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It’s all about the aroma

It's really the aroma of the Lagunilla Reserva 2011 that captures ones attention, even as the cork is being pulled. It immediately speaks of the...

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...

BBQ wines revisited

I don't know about you, but I'm planning on BBQ-ing (that's ‘cook-outs' for our American readers) for a few more months yet. For me it's...

The Brexit effect on wine

Agreed, it's not the most important of the myriad of repercussions following the UK's vote to leave the EEC! However, it's more important than...

Sparkling wine from Tarragona

Yes, I agree. I am writing a lot of sparkling articles these days – thank you. Oh, sorry, I see, it wasn't a compliment, more...

Don’t be reserved when it comes to Reservas

There's recently been a lot of talk about Cava, the wonderful sparkling wine of Spain.  Indeed, I'm happy to plead 'guilty as charged', because...

Son mis amigos!

As readers may know, I present rather a lot of wine tastings. I love them! It's a chance to further champion the wonderful wines of...

Wine & tapas in Jávea

I remember sneaking out from Chester College bar one night with my good old pal, Dick. Not for us, this night, the PE student's...

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...

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