29-09-2014

On Catalan Independence and wine

atkin

With Catalan president, Artur Mas signing the authorization for the non-binding Catalan Independence Referendum on Saturday, it’s opened up a cyclone of questions, mainly due to the fact that Spain, unlike the more enlightened United Kingdom, has no plans to allow it.

We talk a lot about Catalan wines here not Spanish politics and so it’s important to ask how this might affect Catalan wines in Spain as they comprise 20% of the production in what is now the country that produces the most wine in the world. I discussed all of this at length on the website of Master of Wine, Tim Atkin which you can read about here.

The article had it’s detractors who were basically just critical about the referendum which has no actual legal bearing and is just a “consultation”. I was even called “joker” by a well known and very blustery wine writer in Madrid to which I respond that I’m more of a “midnight toker”. Anyways, enjoy the read and feel free to chime in on the discussion unless it’s to bitch about the stupid Catalan language in which case, email me so I can properly ignore it there.