Dr Jay Miller: 20/100 – Wine Advocate in Catalunya…

lundi, 27 juin, 2011

Early january of this year Dr Jay Miller was hosted to visit and discover Catalunya. A lot of people complained about his helicopter tours, lunches, etc…. I think it is important for us producers to welcome journalists, as it can be organised in other great areas : Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, Piemonte, Tuscany,etc…

What I hate, are errors and wrong informations….

« Catalunya is a region on the Mediterranean coast that encompasses a part of southern France and a part of northeast Spain, many of whose inhabitants consider themselves Catalan first and foremost. Many still speak the indigenous language (now recognized in Spain as the official language of the region). Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city and a major seaport is the Catalan capital and a wonderful place for wine tourists to base themselves while visiting Bodegas.

Catalunya’s wine history began in the 1870’s when Cava started…… » Dr Jay MILLER WINE ADVOCATE

1st mistake: CATALUNYA is a COUNTRY….not a region…and maybe one day a State !

2nd mistake: Our language has been one of the most important around Mediterranean before Colomb discovered the « new world »….

3rd mistake: we are not « Catalan first », Just Catalan with a french or spanish passport …..

4th mistake: Catalunya’s wine history began much earlier than that, sorry mate !! 6th Century before J-C when the greek colony built the city of « Empuries » today’s known as « Ampuriabrava »…(History – D.O. Empordà)

Pancho Campo M.W. – Christopher Canan; Clos Figueres Priorat –

Dr Jay Miller; Wine Advocate – René Barbier, « el Grande »…

I feel really sorry for my american friends, readers of the wine advocate -for which i have a great respect even if I do not agree always with them – and consumers, that a « journalist » can’t do his job properly !!

YouTube – Jay Miller a BCN

Pancho Campo is the first spanish Master of Wine. His business is to promote Spanish wines: The Wine Academy 

Christopher Cannan: I have been for many years in the business prior setting up « Vinya ivo » and know Christopher… He has made an excellent work for small and medium size french, italian and spanish producers with « Europvin« .  He is a producer in Clos Figueras and is a close friend of René Barbier .

René Barbier met him once briefly…. Love his wines… would love to meet him . I do not know him personaly. I hope I will meet him one day !

Dr Jay Miller :  « Ignorant » = 20/100 .. So you are welcome to visit AGAIN Catalunya and you might hopefully get 85/100 ….. next time !

Cheers……

IVO

« The most impressive wine ……the wine is certainly  classed-growth standard, and really distinctive. »
Jancis Robinson M.W.


Wine Future: Rioja 2

samedi, 14 novembre, 2009

Ryan’s Speech at WineFuture Conference in Logroño, Spain:

For the past decades the everyday consumer has been ignored. I’m not talking about the high end or even weekend wine geek, but rather the consumer who likes wine, wants a better bottle and could give a shit if the wine has terroir or 90+ points. They want to enjoy the wine for what it is, social lubricant,..

Ryan Opaz - wine future

The problem is retailers, importers, and the press were all trying to sell the same package of BS that you need to “know wine” to love wine. It’s the teach first drink later model, which I believe leads too often to consumers afraid that they might do something wrong, and as a result they end up simply buying based on price and what the label looks like. Why, because they are the only things not trying to tell them that they aren’t smart enough to enjoy wine. The consumer has choices, or is starting to, and the internet is bringing us these choices.

these consumers now are talking about wine and buying wines, and are doing it with the tools they use to communicate within their social circles everyday.

Facebook, once a college meet up site, is now a place where brands are being built…While in another more recognizable form for many of us we have Social tasting note sites like Adeggaand Cellartracker which are allowing consumers to share online what wines they own and to see what their friends are drinking.

A lot of people laugh at these online tools  but it reminds me of a quote I found online: “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” This was Western Unions response to the telephones invention.

Ironically similar statements are being made about blogging today. The truth is that we are seeing the fading away of yesterdays’ tools of communication, giving way to a new way of looking at wine.

Today’s consumers have voices. The internet have given them voices, And these voices are not your competitors or enemies, but rather clients, readers, buyers, and sometimes new friends.But the real truth is that the consumer is tomorrows critic. And in the end if they don’t know where Tempranillo comes from it doesn’t matter,  they do know whether or not they like the wine. As a group they have an aggregated voice that is powerful and broad.

they will be the ones to buy your products, and share their thoughts with their friends, just like they always have. If you do not listen to them…you lose. If you choose to engage with them…you win.

Today the internet is also a conversation. It is not monologue it is a dialog. If you are not prepared to engage and talk to your consumer, be prepared for disappointment. Today’s consumer wants a conversation…no they expect one.

YEEEAAAPPP…. I could not agree more with you Ryan (Catavino ) ! Thanks.

Pirata sbarbaro

Jancis Robinson M.W. : « I can’t honestly say that we solved the wine business’s problems.  In fact I felt that we did not discuss its gravest ones – economic peril for so many – in enough detail.

b8e0fdeca0ba939af6d11827358d09510Jancis Robinson M.W. – O.B.E & Robert Parker Jr

But the conference was certainly not a waste of time, and represented a huge coup on the part of Pancho Campo (seen at the microphone) and the Wine Academy of Spain team to have managed to get such a high-profile crowd together. »

WineFuture on video | Tasting Notes & Wine Reviews from Jancis Robinson

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Robert Parker’s ‘Grand Garnacha tasting »: The Grand Garnacha Tasting – Wine Future Conference – Catavino

« Tonight ( Friday 13th) in the hall of the Rioja Forum in Logrono Robert Parker sat at the head table overseeing a sold out auditorium of 450+ representatives of the wine world eager to share a glass with him. Kevin Zraly, the pre-eminent figure in wine education in the US & Pancho Campo MW, President of the Wine academy of Spain who organised the event, moderated the session. Catavino was there, live-blogging, photographing, tweeting, and recording tasting notes live on adegga.com, and I was part of the team.

List of wines poured:

Châteuneauf-du-Pape –France/Francia
1.
Domaine Charvin 2007
2. Marcoux Vieilles Vignes 2007
3. Mont Olivet – La Cuvee du Papet 2007
4. Chapoutier Barbe Rac 2007
5. Barroche Pure 2007
6. Vieille Julienne 2007
7. Pierre Usseglio-Mon Aieul 2007

Spain/España
8.
Atteca Armas 2007 – DO Calatayud
9. Mancuso 2005 – Vino de la Tierra de Valdejalón
10. Espectacle 2006 – DO Montsant
11Clos Erasmus 2005 – DOCa. Priorat
12. Aquilon 2006 – DO Campo de Borja

California
13.
Pandora – Alban 2006
14. Sine Qua Non Atlantis 2005

Australia
15.
Killikanoon Duke 2006
16. Greenock Creek Cornerstone 2006
17. Clarendon Hills Old Vines Romas 2006
18. Torbreck Les Amis 2005

Rioja
19
. Marqués de Riscal de 1945
20. Contador 2007

He ( Robert Parker)  spoke lucidly and passionately about his love of wines and his unpretentious style and incredible knowledge was somewhat captivating. For Parker the responsibility of the great winemaker is to “capture and translate the essence of your terroir and faithfully respect the vintage given to you by Mother Nature”.

Report from Raymond Magourty for « Catavino ».

YYYEEEAAAAPPPPPP…. When it’s nice…it’s nice?? STOP the fuss ! Enjoy on your own  !!

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IVO


Wine Future…. Rioja…

jeudi, 12 novembre, 2009

Wine Future

« ..The largest forum to discuss the current status of the wine industry . »Kevin Zraly

Jancis Robinson OBE, MW – Gary Vaynerchuk – Esteban Cabezas The Wine Academy of Spain- Justin Howard-Sneyd MW – Waitrose – Christopher Cannan; Europvin – Baudouin Havaux; Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – José Peñín – Juan Such Juan Verema.com – Miguel Torres ; President of Bodegas Miguel Torres – Oz Clarke – Pancho Campo MW Founder of The Wine Academy of Spain and first Spanish Master of Wine – Quim Vila Founder and CEO of Vilaviniteca – Robert Joseph & Robert Parker – Ryan Opaz Catavino (YEEEAAAHHH  !! ) – Xavier Pagés Font – Grupo CodorníuGeneral Manager for Grupo Codorníu – Rafael Ansón President of Honor of the International Academy of Gastronomy and President of the Spanish Royal Academy of Gastronomy.

The Fair and Exhibition Palace of La Rioja, situated at 25 San Millán Street in Logroño, is an emblematic building in Rioja. It has the convenience of the underground car park with 112 spaces, as well as the large public car park above ground. Behind each room, and with the innovation, modernity and capacity at your disposal, you will find a highly skilled team of technical staff.

More infos on: WINEFUTURE

Thanks to :

www.thewineacademy.es

The Wine Academy

www.winesfromspain.com

Wines From Spain

www.academiagastronomia.com

Academia Espanola de Gastronomia

Enjoy the talk….I will follow thanks to Catavino …..

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IVO