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Blind Wine Tasting

This week saw 20 blind and partially blind residents of the Canary Islands involved in tasting agricultural products of the Canaries of different qualities,



Those involved have been tasting locally produced wine, gofio, honey and cheese, and learning about its origin and the methods of processing and health properties.

This initiative by the Canary Islands Government Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water and ONCE Territorial Council held its first tasting sessions for blind people in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, but this will then be extended to other blind people on the other Canary Islands, and to different social groups.

The session held this week in Las Palmas began with an informative and historical introduction about the different quality seals of the Canary Islands products, and this was followed by an explanation of each of the products that were later to be tasted by those attending.

The participants were delighted to try three different gofios from La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Also, two handmade honey products from Gran Canaria with one more fluid and other more solid, as well as tasting cheese from three regions including smoked goat cheese, semi-cured goat spread with paprika and semi-cured goat cheese from Flor de Guia

The wine tasting included a dry white wine from Abona in Tenerife, and a semi-sweet white and red from Gran Canaria.

The Minister of Agriculture explained “the Government of the Canary Islands wants to differentiate ourselves from other products from other geographical regions, so that these can compete in a commercial market, and this competition shows the differentiated quality of Canarian products and raise awareness of these within European markets”.


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