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The Colin Harkness Wine Review

Living now in Spain, Colin Harkness is an International Wine Judge, Writer and Broadcaster who has been working in the wine sector for over 30 years. He is also an author, ex-teacher and restaurateur.

 

Colin Harkness es juez internacional de vinos, escritor y presentador con más de 30 años de experiencia en el sector del vino. Es también autor, exprofesor y restaurador. Actualmente vive en España.

DNA AND ITS INFLUENCE ON IGP CASTELLÓ WINES!

Extra to the overt bonhomie and joviality of the wonderfully friendly and generous Señor Vicente Flors, founder of Bodega Flors, IGP Castelló, there must also be a more covert streak of determination and stubbornness running throughout his DNA!

BODEGA HERETAT DE CESILIA – MUSIC TO MY EARS!

Their website (www.casasicilia1707.es) gives an insight into the longevity of Bodega Heretat de Cesilia. Originally given by King Jaume 1 to the Marquis de Romana for services to the Crown in 1707, the ‘heretat’ consisted of four different sites of agricultural land, the principle one of was situated just out of the ‘pueblo’ of Novelda, where the Marquis had his ‘finca’ built.

Bodega Heretat de Cesilia, música para mis oídos

Colin Harkness visita la Bodega Heretat de Cesilia. Originalmente cedida por el rey Jaume I al marqués de Romana para servir a la corona, la ‘heretat’ consistía en cuatro tierras de cultivo.

A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW

Now officially retired, it’s quite clear from my recent visit that there has been no dampening of the passion that this grandee of the Alicante winemaking scene must surely have had when a youngster, starting out on his wine journey. The glimmer in his eye as he introduced me to each of the fifteen wines we tasted, deep in the crianza cellar of his bodega in sleepy Parcent, has not been dimmed by the passage of time.

Gutiérrez de la Vega, un gran legado ahora en manos de Violeta Gutiérrez

En mi última visita he visto claramente la pasión que este grande del vino alicantino, Felipe Gutiérrez tuvo cuando de joven inició su viaje por este mundo.

¡El futuro es de color naranja!

Vino brisado, vino naranja u orange wine. Llamadlo como gustéis, pero ha venido para quedarse y, dados sus 6000 años de historia, no creo que sea una afirmación tan aventurada o provocativa.

THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT, THE FUTURE IS ORANGE!

Skin contact wine, amber wine, orange wine. Call it what you will, but it’s here to stay which, given its 6,000 years history (at least!), isn’t such a profound or provocative statement, I admit. Plus, as admissions seem to be de rigeur at the moment, I’m not really talking about now, as the phone company would have had as believe in the 80s and 90s, whilst trying to convert us to their product there and then, thus capturing us for the future.

From pasas to wine – 125 years on!

Because of the rules, a pleasing cross wine-border collaboration  between Bodegas Uvas Cabrera in Benissa, Alicante, and Bodegas Daniel Belda in Fontanars, Valencia, results in a fine wine but without reference to a Denominación of Origen on the label.

De cultivar pasas a elaborar vino, por otros 125 años

Debido a las normas establecidas, una colaboración interesante entre Bodegas Uvas Cabrera, en Benissa, Alicante y Bodegas Daniel Belda en Fontanares, Valencia da como resultado un buen vino, pero referencia alguna a la Denominación de Origen en la etiqueta.

An ‘en primeur’ plus tasting at Finca Collado

My visit recently to Bodegas Finca Collado began with a surprise and continued in the same vein!