If you are planning to stay closer to home this summer there are many places to discover and enjoy on day trips. Earlier this week I visited the Cooperativa de Viver, which is about a 45 minute drive from the centre of Valencia in the
In the 18th century Fondillón from Alicante was one of the most famous and prestigious wines in the world, it was more highly valued than the wines of Sauternes, Sherry and Port. It was said to have been a favourite of Louis XIV of France
The vineyards of Jumilla are scattered between the provinces of Murcia and Albacete, with Almansa to the north, Yecla and Alicante to the east and Bullas to the south. There are around 19,000 hectares of vineyards, compared with 13,000 hectares in the Valencia and 65,000
As part of my daily routine during lockdown I have been reading my old wine books, many of which I have not looked at since the time I was studying for wine exams. I am currently reading ‘Sherry’ (Jerez) by Julian Jeffs. It was originally
A good way to discover new wines is to focus on a common theme such as, wines from regions with a Mediterranean climate. This will involve tasting grapes you may not be familiar with and take you from Valencia to Italy, Croatia, Greece, Lebanon, Chile
Be wary of using preconceptions when talking about wine because most are wrong, if not totally absurd. If I had a €1 for every time someone has made a sweeping all encompassing comment about a country, grape or region, I would be able to buy
I was recently asked what are the differences between Rioja and Ribera del Duero. They are often spoken of as if they are the same, however, while there are similarities, the wines from each region are different for several reasons
To discover Bodega 3T you have to go to Galicia, one of my favourite places to spend some time. This week I visited my friends Mario and Angel at their winery Bodega 3T in Vilanova de Arousa, near Pontevedra. The name 3T comes from the
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