Old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was a politician, lawyer, philosopher and writer, but above all he was the first modern scientist. He listed the rules of the experimental scientific method in his work Novum organum (1620) in which he puts observation, technique and empirical results ahead of the Aristotelian logic in use when describing nature. As a curiosity, he was a contemporary of William Shakespeare and at the end of the 19th century the theory spread that it was actually Bacon who wrote some of Shakespeare's plays, since otherwise the variety and quantity of knowledge exhibited in the plays would be inexplicable. themselves.
Literature and wine have been inseparable companions throughout history. The act of reading is an intimate act for the most part, in which the reader is absorbed in an imaginary journey to the scene proposed by the writer. And on that journey, the best roommates are those who will help you travel that path in a friendly way, savoring each stage and comforting you at the end of it. A good wine is a faithful, discreet and strengthening support, which allows you to enjoy the trip without distracting the reader.
As not all books are the same, neither should the accompanying wine be. Fresh books, innocent in their development, may require the power of aromas of a young, sparkling wine; reflective books can be enjoyed with a glass of a “crianza” whereas a great classic, deserves the elegant sobriety of a “reserva”.
And to close the circle, what if the book contains a story related to the world of wine? So here are some interesting proposals accompanied by Spanish wines:
- The Winemaker, by Noah Gordon, set in the Penedés, a region famous for its white, light and fruity wines and especially for its cava, in which the Xarel·lograpes are the undisputed protagonists.
- Taste, by Roald Dahl, where everything revolves around a funny satire around the ability of a taster to discover the origin of a mysterious wine through a bet. I propose a recognition of the work of many winegrowers who strive to recover great varieties that are almost forgotten today, such as fresh reds made with Mencia (Bierzo) grapes.
- El genio de la botella, Miguel Ángel Aguirre Borrallo, a fun collection of stories and anecdotes narrated by a peculiar genius named Tempranillo. Nothing better than a young rosé from Navarra to enjoy it.
- La bodega, by Vicente Blasco Ibañez, a tale of revenge in which sherry has a prominent role. A fine “manzanilla”, from the same Jerez region as sherry, made with palomino grapes, will provide the subtle sour and bitter aroma as well as perfume with which to accompany the story.