Costa Blanca News – Coronavirus

The pearl of Alicante

There is currently a move to try to have the Teulada and Benitachell municipalities declared as an official sub-zone of Denominación de Origen Alicante....

Maths – the part it plays in sparkling wine appreciation!

I recently spent a good half-hour, probably more, in a very well stocked, dedicated wine shop in Teulada, Alicante. My mission - to select...

The Rosado report

As I’ve said before, personally I don’t consider rosé wine to be a seasonal drink. For me, its often delicate nature, its tantalising perfume,...

Stars rising in the east!

No, not that star – these stars (plural) are the wine making countries of Eastern Europe: Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova. I’m disappointed to have had...

Celebrating the end of ‘La Crisis’

  After twenty years in the Spanish Wine World, which has included countless winery visits, I suppose it's inevitable that some of the people who...

Five go judging!

We decided to pass, on Enid Blyton’s ‘lashings of ginger beer’, the Famous Five this time reconvening to judge the annual 50 Great Sparkling...

Wines without make-up!

When Pepe Mendoza was handed the mantle by his father, Enrique, founder of Bodegas Enrique Mendoza, (pictured), he certainly didn't sit on his laurels!...

Spanish wine’s Movers & Shakers 2018

Why, oh why do I annually set myself these difficult tasks? Christmas Day Wines, the Cork Talk Top Ten, Recommended Christmas Presents, Cork Talk...

English wine – Another visit to Dorset

Twenty-two years ago (this week, actually) when I left the UK for a new life in Spain I certainly didn’t expect to be returning,...

Vins del Comtat

By Colin Harkness I wonder if my fellow tasters noticed an apparent light-headed dizziness about me when I first set eyes on the new bottle...

Wine tourism in Spain

I’m delighted to read that in 2016 wine tourism in Spain, ‘Enoturismo’, registered an increase of 21% in terms of visitor compared to the...

A missed opportunity by restaurants and bars!

As I write, it’s the penultimate day of the International Sherry Week and I know of one wine merchant, Aguilar in Ondara, which is...

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...

Ribera- not only reds

For a number of years at the various tastings I present I have casually asked those in attendance if they were buying more Rioja...

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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...