Tag Archives: Spain

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Malvasia Volcánica!

I had a very different idea of Malvasia before I visited Lanzarote. My first impressions were of a variety that was round, fat and simple – a little oily perhaps with low aromatics. Several examples that I tasted from warm areas in the South of France seemed to confirm that description and it wasn’t a grape variety I sought out much. Continue reading

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Hidden Spain

Having just returned from a breathless and breathtaking tour of some of Northern Spain’s less well known DOs on the recent CWW trip, I am filled with even more enthusiasm for ‘hidden Spain’. What attracted me to the trip initially was the allure of visiting DO Cigales and DO Bierzo but I found much more to excite me. Continue reading

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These are some of the highlights of a whirlwind 2½ day press trip to Navarra. I was pleased to be going there, having been to the more famous Rioja a few times recently but never having had the opportunity to visit its somewhat Cinderella-like neighbour. We managed to cram in nine wineries in our short flying visit so below are only some of the highlights. Continue reading