The sommelier of El Celler de Can Roca, Josep Roca, and the flamenco artist Diego del Morao, with the invaluable participation of the enologist Antonio Flores from González Byass, have saluted with a pairing of wine and music the workshops of Reale Seguros Madrid Fusión 2019. The three of them have presented the première of the documentary “Jerez entreverao”, directed by Jorge Martínez, where Roca and Del Morao have set up a real and artistic dialogue about wine and flamenco music.
The footage, already available on the digital platforms of González Byass, was shot in the original winery of González Byass in Jerez, and it shows both artist’s meeting, during which they pair varieties of flamenco music with seven sherry wines. These are: a must, paired by Del Morao with an “alegría”; a fino from 2010 and 2011, paired with a “bulería”; Alfonso 1/6 with a “soleá”; XC Palo Cortado “de ida y vuelta” with a “soleá por bulerías”; Pio X 1903, with a “tiento”, and Trafalgar 1805, with a “seguidilla”.
Before the projection of the film, its three protagonists met once again “with a fourth”, as Flores put it: the guitar named “La Maestra”, Paco de Lucía’s guitar that he was never able to play. The four of them went on stage and paired words and guitar music with two of the wines in the film, which the audience could try in a tasting tutored by the sommelier of El Celler de Can Roca, something that is not seen very often.
Previously, Roca underscored his love for sherry wines: “we are from a neighbourhood (Taialà-Germans Sàbat) outside Girona that was built thanks to migrants from Andalusia. For this reason, in my childhood and youth I used to listen to flamenco, and I was familiar with the scents of sherry wine”, he explained. Afterwards, he went over the influences of these wines on the current cusine in El Celler, where “we have created many dishes based on them”. He focused on the current “Sequence of sherry wines”, a symphony of dishes “that transport you” to Andalusian wineries.
“At the moment, in the cellar of El Celler I treasure over 200 brands of sherry wines. “I feel like a citizen of Jerez like any other”, he commented. “In order to be from Jerez it’s not compulsory to have been born in Jerez. Pitu is from Jerez”, Flores confirmed. “The truth is that Jerez is a place I feel very close to, and this is something I tell all the visitors coming to El Celler. It has a unique history, like flamenco music”. And both worlds have come together.
Flores finished his explanation telling the audience: “Pitu is from Jerez, so is Diego. From now on, all of you are also a part of our history. Applause and emotion in words and gastronomy. Reale Seguros Madrid Fusión 2019 draws to a close.