WINE experts worldwide readily offer up their favourite Chardonnay or Merlot, but seldom before has someone dedicated themselves solely to exposing bottles of cheap, toxic plonk…
Enter Jose Olmedo, the founder of Sevilla-based wine company Tierra Nuestra, who has taken it upon himself to warn consumers off bottles that really are ‘scraping the barrel’.
And with over 30 years of experience, Olmedo is better placed than most to cast the damning verdict.
“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,” Olmedo said.
“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.”
Olmedo adds that there ‘are bad wines at all prices’ and while his study only examines wines under €20, he believes ‘good inexpensive wines do exist’.
Judged out of five, Olmedo tests each wine blindfolded and uses an established vintage as a measuring stick.
Three wines have scored the dreaded zero so far
Costing €7.58 a bottle, Palacio de Aranjuez Ecologico is reviewed as ‘undrinkable’, while Olmedo warns the Sierra de Cazalla at €3.25 ‘may cause sudden death’.
Making up the trio is the €1.30-a-bottle Vino tinto de mesa Sandevid, described as having ‘all the attributes of the worst wine in the world’.
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