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  Andrew Black: Your rosé, “Sinfo”, is served in virtually every bar in Valladolid. Have you always specialisedin rosé wines? RS: Yes, for generations. AB: How old are your vines? RS: Some are over 80 years. There are very old vines all over Cigales. In fact, it’s the...
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It is perhaps not surprising that a man born above a winery in Rioja should have dedicated his life to wine.  Born into a traditional winemaking family, he studied in France and California, and combines his personal businesses in Bierzo and Priorat with running the Palacios...
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Xavier Gramona, with his cousin Jaume, represents the fifth generation of a family which has been dedicated to producing quality wines for over 130 years.  Together they aspire to show the world the excellent quality of cava, breaking the stereotypes and extolling the virtues of...
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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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What future lies ahead for Cava?

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After breaking new international sales records, positions in the Cava industry are divided between hope and uncertainty. This is a time of change for the Cava industry still being very much driven by international sales. Consumption in the domestic market, on the other hand,...
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He is CEO of Vega Sicilia and the other excellent wineries in the Group, as well as being a member of the owning family.  With the market release of Macan 09 (the chosen one - born to reign!), he admits to having a penchant for some 60’s style Riojas.  Macan is the new Rioja...
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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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From the terrace of the Hotel W in Barcelona you can almost touch the sea, and just as close at hand is Sergi Figueras who has recently won the official competition for Best Sommelier in Spain, which, he says, has enabled him to remove a thorn in his side that had been stuck...
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Josep Roca Fontané (Girona, 1966) has the methodical view of one whose daily task it is to describe the pleasure-creating machine that is El Celler de Can Roca to his customers. It is he who speaks of drinks and culinary delights, describing and presenting them: the power of the...
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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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