Bobal gets a mention in “The Independent”

January 15th, 2012

How refreshing to see a celebration in the mainstream UK press of the different grapes and wines that have been making Spain so interesting for so long. So bravo to The Independent and Anthony Rose in his article “Something is happening: it’s called the tapas bar revolution”. We’ll overlook the unorthodox spelling of Quixote’s steed.

Article on Valencian wine in “Counsel” magazine

January 15th, 2012

I may have neglected this website, but I’ve been flying the flag for Valencian wine in some unlikely places. Counsel is, in its own words, “the monthly Journal of the Bar of England and Wales, largely written by and for barristers and also of interest to all lawyers”. July bulletin has a couple of surprises

July 20th, 2011

I always look forward to the monthly newsletters from, the online retailer specializing in wines from the Clariano subzone of DO Valencia (though it has wines from elsewhere, as well as very good olive oil and chocolatee and such).

Article (by me) on Frona Eunice Wait in “Wayward Tendrils Quarterly”

July 6th, 2011

Back in February I contacted “Wayward Tendrils Quarterly. A wine collectors’ book society” to follow up a reference to one of my heroines, Frona Eunice Wait (1859–1946). Little did I imagine that this enquiry would lead to me writing an article on Frona for the august organ…

After Gary V, now comes Martha Stewart

June 23rd, 2011

Martha Stewart meets one of my longstanding favourites, Primitivo Quiles Raspay 2002 (DO Alicante) in her show, as one of the wines presented by Pasanella and Son in downtown New York.

Gary Vaynerchuk tastes 3 Valencian wines on “Daily Grape”

June 23rd, 2011

The gung ho motormouth Gary Vaynerchuck, who is an increasingly big noise in the wine world and doing a great job of promoting wine beyond established wine drinkers, did a tasting of three wines from Valencia on his Daily Grape site.

“Valencians contra la filoxera” – new book by Joan C. Martín

June 11th, 2011

The good news is that Joan C. Martín has written another key study about Valencian wine. The bad news is that I’m due to make a speech at the launch at El Corte Inglés (Av. Francia) on Tuesday 14 June. This latest work is not about today’s wines and winemakers, but about an agricultural catastrophe […]

Vicente Gandia – Art by the barrel

June 8th, 2011

Latterly Bodegas Vicente Gandia have added a visual feast to their undertakings, by commissioning artists to work with wine casks. 21 of the resulting works have now found a permanent home at the bodega’s Hoya de Cadenas estate in Utiel-Requena.