Juan Echanove: “I would not be able to define the “palette” of flavors without the nuances of wine”.

Face to Face Interview with…

Juan Echanove


large_cushionThe second of our guests is one of the most recognized and recognizable actors of the national cultural scene. We are talking about Juan Echanove. Born in Madrid in 1961, his leap to fame came in the mid 80’s thanks to his interpretation of Cosme in the Spanish Television series, Turno de Oficio.

Since then, Echanove has participated in numerous Spanish and European films, some of which have brought him major awards, including two Goyas, one for Best Supporting Actor in Divine Words (1987) and another for best actor in a leading role in Madregildawhich also earned him the Golden shell for best actor at the San Sebastian Festival.

Juan Echanove has also triumphed in television thanks to series such as Hermanos de leche or Un paso adelante. Since 2005, he has been the brother of Imanol Arias in the hit series Cuéntame.

Currently, he combines his performance in the new season of Cuéntame with the program Un País para comérselo, as well as triumphing as director and star of the play Conversations with momThe show, starring María Galiana, can be seen at the Bellas Artes theater in Madrid until January 19.


What was the first experience you had with wine?

The first serious experience was the purchase of half a barrel of 1994 Ramón Bilbao Rioja… an excellent vintage of which I still keep some bottles as a collection.

But in any case, I think the first time I drank wine and liked it was one Christmas when my father let me drink a glass of Viña Ardanza ’70.

What has been the influence of wine in your life?

I would not be able to define the “palette” of flavors without the nuances of the wine.

A wine-flavored souvenir.

Spectacular vine shoot cutlets in Briones accompanied by a Finca Allende Calvario.

A special moment in which wine had a leading role.

At my son’s baptism. We were baptized with a spectacular Matusalen from Viña Pomal.

A trip to a wine region that you remember with special fondness.
A trip to Cariñena to taste “The wine of the stones”. And another one to Somontano where I met an exceptional sommelier, Pamela Anzano, who taught me everything there is to know about the wonderful Somontanos.
Do you prefer red wine or white wine? Why?
I refuse to do without either. Every wine has its moment

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