A sherry a Palo Cortado 1982 Gonzalez Byass Add to toast the World's Best Sommelier. And a champagne, a bottle of Salon 97, if you hit the lottery. Those are the choices Guillermo Cruz, the renowned sommelier who chooses to international title, performs two important events. For the toast that could be the next April select a Jerez because it is "a wine that marks our roots"; if winning is the big Christmas buy a decent bottle of sharing. The sommelier zaragozano made these recommendations after participating in a meeting with students Professional Course organized by the Chamber of Commerce.
The wines are for Guillermo Cruz as oxygen for the rest. His grandfather had vines in the village since childhood, when he knew what he was facing, and dreamed of being a "creator of emotions" providing the perfect pairing "for a unique experience." "From age 14 I knew I wanted to be sommelier. It is part of my life and why I have devoted my education. I noticed Custodio López Zamarra, was my role model, and I was passionate about the work I was doing. I also believe that the sommelier must evolve to bring the wine to the people and not keep them away from him. "
Cruz, who works in the restaurant Mugaritz Andoni Luis Aduriz, claims the work room to complete the work of the kitchen. "The wines are an essential part of the gastronomy" he says. In that sense, the title of Burgos as Creative City must also serve wines: "It is an area of great wines and should be disclosed. I like many of Arlanza. They are a much cooler profile with more acidity and more gastronomic. Obviously also passionate about Ribera del Duero ".
After receiving all kinds of awards in April will represent Spain in the International Competition in which 45 countries participate to elect the World's Best Sommelier. Cruz studied three or four hours a day to face the trials that await him in Argentina: "You need people to help you, in my gives me a hand Andreas Larsson, Best Sommelier of the World in 2007 and study in depth all countries. There are Slovenia, Russia and Lebanon, which also produce even if they are minority ". They call attention wines of Greece and England, that "before and now does not produce very good sparkling in the area of Sussex, in the parallel 51, a very cold area that does not seem the most suitable."
Of the wines of the world and sommeliers yesterday chatted with students of the fifth edition of the course of the Chamber of Commerce. New this year, and the hand of the Century Foundation, participants make a draft prom.