Awards and citations:

1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

#winelover 4th anniversary celebrations – practising Jerez....

Two Manzanillas: Solear and Duque

In so many endeavours practice is extremely important.... fortunately we had time yesterday evening to put in a last minute workout before heading to Jerez today.  

A visit to El Corte Inglés provided us with two Manzanillas to try – Solear by Barbadillo (€6.55) and Duque from Sanchez Romate for just €3.99. Both were characteristically clean and salty. The Solear did more depth and layers so merited the higher price. Duque, however, at €3.99 is remarkably good for the price and represents excellent value. Whether this is really profitable for Sanchez Romate and good for the image of wines from Jerez is quite another matter. 

Monday, 8 February 2016

Heading to Jerez tomorrow for 4th #winelover anniversary

Tomorrow we leave Lisbon to head to Spain with the two Andrés to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the #winelovers. The wines of Jerez have long been amongst our favourites. They are some of the few wines that we buy in the UK. 

The last time I was in Jerez was in 1997 – shoicked at how long since I have been back in this great region with its lovely and fascinating wines. 

The programme that has been put together for us #winelovers looks great!  
Tuesday. February 9th: Jerez de la Frontera
Welcome casual dinner at Restaurante Bocarambo, Jerez
Wednesday. February 10th Day 1 Jerez de la Frontera
9.15 – 10.00 welcome at the Consejo Regulador del Brandy y Los Vinos de Jerez Bertrán Domecq (President of the Consejo) & César Saldaña (Director)

Bodega 1: Tío Pepe – González Byass
10.00 – 10.20: transfer from the Consejo to “Viña la Canariera” from González Byass
10.20 – 11.20: technical visit of the vineyard

11.20 – 11.40: transfer from the vineyard to bodegas tío pepe

11.40 – 14.00: Bodegas Tío Pepe visit: “Ages of Tío Pepe” by Antonio Flores, Tío Pepe Sherry Master
14.00 – 16.30: paired lunch At Tío Pepe

Bodega 2: Bodega Lustau
18.15 – 20.30 : “Amontillados” by Manuel Lozano, Sherry Master & 7 years Best Fortified Oenologist*

20.30 – 22.30 gala dinner at Bodegas Lustau


Thursday February 11th Day 2 Sanlúcar de Barrameda
Bodega 3: Bodegas Barbadillo
10.30 – 14.00:
Visit of Barbadillo: “Palomino Fino full range
14.00 – 16.30: ”
Paired Lunch At Bodegas Barbadillo
16.30 – 18.00 Free time in Sanlucar, coffee at A Medina Sidonia & visit the town   Siesta?
Bodega 4: Bodega Delgado Zuleta  18.00 – 18.15: Walk to next cellar

18.15 – 20.30: Bodegas Delgado Zuleta visit: “Biological Ageing” by Salvador Real, oenologist
20.30 – 22.30: gala dinner at Bodegas Delgado Zuleta 22.30 / 23.00 Transfer back to Jerez 


Friday. Feb 12th Day 3 El Puerto de Santa María
Bodega 5: Bodegas Gutiérrez Colosía 10.00 – 10.30 transfer from the hotel to B. Gutiérrez Colosía in el puerto

10.30 – 13.00 visit of Bodegas Gutiérrez Colosía: “vertical tasting ” by Juan Carlos Gutiérrez Colosía, owner & sherry master

13.00 – 13.30 walk to Bodegas Obregón

13:30 – 16.30
traditional lunch at an “Almacenista”
Bodega 6: BodegasOsborne 18.00 – 20.00: Osborne visit: “Rare Sherries & Brandy”
20.30 – 22.30: Dinner at Bodegas Osborne

Sat. February 13 Day 4: Jerez de la Frontera Bodega 7: Bodegas Williams &Humbert 11.45 – 14.00: Visit to Bodega Williams & Humbert: “Sherry Vintages” by Paola Medina, oenologist
14.00 – 16.00:
paired lunch at Williams & Humbert

20.00-23.00: BYOB dinner at Ho0tel Los Jándalos.

Our BYOB wines sorted...

Lisbon's Bairro Alto: lost in translation perhaps?

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