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Valencia Land of Wine – Free Chapter: Bodegas Primitivo Quiles, Monover (DO Alicante)

Editor’s Note: This is the 2nd chapter we are publishing of Valencia Land of Wine (see 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th 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. Raspay: Classic Alicante Bodegas Primitivo Quiles, Monover (DO Alicante) “Classic adj. 1. Of the first class, of the highest rank or importance; approved as a model; standard, leading (Oxford English Dictionary). This definition is appropriate for the great Alicante red wine, Raspay […]

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 […]

Valencian Cava: The Difference is in the Grapes

This is my second go at writing this piece. For some reason, the first attempt turned into a lament at the cava on offer at the interval break during operas and concerts at Valencia’s spectacular Palau de les Arts. I suspect a less long-winded mention may creep in again, but I’ll try to focus more on my intended subject of Valencian cava. I’m sure Catavino types are more than familiar with the fact that the Cava Denominación de Origen is not defined by a geographical area. While it is true that the vast majority of cava is made in Catalonia’s Penedés, when the DO was established – the result of EU legislation and Champagne’s ceaseless vigilance against unwarranted use of […]

Mostra de Vino: Sampling Valencia’s Wines in the Riverbed

Wine events and young children aren’t a natural mix most of the time, but there are exceptions.  The recent XXI Mostra de vins, caves i licors i XVIII d’aliments tradicionals de la Comunitat Valenciana certainly was.  (Nice short title for it, don’t you think?)  This hefty name in the Valencian dialect of Catalan simply means: The twenty-first sampling of wines, sparkling wines and liqueurs, and the eighteenth sampling of traditional foods of the greater Community of Valencia.  The good thing is that the drinks and food being sampled were easier to swallow than the event’s name. The setting for this event was the area commonly referred to here as el río – the river.  For those of you who haven’t […]

Las Fallas: The Loudest and Longest Festival in Spain

Las Fallas – Valencia’s festival that you can’t miss First, I have to be very clear about the timing of this article.  It’s just after 4 PM on March 15th when I sit down to write this and Valencia’s biggest and loudest festival is underway, but nowhere near its height of frenzy.  This is my first Fallas and I still don’t really know what to expect.  Nonetheless, it’s time to say something about one of Spain‘s great celebrations. Let’s start with the basic questions: Where Valencia exists as three separate, but connected, physical areas.  The city that once presided over the Kingdom of Valencia still bears that name, but it goes further.  The Autonomous Community of Valencia shares that name, […]