DO Valdeorras shows its Godellos and Mencías at Hotel Palace in Valencia

April 16th, 2012

Godellos from Galicia have been making waves for a while, getting people excited in their own right rather than as an afterthought to the more celebrated Albariños. I thought that there might be a disappointing turnout for the first ever DO Valdeorras presentation in Valencia at the Valencia Palace Hotel, as it was drizzling away, and […] on the road in Andalusia

April 16th, 2012

I packed sunscreen and short-sleeved shirts for Semana Santa in Andalusia. In the event, rain poured solidly down all week, breaking the worrying drought, but putting a dampener on the Easter Week processions. Actually, we were pretty lucky as the heavier rains seemed to just miss us on our travels. And when we did coincide […]

“Botillo” feast at Bodegas Hispano-Suizas

February 12th, 2012

The celebrated winemaker at Bodegas Hispano-Suizas, Pablo Ossorio, is originally from Bierzo. This is a part of Spain I know through their wines from the mencía grape, and which have been have been impressing all and sundry (and me particularly) for a while now. Friday 9 February saw the third annual “botillo” lunch at the […]

Bodega Edetària tasting at Bodega de Alicia

January 26th, 2012

A really enjoyable tasting at La Bodega de Alicia on Wednesday 25 January. There were several reasons. For one thing, it started bang on time and went along at a rollicking pace. So often such things start half an hour or so late and then meander along and take all night. Most importantly, of course, […]

Spanish white wines at “Curso Vitivinícola Connaisseur”

January 25th, 2012

There must have been fifty-something people in the room and I was bit nervous how they’d respond to a long talk (with PowerPoint presentation) covering the world of white wine in general.

“Good Communication” Prize lunch–tertulia at Casa Montaña

January 24th, 2012

The accompanying wines aimed to display what these bodegas are doing apart from Cava. I really enjoyed the La Creu de Lavit, doing amazing things with the generally not highly regarded Xarel·lo grape.

Tastavins Aula Vinícola – Joan Martín’s in-depth wine course

January 17th, 2012

If you are within easy reach of Valencia, you may be interested in Joan C. Martín’s all-encompassing Tastavins Aula Vinícola wine course.

Phylloxera as a metaphor for the current crisis in Valencia

January 16th, 2012

It’s been fascinating to see how a study of an apparently highly specialized subject – the initial resistance, eventual arrival and subsequent response in Valencia to the phylloxera epidemic which destroyed virtually all of Europe’s vines in the fifty years following the pest’s arrival in 1863 – can strike a highly relevant chord.