Empar Moliner
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11 May 2012 0 comments Lídia Penelo

Empar Moliner: “I never say no to a good wine”

Empar Moliner (Santa Eulalia de Ronçana, 1966) makes you laugh on her books but she also hopes her writing will shake the reader’s consciousness. In a simple way, Moliner is able to show our everyday miseries with no makeup. Among her books we can find such titles as “I love you if I’m drunk” or “Want to save changes?” She keeps a close relationship with the world of wine, and not surprisingly reveals herself as a very knowledgeable guide of wines produced in Catalonia.In your last novel the wine and the vineyards are quite present.

When did you start being interested in the world of wine?

I was always interested, but I started to “study” it about seven years ago.

How did you learn to appreciate the varieties and nuances of wine?

Testing, testing, testing each day. It is a journey that never ends.

What wines do you enjoy the most?

I could not say. It’s like reading, is like eating, is like music. Depends on the day, the season. I have moods. I really enjoy Burgundy, but is a flavor I don’t yet fully understand. Sometimes I have a silly day and I feel like having one of those sweet-toothed Australian wines. Right now, I’m all for the Montsant. I really enjoy well-made wines. My dining room is full of empty bottles that have a special meaning to me for different reasons. Most are gifts. When I publish a book and I get paid, or when is my birthday I reward myself with a bottle.

Can you recommend a trip to a winery that you found particularly interesting?

The Capçanes, for instance. Also if you go to the county of Priorat you’ll get excited with wine shops and restaurants. It’s not like Barcelona, where to find a Catalan wine in a restaurant you have to use GPS.

The best time of the day to drink a glass of wine?

At noon, the first drink, or when having a copious breakfast. In any event, never say “no” to a great wine.

Have you tried the wine therapy treatment?

Yes, when I researching for an article. Although I have to say that I do not care much about any treatment that does not include the mouth.

Beyond the wine tourism trends what do you think has caused the popularity outbreak of Catalan wines?

The exhaustion caused by the dominance of Rioja. It’s ridiculous to go there and find their wines and you go to Catalonia and you still find Riojas everywhere. Sensible people understand that drinking local product is a way to show your love for the land. And I’m not talking patriotism here, but because we truly have spectacular wines.

Can you make a list of your indispensable wines?

Can it be a wish list even if I can’t afford to pay? Ok, then I’ll tell you the most expensive: Sílex, if possible before 2008, when Didier Daguenau was still alive. Although I have tried those made by his son and are spectacular as always. Salón, I’ve tried it twice and got goose bumps both times. Substance. This I tried once thanks to Pitu Roca. It was amazing. Not only for emotional reasons but also because of taste I would add La Conseillante and a bottle of Chateau La Evangile. I leave up to the person who invites me, the choice of the year.

What else…yes, a Chateau Hosanna or Sot Lefriec would be nice and anything coming from the winery Alemany i Corrió. Above all and for emotional reasons as well I’d choose a Principia Mathematica. Affordable but unfortunately, there are few bottles left I think. I’d like to include a Gran rechazo from 1998 and a bottle of Alma Negra.

Also all of Álvaro Palacio wines without exception and a Recaredo. And for whatever is worth lets throw in a Turo d’en Mota, a Cabrida La nieta and a Batuta. And last but not least I’d have a La Tache. I mention it just in case anybody feels compelled to reward me. Perhaps one of these bankers that are getting nice severance packages.

If we want to make a simple wine cellar at home, what wines would you recommend?

For everyday consumption? Paso Curtea, Camins del Priorat, Losada (Bierzo) and Aalto (Ribera) are very good wines and affordable. If you have patience, maybe you may even want to age some of your bottles. But it depends on the budget. What I would do is buy a small cooler amongst a group of friends, worth about 300 euros, maybe less. Then I’d get a couple of Riedel glasses, for instance.

As per the wine itself, I’d start with two cabernet and two burgundy bottles, if you don’t want to spend more. I’d add a classic bottle opener and a decanter, just in case. That’s it. Just have fun. If you don’t have a cooler, you can store the bottles in a cool dark place. Not in the kitchen. Me, when I lived alone I kept the bottles of wine in the closet.

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