Ciudad Real, may 07-09 2019

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José Peñín: "To evaluate a wine we have to match its harmony and equilibrium"

The wine journalist has explained the criteria for evaluation of wines in order to obtain the highest scores in the international guide books

05.05.2009 | 

The well-known journalist and expert in the world of wine José Peñín has declared that "to evaluate a wine we have to match its harmony and equilibrium", this at the conference "How wine gurus score; Criteria for evaluation of wines to obtain higher scores in international guides".

According to Peñín "scoring is excessively mechanical. What would be ideal is to relate the wine in objective and subjective terms". However, he has emphasized that "when it comes time to evaluate a wine, the subjective description is not as important as the objective one".

The Director of Sibaritas has taken the audience on a brief tour through the history of wine reviewing, going back in time to the year 1897 when the first wine contest in Spain was inaugurated in Madrid, in which the wineries would send in a sample of their wines and these would be evaluated, scored and awarded with medals. "It actually represented an added value for the wine, which would then maintain itself in the label during decades", he informed.

These types of contests started to proliferate during the twenties and thirties, and by the sixties and seventies wine reviews started to gain certain importance in England. The British newspaper "Decanter" was a pioneer in the evaluation of wines. It was at the beginning of the eighties when Robert Parker initiated himself in the wine world with the so-denominated "The Wine Advocate", gaining prestige with the publication amongst consumers and distributors, as the newsletter scores in accordance to the client and the producer.

On his part, Carlos González, coordinator of the Guía Peñín, has explained his criteria and the protocol he uses in the tasting sessions that are held for this Guide. In his opinion "it is a simple process, but one that requires much training". According to González a schedule of tasting sessions is drawn-up in which priority is given to the area where the wine is elaborated, then visiting the Regulator boards from the month of January to the month of July. This process is different from what other wine guides in Spain do. "We are also differentiated from the rest of guides because we try all the wines in our reach with our eyes, nose and mouth".

Carlos González has also informed that new technologies are being used in the execution of the Guía Peñín, "as we have designed a database in which 15,000 wine tasting sessions are recorded".

The Guía Peñín on wines of Spain has selected 28 wines that are on display at Fenavin (Osiris Pavilion, Lane A 2, Terroir; A 34, Castilla-La Mancha) as a reflection of the current situation of wines in our country, in a space that is differentiated by two specific themes: Guía Peñín 2009 Selection Wines of Castilla la Mancha and Guía Peñín 2009 Selection Terroir Wines.

Guía Peñín 2009 Selection Wines of Castilla La Mancha gathers together the most representative elaborations of the Autonomous Community of Castilla La Mancha, with a total of 18 wines selected by their high scores, in all production areas of La Mancha, such as Mancha, Manchuela, Tierra de Castilla, Almansa, Méntrida...