My day as a Sailor

By on septiembre 23, 2012 / Leave a comment

I was invited to be ‘guest sailor’ on the Audi All4One  boat in the Valencia Cup 2012 TP52″ Super Series.  The helmsman was Jochen Schumann (3 Olympics golds, two Americas Cup plus loads of other stuff).  The team was made up of America’s Cup and Olympic gold medalists from France, Germany, Spain, Italy and just for …

A Dry Winter

By on junio 14, 2012 / Leave a comment

Mid June and the vineyards are looking in Requena and Valencia are a vibrant green.  However, while on the surface things look pretty good the key element effecting this crop was the lack of rainfall during the winter.  Volumes are going down by at least 10%, on current predictions. Curiously, while the Spanish economy teeters …

What does Verde Marte mean?

By on mayo 30, 2012 / Leave a comment

The worst part of living in Spain is bureaucracy, the country is full of civil servants who start from ‘the answer is no, now what is your question?’  So when I was starting the company my lawyers said they had a client with a dormant company and all we had to do was go the …

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Springtime in El Villar de Arzobispo

By on mayo 19, 2012 / Leave a comment

At this time of year we go out into the vineyards to look at the vine to give us the first indication of this years crop.   I work with the Cooperativa El Villar de Arzobispo, which is located 50km inland from Valencia.  There are 250 members with around 1400 ha of vines and olive …

London Wine Trade Fair (1)

By on mayo 14, 2012 / Leave a comment

London Wine Trade Fair   This week I am making final preparations for the London Wine Trade Fair, 22-24 May where Boutinot, my UK partner, will have a very busy stand over the three days.  Working with the team to get everything they have ask for.   Samples to be prepared from Rioja, Somontano, Valencia, …

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