Costa Blanca News – Coronavirus

The Amber revolution!

After 21 years of writing Cork Talk (more on this soon!), I like to think, at least, that I may have made a positive...

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...

Pilgrims’ progress – and the apostrophe is correct!

I’ll be very interested to see how these Peregrino (pilgrim, in Spanish!) wines progress over the next few years. I received from Bodegas Gordonzello,...

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...

Musical dinner with paired wines

Spain has an official population of just under 46.5 million people and an annual Yecla production of just over 6.5 million litres, only 5%...

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...

The culture of wine and its impact on the youth of...

There was no alcohol in our house when I was growing up on the Wirral (that peninsular between Liverpool and North Wales bordered by...

Costa Blanca Wine Society and the ladies who fizz!

It’s quite a few years now, since I darkened the doors of the Costa Blanca Wine Society. My wine work: writing, broadcasting, judging, tourism,...

Cava, chaos, Corpinnat and customer confusion

I take a different view to that expressed by the sentiment behind the title of the recent article, written by my learned friend, Miquel...

Your Christmas Day wines here!

I always enjoy writing ‘Cork Talk’. Imparting (hopefully?) some of my passion for Spanish wine, as well as (maybe?) informing, and (perhaps?) to an...

Bodegas Tierra Hermosa re-visited

I first wrote about Harry Hunt, founder of Tierra Hermosa, towards the end of 2012, telling the fascinating story of his exit from the...

The Spanish Palate

La Guía Peñin is Spain’s most comprehensive Spanish Wine guide. I’ve been invited to some of their tastings in Madrid and I’m on their...

Happy New Year to you!

Thank you for reading me during 2019, and I hope you’ll continue so doing in 2020, the rest of the new decade, and maybe...

Verdejo and other stories

And I quote: “Piedra Luenga Verdejo is an organic white wine made with the Verdejo grape that grows in our Casilla del Morcillete vineyard overrun...

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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...