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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