Costa Blanca News – Coronavirus

There’s nothing rusty about the cava making at Rovellats!

The name "Rovellats" dates back to the 10th century, to an adjective in Latin, robiculu (in English "rust"), probably as a result of the...

What’s not to like about sherry?

Known as 'Sack' in Shakespeare's time and, for reasons of balance (Shakespeare wasn't the only great writer of his time, and you know that...

English Sparkling Wine – The Jávea connection!

Jávea, that three-part harmony of a town, on the Costa Blanca, which nestles between the, historically, more famous, Denia, and the ever more chic,...

Wine merchants or supermarkets?

My final epistle from the UK before our return to the sunshine is largely a reflection on my wine buying experiences here in the...

Et tu, Brut?

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, in case you were wondering. However, it's the Brut part of the quote to which I refer in this, the Costa...

The tip-off!

Museum Wines and No.8 Wine Shop, Dorset In those halcyon days of yesteryear, whilst working as a professional football scout for Liverpool FC (did I...

A Somm enchanted evening?

I took it as a compliment, rather than a threat, when I was recently asked to consult on a wine matter for inclusion in...

Pago Los Balancines wines come to Jávea!

I first tasted the portfolio of Pago Los Balancines wines when attending Fenavin, Spain's largest and best wine fair (in my view, and that...

Mine’s a not so swift half, please

Recent dreadful events here on the Costa Blanca have reminded us once again about the possible consequences of drinking and driving. There is no...

Fifty Great Cavas

Essentially, the eponymous '50 Great Cavas' publication does what is says on the can, to put it in modern advertising parlance – it gives...

D. O. Demise in Spain?

In January 2016 a group of 150 of the leading winemakers, writers and retailers of Spain met, following a smaller and earlier inaugural meeting...

All hail change in DOCa. Rioja?

On Saturday 20th May, when I had just returned from judging in this year's annual D.O. Yecla wine competition, my phone, in vibration and...

Judging at ‘Yecla, San Isidro 2017’

I'm neither surprised nor disappointed that I can no longer lay claim to being the only foreigner to be invited to help judge the...

The International Wine Contest Bucharest

The wine world has noticed that over the last 20 years there has been a persistent voice in the wilderness consistently championing the wines...

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Benidorm locks-up again

To avoid residents from other regions breaking the lockdown and trying to reach holiday apartments in Benidorm this May 1 holiday weekend, local authorities...

Deep snow in Alicante province

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Brexit passport rule changes

BRITISH people travelling within the European Union should be aware passport validity rules will change after December 31 because of Brexit. During the current transition...