The writer and journalist Manuel Juliá has coordinated the round table 'Wine and Literature' before an audience packed hall at FENAVIN
The round table `Wine and Literature´, in which writers and journalists of the stature of José Manuel Caballero Bonald, Almudena Grandes, Luis García Montero, Javier Rioyo and the moderator of the table himself, Manuel Juliá, have participated this afternoon has turned into a celebration of life, friendship and, consequently, a celebration of the close relationship between wine, the great star of FENAVIN, and literature.
Juliá kicked-off the table by taking a tour through the historical and eternal liaisons between wine and literature; "Ranging from the Bible right through to Shakespeare, presence of wine has been a constant in different texts", as he acknowledged, to then continue with a review of the important curriculums that those present possess.
Caballero Bonald placed Berceo at the starting point of the close relationship between wine and literature "as already at that time he talked about the excellent company that a good wine could be for any path that was to be undertaken". The Jerez born writer assured that he is unable to "comprehend" life without wine and in his opinion both concepts "are two channels of the same vital current".
On her part, the highly recognized writer Almudena Grandes started her intervention by stating her conviction that "wine, as a systematic work companion is not a good thing". For the author of great books such as "Las edades de Lulú" (The Ages of Lulu) or "Malena es un nombre de tango" (Malena is a Tango Name) reading Homer's Odyssey was the first connection that the participants at the table had between them.
The great Granada born poet Luis García Montero, who took the turn after Grandes, assured that "wine is a presence in life that dates from ancient times and literature is a negotiation with life, therefore, the relationship has always been a close one". He is also convinced that "you can put your trust in people who love wine because they have a certain tendency to be sincere".
On his part, the first words that the journalist Javier Royo uttered were to affirm that "without wine Jérez would never have existed and, therefore, Bonald would not have existed; without wine La Mancha would not exist and without our love of wine, our friendship would likewise not exist", referring to the link of union that exists between the components of the table.
In the opinion of this writer and journalist, wine is the vehicle for friendship and human relations and he is unable to imagine "a people without wine".
Juliá closed the table by reminding the audience that the best consumer motivator of wine is Cervantes through Sancho Panza himself, recalling the passage of 'El Quixote' and the conversation between him and the supposed squire of the Knight of the Forest, in which after contemplating the stars during fifteen minutes while drinking, he hotheadingly comments: "Ah, whoreson rogue, how catholic it is! But tell me, Sir, by what you love best, is this Ciudad Real wine?"