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Santiago Jiménez

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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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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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