Can you please give a brief introduction about yourself for people who don’t know you?
I was born in Barcelona and joined Torres in the year 2000. I have always worked in the Torres export department. Today, we sell over 120 different wines, which keeps us very busy. I am very happy to be traveling to Nepal for the first time to present the wines to the market. I am lucky enough that my job is also my passion, and I enjoy traveling and representing Torres wines in Asia, including in your beautiful country.
How did you become interested in wine?
In Spain, wine is very much a cultural thing, a part of our gastronomic tradition. It is difficult to visualize a table-setting in Spain without a bottle of wine, olive oil, and bread; therefore, wine is something that has always been there.
Short description of your journey to becoming a wine professional.
After joining Torres, I had to study wine in order to be able to transmit my wine knowledge to clients and consumers, allowing them to enjoy it to the fullest.
What makes a good sommelier?
Tasting, tasting, and tasting; experience is a key part of the job. That is basic. A good sommelier also requires good communication skills, as well as physiologist skills in a way, in the sense of being able to identify guest requirements. It is also a responsibility to organize the wine list, inventories, and the sale of wine.
Short description of your take on the relationship between food and wine.
To make it simple, take a wine and a dish: you can consider it a successful food and wine pairing if that combination results in both the wine and the dish tasting better together, rather than separately.
What is your favorite wine and food combination?
It depends very much on the mood and the moment. Tonight, I will have some Gran Vina Sol Chardonnay with grilled fish. I think the reason there are so many grape varieties is because you can enjoy them in different situations.
Which wine would go perfectly with spicy food?
In my opinion, a white, off-dry type such as San Valentin white. An Atrium Merlot is also fruity and not very tannic.
What is the best wine you have tasted so far?
Oh, difficult question! From Torres, I love Gran Coronas, a wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon.
What is a bottle of wine that is too good to open and should be kept for that perfect moment?
Generally speaking, most of the wines on the market are ready to drink. In some cases, of course, there will be an evolution of the wine, so being patient is good. When buying old vintages, it is important to buy from a reliable source, otherwise you do not know how the wine has been stored during that time. Being a quality wine producer, it is very important to choose the right partner in the market, to ensure that the wine will be treated with care.
Can you describe Torres wines in brief?
Since it was founded in 1870, Bodegas Torres has managed to combine tradition and innovation with the aim of making premium wine and brandy, always with the utmost respect for the environment.The origins of the Torres family in the Penedès region—near Barcelona—date back to the 17th century. The family tradition has been passed down from generation to generation, and is today presided over by 4th generation Miguel A. Torres, and managed by 5th generation Miguel Torres Maczassek. Torres has vineyards in Spain, Chile, and California, and is presented in more than 150 countries around the world.Torres’ most renowned single vineyards are Mas La Plana, Grans Muralles, Reserva Real, Perpetual, Fransola, Milmanda, the Jean Leon vineyards, the Don Miguel and Doña Margarita vineyards (California), and Manso de Velasco and Escaleras de Empedrado (Chile). Torres is a member of PFV, an association of 11 wine families who are among the most prestigious wine producers in their respective regions.
Any advice for wine lovers out there?
Just relax, enjoy, and be sure that the best wine is the one you like most. Salud!