Miquel Hudin reviews The Wines of Northern Spain by Sarah Jane Evans, MW
I had the pleasure to attend her session at Texsom 2 years ago. WTF, DO Pagos: A Critical Analysis with Sarah Jane Evans MW
She is a great speaker as well as writer.
Thanks for the link!
Sarah Jane and I both share no love for the Pago scheme. Don't know why it continues to be on CMS exams.
Is it relevant to the world of wine and Spain? Would a guest ask you about them? If so, then that is why it is on there. Regardless of opinion.
Vi de Vila/Vino de Villa of Priorat/Bierzo and Cava de Paratge isn't covered at anything up to and including the Advanced level and those are far more relevant to both the wine world as well as consumers.
No matter how many tastings I've led, I've never had anyone ask about Vino de Pago other than to confuse it with Grandes Pagos de España.
I think that's inaccurate information. I feel like I've been asked about Vi de Vila at Advanced and know that most folks studying for Advanced or MS are studying these topics in appropriate detail.
I'm not saying it's not fair game, it's just that I've never seen Vi de Vila mentioned on any of the exams I've taken while Vino de Pago has been on all of them from Certified up. Keep in mind, I'm in Europe so there may be slight variances.