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Friday, July 22 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Spanish Vermouth: Dark Horse of Aperitif

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Few may realize that Spain today has the highest per capita vermouth consumption in the world, a trend still growing well ahead of a nascent cocktail scene. Here vermouth is typically consumed on the rocks with olives and chips. And there’s probably no country with a more varied offerings: Spanish vermouths are often made with regional varietals and Mediterranean botanicals, and with some vastly differentiated production methods. To boot the finished product is quite often served on tap. Neither an imitation of French or Italian styles, it’s very much a marvel of its own. With almost a dozen Spanish vermouths now available in the United States, we’ll review their unique characters and potential for use in cocktails. Let vermouth experts Giuseppe Gallo, Eric Seed, and François Monti, author of a groundbreaking book on vermouth, tell you all about the history, the production methods and the culture behind the vermouths of Spain.

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Giuseppe Gallo

Founder & Director, ITALSPIRITS
The italian spirits expert Giuseppe Gallo is one of the world’s most respected mixologists, with an inherent passion for the drinks business and an inimitable source of knowledge and insight into the world of drinks. He has worked in almost every type of drinks and hospitality business... Read More →

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Francois Monti

Author & Journalist
François Monti is a Belgian cocktails and spirits writer who has been living in Madrid since 2009. He was one of the writers for French magazine Ginger (Spirited Awards finalist for Best Publication in 2014). His personal blog, Bottoms Up, available in both French and Spanish, is... Read More →
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Eric Seed

Principal, Haus Alpenz LLC
Eric Seed is the Founder and Principal of Haus Alpenz, an importer, distributor and brand manager for a wide range of wines and spirits. Established in 2005, Haus Alpenz is recognized for reviving a number of historic and important classic drinks components such as Creme de Violette... Read More →

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Edward Don

Owned and operated by the Don family since 1921, Edward Don & Company is the world's leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Our knowledgeable sales representatives, unmatched product selection, nationwide distribution centers, and integration of new technology... Read More →
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A huge range of exceptional Sherry wines, vermouth and brandies, endorsed by outstanding ratings and medals in international competitions confirms Lustau as the benchmark of quality when talking about Sherry. In 2012 Lustau was the Spanish winery to take most international awards... Read More →
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Martinez Lacuesta

Exceptional vermouth starts in the vineyard. Timely care and attention to the vines is necessary to ensure the base wine, the skeleton of any vermouth, is of the highest standard. As a renowned Rioja winery founded in 1895, Martinez Lacuesta has the vineyards, grapes and production... Read More →
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St. Petroni: Only on Earth. Red Vermouth Albariño on lees & WormwoodSt. Petroni is produced following a careful selection of best vintages of Albariño grapes. To do this, we assure that the final production is obtained from an área spoliled by its unique microclimate, placed in... Read More →
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Between Tarragona and Reus (vermouth de Reus), in the heart of Camp de Tarragona (Tarragona land), the region where the first vermouth producers in Catalonia-Spain appeared at the end of the 19th century, the family Salla-Solé produces in their cellar, the CELLER SORT DEL CASTELL... Read More →

Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
Bonnet Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone