2011 February




Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance” Socrates

Hello friends,

Today I am going to comment on an anecdote which happened a few years ago during the presentation of a type of barrels.

A group of oenologists from Rioja wineries were invited to taste wines which had gone through different grain barrels: tight and coarse grain.

The grain of the barrel is the distance between two growing consecutive rings, which means the growth from spring to summer.

Since the spring growth is constant, this grain size is determined by the summer growth. Being a fine wood grain that with a small summer growth and of tight grain that with a bigger growth.  This size influences over the organoleptic qualities being the fine grain more aromatic. With regards to the tannin, the wood is more tannic when less finer is the grain, since the tannins are found in the summer wood.


In the above paragraph I have tried to summarise what must have been commented in the presentation, the theory of any oenology book.

Afterwards they started to taste a wine aged in barrels of different grain size. At the beginning people said that you could clearly taste the differences, you could hear comments such as you truly feel the tannin notes, its more harsh and so on; when suddenly Felipe Nalda a retired Technical Director of Bodegas Riojanas with more than 45 years of experience and having produced million of kilos of grapes said out loud “ Do you really taste the difference? At first people were surprised with his comment put little by little they realised the wines were alike; and changed their minds on their opinions.

Many times there is no danger in proving something which there is nothing to prove, I always say that if a wine seems the same to another, although it has gone through different barrels or treatments, I say it, there is nothing to be ashamed of.

People should make  more triangular tests where there is always more mistakes than correct answers.

Have a nice weekend.

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” Aristoteles

2011 february blog del dr enlogo riojano pablo orio 1 Cambiar bañera por plato de ducha | Mamparas - Bricoducha

Hi friends,

Today we are going to write about a very interesting topic from an environmental point of view, this is carbon footprint.

This is a non official stamp which isn’t compulsory through different entities and by using certain homologated methods. It’s done by calculating a company’s or products CO2 emissions due to the use of burning fossils fuels, electricity, materials…. in our case the calculation is done  per bottle.

Once the calculation is done you have to commit to reduce in the measure you can what you can; for example encouraging employees to use public transport, use renewable energies, hybrid vehicles..

Once you cannot reduce anymore your CO2 emissions you compensate this by financing tree planning projects to balance the atmosphere’s CO2.

In the companies this is standard but it’s not the case for the bodegas, which is a bit more complicated since we have to consider the following points which aren’t very clear:

1. The vine’s harvest gives out CO2; therefore, to produce grape has a questioning balance? ; taking into account the tractor’s emissions during the treatments and the harvesting, I do not know if finally this balance is positive or not.

2. It is clear that the fermentation process gives out important CO2 emissions during the transformation of the sugar to alcohol.

3. In the use of oak barrels to age the balance is positive since previously the CO2 has already been calculated although not without an incredible effort.

Nowadays there is a bodega Grupo Matarromera, which has calculated the carbon footprint for certain wines such as Emina Verdejo, Emina Crianza and Matarromera Crianza. Also, other companies directly related to the wine world such as Tonelería Intona, have also calculated the carbon footprint for its barrels.

I think it is a good start that some companies are beginning to worry about the greenhouse effects and the carbon footprint; amongst all we have to take care of our Earth.

2011 February

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2011 february blog del dr enlogo riojano pablo orio 1
2011 february blog del dr enlogo riojano pablo orio 1


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