Wine history in Europe is pretty much split into two distinct periods. That’s before and after the phylloxera.  Phylloxera is a vine pest that came over from North America in the 1860s and effectively ate its way through the roots of most of Europe’s vineyards.

Between 1870 and 1895 it’s estimated up to 80%of Europe’s vineyards were destroyed.  The fallout from the disaster saw tough times for many, but Rioja, as I found out on a recent trip, could be argued to have been one of the few winners.

Trying To Find A Weekend To Visit Rioja?


A couple of weeks back I got to visit Rioja for the first time.  We headed off to a town called Haro, which has a collective of 7 top wineries that run an annual festival the Cata Estacion Del Haro.  Pay your money, wander round for the weekend, and eat and drink and be merry.

Sounds good, eh?

Check out this little teaser I made for YouTube…and check your diary for next year 🙂

Don’t Be Silly Baxter, You Know I Can’t Speak Spanish


The frustrated words of the immortal Ron Burgundy.  Something I’ve been uttering to myself as I sat on the train down to Gatwick on Sunday morning.  I was off to Rioja for the first time in my life and wondering just how stupid I’d be feeling over the next few days.  I’ve never learned to speak Spanish and spending time in Spain makes me feel like a complete pillock.

Don_t Be Silly Baxter Pic

Coming Up This Week On Please Bring Me My Wine…

Australia, Blind Tasting, England, France, New Zealand, Spain

19th Oct 2015

As I mentioned last week, there’s been plenty of net research, book reading, and general back ache from sitting down infront of the computer too much this week. It’s been all about my gin project for my next WSET exam. And guess what? I haven’t finished it!! I know, crap isn’t it?!

Blast From The Past – Culinary Backstreets Tour in Barcelona!

For The Foodies, Spain, Wine Tours

Barcelona Culinary Tour

I was sat here earlier flicking through some old photos and doing a bit of editing of stuff I haven’t got round to. I came across a load from a trip to Barcelona from 2014 with the wife and our mates Miles and Laura. Just going through the photos brought back some great memories, so I thought “sod it!”, here comes another post!

Homage To Catalunya

Reds, Spain, Whites


You might have seen a couple of pictures, or even the YouTube clip of it, but here’s my blog piece about my recent trip out to Barcelona, with the wife, and my mates Miles and Laura. The few days in Barcelona were great, but for any wine-o’s out there, the trip to Priorat was, and is, an absolute must!

#NWTW 54 – What We Thought Of Catalan Wine Week

For The Foodies, New Wine This Week, Reds, Spain


3 wines were up this week, and all three from the most famous of the Catalan regions: Priorat DOQ. To an extent I’d messed it up a bit as I’d have liked to have tried a few from round the houses, but 3 wines from the almost-guaranteed-quality of Priorat? I wasn’t going to moan too much.