With its headquarters in Daimiel (Ciudad Real), its brand new President Ramón Sánchez-Camacho, the National Vice President, Pablo Martín and the Mayor of Daimiel José Díaz del Campo were all in attendance at the act
The newly born Association of Sommeliers of Castilla-La Mancha, with headquarters in Daimiel (Ciudad Real), has presented itself this morning at FENAVIN 2009, at the Bodegas Castiblanque stand, with the presence of its brand new President Ramón Sánchez-Camacho; the Vice President of the national UAES organization, Union of Spanish Associations of Sommeliers, and the Mayor of Daimiel, José Díaz del Campo.
The act was opened by Rafael Díaz Salazar, Adviser for Fenavin and great precursor of the idea to create this association, after which the Regional President Ramón Sánchez-Camacho (Sommelier for the restaurant El Bodegón de Daimiel) took the floor, explaining that this Association is now made up by half a dozen sommeliers of the close to a hundred that exist in the province of Ciudad Real, therefore, he hopes and expects that in the future the association will grow stronger and stronger.
The objectives of this Association include "dissemination of the gastronomic culture of Castilla-La Mancha; enhancement of the enological, gastronomic and tourist activities of the region; promotion and dissemination of Castellano-Manchego resources; information for the media on the activities that this Association carries out and availability of qualified personnel from this association in order to carry out activities within the frame of the same".
Sánchez-Camacho, who was accompanied by the Secretary of the newly-born association, María de Gracia Cortecero, took advantage of the situation to apologize to "the great number of colleagues that were not notified about the event, but that are indeed welcome at our association", while in turn thanking Fenavin for "this impressive trade fair", and Miguel Angel Castiblanque for lending his stand for this initiative.
Pablo Martín, Vice President of the UAES, celebrated the incorporation of Castilla-La Mancha in the national organization, which saw the light in the year 1973, currently counting with 1800 sommeliers of the more than 5000 that exist in the country, with important specific weight at a European level and with Castilla-La Mancha being the last of the 17 autonomous communities to join the association, even though it is the greatest production area in the world.
In Martín's opinion, incorporation of Castilla-La Mancha is very important, and not only in the Association, but also in the Academy of Sommeliers of Spain, which has the aim of "forming sommeliers, which is the figure that comes into contact with the final customer, who is the one that must be pleased with the action".
José Díaz del Campo highlighted the fact that Daimiel is the regional seat of the Association, as it is also the seat of the Regional Association of Wine Tourism, offering as it has "from the Town Hall all the help it can with the aim of working on these lovely projects in both the mid and long term in contribution to promoting the noble sector of wine".
The Sommeliers praise FENAVIN
The sommeliers present at the event praised the five editions of Fenavin, as did the Castellano-Manchego Alfredo Selas, who lives in La Rioja and who indicated that Fenavin arrived "ten years ago, at exactly the right moment and in the adequate place, right in the middle of the country and of the main producer area in the world", at a time when "the revolution that was starting to take place in the world of wine was starting to become more obvious than ever".
The Association organizes a multitude of activities. To be highlighted among them are the tasting sessions of the different products (wines, cheeses, olive oils, etc...); training courses imparted at the Association itself for the dissemination of Castilla-La Mancha' gastronomic culture and imparted by persons that are foreign to the association to thus broaden knowledge to a maximum. The association will also be planning trips both within the geography of Castilla-La Mancha and further beyond.
Likewise, a series of panels of professional tasters specialized in each one of the products will be created; gastronomic contests will be organized and an annual award will be granted in recognition to a person or institution for their work in the enological and gastronomic scope.