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A beautifully bucolic bodega

Part two – The wines Like a number of wineries in Spain, Bodegas Vera de Estenas makes wine under the auspices of two different of...

Is there racism in the wine sector?

In the wake of recent tragic events in the USA I think that perhaps many of us have been reviewing our attitudes to racial...

In praise of wine bars

It was 1974. We were well into the second year of our PE Teacher training course at Chester Uni. The college bar was doing...

Cheeky wines from Maison Ventenac

The antithesis of orthodoxy, Maison Ventenac prefers a nonconformist approach to wine making. Having tasted a few wines in their impressive portfolio I’m all...

A Bobal revisited

When I first tasted PF 100% Bobal from Bodegas Juan Antonio Ponce in 2017 I decided to demote it to the penultimate wine in...

Gone fishing!

Does it still count as plagiarism if it’s your own words you’re pilfering, and from a different medium? I ask because today’s Cork Talk title...

Misogyny in the wine sector

How are you? Me? Well, thanks for asking. Actually I’m feeling a little metaphorically battered and bruised to be honest. And, talking of being honest,...

Denominación de Origen Cangas

One of the best things about the recent Barcelona Wine Week (BWW) that I attended recently, was the opportunity to visit the stands of...

Supporting the little guys

When watching sports (remember that?!), but supporting no particular team/competitor, many of us root for the underdog. The player/team with the lesser reputation, the...

Les verres de vin, en France!

I could hardly wish for a better location to write this week’s Cork Talk! I’m sitting on the banks of the River Vezere, in...

Dinner party wines

When Mary and John come round for dinner, you know it’s going to be a great evening. Foodies and winos like ourselves we all...

A beautifully bucolic bodega

I looked rather younger when I first met Felix Martinez. It seems the passage of time has been kinder to my old friend than...

Wines to die for!

“Our wines are a blend of the traditional and contemporary and genuinely reflect the outstanding characteristics of their unique and distinct personality.” I couldn’t have...

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...

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