Jose grew up in Spain with access to a large selection of aged, traditional Spanish wines cellared in his family's restaurants. Finding the current Spanish wine market markedly different than the one preserved in the cellar, Jose has set out to highlight and encourage a return to traditional Spanish winemaking.
“As Jose Pastor has emphatically proven with his lineup of top estates from less well-known regions, Spain remains a fertile hunting ground for traditionally made wines. I’m hard-pressed to think of another’s importer’s array of Spanish estates that is even remotely comparable in quality to those of Jose Pastor’s company,Vinos and Gourmet.”
– John Gilman, View from the Cellar
“Jose Pastor has, in a relatively short amount of time, revolutionized the Spanish wine market in the US. For too long, drinking Spanish wine has been problematic - while you can taste the potential, the wines simply aren't that good. Sometimes the wines are over-oaked; often, they are so over-processed that it is impossible to recognize any distinctive tastes, or tell where they are from. Then I discovered the wines that Pastor is importing and I finally saw the potential realized.”
– Scott Reiner, New York Daily News