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Master classes on Rioja wines in Siberia


On 28 and 30 November the snowy cities of Irkutsk and Novosibirsk welcomed Rioja wines from sunny Spain.


The regulatory Council of the DOCa Rioja in collaboration with the International Center of Wine and Gastronomy organized touring wine master classes for the professionals of the alcohol market. The seminar participants got a unique opportunity to taste the popular wines from the most famous wine region of Spain.

Such event took place in these Siberian cities for the first time and gathered more than 60 guests in Irkutsk and 80 persons in Novosibirsk. The participants of the master classes were pleasantly surprised by the wide range and quality of the presented wines.


A fascinating lecture by Ivan Lazarev, a certified teacher for the wines of Rioja in Russia, the founder of his own sommeliers’ school Vintage in Yekaterinburg and the holder of the certificate WSET® Level 3 was accompanied by tasting of over a dozen samples of the Rioja wines of different categories.


After the lecture, the guests were able to test their knowledge about the wines of Rioja. Participants with the highest number of points received memorable prizes from the organizers.

The following year, the wines of Rioja will continue their journey to Russia.


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