In her opening remarks MEP Dr Rovana Plumb – Member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) - highlighted the fact that the event was co-hosted by her colleagues MEPs Dr Filip Kaczmarek and Dr Theodoros Skylakakis from the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament. “Water stands for diversity and a unique European heritage that we should preserve. Not only is this natural product fundamental to our health and our life but also to our economy, our social and environmental standards.”
Andreas Larsson, named the world’s best sommelier in 2007 by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI), agreed with the MEPs that glass bottles and mineral waters are a match made in heaven. “Only glass protects the purity and delicacy of mineral waters. Water is so clean that every other packaging would affect the taste of it.”
Guests at the event who thought water is just water, were quickly convinced of the contrary by the sommelier. “Just like coffee or wine, water is a complex beverage. Mineral waters can be lively and energizing, others are soft and elegant on the palate. The nature of the source, the mineral composition and the pH level all influence the taste of the water. Mineral waters are a ‘terroir’ product, just like wine”, explained Mr Andreas Larsson.
MEP Dr Filip Kaczmarek experienced the tasting as a revelation. “It was a discovery to analyze the taste of water after listening to the sommelier. Andreas Larsson also pointed out to us that mineral waters are local products, with a strong link to the local communities. The same can be said of the glass container producers. In my home region of Poznan (Poland) for instance the glass container industry is strongly represented. It is part of our community, our heritage and our future.”