Wines from D.O. Utiel-Requena win medals at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

May 18th, 2011

Corolilla Reserva 2007 wins Grande Médaille d’Or, eleven others gain lesser garlands. Plenty of Bobal wines in list of winners. “Médailles d’Or” went to five wines from Utiel-Requena. Another six earned “Médailles d’Argent”.

Visit to Montsant and Priorat

May 17th, 2011

The destinations were Vinyes d’en Gabriel in Darmós (DO Montsant), followed by lunch and a visit to Costers del Priorat, in Bellmunt (DO Priorat). The day was genuinely hot, and it was a pleasure to get out of the car and walk around a spectacular vineyard with 100 year-old Cariñena and Garnacha vines.

I try to talk like Kissinger at Terres dels Alforins

February 27th, 2011

I plucked up the courage to ask a question at the launch, which went: “Henry Kissinger is said to have asked ‘Who do I call if I want to call Europe?’, and I’d like to put the same question in the context of Terres dels Alforins – what number do I dial to speak to the collective?”

Costa Blanca Wine Society puts up (with)

February 19th, 2011

It was back in August 2010 that I got an email from Steve Collins, the then Vice-president of the Costa Blanca Wine Society, asking if I might be prepared “to come along at a mutually agreed date in 2011 to give us a talk about Valencian wines”. I was pleased to be asked, and it […]

Aula Vinícola Tastavins – Broadening horizons

February 12th, 2011

To quote Valencia’s Las Provincias newspaper, “Of the private wine courses, the most interesting and prestigious is without doubt the one that Joan C. Martí (it should of course, be Joan C. Martín) provides in his Aula Vinícola TastaVins.” The course comprises winetastings of over 100 wines from around the world, field work in vineyards, […]

Wine tastings at La Bodega de Alicia

October 29th, 2010

As a masterly final touch, Rafael García, who runs La Bodega de Alicia along with Alicia herself, turns out to be a demon cook. The first week he passed around really fine pisto empanadas at the end of the tasting, and outdid even those with his quiche next time around. That’s a sure way to get me and others to come to this fine (in every sense) wine shop.

Celler del Roure – new wine in old vessels

October 27th, 2010

Celler del Roure recovers tradition of making wine in earthenware vessels (tinajas) from their old underground cellar tunnels

Catarte – nice idea, but could do better

October 22nd, 2010

I was drawn to Catarte’s opening on 15 October 2010 as much as anything by the fact that it was in the 15th-century Gothic palace in c/ Cadirers in Barrio del Carmen that is home to the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Valencia. I’ve always wanted to go up its magnificent staircase, and now I did.