, 2012
Location: Sodo Park, 3200 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134
12:00-1:00pm – Seminar
1:00-4:00pm – Walkaround Tasting
Open to wine trade and media only . Advance registration required

San Francisco – May 8, 2012
Location: Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
12:00-1:00pm – Seminar
1:00-4:00pm – Walkaround Tasting
Open to wine trade and media only . Advance registration required

Houston – May 10, 2012
Location: The Parador, 2021 Binz Street, Houston, TX 77004
12:00-1:00pm – Seminar
1:00-4:00pm – Walkaround Tasting
Open to wine trade and media only . Advance registration required

Dallas – May 12, 2012
Location: The Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205
2:00pm-3:00pm – Seminar
3:00pm-4:30pm – Walkaround Tasting
Open to the general public. Advance registration required

The wines to be poured at the tastings are crafted from grape varieties that flourish in La Mancha, including the white grape Airén and the popular Spanish red Tempranillo (which goes by the local name Cencibel), as well as other indigenous and international varieties such as Viura, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, all of which find a suitable, and sunny, home in D.O. La Mancha. “The diversity and quality of wines coming from D.O. La Mancha today is remarkable, and I think they will surprise a lot of people,” notes Michael Green. “It’s a region whose time has come.”

The D.O. La Mancha plans to continue the “Wines Worth Discovering” tour in the fall with locations to be announced.

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About D.O. La Mancha:
Located in the heart of Spain, the D.O. (designation of origin) La Mancha is the largest wine region in the world with 165,000 hectares under vine, producing wines with the esteemed D.O. label that denotes the assurance of quality from the appellation’s regulatory council.  In spite of its size, La Mancha’s story is not about quantity, but quality. Shedding the former impression as producers of bulk wine, the modern-day winemakers of D.O. La Mancha now confidently craft wines that can compete with any in the world, particularly in terms of quality for price. For more information on D.O. La Mancha, visit their website , blog , Facebook page or follow them on Twitter .

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The La Mancha tastings will present over 100 red and white wines from 15 of the region’s top wineries, and will also feature an exclusive seminar presented by renowned wine expert and educator Michael Green.
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D.O. La Mancha is the largest wine region in the world with around 165,000 hectares under vine, but forward-looking vintners and modern winemaking techniques are producing wines that can compete on the world stage, especially in terms of quality for price.
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La Mancha's signature white grape, Airén, is the most widely planted grape in the planet. Traditionally, it is used as a base for Brandy, but nowadays it is used to produce wonderful whites that are fruity, light, well balanced and easy to drink.
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Tempranillo, Spain's most famous red grape, is known as Cencibel in La Mancha, where it is given a unique expression by the extraordinary climate and terroir of the region.
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“The diversity and quality of wines coming from D.O. La Mancha today is remarkable, and I think they will surprise a lot of people. It’s a region whose time has come.”
Michael Green, wine expert and educator