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Aula Vinícola – a Saturday morning pick-me-up

Posted on January 22, 2013

There are some 75 hours over approximately 20 Saturdays between February and December, plus field trips and special events, with over 100 wines being tasted and assessed

Saleta Moscatel-Sauvignon Blanc from Alicante only available from The Wine Society

Posted on November 9, 2012

I now find that another wine that is being praised in the UK is not sold in Spain, let alone Valencia. This time it is Saleta Moscatel-Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (DO Alicante), which I saw in the Wine Society’s “Complete Spain” Offer.

“Red as Alicante wine”: 500 years of Alicante wine in English life and culture

Posted on October 12, 2012

“Red as Alicante wine” is how James I described the colour of his urine to the royal physician. His predecessor, Elizabeth I, was said to have ““loved Alicant wine above any other”.

Vibrant Valencian Verdil from Oddbins in the UK

Posted on September 16, 2012

…Enguera’s Casa Lluch verdil…at the renascent Oddbins. Congratulations to them for rising like a phoenix from the flames of administration, and also for finding this little bit of Valencia and bringing it to the attention of the UK’s enviably eclectic wine sector.

El País lets its readers and itself down over Abstracta Vinícola wine blog

Posted on June 8, 2012

What led to the withdrawal of Abstracta Vinícola? Was it Joan’s denunciation in his second post of the project spearheaded by the regional ministry of agriculture for a single giant DO Valencia, removing at one fell swoop the historic Alicante wine identity, not to mention Utiel-Requena and Castellón?

Vicente Gandia — a giant with a heart as well as a brain

Posted on May 26, 2012

…with the great main doors wide open showing the vineyards and countryside beyond teeming with life, it was really quite magical.

It was a privilege to be there, and reminded me that just because a company is big and successful, it doesn’t have to be soulless.

Rioja with a Valencia connection — Bodegas Tobía in La Bodega de Alicia

Posted on May 23, 2012

One of the consequences of concentrating on wine and wine events from the Valencia region is that I tend to overlook the long-established powerhouse that is Rioja. I know that there is great wine and great tradition there, and that it is not monolithic. I’ve been reading about “new wave” riojas for years, and it […]

My ageism and sexism shown up by a great ambassador for Heretat de Taverners

Posted on May 20, 2012

But as I was heading to the checkout I was rather shyly asked by a doe-eyed young thing in a little black dress whether I’d like to try some wine. “What wine?” I asked. “Some wine from Valencia”, came the reply. “From Heretat de Taverners in Moixent.”