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Sparkling wine

When I first wrote about this winery, nearly four years ago, I titled it Cavas Llopart. My guess is that many readers will know...

Château Poulvère

If I’d also included the AOCs (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) under whose auspices Château Poulvère works in the title of today’s Cork Talk, I’d have...

English wine – Another visit to Dorset

Twenty-two years ago (this week, actually) when I left the UK for a new life in Spain I certainly didn’t expect to be returning,...

The concept of wine by the glass

There are various machines that allow wine to be kept in perfect condition for well over a week, so there is no worry about...

The wine writers’ Holy Grail

A quick scan through Wikipedia tells the researcher that the origins of this mystical phrase (that’s ‘Holy Grail’, not ‘Wine Writer’ – though the...

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...

Putting the ‘boot’ in

I know it must have been a terrible shock for Bodegas Fariña when, after months of deliberation and soul-searching, their export director tendered its...

In the rolling hills of DO Navarra

I recently received a selection of four most enjoyable wines from DO Navarra, by a rather circuitous route! My great Welsh pal, Geraint (not colloquially...

DO Alicante punching above its weight?

Well, these days, no, not at all! In this once unfashionable area of production, it’s the perceived ‘weight’ that’s changed. Alicante is making wines...

Lamenting the paucity of half bottles

I’m deliberately only writing about one wine this week, which is quite unusual for Cork Talk, as regular readers will know. The wine concerned...

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...

The Costa News top ten 2017!

Yes, I know – I’ve said it before and will more than likely say it again next year too, but the fact is that...

Mencía & DO Bierzo

A marriage made in heaven A more eloquent wine writer than myself may be able to put it into words, but me, well, I can’t...

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...

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