Sherry Triangle Tour

Sherry Triangle Tour – based in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain 16-19 April 2015: Despite the author being unable to join this year’s tour, due to an injury – our small part of five people from the UK – duly arrived at the Sherry Park Hotel, Jerez in time…

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Working with Spanish Wine Producers

TOUR OF SHERRY TRIANGLE 16th TO 19th April 2015  20th century recollections of days working with Spanish Wine Producers. Some while ago towards the end of the twentieth century – I recall very many happy days with the famous sherry shipper – Gonzalez Byass. At an early point in my experience…

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Planning the Perfect holiday

Planning the Perfect holiday - Superb Golf

Planning the Perfect holiday for Wine-loving Golfers and their Spouses Although the worst of the long nights was over, sunset was still pretty early. As darkness began to fall, I was being shown round the grounds of Cyprus’ Aphrodite Hills Hotel, resort. “Gosh I couldn’t walk around like this with…

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2018 Programme Announced

Wines and Tours wishes a Happy Christmas to all its followers And announces its 2018 programme of fun tours for wine lovers. We hope you all have a great Christmas with your families. When the last Christmas Cracker has been pulled, when the last mouthful of  Christmas pudding has been…

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Steam Trains and Wine

While spending a few days in the Alsace wine region, famous for its Cremants d’Alsace, its Rieslings, its Gewurztraminers and its Pinot Gris. I couldn’t help thinking how different the latter is in Alsace from its Italian counterpart of the same Grape varietal. Much sweeter and fruitier. As a whole,…

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Wine Harvest in the Douro Valley

Blue sky. Perfect temperature. The occasional tweets of birds talking to each other, the buzzing of a fly. The near-total silence of the vine-carpeted mountainside interrupted as the truck’s engine spluttered into life. Victor plunged our truck down the rocky dirt track and the tyres spewed clouds of dust in…

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Tasting Vinhos Norte Wines

The other day I had occasion, at a Portuguese Wine Tasting, to re-taste the range of Vinho Verde Wines produced by Vinhos Norte, one of the producers partnering with us on our Portuguese Wine Tours. In the whites, the Alvarinho grape predominates; a number of their wines are blended with…

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Our Competition Answers

Many of our Competition Entrants asked if they could see the competition answers. They are published below.  8 people got to round 2 and 5 people made it to round 3. Nobody got the exact answers to round 3, but we decided to give a prize on the tie-breaker  to…

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