2018 Yecla wine competition

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I was delighted to be invited, once again, to join the judging panel of the annual wines of DO Yecla competition, in fact my sixth invitation. For four of these competitions, including this year’s, I have been the only foreigner on the panel, which I take as a real compliment, for this is not just a parochial contest, akin to the village vegetable show, as was. The results of this competition reverberate around both of the world’s hemispheres, covering all of the continents.
An amazing 95% of Yecla’s wines are exported, to I don’t know how many different countries, and it’s clear that in these established markets, as well as those in their infancy, there is bound to be keen interest in the medal winners of 2018. However, it’s not all positive – for some inexplicable reason, a mere 5% of production is sold in Spain!

Breaking wine news: Two wine pairing dinners of note: Thursday June 14, La Parrilla del Celler, Javea Old Town, just €30; and Thurs. June 21 at the exciting La La Land Piano Bar and Restaurant, Denia, €32.50. Both are exceptional value for money! To reserve: colin@colinharknessonwine.com or please call 629 388 159. Places limited!

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