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César Saldaña: “Jerez would benefit if other wine regions did biological ageing”

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | October 25th, 2022

We interview the president and general director of the Regulatory Board of the DO Jerez, who talks in depth about the region’s new terroir-driven white wines and his vision for the future of this historic area.

Interview 2022-10-25 08:10:27


Txomin Rekondo: A lifetime among fine wines in San Sebastian

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | April 26th, 2022

The veteran restaurateur, who invested in the 1970s to create a legendary cellar when virtually no one else in Spain was doing so, looks back on his life since he was born in the farmhouse that today houses one of the world’s most famous wine restauran

Interview 2022-04-26 07:04:17


Alberto Redrado: “The future of Mediterranean wines is yet to be written”

Amaya Cervera | February 22nd, 2022

The sommelier and co-owner of two-star Michelin restaurant L’Escaleta in Cocentaina (Alicante) is also the driving force behind La Odisea, an event focused on Mediterranean wine regions that held its third edition late last year.

Interview 2022-02-22 04:02:49


Agustín Trapero: “The image of Spanish wine abroad is improving, except for Cava”

Amaya Cervera | December 14th, 2020

The new beverage director at the Four Seasons hotel in Madrid talks about the wine list he is putting together, the image of Spanish wine in an international context, the profession of sommelier and the hard road to become a Master Sommelier.

Interview 2020-12-14 05:12:31


“The word Rioja helps to sell, but adding value is up to the individual”

Amaya Cervera | July 16th, 2019

Although virtually unknown in Spain, Muriel is a major player in export markets. Javier Murúa, who has had a significant hand in this, talks with SWL about volume, added value, new classifications and the future of Rioja.

Interview 2019-07-16 09:07:50


Peter Liem: “Sherry is not a wine for everybody and we just have to accept that”

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | May 22nd, 2019

The American wine author and critic talks to Spanish Wine Lover about sherry and how the region has evolved since his first visit in 1998.

Interview 2019-05-22 07:05:36


“Spain gives me everything I want to drink, all in one place”

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | April 24th, 2019

Since she fell in love with Spain in the early 70s, the British Master of Wine has been a great advocate of the country’s wines. We met her for lunch to talk about the state of Spanish wine and the challenges ahead.

Interview 2019-04-24 11:04:44


Eric Asimov: “Wine education is highly overrated”

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | July 16th, 2018

After 33 years at The New York Times, Eric Asimov still maintains his wine curiosity intact even though he confesses a profound dislike for tasting notes and scores.

Interview 2018-07-16 12:07:22


“Galicia is the Spanish Burgundy and has tremendous potential”

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | November 28th, 2017

An interview with Paco Berciano and Maribé Revilla, the wine merchants behind El Alma de los Vinos Únicos and Vinoteca El Lagar in Burgos, who have been selling some iconic wines —both foreign and domestic— over more than 30 years.

Interview 2017-11-28 09:11:59


Sommelier Carlos Echapresto: “Rioja could be a victim of its own success”

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | September 27th, 2017

A candid interview with award-winning sommelier Carlos Echapresto, co-owner with his brother Ignacio of Venta Moncalvillo (1* Michelin) in Rioja and a staunch defender of diversity and old Rioja wines.

Interview 2017-09-27 12:09:30


The Spanish chef that took the tapas movement to America

Bill Ward | February 14th, 2017

José Andrés is the leading ambassador of Spanish gastronomy in the US. Our contributor Bill Ward talked to him about the interest of Spanish wine among Americans and its presence in his restaurants’ menus.

Interview 2017-02-14 09:02:48


“You don’t need to be a good taster to be a good sommelier”

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | November 29th, 2016

Few sommeliers in Spain manage to inspire so much respect from his peers as Josep Roca, one of the three brothers behind El Celler de Can Roca in Girona. In this interview, he talks about his 30 years in the business and the challenges in his profession.

Interview 2016-11-29 10:11:02


“Spain should pay more attention to its vineyards”

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | May 18th, 2016

The Wine Advocate taster who managed to turn his hobby into a profession talks at length to Spanish Wine Lover about the way his tastes have evolved, the bottles he stores in his cellar and his views about wine in Spain.

Interview 2016-05-18 09:05:17


“Instead of partying at the beach, I visit vineyards”

Yolanda Ortiz de Arri | April 28th, 2015

Guillermo Cruz is 29 years old and knows exactly what he wants. He knows he is one of Spain’s trendiest sommeliers but he aims higher and plans to become the country’s first Master Sommelier. Until that day, he enjoys wine with great gusto.

Interview 2015-04-28 10:04:35