The President of the Madrid Association of Sommeliers and Sommelier for the restaurant Aldaba, Luis García de la Navarra, has directed this tasting session for the visually impaired
The concept of a blind tasting session has gained in new connotations thanks to the session held this morning at FENAVIN with the collaboration of the National Spanish Organization for the Blind (ONCE). The President of the Madrid Association of Sommeliers and Sommelier for the restaurant Aldaba, Luis García de la Navarra, has directed a tasting session for visually impaired persons, which has counted with a fabulous reception.
As explained by García de la Navarra, the idea behind this initiative is to allow those that are visually impaired to become acquainted with those wines that "speak a different language", with a particular emphasis on those produced in La Mancha, "the sleeping giant that is quickly awakening".
In the opinion of the Sommelier, blind tasting sessions are a habitual practice among Sommeliers, as a way to avoid external influences when deciding if a wine is good or not. On this occasion they have, however, explained to the tasters what they were tasting and the characteristics that the wines have, this so that they would have as complete of information as possible.
In that pertaining to the difference between a tasting session for people who can see and one for the blind, García de la Navarra assured that there is "none at all". "The world of wine is a very familiar one, a simple and popular world, and it should belong to everybody", he affirmed, "in particular when in this country we count with wines that have a fantastic price-quality ratio".
About twenty visually impaired persons have participated in this activity, in which the collaboration of the ONCE has been priceless for the development of an initiative of these characteristics in Castilla-La Mancha.