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Most Intriquing Restaurants in Valencia: Embrace Your Traditional and Eclectic Self

The talk was of me writing about “the best places to eat in the city of Valencia, and I immediately felt slightly inadequate. Valencia does have its swanky Michelin-starred restaurants – Ca’Sento, Torrijos, La Sucursal and Alejandro del Toro last time I looked. I have eaten at three of them, and the food was undoubtedly excellent. The one I have yet to try is in fact Ca’Sento, nearest to where I live. I’ve been unnerved by the post-modern cladding added as a façade to give concrete expression to its progression from family-run diner to temple of gastronomy, and rather terrifyingly I can’t seem to identify the door whenever I walk past. As so often with glamorous restaurants, in my case, […]

Autumn Cuisine Calls for Sherry and Barrel-Fermented Beasts

So, we arrive officially at a new season, and the usual gastronomic articles appear. In the case of autumn these tend to be about the joys of mushroom-picking in the woods and fields, or getting hold of truffles if you’re rich or have a suitably trained pig. These seasonal utterances are fine, but perhaps more read about than acted upon. Autumn on the eastern Spanish seaboard brings less drastic changes than in many places. Certainly, the heat is less oppressive, but the days are often bright. The evenings are drawing in, so you wear socks and shoes instead of sandals, and maybe have a jacket or something to hand. But to my mind, it’s a chance to enjoy everything – […]

Valencia Land of Wine – Free Chapter: Casa del Pinar (DO Utiel-Requena)

Editor’s Note: This is the 2nd chapter we are publishing of  Valencia Land of Wine (see 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th chapter). Articles are written by Joan C. Martin, and translated by John Maher. Each story is straight from the pages of El Pais’s Valencian edition that highlights an aspect of Valencian wine history through the story of one wine. If you are enjoying the stories, you might consider buying a copy with this link:Valencia Land of Wine. Sanfir: Lady Syrah, England Made Me Casa del Pinar, Los Cojos (DO Utiel-Requena) English weather has not made historically for good wine – Tacitus wrote of the inclement autumns, “The sky is overcast with continual rain and cloud, but the cold […]

Fontantars dels Alforins: The Forefront of Quality Wine in the D.O. Valencia

One of the peculiarities of the Valencia Denominación de Origen is its further division into four subzones: Alto Turia, Valentino, Moscatel de Valencia and Clariano. Perhaps the most distinctive in terms of both landscape and wines is the most southerly, Clariano, just the Valencia side of Alicante. At the heart of this subzone is the Vall d’Albaida, a fertile high valley that runs from the arid central plane of La Mancha towards the Mediterranean, benefiting from both the dry westerly winds (“poniente”) and the more humid easterly ones (“levante”). At some 650 metres above sea level, this has always been a fertile high valley. Despite the low rainfall, the soil is rich. The “Alforins” in Fontantars dels Alforins derives from […]

Valencia Land of Wine – Free Chapter: Bodega Vicente Gandia, Chiva (DO Valencia)

Editor’s Note: This is the 2nd chapter we are publishing of  Valencia Land of Wine (see chapter 1st, 2nd, 3rd). Articles are written by Joan C. Martin, and translated by John Maher. Each story is straight from the pages of El Pais’s Valencian edition that highlights an aspect of Valencian wine history through the story of one wine. If you are enjoying the stories, you might consider buying a copy with this link:Valencia Land of Wine. Fusta Nova: Moscatel from the Forest Bodega Vicente Gandia, Chiva (DO Valencia) Fusta Nova is a sweet wine made with Moscatel of Alexandria by Bodegas Gandia. This company is one of the largest exporters of bottled Spanish wine. It was founded in 1885 by […]

Valencia Land of Wine – Free Chapter: Dominio de la Vega, San Antonio (DO Utiel-Requena)

Editor’s Note: This is the 3rd chapter we are publishing of  Valencia Land of Wine (see 1st and 2nd chapter). Articles are written by Joan C. Martin, and translated by John Maher. Each story is straight from the pages of El Pais’s Valencian edition that highlights an aspect of Valencian wine history through the story of one wine. If you are enjoying the stories, you might consider buying a copy with this link:Valencia Land of Wine. Dominio de la Vega Especial: A Singular Cava Dominio de la Vega, San Antonio (DO Utiel-Requena) Dominio de la Vega is a Cava created only a few years ago by Fermín Pardo, Emilio Expósito and Álvaro Faubel, who were among the original shareholders of […]

Valencia Land of Wine – Free Chapter: Gutiérrez de la Vega, Parcent (DO Alicante)

Editor’s Note: This is the 2nd chapter we are publishing of  Valencia Land of Wine (see 1st chapter). Articles are written by Joan C. Martin, and translated by John Maher. Each story is straight from the pages of El Pais’s Valencian edition that highlights an aspect of Valencian wine history through the story of one wine. If you are enjoying the stories, you might consider buying a copy with this link:Valencia Land of Wine. Casta Diva: Wine of the Sea Gutiérrez de la Vega, Parcent (DO Alicante) When Felipe Gutiérrez de la Vega started out in 1980, the wine situation in the Comunidad Valenciana was difficult. The idea of making excellent and distinctive wines was for visionaries. Felipe, however, had […]

Fondillón: A Very Unique Style of Sweet Spanish Wine from Alicante

Coming across Fondillón is a bit like meeting Samuel Taylor Coleridge‘s Ancient Mariner, buttonholing you with stories of ancient glories and disaster. You’re half fascinated and half disbelieving. Yet he starts pulling bits and pieces out of his pockets – there is the price list of leading Alicante wine merchants Maisonnave & Co. from the nineteenth-century showing that its top Fondillon cost 800 francs per hectolitre, while its top Port cost 153, its top Sherry 204, its top Madeira 272. But what happened? The other wines mentioned may have their ups and downs, but they are still household names and are still drunk enthusiastically in their places of origin and appear on international wine lists. In Alicante itself you’d have […]

Valencia Land of Wine – Free Chapter: Pago de Tharsys, Requena (DO Utiel-Requena)

Editors Note: Last year, we published a book review for Valencia Land of Wine, composed of translated articles by John Maher and written by Joan C. Martin. Each story is straight from the pages of El Pais’ Valencian edition. Each one highlights an aspect of Valencian wine history through the story of one wine. After realizing that this book was not most likely receiving the attention it deserved, we ask John if we could publish some of the chapters here for you to read. We hope you enjoy this series which will be going up through the month of August, and that if you like what you are reading you might consider buying a copy with this link:Valencia Land of […]

Where to Find Valencian Wines Outside of Spain

Someone asked on a previous post on Valencian cava whether the wines mentioned were available in the UK. I had a quick look and drew a blank. This set me thinking. I travel to the UK fairly frequently, and I generally return with a few English wines to give to friends and to keep in reserve to surprise those that still scoff at the notion of wines from Britain. One of the joys of doing this is, of course, that it is not possible – at least as far as I know – to buy English wines in Valencia, or anywhere else much. Even in England, the last time I asked, Oddbins wasn’t offering a single English wine. Apart from […]