Last weekend the 40th edition of the Wine Spectator's New York Experience was held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York. This is the most famous gala in the international wine sector.
On this occasion, the first prize - the best wine in the world - of these awards known worldwide as the 'Wine Oscars', went to the Spanish Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva 2010.
The event is organized by Wine Spectator, an American lifestyle magazine that focuses on wine and wine culture, and gives out ratings to certain types of wine. The magazine belongs to the M. Shanken Communications group, one of the most prestigious in the field of luxury and spirits.
Each year, the magazine produces a list of the 100 best wines, for which thousands of tastings are carried out.
This year there were more than 11,000 tastings and the winner was the Spanish wine Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva 2010, from the Marques de Murrieta winery , the oldest family winery based in La Rioja, the leading Spanish red wine region.
The 'X factor'
Among the reasons for the award to Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva 2010, the organization took into account the quality of the product, the history of the winery, the good image of its wines around the world and what they call the 'X factor' , linked to the feeling, passion and enthusiasm that wine arouses in tasters.
The award was received by the president of Marques de Murrieta, Vicente Dalmau Cebrian-Sagarriga, before more than 1,000 attendees.