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Tapas Fantasticas: A Slice of Spain in London

A little piece of Spain came to London the other day and settled down on the banks of the Thames by Tower Bridge. They could not have picked a more Spanish-like weekend, the sun shone relentlessly and added to the joyous mood. It was so well done, like being in a real Spanish fiesta and it was lovely to stroll around in the sunshine taking in the sights and sounds of the wine and food stalls around me – with iconic views of London in the background. We were ringed by famous landmarks and everywhere I looked there was something to see; Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, HMS Belfast, the Greater London Authority building and of course the Thames […]

Toro: A Spanish Wine Region of Guts and Glory

Toro is an exciting wine region nestled in the heart of Castilla y Leon, in the province of Zamora. It is named for its main town, Toro which is a delight to visit. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Duero River, which becomes the Douro in Portugal just 90 kilometres further west, the skyline is dominated by the lovely collegiate church of Santa Maria la Mayo. This is not a fancy town, the best hotel in town is the modest 3 star Hotel Juan 11 on the ridge next to the collegiate church. The rooms are not fancy, but they are clean and serviceable – 3 euros extra gets you a view of the river and the Roman bridge. If […]

I Love Verdejo: Enticing Spanish White Varieties

Editor’s Note: Quentin Sadler, a prolific wine writer with a penchant for Spanish wine, has kindly agreed to contribute some vinous thoughts from England. We’d like to to warmly thank Quentin for sharing his experiences with us, and trust you’ll enjoy his passion and prose. In summer, my thoughts turn to wines that I can enjoy outside with light meals, this can mean a rosé, but usually points towards a white wine. Spain is most famous as a red wine country in the UK, especially reds from Rioja and I can partly understand that. Rioja can be great, but I have been getting more and more excited by Spain’s ability to turn out delicious white wines. In the past people […]