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

May 20th, 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.”

Wise words in new “Abstracta Vinícola” blog — Vive la République and Vive la différence!

May 14th, 2012

…an attempt to enable the largest wineries to buy their grapes from anywhere in Valencia — to their economic benefit, but to the detriment of the specific local character that underpins the different Valencia region wine areas

A friend’s flying two-night visit to Valencia

May 12th, 2012

So, I was on my mettle to do Valencia and ourselves proud over three days and two nights in the face of a highly discerning wine lover, who was pretty much born with glass in hand. Chris’s father ran Harvey’s of Bristol in its pomp, and his godfather was Harry Waugh, “the man with the million-dollar palate”.

L’Equilibrista from Happy Grapes — flying with a safety net?

May 7th, 2012

The circus theme of the label and names — apart from the high-wire acts on the L’Equilibrista, the Uvas Felices range includes El Hombre Bala (The Human Bullet) and La Mujer Cañón (The Cannon Woman) — doesn’t quite seem reflected in a playfulness of the wines.

Restaurante Refugio — BYOB as a refuge in hard times

May 2nd, 2012

There are lots of reasons to like El Refugio, restaurante del Carmen. It has a bit of a cool countercultural vibe — it started life as a cannabis-based restaurant and hang-out, “La Cañamería” (meaning The Hempery) before their cooking aspirations found that too limiting.

Craft beers and artisanal cheeses at Godè with Bertrand

May 1st, 2012

Just as I’ve recently looked at wines beyond Valencia, last Saturday I signed up to a cheese and craft beer tasting. It was held at Godè, a smart new place in Russafa that describes itself as a gastro-club.

Evine organic wines at Racó de Tastavins, courtesy of Clara

April 21st, 2012

So, an unexpected evening in the world of Valencia wine. Old and new friends combining in the discovery of an excellent wine shop in Valencia previously unknown to me, with a soon-to-be-star of the Valencia wine scene announcing herself

Review of “Valencians contra la Fil·loxera” in Wayward Tendrils Quarterly

April 17th, 2012

Jan Reinhart, a writer and translator who specializes in Catalan literature, reviewed Joan C. Martín’s “Valencians contra la Fil·loxera” in Wayward Tendrils Quarterly vol. 22, no. 2. This blog is grateful to Jan for recommending the excellent novel “Purgatori” by Joan F. Mira, which one day he hopes to translate. Without further ado, here is […]