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Santiago Jiménez

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Codorníu’s history goes back to the 16th century, to the year 1551 to be precise.  A document from that time states that Jaume Codorníu, owner of vineyards, possessed presses, barrels and vats for the purposes of winemaking.  That year marked the start of the history of the...
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(This article follows my first entry of the Wine tourism in Champagne series) Having already immersed ourselves in the special atmosphere of Champagne, and enjoyed a night’s rest in a "chambres d'hôtes" in Moussy, near Epernay (we'll talk about this type of accommodation...
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Vive la Champagne!

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Some people say there is no such thing as coincidence and others say there is.  I really don't know who is right, but as circumstances would have it, ​​in this issue of Selectus Wines (either because it's that time of year again, with Christmas and the New Year celebrations underway, or simply because the subject is always fascinating), we are...
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Almost a year ago we told readers that we were planning to "internationalize" the magazine and step outside Spanish territory, not just to cover non-Spanish wines, but to include international reports, interviews and opinions. Well, we are now making good on our promise and this issue sees the start of our magazine’s "internationalization". In...
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The cellar in the sea

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On 16 July 2010  an extraordinary treasure was discovered by a diving team just south of the Åland Archipelago, an autonomous region between Sweden and Finland: among the wreckage of a ship, which sank almost two centuries ago, were 168 bottles of champagne. 47 of these bottles...
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According to our partner, Joan Gómez Pallarès, "wine tourism can be defined as "that journey one undertakes to gain insight into the roots of a wine." He adds that "knowing the roots of a wine, also means being familiar with the gastronomy of the area where the wine is born, the...
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For the fourth blind tasting we did not have far to travel as we stayed in Barcelona. Through the helping hand of the President of the Catalan Association of Sommeliers, Xavier Ayala, we were able to go to the old Moritz brewery in Barcelona, where the Bar à Vins opened about...
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We are headed to Sanlúcar de Barrameda to explore the history of another centuries-old Spanish bodega which is still run by the descendents of the original founding family. We are talking about Barbadillo, overlooking the sea and the Coto Doñana, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean which played such an important role in the story of its creation....
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As wine enthusiasts, we love to go and taste the new vintages offered us by the wine producers each year. However the tasting of a very old vintage, when the wine is well preserved, is a delight for the most discerning palates. We had the pleasure of trying one such wine, last March. It was a Spanish classic, a 1981, which was still drinking at...
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In the very depths of the Castillo Perelada cellars, surrounded by barrels and under a stone vault, Delfí Sanahuja gives a run-through of her working life as an oenologist. Natural, open and passionate, she loves the land and contact with the vines. Her career as an oenologist...
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