The practice of dining together and sharing plates is something Asian and Spanish cultures have in common.
So Spanish winemaker Alejandro Garcia Lopez, director of Rioja winery Vina Pomal, wanted to make a wine to suit the shared dining experience in Asia. He created the Vina Pomal Edicion Limitada 2012, which will be sold exclusively in Asian markets, including Singapore, China, Japan and Indonesia.
"In Asia, you have different profiles of food with spices, flavours and aromas, so to complement that, I wanted to make a special-edition wine with a good structure and body, and the potential to age," he tells The Sunday Times during a promotional trip in Singapore last week. "We also wanted the wine to be easy to pair with food."