Costa Blanca News – Coronavirus

Coming soon – Wine untouched by human hand

In October 2016, I wrote an article contrasting two vineyard philosophies – on the one hand, in a delightfully bucolic cameo, camels were being...

Another French paradox

My lovely wife isn't going to like this! A confirmed, committed Francophile who lived in several different parts of France, she won't hear of...

Black grape varieties for red Rioja

At Bodegas Hacienda Grimón – they prefer to let their wines do the talking! And why not, when they are so eloquent? There’s an impressive...

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...

The still before the fizz!

All cava producers start out as makers of still wine first. Short of buying in still wines made by another producer (a practice that...

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...

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...

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 from Langham Wine Estate

The roses planted at the end of each carefully manicured, pristine row of trellised vines may well have been there to keep the plough...

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...

Swedish wine tasting

The Series! In September and October I’ll be presenting a series of wine tastings for small groups of Swedish people who are visiting Spain, combing...

After orange, comes red

My recent discourse about the 'orange wines' of bodegas Joan de la Casa (www.joandelacasa.com/en/) provoked a number of comments and questions from readers (you...

The green extreme

Last week's ‘Cork Talk’ introduced readers to the unusual concept of Natural Wines: what does it mean, etc. Also, I spotlighted one Spanish producer...

New bodega in Yecla

It's not every day that one is invited to the inauguration of a brand new bodega here in Spain; the more so when the...

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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

With the north of Alicante province still on red alert for snow today (Monday), around half a metre has fallen in Banyeres de Mariola...

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...