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The new prestige cava designation

In the stunning setting of the Gaudi-designed Palau de la Música Catalana, it wasn't just the exquisitely played Bach that was music to my...

Cavas Vía de la Plata

Although the Vía de la Plata (‘silver route’), which runs through Extremadura taking pilgrims to Santiago de la Compostela, does eventually lead to the...

In defence of Cava

Regular readers (ahh, come on – there are some!) may remember a recent Cork Talk about my experiences at Alimentaria, the Wine & Food...

Year on year success in DOP Yecla

By Colin Harknes I was very disappointed last year to have to turn down another invitation to serve on the judging panel of the Annual...

When in Extremadura…

I'm sure that Saint Ambrose, one of the four original Doctors of the Church (everybody knows that, right?), wouldn't mind my misquoting his famous...

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...

Alimentaria 2016

I've been going to Barcelona’s biennial food and wine fair, Alimentaria, for the last 14 years – that's a lot of wine (I don't...

There is no noun that cannot be verbed!

And I’m sure that Benitachell’s Ladies Who Charity, won’t mind my using them as an example! Yes, I was delighted to be asked to take...

The International Wine & Spirits Competition 2016 adhering to the official...

Having just returned from Dunsford Park, nr Guildford, UK, and once considered Jeremy Clarkson's natural home (along with James May and the rest of...

The International Wine Tourism Conference 2016

The 8th IWINETC was recently held in Cataluña, near Barcelona. I was delighted to be invited to attend, as a staff member! My role was...

Man shall not live by wine alone! Cervezas La Luna

Sometimes you have to walk on the wild side! There may be some who are at this very moment poised with fingers of the...

Denominación de Origen Yecla on English language radio!

A recent Cork Talk started off rather scathingly about the Denominación de Origen system in general, and in particular about some DOs where rumblings...

DOP Bullas

Perhaps the burghers of Denominación de Origen Bullas saw the writing on the wall ten years ago - La Crisis, from which Spain is...

Canals y Munné are still sparkling

There are couple of puns in the title and I've plagiarised my own work from a few years ago - but hey, I'll make...

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