Having some fun with new wave Spanish whites

I’ve been enjoying a good run of Spanish whites of late.

Of course, Spain is best known for its reds. Increasingly, though, the whites have begun to impress. Here are a couple from The Wine Society with lots of interest, following on from the excellent Verd Albera I blogged on a few days ago.

Tomàs Cusiné Auzells [...]

Northern Rhone series 9, Delas Les Challeys St Joseph

Continuing my northern Rhone series, I’m sticking with St Joseph. It’s an appellation with a reputation for inconsistency, but there are clearly some very good terroirs here. This is a cracking wine: fresh, natural, bright and edgy. Delas are a negociant who seem to be on good form at the moment.

Delas Freres St Joseph ‘Les [...]

New varieties in Rioja

I’m currently in the process of writing up a series based on a visit to Rioja. The latest instalment involves Valdemar, who are doing some interesting work with new varieties in Rioja.

One that is completely new is Tempranillo Blanco, which is a white variety that was discovered in the middle of a vineyard a decade [...]

A great value white wine from Spain

This has to be my best value white of the year. It’s part of an excellent offer of Iberian whites by the Wine Society, and after I tasted it I looked it up and was amazed to find it was under £10 by quite a distance.

Marti Fabra Verd Albera 2010 Emporda, Spain
13.5% alcohol. Beautifully aromatic [...]

At the cricket, followed by Crozes

Had a very enjoyable evening at the Oval, watching Surrey vs. Northants in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Over competition. It was the first time I’ve watched one of these day/night games where floodlights are used.

It was a really good game of cricket. I was sitting with Roger Hamilton-Brown, father of the Surrey captain Rory, who [...]

The world closures market in picture form

This picture represents the world closures market as it currently stands (actually, data are from December 2010). This is for standard 750 ml glass bottles plus 1 litre and 1.5 litre sizes, excluding small serves (such as 187 ml).

The actual figures are:

Total market 18 billion

Screwcap 2.85 billion
Synthetic cork 3.65 billion
Technical cork 7.8 billion [...]

Advance copies of authentic wine have arrived!

Came home today to find an advanced copy of my new book had arrived. The excitement was slightly tempered by the fact that the dogs had torn the packaging into shreds and had tried to eat it. But it wasn’t too badly damaged.

It is being released at the beginning of September and you [...]