Tag: rioja

Tonto or not tonto?

The word ‘tonto’ in Spanish refers to someone who is stupid or foolish, and unfortunately in one’s adventures through wine it is inevitable that such ‘tonto’ wine producers will make appearances: winemakers who are more interested in selling wines in bulk as early as possible, sometimes even stopping or quickening the fermentation process in order […]

Lamb of the gods

If you gave something up for Lent, rest assured, it’s almost over! So over Easter treat yourself to an indulgent lunch with family and friends. There’s something special about traditional Pascal Lamb at Easter time and when it comes to choosing the perfect wine to match, there are several factors to consider:

A Taxi to El Pison

I had the great pleasure of accepting an invitation to one of my favourite producers in Rioja, Artadi. A whistle stop tour that would give a huge insight into the extremely passionate and informative world of Juan Carlos Lopez, the proprietor of Artadi. I have been fortunate enough to have met many producers in my […]

From Rioja to Basingstoke

Last week saw a winemaking legend visit our Basingstoke HQ. Alvaró Palacios came to show us a fantastic selection of his (quite frankly astounding) wines and talk to us (all too briefly in the hour time-slot) about his wine making history. Starting at his family’s vineyard, Bodega Palacios Remondo (in Rioja), Alvaro trained for a […]