Cotes de Provence, South of France

Now as I’m sure you’re all aware, the 3rd Friday of September (today) is International Grenache Day, and to celebrate this, I’ll be focusing my piece on this amazingly diverse grape variety- often the unsung hero in many wines, and on one of the traditional homes of the grape, where it really comes into its…

Ribera del Duero, Spain

Just north of the dead centre of the Iberian Peninsula, due west of the cultural capital Barcelona and due north of the actual capital of Madrid sits a region high on the central Spanish Meseta (tablelands) called the Ribera del Duero. At first glance, this arid, harsh landscape doesn’t seem the most hospitable place, and…