Llopart – fine bubbles from Catalonia

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Llopart looking towards Montserrat

Llopart – fine bubbles from Catalonia The Llopart winery in Catalonia is just 40 minutes away from the bars and cafés of Barçelona. This is the heart of sunny Penedès, an ancient and thriving wine region. Here, the still wines made under the Penedès DO co-exist with sparkling wines all made, (until recently), under the famous name of Cava. While …

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Christmas 2019 – a dozen wines to check out!

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Happy Christmas 2019

Christmas 2019 – a dozen wines to check out! Happy Christmas to you all, and here’s my pick of the wines for Chrismas 2019. Here’s my Christmas Card as well. It’s the skating rink at the Christmas Market held in Bruges, Belgium.  Anyway, here are a delightful dozen wines for the festive season that are all available in the UK. …

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International Sherry Week, 4-10 November 2019

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sherry week 2019 logo

International Sherry Week, 4-10 November 2019 International Sherry Week takes place between 4-10 November 2019. Let’s all celebrate Spain’s great gift to the world! From the floral delights of a chilled Manzanilla or Fino to the nutty notes of an Amontillado and Oloroso. From the umami flavours of Palo Cortado to the sweet caramel of PX. This is the week …

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Rebel.lia, Bodegas Vegalfaro 2017

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Rebel.lia

Rebel.lia, Bodegas Vegalfaro 2017 At the recent Wines of Spain tasting, their annual show in London, there were many excellent wines of every description. However, my Wine of the Show was Rebel.lia. It’s from the excellent Bodegas Vegalfaro, in the heart of the DOP Utiel-Requena region of Spain, inland from  València. Regular readers of these pages will know of my love …

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València – where ancient meets modern

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València - ancient meets modern

València – where ancient meets modern This article is the third and final instalment in my Levantine trilogy. Having covered Utiel-Requena and Alicante, this time it’s about the city of València and the DO wine region of the same name. They blend ancient and modern Spanish cultures into something unique. It makes both of them places of contrast and essential …

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Utiel-Requena: searching for the heart of Bobal

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PDO Utiel-Requena / Bobal Requena rooftops

Utiel-Requena: searching for the heart of Bobal Utiel-Requena is one of the appellations in the València Region, alongside Alicante and València itself. It’s the largest and furthest inland of these, about 60 km west of València, home to an indigenous red grape called Bobal. Neither appellation or grape are exactly household names. But now times are changing. The Utiel-Requena DO …

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The Bonsai vines of Pepe Mendoza

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The Bonsai Vines of Pepe Mendoza

The Bonsai Vines of Pepe Mendoza Alicante in Spain is now emerging as a high-quality wine region, led by winegrowers like Pepe Mendoza. Why is this happening now? Furthermore, how do his vines resemble Bonsai? The Alicante wine region Mention Alicante, and we usually think of the Costa Blanca and Benidorm. That conjures vistas of beach resorts and second homes. …

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Discovering Dry Sherry, Part 2. May the Flor be with you

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Discovering Dry Sherry Part 2

Discovering Dry Sherry, Parte Dos Manzanilla, Manzanilla Pasada, Amontillado and Palo Cortado In Parte Uno of discovering dry Sherry, we met Fino and Oloroso. These are two completely different wines yet they originate from the same base wine. The essential difference between them is that their creation is either by ageing biologically with flor or by ageing with air. But dry Sherry …

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Discovering Dry Sherry, Part 1: Fino and Oloroso

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Discovering Dry Sherry

Discovering Dry Sherry Parte Uno: Fino and Oloroso Britain has enjoyed Sherry since the 14th century and was primarily responsible for its popularity around the world through trade. It comes in all sorts of dry and sweet versions. This piece focuses on Discovering Dry Sherry, the Vinos Generosos, Spain’s great gift to the world. Part 1 of this article covers …

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