WINE NOTES – July/August Edition 2022

BELL CROS DREAM TEAM IN CATALUÑA By Cassie M @Wineposter Bell Cros is the name of the vineyard and the wine, and the beautiful valley in DO Montsant, Tarragona (Cataluña). It derives from “Bell”, which is Catalan for beautiful, and “Cros”, an old local Catalan word for valley. Bell Cros is a combined effort by…

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DRINKS CABINET – March & April 2022, Issue 79

HAYES GIN AWARD-WINNING GIN ON THE COSTA DEL SOL Gin is definitely having a gin-aissance, and everyone wants to enjoy this ju niper spirit. With so many to choose from, it’s quite a minefield to know which gin to go for when visiting a bar or restaurant. Gin is one of the most low calorie…

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WINE NOTES – March & April 2022, Issue 79

A HIDDEN TREASURE FROM ITALY @WINEPOSTER BY CASSIE M Those of you who already know me from the wine business will be well aware that I am all about great food and classy wines. Like Franciacorta, for example, the hidden gem of premium sparkling wines. I know what some of you may be thinking: “Is…

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More Than One Glass of Wine a Day

By AJ Linn   Today we are awash with advice about health and how to maintain a satisfactory balance between what we think is not really good for us and what definitely is not. We try to avoid the diet pundits – whether it’s the radio, TV, printed media or social networks – because the…

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WINE NOTES

SISSECK THE WINEMAKER   If the name Peter Sisseck does not ring a bell, then no wine lover cannot have heard of Pingus, one of Spain’s premium wines in quality and price. Sisseck is from Denmark, a country where the only wines grown are those using the same grapes as in New Zealand, and then…

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First Photography Exhibition

IN OPEN SPACE Four hundred photos from Portrait of Humanity were launched 40,000 metres into the stratosphere in October with the objective of “broadcasting a message of peace and unity from humankind – and possibly even our extraterrestrial counterparts”.       The initiative was a partnership between digital media organisation 1854 Media and “near…

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WINE TOURISM

BACK ON THE AGENDA By AJ Linn     Wine tourism has taken a big hit this year for reasons that do not need explaining. However, it is climbing back into favour as protective regulations are being adopted in all bodegas offering visits and tastings. And since visiting a winery need not involve close contact…

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BOHO CLUB

A VENUE FOR EVERYONE IN A CHIC AMBIENCE … AND NOW OFFERING A DELECTABLE NEW THREE-COURSE LUNCH MENU!   The prestigious Boho Club, located on Marbella’s Golden Mile just five minutes from the beach, has already built-up a resounding reputation with the gourmands of Marbella and beyond. Located where the Swedish Forestry Centre used to…

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TANGO ARGENTINIAN GRILL – PUERTO BANÚS

A GASTRONOMIC DELIGHT in a Fun and Welcoming Environment Photos by: Johnny Gates     The long-standing Tango Restaurante in Puerto Banús, owned by dynamic brother-and-sister duo Luciano and Paula, has been the town’s most popular Argentinian dining establishment for many years. It has seen a number of famous faces pass through its doors during…

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NEW BUZZWORD…“CLEAN” WINES by AJ Linn

It seems that for whatever purpose, usually self-promotion, people never tire of inventing new descriptions for wine, as if the term were not enough in itself. Wine is a product made from fermented grape juice, and that’s it. Labels on bottles are admittedly not generous with information, but the law in each country’s case is…

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TIMES THEY ARE A’CHANGING by AJ Linn

Spain allegedly has more bars per head of population than any other country in the world. Many families live off the modest income provided by a small café in some town or village that also serves as a community centre. Regrettably this may all be set to change, and the indications are that going out…

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Montilla and all it stands for

Montilla and All It Stands For

Road traffic between the Coast and Córdoba is quite heavy, but pretty much non-stop, and without the benefit of statistics it is probably accurate to assume that Montilla is not a feature. Quite a shame really, particularly if the traveller is interested in Andalucian wines, mainly sherry, as Montilla (and Moriles) are often unjustly referred…

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Sherry Wine - Home & Lifetyle Magazine

Sherry.. Spain’s National Wine..

Although never officially recognised as such, sherry must be considered Spain’s national wine. It was the first to be exported, and the first to be declared a protected product with its own title of origin. Even before claret was known outside France, sherry had a flourishing export market and was drunk in England before Shakespeare’s time. Foreign merchants started…

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UNCORKING A SPECIAL EVENING OF FINE CHAMPAGNE AND CAVIAR - Home and Lifestyle Magazine

UNCORKING A SPECIAL EVENING OF FINE CHAMPAGNE AND CAVIAR

This summer the exclusive Owners Club at Puente Romano hosted the launch of VIP Wine Services, a specialist fine wine and Champagne supplier founded by wine lover and expert connoisseur Alex Little. In the elegant surroundings of the five-star resort, guests listened to a brief introduction before enjoying a delightful summer evening tasting exclusive and rare Champagnes by Louis Dubosquet,…

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AUTUMN CULINARY CREATION for the Home Kitchen - Home and Lifestyle Magazine

CHILI GOURMET – AUTUMN CULINARY CREATION for the Home Kitchen

Now that autumn is upon us, it’s the season for colder days, Halloween, pumpkins… and, of course, a recipe for this delicious pumpkin soup. Whatever the occasion or catering requirements, our menu suggestions from Chili Gourmet by Helle Barlebo are an excellent starting point. Home cooks are always thinking about creative new ideas to wow their guests.…

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From Santander to Catalonia… Via Hollywood

By Andrew J Linn   There is an excellent wine made with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Catalonia’s Penedés region called Jean Leon. However, it is not made by some French visionary who may have taken his wine-producing experience to Catalonia to produce Bordeaux-style wines in Spain. Jean Leon’s real name was Ceferino Carrión, and he…

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Gourmet Cuisine

Dorada a la Barbecue (4 people) 4 whole fresh dorada 2 limes in slices Maldon flaked salt whole pink peppers fresh thyme, rosemary or dill to your taste Now it’s time to stop with all that boring frozen fish you can buy in the supermarket. Think of how many delicious fresh fish are caught in…

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The Great Sherry Comeback By AJ Linn

Assuming you could invest in a stock that represented the sherry-making business, would it be a good idea? Looking back over the last hundred years there is little doubt that it would have paid off handsomely, and if that period were refined down to the last half of the last century, better still. Those were…

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Chili Cuisine

Gourmet Cuisine

With the end-of-year festive season drawing close, home cooks will be starting to think about some creative new ideas to wow their guests. Or perhaps there is a special anniversary, family reunion or business lunch c