Today we would like create a small section in the fashionable world of wine, to be precise, the world of wine making (oenology).
I must admit that until my arrival at the Montiboli Hotel I did not have much knowledge of the world of wines, beyond the odd glass I used to drink as a young man in the local pubs of Salamanca on Saturdays or Sundays and the cartons of Don Simón mixed with lemonade that we used to drink with our meals at home.
It has been thanks to our sommelier Silvestre who, through patience, has tried to train my nose and my palate to appreciate the exquisite collection of wines we have accumulated over the years in the Hotels wine cellar. Now I am more or less able to hold a dinner party or organize a wine tasting event, and gradually my knowledge of fine wines has increased, my own taste has become more refined and my preferences are our local red and white wines from the region of Alicante, as well as other more renowned ones.
In this increasingly fashionable world, there are those that truly understand the art of wine tasting, oenologists use the 5 S´s of wine tasting, see, - swirl, - smell, sip and then savor, they evaluate the colour and even distinguish the grape variety used.
While some wine consumers fall into the spectrum of wine snob/expert the majority know very little or nothing about wine, but consider themselves as such after drinking a slightly more expensive bottle of wine, wine tastes better if we think it’s expensive!
Finally I will refer to those people who know how to appreciate good wine and who do not care about the brand or the origin, but to enjoy one of the greatest pleasures that mother nature provides us with, and as a great writer said-“ Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” ― Ernest Hemingway—