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Latest entries from Justin Roberts

Spanish Bullfighting: The Romance, the Drama and the Traditional Recipes

written by Justin Roberts | 5th February 2010

Recently, the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia (or Catalunya) voted to ban bullfighting; which consequently, provoked me to write an article. Since moving to Spain in 2005, I have attempted to understand the “corrida de toros” – the bullfight. I have tried to learn as much as possible, both the pro and con; and yes, I confess I have...

Palo Cortado, a Different Kind of Sherry

written by Justin Roberts | 29th October 2009

The WSET Diploma fortified wine exam was nailed down earlier this year. The next exam is sparkling wines so I have been sticking to the bubbly stuff since then. Not much else has made it through my front door, so just for a change, I thought I’d have a copa of sherry tonight. Something slightly unusual, a Palo Cortado....
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Port Wine Tour with Ryan Opaz

Eager to taste a wide range of spectacular Port wine with a Knight of the Port Wine Brotherhood? Are you...

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Lisbon Culinary Experience

Meet the passionate people crafting old-school Portuguese food deep inside Lisbon’s traditional neighborhoods. Visit the traditional hole-in-the-wall bakeries famed for their...

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Barcelona Market Tour & Cooking Class

On this four hour Barcelona Cooking Class and Market Tour, you’ll have the rare opportunity to ease your way into...

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Fiestas de la Vendimia: Tasting Sherry During the Harvest Festival in Jerez

written by Justin Roberts | 10th September 2009

The Jerez “Fiestas de la Vendimia” or harvest festival, which first happened in 1948, is in full swing at the moment. This is one harvest festival which is worth a visit, especially if you are keen on Sherry. This year the festival started on the 5th of September and ends on the 20th, so three weeks packed full of...

Studying for the WSET with Fortified Spanish and Portuguese Wines

written by Justin Roberts | 19th June 2009

About 3 years after bagging the certificate – I have no idea how the time flew by so fast – I finally signed up to the WSET diploma late in 2008. My first two exams were in March 2009. One about viticulture and vinification in what my father likes to call the “multiple-guess” format. The other was a case-study...

The Pointy Hat Brigade: Holy Week in Southern Spain

written by Justin Roberts | 16th April 2009

When I first saw the pointy hats, it was slightly unnerving. For most people, the associations are obvious. Thankfully pointy hat wearing in Jerez started way before the Klan was formed, so nothing to do with each other apart from the style of hat. The pointy hat brigade, as my collegue likes to call them, comes out during Holy...

Gibraltar: An Iberian Melting Pot

written by Justin Roberts | 8th April 2009

Last week I made the hour-long trip from my home in Jerez to Gibraltar to meet friends at the airport there. I am always up for a trip to this interesting and some might say anachronistic place. The Spanish certainly view Gibraltar as an anachronism. For me, Gibraltar is a fascinating place, full of history (especially military): Perfect for a...
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