Announcing a new segment in the show.
Coming up on today’s show, we’ll take you on a journey to an old world wine country where we’ll explore one of its most exciting wine regions today… that is Navarra. Navarra is located in the north of Spain, actually centered on the great bull fighting town of Pamplona… where the traditional and exciting annual “running of the bulls” takes place. Navarra’s wine region lies between the famous wine region of Rioja, on the west side and the French border to the northeast. This proximity to Rioja and Bordeaux allows the winemakers to draw expertise and inspiration from these iconic areas while maintaining their own individual wine style.
There are a lot of exciting things happening in this region, in the vineyards, at the wineries where tradition and innovation are blending to make some of the most exciting finest quality value wines today! Last week we attended an event “WOW The Wines of Navarra”, a superb event that showcased what this region has become, so joining us today, we have several guests, starting off with Sheila Swerling Purritt, she is the President of her own public relations and advertising company, Swerling Purritt Production, she organized and hosted the WOW Wines of Navarra event, she is a recognized judge at wine, spirit and food competitions and also is a past President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada.
After we speak with Sheila we will be welcoming… are you ready for this?…. a Toronto therapist who was honored by the Spanish King Juan Carlos of Spain, who in one of his last official acts as reigning monarch awarded our guest Barry Brown the “Officer’s Cross of the Order of Civil Merit”, 30 years of promoting Spanish wine and tourism in Canada.
We will also be chatting with two gentlemen from Spain, both viticulturists and oenolgists, Jordi Vidal. General Manager, CRDO Navarra, who will fill us in on the specifics of the wines of the region and Gonzalo Lainez, who represent the winery Finca Albret, founded in 2002 whose name honours the last king of Navarra Juan de Albret 1469-1516. All that to come….