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#SimplePleasures interview with ZOLTAN NAGY

Because life's full of little moments we should celebrate, Freixenet presents “Simple pleasures”, a series of interviews with leading figures not only from the world of wine but also from gastronomy, sport, medicine, communication… People who may seem very different but who share a passion for a job well done and a desire to enjoy and celebrate the simple pleasures in life.

ZOLTAN NAGY

He is a wine writer and export agent, he collaborates in several international publications of the sector and he has just published the book Reinas de Copas, on the great women of the world of wine. He was born in Transylvania into a family of five brothers during the year when the Berlin Wall was torn down. He speaks five languages, is learning Chinese and was adopted by the city of Barcelona in 2010. A lover of tattoos and discovering new wines, he is totally dedicated to this world that he considers "wonderful and wide".

Who would you dedicate a toast to?

To all the women who make wine or cava.

Do you prefer small pleasures or big celebrations?

I think that every moment and every celebration is different. I like big celebrations, of course, but I also enjoy the small details.

What personality would you share a glass of cava with?

With the one who is my icon, Josep Bujan. I’ve been lucky enough to share a bottle of Freixenet Garnatxa Subirat Parent with him. It’s a delicate rosé with a lot of character, just like him. I’d also like to have a conversation and share a bit of time with George Clooney's wife, so she can tell me how she won the golden bachelor’s heart.

What occasion do you think merits uncorking a bottle of cava?

I think cava should be drunk in bars, discotheques, on the beach and any time you feel like it.

White or rosé cava?

The rosés have stolen my heart.

Cava as an aperitif, with food, with desserts or all three?  

As an aperitif, during and after the meal. The bubbles make you happy.

A toast you remember.

A special day for me, when I was made a Brother of Merit in Sant Sadurní. Seeing that the people appreciate everything I do for this sector, telling the whole world that you have a great product and a great future ahead with this very special drink. It gives me goose bumps. It was a magical night for me...

A toast to...

I toast because cava has thrived. I toast its future, but first we have to look back to see how a unique drink from a region as special as the Penedès has been produced for more than 150 years, and you must believe in it here so that you can publicise it abroad. You have no reason to envy any sparkling wine region in the world, because here you have the native grape which reigns over this region, the Xarel·lo.

Published 9 months ago

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