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Land grab!

I’m writing this on the final day of the debate in the Catalan Parliament that will determine if the autonomous regional government goes ahead...

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...

Surmounting perception barriers

The first time Phillip Cox CEO of the Romanian winery Cramele Recas (pronounced, I think, Cram-el-lay Rek-ash) came within my radar reach was when...

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...

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...

DOP Bullas takes its place on both national & international stages

My third opportunity to visit and taste the wines of DOP Bullas occurred recently when I was once again invited to join the panel...

On-line wine plus deli!

I don't know about you (well, obviously, I don't actually know all Cork Talk readers, claro!) but these days I always prefer a nibble...

Wine related Christmas presents

If you look on the internet you’ll see many ‘Estuches de Navidad’ being sold by lots of bodegas in Spain. I’ve looked at several,...

Recommended wine-related Christmas presents

Come November, the wine writer becomes rather busy! I'm not complaining, of course, just preparing you with this wine ripple before the wine-al wave...

Historic Somontano & a bodega with modernity at its core

Forgive me if you've heard this before, but I do believe it's worth saying again – I've never tasted a poor wine from DO...

Combatting preconceptions when wine tasting

I think I’m probably an atypical wine taster. In various different capacities, I’ve been tasting wine professionally for 30 years now. My lengthy and on-going,...

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...

The girl from Cuenca

Readers may remember my recent discourse on Bobal, the red wine grape variety indigenous to the Valencia region, (if not it’s here www.colinharknessonwine.com/articles/), and...

Monastrell from DO Jumilla

There's a small, but increasingly significant cluster of Denominaciones de Origen down here in South East Spain. Each has its own identity - its differing...

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