World of Wine

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 great Riojan Orchestra

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From a relatively short line of winemakers (since 1870), everything this family touches turns to gold. Despite the title of this section, we cannot talk about “the” winery, because in actual fact this family has four - the luxury quartet of Sierra Cantabria, Viñedos Sierra...
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Due to a distinctive Atlantic influence and a rich catalogue of native grape varieties, red wines from Galicia have a seductive, fresh, light character, but they are no less complex than the wines which define the archetype of Spanish red.
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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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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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We tend to associate Sicily with images of Mediterranean light, beautiful beaches and historical monuments, but not necessarily with wine.  In Spain it is particularly difficult to find good Sicilian wines, while in North European countries most Sicilian wines are displayed at the bottom of supermarket shelves. Tourism helps little because the...
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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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