Costa Blanca News – Coronavirus

A cause, or source, of great pleasure!

Quite a claim for a wine, don't you think? Well, I'll get on to Delit, from Bodegas Finca Collado, DO Alicante, a little later....

Sparkling wine made by the ancestral method!

So, Dom Pérignon invented the method by which Champagne is made. Well, no actually! It is true that Dom Pérignon and his fellow monks...

Maison Ventenac

Well, after 23 years writing mostly about Spanish wine, I have to admit that it was a total, though most welcome surprise to be...

Orange wine and black Chardonnay

Bodegas Pigar, whose co-founder (recently, and with his father), Juan Piqueras, International Wine & Spirits Competition gold medal winning wine-maker (when working for another...

A little bird told me!

A wren, as a matter of fact! The rather cute emblem of Bodegas Paso-Primero which features on their labels giving a visual clue as...

Jammy git!

If you knew my brother you’d guess this was going to be about him! He’s led a charmed life, has ‘our Al’, but no,...

Javea’s fine wine/gourmet cuisine pairing Mecca – Restaurante Nox

I recently returned to Restaurante Nox, on Javea's Arenal front line, to present a wine pairing dinner. Little did clients know that the evening...

Denominación de Origen Somontano

Personally, I’ve not tasted a below par wine from DO Somontano. So, when I was able to secure a place at the recent Masterclass,...

Gramona’s long aged sparkling wines

One of the great things about Spanish wines is that there is almost always an interesting story - behind a particular wine, or portfolio...

Spanish sparkling wine from Cataluña – but we ain’t talking Cava!

Regular readers (thank you, you are much appreciated!) will know of my penchant for, and great interest in, the Sparkling Wines of Spain. Over...

Tim Ladd – An Obituary

I’m writing this Cork Talk on the night before I’m taking a flight to Southampton to join a Fred Olsen cruise, where I’ll be...

Tips for buying wine in Spain

Recently I needed to buy 15 different bottles of Spanish wine – three for guests coming to our house, and twelve to take to...

Wine pairing dinner

There’s a recommended order in which wines should be tasted – i.e. White through to Red; Dry to Sweet; and Young to Old. It’s...

Praising pud wines

The trouble with Dessert Wines is that, by definition (arguably), they arrive late for the party. During the recently past Christmas celebrations we've all...

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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...