Wednesday, 18 June 2014

18.6.14 The Mystery of Palo Cortado

A documentary film called “The Mystery of Palo Cortado” by Jose Luis Lopez Linares will show a debate on the subject which for some is the result of a mistake and for others an unrepeatable work of art.

A formidable list of top names in Jerez got together last week at Bodegas Tradicion in front of the cameras of the award winning film director to reveal the mysteries and secrets of this great Spanish treasure. The following debated the past, present and future of this wine, unique in the world:

Josep “Pitu” Roca, (Restaurant El Celler de Can Roca), Maria Jose Huertas (sommelier of La Terraza del Casino in Madrid), Antonio Flores (chief oenologist  of Gonzalez Byass), Eduardo Ojeda ( chief oenologist at Valdespino), Jose Maria Quiros (Bodegas Tradicion), Jan Petersen  (Fernando de Castilla), Jesus Barquin (Equipo Navazos), Adela Cordoba  (Perez Barquero - Montilla), and other experts like Alvaro Giron, Juan Manuel Bellver, Paz Ivison, Alberto Fernandez Bombin and Alberto Luchini among others.

Preparing for filming at Bodegas Tradicion (Foto Correodelvino)

The film sets out to be an oenological thriller at a time when Sherry is being researched, discovered, enjoyed and discussed along with the wonderful unknown world of its wine, its region and its people. The film will be made over the next few months, dissecting Jerez before moving on to London, Paris and New York.

Its director refers to it as a “tribute to pleasure by devotees of happiness”. It will defend the opinion attributed to Plato that “nothing greater or more heroic was ever offered by the Gods to Man than wine”. Wine is not only an object of pleasure but an object of knowledge, and that pleasure depends on that knowledge. Sherry is a distillation of a place, a time and a culture.

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