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José Peñín: “If a grape had to represent Spain in the world, it would be Verdejo”

The wine writer and journalist, one of the most relevant figures in the sector, stars in the third installment of ‘Las charlas del vino español’

Peñín reviews together with Javier Pérez Andrés his career and the current situation of the different wine regions

La Seca (Valladolid), October 1, 2019.- After conversations with the journalist Carlos Delgado and the sommelier Custodio Zamarra in previous installments of ‘Las charlas del vino español’, the protagonist of the third chapter of this format that revolves around wine and its evolution in recent years is one of the leading voices in the sector: José Peñín. The journalist Javier Pérez Andrés talks with him at the La Botica de Matapozuelos restaurant, a rural restaurant with a Michelin star where local products are pampered pairing with great wines from the area.

José Peñín is, without a doubt, a character who has been key in the promotion and dissemination of quality wines in Spain, a world reference in the sector. The writer and journalist has, without a doubt, the most extensive curriculum of dedication to tasting and travel, as well as the most complete sensorial archive of the last 40 years of Spanish wine. José Peñín is also the founder of the guide that bears his surname, considered the Bible of wine in Spain, and in which even Robert Parker himself admitted that he contrasted some wines. At present, the writer, of Leonese origin, maintains a great literary activity, as well as in wine tasting. He is very present on social networks and will soon surprise with a compiling book of his memories, which, without a doubt, will also be of Spanish wine.

You can see the complete video on the YouTube channel of Bodega Cuatro Rayas:

You can see the summary video in Spanish and subtitled in English:

Peñín reviews his entire career linked to the wine sector, which began before the birth of the Denominations of Origin as such, also referring to what could be placed as the origin of the current Peñín Guide: his first book, My 101 best wines. His experience and vast knowledge of the sector also lead José Peñín to affirm that “if a Spanish grape had to represent the world as such, it would be Verdejo”.

Promotion of wine culture
‘The talks on Spanish wine’ is a format that is committed to new technologies, with an exclusive distribution through social networks. 30-minute chapters that show the meeting of great wine prescribers in our country with Javier Pérez Andrés, a specialized journalist whose career has placed him as an opinion leader in information on wine, tourism and gastronomy in Castilla y León. In these meetings, they share their opinions, values and criteria. All this in a series of conversations, which, for the first time in Spain, generate a serious and knowledge-laden debate on the part of the most authoritative voices in the sector: journalists, sommeliers and different professionals of recognized prestige. The initiative ‘The talks on Spanish wine’ is sponsored by Bodega Cuatro Rayas, a benchmark in the DO Rueda. With quality wine as a fundamental pillar, the winery focuses with this new format on the knowledge of the wine sector from the hand of experts.

Thanks to La Botica de Matapozuelos Restaurant:


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