The Great British Chilli documentary

This is the first trailer for my new documentary “The Great British Chilli” that will talk about the influences chillies and spicy foods have had on food in the UK, and how it all reflects  changes in British cuisine and eating habits over the last couple of decades.

The project will continue to develop over the next couple of months, with new trailers coming up.

In the late 90’s, I was somewhat obsessed with chillies, cooking with them, reading about them, and making paintings about them, the hundreds of varieties with their different shapes and colours.


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North American Tour

DSC_1055_croppedI’m back in Spain after a very successful trip screening my films Philadelphia, New York, and Toronto. Arribes was shown at Bryn Mawr and Barnard, and Spanish Grapes at NYU. There were admin problems at the latter that prevented organising a wine tasting, but there was an hour-long discussion afterward, and the event will be repeated, complete with wine, in October.

DSC_0980_croppedThere were two Spanish Grape screening and wine dinner events at New York Vintners and at the Globe Bistro (where Barry Brown, president of the Spanish Wine Society of Canada presented the wines) in Toronto, proving to be a dynamic, entertaining and educational format that will be used in the future, including in London on June 11 at the London Cooking Project where I’ll be having a pop-up exhibition in June. More information soon.


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“The Art and Politics of Eating” en América del Norte

Two Grapes

The Art and Politics of Eating” en América del Norte

Las próximas acciones promocionales con proyecciones y cenas tendrán lugar en Philadelphia, Nueva York y Toronto en abril, en Valencia en mayo y en Londres en junio. Toda la información y novedades en

13 abril – Proyección del documental “Arribes” en Bryn Mawr College con el seminario Food and Identity in Spain Carpenter Library, B21, 17h.

15 abril – Highlands Dinner Club y Fork Monkey presentan el documental “Spanish Gold“ con una cata de aceites, por invitación, de 14h a 17h y a continuación una cena con vinos en Exhibit C Tickets a la venta:

16 abril – New York Vintners acogerá la proyección de “Spanish Grapes“ y “Spanish Gold“ con una presentación de aceites de alta gama, de los vinos participantes y una cena maridaje.

18 abril – Proyección y cata de vinos con “Spanish Grapes“ organizada por The NYU Economics Department y Entrepreneurship Lab Wine Clubs. Más detalles de este evento pronto.

19 abril Highlands Dinner Club y Fork Monkey presentarán el documental “Spanish Grapes” con una cata de vinos desde las 14h para los clientes de las bodegas y el sector profesional. A continuación una cena con vinos en Exhibit C Tickets –

21 abril – Presentación de mi documental “Arribes” en el Barnard College. Lehman Auditorium, 202 Altschul Hall, Barnard College, Broadway, West 117th Street. 18h 30. Entrada libre. Coloquio sobre agricultura, sostenibilidad y gastronomía.

25 abril – Toronto. Presentación de mi documental “Raíces Valencianas” durante la Conferencia sobre la industria alimentaria en Terroir Symposium.

27 abril Toronto. El reconocido restaurante Globe Bistro ha preparado una cena maridaje Los vinos serán presentados por el fundador y director del Spanish Wine Society of Canada, Barry Brown.

Además en mayo en Valencia, proyección de “Spanish Grapes” con cata de vinos. Más detalles pronto.

A lo largo de 2 semanas en junio en Londres, en colaboración con The London Cooking Project y el chef Oliver Rowe tendrá lugar una exposición de mis pinturas y proyecciones de mis documentales “Spanish Grapes”, “Spanish Gold”, “Vivanco” y “Arribes”.

Trailers de los documentales:

Spanish Grapes –

Spanish Gold –

 Vivanco –

Arribes –

Raíces Valencianas –

Todo mi agradecimiento por su patrocinio a Bodegas del Rosario (Bullas) y a Almazara La Alquería (Muro de Alcoy), recientemente premiada con varios reconocimientos internacionales.

Bodegas del RosarioAlmazara La Alquería


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North America tour in April

Two GrapesThe Art and Politics of Eating project is continuing to develop with screenings and wine dinners in Philadelphia, New York and Toronto in April, in Valencia in May, and at the London Cooking Project in June. A few other events and details have not been confirmed as yet, and updates will be posted at

April 13 – I have been invited to screen Arribes at Bryn Mawr College as part of course on Food and Identity in Spain Carpenter Library, B21, 5pm. Entry free.

April 16 –  New York Vintners will host a screening of  Spanish Grapes and Spanish Gold with an Extra Virgin Olive Oil presentation, a wine presention and a dinner focusing on olive oil and paired wines.

April 18 – Screening and wine tasting hosted by The NYU Economics Department y Entrepreneurship Lab Wine Clubs. More details soon.

April 21 – Presentation of my Arribes documentary at Barnard College as part of the course “Political and Culinary Culture”. 6:30pm Lehman Auditorium, 202 Altschul Hall, Barnard College, Broadway at West 117th Street. Entry free.

Going on to Toronto, I’ve been invited to present my Valencian Roots documentary at the major food industry conference the Terroir Symposium on April 25 with an early 9am start –

On April 27, top restaurant the Globe Bistro will host a Spanish Grapes film-wine dinner Barry Brown, founder and chairman of the Spanish Wine Society of Canada will present the wines.

In May, there will be a Spanish Grapes screening and tasting in Valencia that was delayed due to circumstances beyond our control.

Later in June and back on this side of the Atlantic, I’ll be collaborating with The London Cooking Project and chef Oliver Rowe in June with a pop-up exhibition of my paintings, screenings of Spanish Grapes, Spanish Gold, Vivanco and Arribes, a panel discussion on food, sustainability and ethics and another on “Is Food Art?” over a two week period. More information in April.

A second, bigger tour is already being planned for the autumn that will include events that could not be arranged in April due to schedules and other circumstances.

Trailers –
Spanish Grapes –
Spanish Gold –
Dinastia Vivanco –
Arribes –
Raíces Valencianas –

Hope to see you one place or another. Many thanks to

Bodegas del Rosario

Bodegas del Rosario

and prize winning olive oil producer La Alquería for helping sponsor this. More sponsorship information will available soon.

Almazara La Alquería

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The Art and Politics of Eating Exhibition

The Art and Politics of Eating, paintings and photography.

Red Coffee Pot

Red Coffee Pot

Inaugural exhibition of The Art and Politics of Eating, exploring the relationship between different art forms, food and wine. With paintings by Zev Robinson, photography by Albertina Torres, and a series of screenings and wine and food tastings events. More information contact

Embassy Tea Gallery 195-205 Union Street, London SE1 0LN 

November 3-14, 2015  11am-6pm

Private View: November 4, 2015  6-9 pm

SPANISH GOLD, Thursday 5 Nov.

Iberica Canary Wharf with expert Judy Ridgway.

SPANISH GRAPES, Monday 9 Nov. Copa de Cava, Camino Blackfriars.

With Spanish Wine Lover‘s Amaya Cervera, one of Spain’s leading wine writers, doing the presentation. Not to be missed for anyone interested in the diversity of Spanish grapes and wines.




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London will host guided tasting of Spanish EVOOs in November

International expert Judy Ridgway will lead on November 5th in London a guided tasting of eight Spanish extra virgin olive oils around the screening of “Spanish Gold”  a documentary about the culture and production of olive oil in Spain.

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Zev Robinson filming Spanish Gold

Zev Robinson filming Spanish Gold

Six Olives and Red BowlThe event will be part of Zev Robinson and Albertina Torres multidisciplinary exhibition “The Art and Politics of Eating”, 1-15 November 2015, at the Embassy Tea Gallery, London.

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Spanish Grapes Premiere, June 29th in London

After six years, thousands of kilometres, changes of focus and titles, and obstacles overcome, our latest documentary Spanish Grapes  will be premiering on June 29 at Copa de Cava in London, followed by a wine tasting of wines from around Spain.

The hour long film features interviews with leading figures John Radford, Manuel Moreno, Norrel Robertson MW, Giles Cooke MW, Mauricio Gonzalez, covering Sherry, Cava, Rioja, Ribera, Priorat, making wine, changes in production over the last couple of decades, the challenges of marketing and exportation, and much more, from the biggest producers to a small natural wine maker.

A series of other events are being planned for both Europe and North America over the next couple of years.

Copa de Cava, 33 Blackfriars Lane, London EC4V 6EP
June 29, 2015  – Doors open: 6:00pm. Screening 6:30 pm.
Wine tasting: 7:30 pm.  Special menu available for £10
Free for trade.

Limited tickets on sale:

FoodsFromSpain ICEX


Pdf invite – SpanishGrapes_London


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Screening of La Bobal Revisited in New York

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La Bobal Revisited had a very successful screening, followed by a wine tasting in NY on May 27, and will pave the way to a series of events in the USA over the next eighteen months.

WR Tish, who, together with his son Nick, was extremely helpful in organizing the event, presented the wines and spoke about lesser known grape varieties. Gerry Dawes also did a presentation of his work as both a writer on Spanish wine and food and as an importer and his wines complemented Bobal wines from Finca Sandoval from DO Manchuela and Vera de Estenas from DO Utiel-Requena. Unfortunately, Bobal wines from four other wineries never made it for one reason or another, but there was an assortment of Albariños from Rias Baixas as well.


La Bobal in New York – May 27

More than 50 people showed up from from the worlds of wine, food and culture, and a good time was had by all. They learned a lot about Bobal and Spain and a few found Bobal wines in stores and restaurants afterward. The event has paved the way for more screening and tasting events in NY and elsewhere in the US over the next 18 months, and for those who missed this one or are curious to try more, we’ll be back soon.

In the meantime, Spanish Grapes will have its premiere in London on June 29.Invitation here.

Thanks to Babette Holland  Diane Letulle   Suzanne S. Felber for the photos and we hope to see you soon.

Trailer  La Bobal Revisited:

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Spanish Gold in London

On May 20th, after the screening of Zev Robinson’s documentary Spanish Gold  about the olive oil production in Spain, there will be an exclusive tasting of some of Spain’s very finest Extra-Virgin Olive Oils, many top award winners, some newly established producers, several organic ones, and some certified kosher.
Doors open at 6:00  –  Venue: Copa de Cava – 33 Blackfriars Lane, London EC4V 6EP

The event will be presented by Graham Stoodley from Harvey & Brockless.  

Limited Tickets for the screening and tasting available:

Spanish Gold – Eventbrite

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La Bobal in NY, screening and wine tasting, May 27

La Bobal Revisited (trailer) from Zev Robinson.

Bobal is Spain’s second most planted grape variety, grown almost exclusively in the neighboring La Manchuela and Utiel-Requena regions in SE Spain, used only for making bulk wine. Over the last decade or two, smaller wineries have started developing quality Bobal wines and giving it some sort of recognition, but it still remains a struggle for an unknown grape more or less confined to one part of Spain.

Canadian-British filmmaker and artist Zev Robinson moved to a small village in the middle of Bobal country in Utiel-Requena in 2005, and in early 2008, he made a documentary about Bobal and the culture, politics and economics behind it as he interviewed farmers, winemakers, importers, wine writers and winery owners who populate the world of wine. “La Bobal and other stories about wine” was finished at the end of the year and was shown in London and New York and various places in Spain, and blog posts were written about it as far away as Argentina, Brazil and New Zealand, and the film was recognized as having an impact on the marketing of Bobal.

Fascinated with the culture, politics and economics of wine, and how urban and rural cultures are so closely intertwined, Robinson went on to direct several other documentaries on wine, food, agriculture and sustainability, and, in 2014, he re-edited the first one to include wineries from La Manchuela. La Bobal Revisited, with over 50% new material, was shown in London and Brussels, and its North American premiere will be at Speyer Hall, University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, New York on May 27, 2015.

After the film, W. R. Tish, managing editor of the trade magazine Beverage Media, will a present a tasting called “La Bobal and the Grapes of Spain” afterward, with Bobals alongside a variety of Spain’s other important varieties such as Monastrell, Garnacha, Graciano, Cariñena, Verdejo, and Albariño, to show that Spain is rich and varied in culture and regions, and so much more than just paella and flamenco. As Tish notes: “Rarely have Americans ever had the chance to experience Bobal in the context of its peer grapes, and with the backdrop of Zev’s revealing film. This is an opportunity to witness a true shift in what wine from Spain can be.”

…his ability to connect with the audience, not just visually, but emotionally…”

…films (that) have the power to enter naturally in the lives of farmers…”

La Bobal Revisited screening and tasting, Wednesday, May 27, 2015.

May 27, 2015. Doors open at 6:00pm, screening at 6:30pm, “La Bobal and the Grapes of Spain” wine tasting at 7:20 presented by W.R. Tish
Speyer Hall, University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, New York
Tickets $17 at Eventbrite –
Free for trade with advanced reservation.


Bobal in NY press release


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