Joan introduces you to new wineries, styles of wines, old histories, and imbues it all with his expert knowledge culled from a lifetime among the wines of Valencia. Too often as English speakers, we are offered books full of thin tales, dumbed down for the foreigner s benefit, about wine regions we re all too familiar with. What I love about this book is its lack of apology for the styles and wines he writes about...[he] speaks of the wines with such pride and conviction as to their quality. After each tale, I find myself wanting to set aside a month just to taste the wines that make up the three regions of D.O. Alicante: Alicante, Valencia and Utiel Requena. In Spain, most people wouldn t even know that these regions produced anything but turron and oranges. While outside Spain, with the exception of vacationing Brits and Germans, most people probably don t know these wines exist at all. Therefore, I hope this book can change this just a little. --Ryan Opaz - www.catavino.net
The author, Joan C. Martin, is a prize-winning wine writer and winemaker. This collection consists of articles, here translated into English, that originally appeared in Spain's "El Pais" newspaper, and is the best introduction available not only to the wines of the Comunidad Valenciana, but also to the people who make them and the landscape in which they are made. Almost uniquely for a wine writer, Joan C. Martin is also a winemaker, who as director of some of Valencia's leading wineries has been at the forefront of the transformation in the quality of the wines of the three Denominaciones de Origen of the Valencia region: Alicante, Utiel-Requena and Valencia.