Tuesday, 11 April 2017

11.4.17 Various Interesting Snippets of News

Williams & Humbert have announced the first lecture for 2017 in their Ciclo de Conferencias. It will be given by Manuel Pimentel, writer, agricultural engineer, businessman and ex-president of the DO Montilla-Moriles on the subject of the changes in society, bodegas and Consejos Reguladores which wine faces. Entry is free but one must confirm attendance to the bodega.

Two wines from Bodegas Tradición CZ have triumphed in a recent blind tasting of 400 Spanish wines in Barcelona. The Amontillado VORS and the Palo Cortado VORS were both awarded the highest score of 95 points – seven points higher than the average of 88 - by wine expert and 2007 Best Sommelier in the World, Andreas Larsson.  Blindtasted.com was set up as a promotional tool for wine producers whereby all wines would be tasted blind in identical conditions.

Barbadillo’s Amontillado Versos 1891 has won a gold medal for brand packaging in the Best Awards 2017. Only 100 bottles of the wine were sold, at 10,000€ each, on the 125 anniversary of the birth of Manuel Barbadillo, poet and bodeguero who was linked to the “generation of 27” which included names like Rafel Alberti and Federico García Lorca.

Fundador have begun restoration work on the Torre de Riquelme, part of the old city wall which nestles between the bodega buildings and was part of the historic but now disappeared Puerta de Rota. It has long been in a very poor state and now that the necessary permissions have been granted,work has begun.

The remains of José María Ruiz Mateos, founder of Rumasa, have been exhumed for a DNA sample by order of the court. This is to prove once and for all whether or not he was the father of Adela Montes de Oca who has long claimed to be his daughter. Three times he found excuses not to give a sample while he was still alive.

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