Wine Fair chronicles

By Carlos Mata

One of the most important and worthwhile social events in Panama’s annual agenda is the Felipe Motta Wine Fair. The event has grown year after year, and last week’s 14th (XIV) edition was the most pleasant and enriching yet.

The Visitor was there both days, October 16 and 17, traveling through all the wine regions that were represented. Many famous wine makers and cellar representatives made return appearances.

Argentina, the United States, Chile, Spain, France, Italy, and Greece were all under one roof. The vast number of wines was marvelous to behold. However, The Visitor’s top honors this year, to our delight and amazement, went to a Riojano red, the López de Heredia Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva from the 1994 vintage, which sells in the Felipe Motta Wine Store for a handsome $102.

The Visitor looks forward to next year’s Felipe Motta Wine Fair, always held in mid-October. We hope to see you there.

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