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Santiago Jiménez

Posts by Santiago Jiménez

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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In the wine world, the first months of each year are usually synonymous with wine or wine-related fairs. Enofusión (Madrid), Vinisud (Montpellier), Alimentaria (Barcelona), etc., are some of the shows which have taken place in Europe in the last few months and we summarize one or two of these in this issue. But we have to wonder whether these...
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There’s a saying in Spain: "New year, new life."  We are not going to take this literally, but we thought it appropriate, given the New Year and the prevalence of globalization in all sectors, that we do something along these lines.  The world of wine spans the planet and we wish to share our experiences and emotions each time we taste a fine...
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When this latest copy of Selectus Wines reaches you, the wine harvest will be over in some regions, in others it will still be in full swing and in a few it will not even have begun. This is one of the fabulous characteristics of the very special world that is wine. And we haven’t even mentioned the southern hemisphere of course, where the first...
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Born in France but a lover of England, Gerard Basset was crowned best sommelier in the world in 2010. Natural and affable might well describe this renowned sommelier, whose opinions are always highly regarded. Settled in the New Forest, he runs a hotel where food and wine play a...
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Awards season

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The month of May is awards season par excellence. Several important competitions are held and many Spanish wines have received several awards and recognition. One of the most anticipated awards at this time of year, directly or indirectly linked, depending on your point of view, to the world of wine, is the world’s best restaurant competition. The...
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When you are flicking through this magazine, it will be one year since the publication of the first issue of Selectus Wines. It’s been a long, hard slog, both personally and financially. We have a great group of collaborators - the photographic team and the tasting panel who bring up the rear and to whom the magazine owes its image - and a great...
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Wine, food and good fare are three concepts that are totally inseparable for sommelier Isabelle Brunet and which have always stayed with her, ever since she began helping in the family restaurant aged 10 years old. She has a stack of knowledge about terrain, from her experiences...
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