2009 December




“The truth may be more than the reason” Sophocles (495 b.c. – 406 b.c.)

Dear readers,

Today I am going to speak about a topic, that everybody is talking now,  the Wine Future meeting is going to be a turning point about the wine critic world or people who write about wine. Viva the Democracy and especially the power of the people.

Several years ago wineries were afraid of wine critics as: Peñin, Isabel Mijares, Robert Parker, Jancis Robinson, Oz Clarke, Tim,…  people that had the power to destroy you or the opposite to make your sales  greater. In a trip in the Toro Region (Zamora, Spain) one guy told me a story, one day an owner of  a winery of Toro received a call of a Danish importer saying that if he still had wine in his winery, he thought that it was a tiny question because there was wine in his winery.


The importer said to him that he buy all the bottles, because he had tasted and liked it very much. Finally they reach an agreement with the price for every bottle, after the importer paid in the same day. A couple of days later the owner of  winery of Toro received a call from a friend to congratulate him, because one of his wines was pointed with ninety something points by Robert Parker. The owner was very happy, but I believe that the Danish importer, who was handling privileged information, was happier than the owner because he had made a good business.

This is only an example of how one critic can have so much power to destroy or to make your sales greater.

These times have changed I believe that now the power is for the people in social networks like faceook, different blogs, twitter, …. We had read about it in some blogs as laotrabotella or Dr. Vino where people write about wines. A clear example of this is Cork’d where the people are speaking about the wines which they had tasted. If the majority of the people says that a wine is quite good, it will be because it is really good and not because probably only one person says it.

I believe that it can be like in the hotels, where now any person who goes away to a hotel looks at the comments to see what the people think about it if they say that it is Ok or not.

Welcome to the democracy!

A post that I consider that already it is like a science fiction is the one post that was published in Dr. Vino, it is about the new application for the mobile Google’s wine goggles. Pescados, mariscos, conservas y todo sobre el mar


” From the sublime to the ridiculous is only one step “.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821).

2009 december blog del dr enlogo riojano pablo orio 1

There is a Spanish saying “If you want the vine strong prune it with leaf” , the people of Cenicero said it to me twice, and I was trying to look for a reason why our elders were saying it.

Everybody knows that once the harvest has finished, and before the leaf fall all the Carbohydrate Reserves that could remain stored in the leaves and in the shoots, are going down slowly towards the root to use as nutrients for the following year to bud with more force, due to the fact that they have to use these reserves until the new leaves are active photo synthetically with a positive balance meaning they generate more energy across the photosynthesis than they consume.

I have not found bibliographical references on this topic; but I am sure that if we have a vineyard in a poor soil that needs to optimize all the resources of nutrients to bud on the following year, in the first year surely we will not notice anything but I am sure that this vineyard will age worse than that vineyard which we prune as soon as all the leaves have fallen and it stores all the Carbohydrate as starch.

I am very surprised that the old men are confused, I believe it is that we are confused with the Spanish saying, or maybe some people. When the word is “prune”, it does not refer to the current moment winter pruning, it is summer pruning or shoot thinning. Due to the elimination of these water shoots we are removing shoots that are often not fruitful,not only that but the operation of pruning is going to be easier in the future.

Finally I hope that this has helped you understand a bit more about the topic of the popular Spanish saying.

At the same time because I like to write my blogs I have decided to create a blog with my own domain www.puntovino.es/en/ I hope that it will be finish soon.

Have a good weekend.

Welcome to my blog, this site has been created because I am a very eager and I love the wine culture.

I hope that you like it and find it interesting.

2009 December

Today I am going to speak about a topic, that everybody is talking now,  the Wine Future meeting is going to be a turning point about the wine critic world or






2009 december blog del dr enlogo riojano pablo orio 1
2009 december blog del dr enlogo riojano pablo orio 1



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