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 coming up and requiring a deft and delectable culinary touch in the kitchen. Whatever the occasion or catering requirements, these…

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New Region, New Wines, New Labels

New Region, New Wines, New Labels

As any golfer on the Costa del Sol will know, the growth of the game locally was, unsurprisingly, in parallel with the building of courses. What has always been referred to as the first generation includes Las Brisas, Aloha, Guadalmina, Río Real, Sotogrande and Atalaya. All were constructed on easy-to-work, relatively flat land with no…

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PROTOS FIRST A BENCHMARK OF RIBERA DEL DUERO WINES

By AJ Linn It is interesting to compare the world’s most valuable brands, as rated by international agencies, with our preconceptions of what we think they should be. Although names like Google (Nº 1), Coca Cola and Apple are undoubted leaders across the commercial board, Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, Toyota, Samsung and McDonalds are not far…

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