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Classic Rioja is hard to beat!

In my view, there's Rioja, and there's Rioja! Commentators like myself, and others far more eminent than 'little' me, have expressed concerns about the standard...

Sparkling wine made by the ancestral method!

So, Dom Pérignon invented the method by which Champagne is made. Well, no actually! It is true that Dom Pérignon and his fellow monks...

Celebrating the end of ‘La Crisis’

  After twenty years in the Spanish Wine World, which has included countless winery visits, I suppose it's inevitable that some of the people who...

Spanish wines for the Chinese New Year

Fortuitously (like the cookies?) this year's Chinese New Year fell on the weekend of one of the Fine Wine & Gourmet Dine programmes on...

La guerre des vins and its implications

I'm quite sure that the perpetrators of the recent (Jan. 2017), surely criminal, acts of vandalism targeting Spanish bulk wine tankers just over the...

Historic Somontano & a bodega with modernity at its core

Forgive me if you've heard this before, but I do believe it's worth saying again – I've never tasted a poor wine from DO...

Cava de Paraje Calificado – An update

It's something of an on-going saga, I know, but judging by the postbag I receive from avid readers (come on, I'm a journalist, exaggeration...

Join the Q!

You have to admit it – we British are good at joining queues! If there's one forming in the market, the supermarket, the train...

Praising pud wines

The trouble with Dessert Wines is that, by definition (arguably), they arrive late for the party. During the recently past Christmas celebrations we've all...

Wines for The Three Kings

Be fair – they've travelled a long way. Plus, of course, they've brought with them some fantastic gifts. So the least we can do...

New Year’s resolutions for 2017

Remarkably, I'm well ahead of myself this year. As I write, there are a full two weeks to go before this article appears in...

People and institutions of the year

Continuing with the long-established tradition, this, one of my final articles of 2016, is about the prime movers involved in the world of Spanish...

The ‘Cork Talk’ wine year

Regular readers on the Costas of Spain where the print editions are available, plus those in the rest of this wonderful wine country who...

Aging baby-making machine

As far as I can tell Mick Jagger has always got satisfaction, the fruits of which are his eight children. The Rolling Stones’ frontman may...

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