el paño escondido en el arca

English translation: good wine needs no bush

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Spanish term or phrase:el buen paño en el arca se vende
English translation:good wine needs no bush
Entered by: tazdog (X)

20:39 Apr 24, 2005
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Wine / Oenology / Viticulture
Spanish term or phrase: el paño escondido en el arca
Los precios no han bajado, la competividad de los vinos con denomicación se mantine e incluso gana tereno, pero ha sonado la alarma: ya no vale con vender *el paño en el arca* y hay que salir a los mercados exteiores para promocionar los ya reconcidos como mejores caldos de España.

"on home ground" would this be sufficient a translation?

Many thanks
Tatty
Local time: 09:56
good wine needs no bush
Explanation:
It refers to a Spanish proverb:

Un refrán antiguo dice que el buen paño en el arca se vende, queriendo significar que no hace falta ni enseñarlo al público porque su fama es suficientemente conocida.
http://personal.telefonica.terra.es/web/surscrd/tp/bbk.html

Collins gives "Good wine needs no bush" as the English equivalent (which fits in particularly well with your context):

Good wine needs no bush. A good article will make itself known without being puffed. The booths in fairs used to be dressed with ivy, to indicate that wine was sold there, ivy being sacred to Bacchus. An ivy-bush was once the common sign of taverns, and especially of private houses where beer or wine could be obtained by travellers. In France, a peasant who sells his vineyard has to put a green bush over his door.
The proverb is Latin, and shows that the Romans introduced the custom into Europe. “Vino vendibili hedera non opus est” (Columella). It was also common to France. “Au vin qui se vend bien, il ne faut point de lierre.”

“If it be true that good wine needs no bush, `tis true that a good play needs no prologue.”
Shakespeare: As You Like It (Epilogue).
http://www.bootlegbooks.com/Reference/PhraseAndFable/data/19...

In your sentence, I would say: ...it is no longer true that "good wine needs no bush"... (etc.)
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Local time: 09:56
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el paño escondido en el arca
good wine needs no bush


Explanation:
It refers to a Spanish proverb:

Un refrán antiguo dice que el buen paño en el arca se vende, queriendo significar que no hace falta ni enseñarlo al público porque su fama es suficientemente conocida.
http://personal.telefonica.terra.es/web/surscrd/tp/bbk.html

Collins gives "Good wine needs no bush" as the English equivalent (which fits in particularly well with your context):

Good wine needs no bush. A good article will make itself known without being puffed. The booths in fairs used to be dressed with ivy, to indicate that wine was sold there, ivy being sacred to Bacchus. An ivy-bush was once the common sign of taverns, and especially of private houses where beer or wine could be obtained by travellers. In France, a peasant who sells his vineyard has to put a green bush over his door.
The proverb is Latin, and shows that the Romans introduced the custom into Europe. “Vino vendibili hedera non opus est” (Columella). It was also common to France. “Au vin qui se vend bien, il ne faut point de lierre.”

“If it be true that good wine needs no bush, `tis true that a good play needs no prologue.”
Shakespeare: As You Like It (Epilogue).
http://www.bootlegbooks.com/Reference/PhraseAndFable/data/19...

In your sentence, I would say: ...it is no longer true that "good wine needs no bush"... (etc.)

tazdog (X)
Spain
Local time: 09:56
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Thank you very much

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