Aula Vinícola – a Saturday morning pick-me-up

January 22nd, 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

November 9th, 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

October 12th, 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”.

Yecla, heck yeah! Visit to Evine.

October 1st, 2012

We didn’t let our sedentary morning hinder us, and got stuck in to the local delicacy of “tortas fritas” …with cured meats, anchovies and other good things.

Vibrant Valencian Verdil from Oddbins in the UK

September 16th, 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

June 8th, 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

May 26th, 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

May 23rd, 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 […]