Intention and Principles

It is of course risky, because the issue is a delicate one, but I do not see what’s wrong with commenting on wines that don’t make the grade, or that I have simply found to be bad. If it is the truth, it might as well be known and thus allow the winery to improve its work: I have seen wineries that, without hiring another oenologist, have evolved from producing bad wines to selling very decent and worth-mentioning wines.

Without meaning derision, I firmly believe that, just as I can comment on a wine’s virtues, I am entitled to express my opinion on the flaws of others.

It has always been my conviction that, when a wine is bottled, the purpose is to give pleasure; therefore, it is hard for me to understand when the opposite happens. The mercantilist aspect of this business cannot be an excuse not to produce good wine. Good inexpensive wines do exist, and we have the right to enjoy them.

I believe there are BAD WINES at all prices. While a 2 euro wine need not be bad, a 20 euro wine is not always worth-mentioning. The higher the price, the more demanding we ought to be.

In the present and increasing proliferation of brands, the truth is that – and we will all agree on this point – wines are surrounded by the mystery of the unknown, whether they cost 2 euros or 50 or even more. My only intention is to offer some information so that people can choose and decide what not to buy.

I am obviously aware that my truth is not the absolute truth, and I am sure that criticism will arise – including insults, but never mind them! – among the readers of this blog, but it will be welcomed and accepted.

Please remember: It is not a matter of taste: if the wine is bad, even if you like it, it is bad. Enjoy wine… and pay what is fair for it.

On the tasting

  • All the wines commented on in this blog will be tasted by me.
  • Los vinos serán adquiridos en la tienda de la esquina, en un supermercado o hipermercado, en tiendas especializadas, por Internet o inclusive en la propia bodega.
  • I will taste wines that cost a maximum of 20 euros (market price), because I take it as a fact that a wine that costs 30, 50, 60, 100 or 200 euros is a good wine.
  • The tastings will be blind, and I will alternate the wine tasted with a good-quality wine taken as reference.
  • I will try not to hurt anybody’s feelings. Evaluation requires constructive criticism, not merely giving bad grades. I will be honest with what I think and feel without losing my sense of professionalism and composure.
  • I intend not to make mistakes or to damage anyone and I will try to be as fair as possible when commenting on my tastings.
  • The information on each wine will include the following data:

Name of the wine – “Critical phrase”

Price

Origin

Winery

* Score

Comment

* The wines will be scored out of 5. I will take into account, as far as it is possible, their adequateness and lightness, and even if they are simple and do not present any relevant characteristics, I will expect them to be well produced. I will value their stage of evolution, whereas the quality/price relation will not be determinant. Scores that are closer to 5 will be awarded to the most correct wines, those which, despite their lacking certain nuances, can still be improved or are even worth-buying.

  • All the wines are tasted in the here and now, i.e. just as the client will find them and as I did after buying and immediately tasting them.

I hope this blog will help you decide and choose your best wine!

José Luis Becerra Olmedo

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Bad wine exist everywhere, we

only have to know where they

are so that we can avoid them

BAD WINE: A wine that, at a specific moment or after tasting a particular vintage, makes me wish not to buy it again, because of its quality, its faults or the fact that its price is excessively high if compared to other wines in the market.

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