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

written by John Maher | 28th October 2009

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...

Autumn Cuisine Calls for Sherry and Barrel-Fermented Beasts

written by John Maher | 25th September 2009

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...
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Portuguese: Organic and Natural Wine Tasting

For thousands of years, Portugal has not only made wine but has been very natural in its production. It...

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Introduction to Portuguese Wine Tasting

Portugal not only lays claim to founding one of the very first demarcated wine regions in the world, the...

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

written by John Maher | 19th August 2009

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...

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

written by John Maher | 6th July 2009

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...

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

written by John Maher | 30th June 2009

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...

Wines of Alicante: The Eye-Catching Treasures of Spain

written by John Maher | 26th May 2009

As a wine hobbyist among professionals and experts, I often feel that I have the advantage of being able to sit back and enjoy what comes to hand rather than having to analyze endlessly. Another privilege of the enthusiast, be it golf, sailing, ornithology or anything else, is the feeling that you can drop your subject into conversation to...
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