Saturday, May 14, 2016

'Taste Your Way Through Spain' with the Guia Penin Guide 2016 by Philip S. Kampe

As the title suggests, the 2016 Penin Guide to Spanish Wine is 'hot off the press', just in time for my departure to Spain later this month. The guide has been the true Spanish Wine Source since its introduction into the market twenty-six years ago. Needless to say, I will be well equipped, guide in hand, when I arrive in Catalonia to visit a handful of vineyards.

My first encounter with Jose Penin was at one of book launches in New York City, some years back. I attended a press conference that launched the Penin Guide into America. Subsequently at the launch, with Penin Guide in-hand, I sampled well over two-hundred wines. Today, the print version is complemented by the Guia Penin website (

The scoring system for wines is on the 100 point scale.
95-100  Exceptional
90-94    Excellent
80-89    Very Good
70-79    Acceptable
60-69    Unremarkable, but not faulty
50-59    Not recommended

Mr. Penin will make a brief appearance in New York to launch the 2016 Guide. The event will  take place at the Astor Center on Thursday, May 19th, where there will be both a trade and a consumer component, which will benefit breast cancer research.

Mr. Penin will host a seminar for the trade, with a walk-around tasting that will highlight 39 producers from 28 wine regions. The wines will showcase Spain's diversity of terroir and grape varieties. The 2016 Penin Guide features 11,200 wines/2,100 top wineries and is easily the most comprehensive and widely-read guide to Spanish wine in the world. 

The essential reference book (1,042 pages) includes the latest vintages and wines that are ready for 2016 release. There is a best-value wine index and a section that explores wine-growing and the basics of wine tasting.

If you are in New York on May on May 19th and want to attend the event as trade or as a consumer, e-mail:

When: Thursday, May 19th
Noon-6pm  Trade walk-around tasting and seminar
5-7pm  Consumer Benefit for Breast Cancer Research

Where: Astor Center
            399 Lafayette Street
            New York, N.Y.


Philip S. Kampe

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