Nativel Preciado participated with Irene Lozano, Marta Rivera de la Cruz and Espido Freire in an entertaining and enlightening round table on 'Women and Wine', which was coordinated by Marta Robles
"Once in the labyrinth, white or red, it's all the same" was the name of the activity held at Fenavin, representing the finishing touch to the 2011 National Trade Fair on Wine, with the centuries-old confrontation between men and women being put forward on the table, with wine holding the stellar role. The writers Nativel Preciado, Irene Lozano, Marta Rivera de la Cruz and Espido Freire all participated in this first round table, which was coordinated by the journalist Marta Robles, providing the audience with brilliant moments of inspiration that both surprised and enthralled.
Getting right down to business, Marta Robles started by saying that "until just recently only "bad" women would drink wine", which now seems to be as an unfair a statement as what the filmmaker John Huston said in his day: "Never trust a man that doesn't drink". Which she used as an example of the thousands of disrespectful remarks about women that drink that have existed in history and that throughout the centuries have done nothing "but exacerbate the conflict even more."
Marta Robles: There are good wines and bad wines, not wines for women or wines for men
Marta Robles, who on occasion drinks wine on the rocks or whichever way she pleases, as she herself admits, also mentioned that men tend to pay attention to the label, while women prefer to savor the wine. The same "because we are capable of finding all nuances in wine, even if we are not expert wine tasters," finishing off by asserting: "There are good wines and bad wines, not wines for women or wines for men."
Following Irene Lozano's turn, Nativel Preciado was responsible for the funniest moments of the afternoon, leaving the audience gawking in amazement with her fabulous recounting of the origin and evolution of the bacchanalia.
Nativel Preciado: I was just a teenager in knee socks drinking wine out of rebelliousness
Nativel Preciado narrated her first steps in the world of wine, when as a teenager in knee socks she would drink 'chatos' (small glasses of wine served in Madrid) of wine just to rebel, until she turned into a young woman of her times and, therefore, starting partaking of stronger drinks, rum and coke, cava, that sort of thing. And now, once reached maturity, she enjoys smooth, mellow wines.
"I am an integral part of all the statistics, I drink white wine, but I try to drink red wine because it is good for your heart. I drink wine at peak moments and at down moments as well, when I write and when I finish writing, and I mention the word wine 100 times in one of my novels," she said. It is true that years ago more wine was consumed in Spain, although in her opinion, "wine was not valued as much before because its quality was certainly not very good". And then, suddenly, it started to be considered in a more intelligent way, like a ritual and quality wines started to appear on the market, wines in which the effort that goes into them and the aesthetics of the wine bottle have gained in importance," added this lover of Verdejo variety wines. The same who has just recently taken a tour of La Rioja, also making it quite clear at the round table that "women reach the world of wine in a more spontaneous manner, unlike men in which their lower nature seems to rule, because they consume wine in order to feel more "macho-like". And we drink it for pure pleasure," she said, with the audience bursting out in laughter.
The blogger Irene Lozano astonished the audience, leaving them with their jaws dropping after regaling them with stories of the bacchanalia
The blogger Irene Lozano surprised the audience and her colleagues in the "symposium" ("which means to drink in company, and would be more of an appropriate description than round table for today's reunion", she said) at Fenavin. Because she gently introduced them into the story of the bacchanalia, gradually covering its history as of its origin when Zeus disguised his son as Dionysius to protect him and then entrusted him to the nymphs, satyrs, and muses. The same by immersing him in "a very feminine environment that in its day would have been called effeminate and now would be called cosmopolitan or metrosexual," the journalist said.
She then continued with the story, covering the period of the Roman Empire when Dionysius turned into Bacchus, hence giving rise to the name of the bacchanalia, which at first was a sort of festival of women gathering to enjoy themselves and drink wine, until the moment when so much joy rendered fear in those in power, who ended up prohibiting the festival.
Marta Rivera de la Cruz: Currently women know much more than men do about drinking wine
The writer and journalist, Marta Rivera de la Cruz, author of "La vida después" (The Life After) and "Que veinte años no es nada" (Twenty Years is Nothing), referred to her emotional family memories, recalling an anecdote of her grandmother's, who years ago told her how a teenage friend in Galicia had dared to ask for a glass of wine in front of her boyfriend and how everybody looked at her in disgust, because a woman drinking was very much frowned upon.
This starting point then served to talk about wine and loose women, such as Madame Bovary, among others, and how the tables have turned in the western world and that now "women know how to drink much better than men do," the journalist agreed.
Espido Freire: The world of wine is in need of celebrities to promote it
The author Espido Freire, Premio Planeta laureate, started her turn by saying that few things are as suspicious as three women laughing together while enjoying a glass of wine. This writer just loves to talk about wine and she referred to a few clichés on the topic. In her opinion, "those women who are well introduced in the world of wine do not drink any differently than men, however, this is not the case with those who are just starting, as they tend to like less full-bodied, more refreshing wines."
This was her first visit to FENAVIN and she praised the trade fair, saying that "the world of wine is in need of marketing, of celebrities that promote wine and its derived products." She also showed interest in cava for breakfast and in amontillado wines and Galician Ribera Sacra wines.