The Sommelier of the restaurant Zalacaín has participated in the round table "Illustrious Manchegos in Gastronomy and Wine", which has been coordinated by the journalist Luis del Val, and in which the enologist Miguel Ángel de Gregorio and the Chefs Adolfo and Abraham García have also participated.
The journalist Luis del Val has coordinated the round table "Illustrious Manchegos in Gastronomy and Wine", which has been hosted within the frame of FENAVIN-2009 and in which the enologist Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, the Chefs Adolfo and Abraham García and the Sommelier Custodio Zamarra have all participated, with the latter defining FENAVIN "as the most important trade fair in Spain, as it gathers together a great number of wineries and winemakers".
Adolfo Muñoz, "only one known for his heritage, along with Adolfo Suárez", according to that pointed out by Del Val, has declared that "La Mancha has a profound effect on those of us who are interested in all that is local and regional". "The people of Castilla-La Mancha know what it is to be patriotic, as we take our flag with us wherever we go, although sometimes this is quite an enterprise considering we were born out of practically nothing", he commented.
Paraphrasing the vine grower Richard Smart, one of the main global authorities in viniculture, Adolfo, has affirmed that "if the monster of La Mancha was to awaken, many wine regions would start to tremble". He is also of the opinion that "Mancheguismo (Manchego way of life) is an austere philosophy".
Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, Manchego by birth but Riojano by adoption and owner of the wineries Finca Allende in Briones (La Rioja) and Finca Coronado in Argamasilla de Calatrava (Ciudad Real), has declared that the land in which he was born, in Almodóvar del Campo (Ciudad Real) "is an austere and long-suffering land where surviving is anything but easy". In this sense he highlighted that in Castilla-la Mancha, where there are only two seasons (winter and summer) the value of its products has not been made known". He also stated that "Castilla-La Mancha continues to be the great unknown in the whole world".
Custodio Zamarra, defined by Luis del Val as the "Professor of sommeliers and the good witch in a fairy tale due to the elegance and discretion that characterize him", has confessed that when a Manchego wine passes through his sense of taste and smell he feels "passion, because it is a vehicle that transmits friendship and pleasure".
Zamarra, who has pointed out that he officiates a "gastronomic parish called Zalacaín assuming the role of the alter boy", considers that "Manchego roots can never be lost".
Abraham García, owner of the Madrid restaurant Viridiana, has defined himself as a defender of autochthonous grapes. He has also declared that "Castellano-Manchego wine has changed. Currently excellent wines are being elaborated, as until now we had endured problems involving the means".