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6th Copa Jerez: And the winner is…

Friday, June 12th, 2015

As I mentioned in a recent preview  blog post, last Tuesday 9 June saw the world's foremost sherry-pairing culinary contest: the Copa Jerez. Copa Jerez 2105 winners, Sommelier Ian Adams and Chef Michelle Matthews, of 16 Romolo in San Francisco, in front of the judging panel. Teams of chefs and sommeliers from restaurants ...

Spain is top wine producer in the world: up over 40% in 2013

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13203" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Spain - now the biggest wine producer in the world!"] [/caption] Spain has taken over from France and Italy as the world's top wine-producing country, with its production increasing by over 40% in 2013. This is just a few weeks after the news that Spain is now ...

Blue Fin – the cava, to pair with the tuna

Friday, September 13th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11899" align="aligncenter" width="431" caption="A new cava designed to accompany atun de almadraba, caught off the Cadiz coast."] [/caption] The other night, I was fortunate enough to eat a meal which was based entirely around atun de almadraba. This is atun rojo, or in English, blue-fin tuna, which is caught using ...

A sherry tasting in Seville

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_11379" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="The ten glasses, filled with sherry and ready to be tasted."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_11377" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Master Winemaker Antonio Flores seduces us with tales of his love for sherry."][/caption] Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to a sherry tasting by Bodegas Gonzalez Byass, which took ...

Climate change and wine in Marbella

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

If you are interested in wine making and/or climate change, or you'd like to hear ex-UN secretary general and 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan speak about the latter, then you'll be interested to hear about the 3rd World Conference on Climate Change and Wine, which takes place in ...