La Bobal in Brussels

On March 4, 2015,  Zev Robinson presents his documentary “La Bobal Revisited” about the turbulent history of the unknown Bobal grape, once thought fit only for making bulk wine, now producing some of Spain’s most exciting ones. We are very proud to announce that the only Spanish Master of Wine Pedro Ballesteros will present the event.

Invitation La Bobal in BrusselsWith the best Bobal wines from:



Alto Landón

Vera de Estenas

Bodegas Iniesta

Chozas Carrascal

Cien Y Pico

Finca Sandoval

Bodega Moya

Villarre Vinum


 You can read more about it in Catavino post. The Future of Bobal.

With special thanks to Pedro Ballesteros, Master of Wine and DO Manchuela

logo DO manchuela(2)and to Finnovaregio Foundation



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Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oils Tasting

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On November 10, after the screening of Zev Robinson’s documentary Arribes: Everything Else is Noise, about food and sustainability, there will be an exclusive tasting of some of Spain’s very finest Extra-Virgin Olive Oils, many top award winners, some newly … Continue reading

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Arribes in London

Arribes: Everything Else is Noise portrays the bittersweet lives of the inhabitants of this isolated region of NW Spain, where sacrifice and hard work began at an early age, but where a simpler, basic life-style made room for a sense of community and happiness.

Arribes: Everything Else is Noise / Arribes: el resto es barullo from Zev Robinson on Vimeo.

As people reflect on never owning a car or tractor, walking from village to village to go to communal dances, tending goats and sheep by themselves from pre-adolescence, killing the animals that they had fondly raised, and remembering the region when it was a green paradise, a picture of a eco-system emerges where everything is used, recycled, and interconnected. Producing 80-90% of their own food, there has always been a strong, direct relationship between food, agriculture, and the people who tend the land, making it a concrete example of an healthy, sustainable environment with lessons that can be applied elsewhere. The documentary raises questions about our own way of living and values, and if changes in lifestyles, priorities and population structures are essential for a more sustainable future.Limpiando Tripas_Arribes Matanza Cerdo_Arribes (2) With the depopulation of the countryside, the erosion of this way of life is contrasted with the views of a younger generation who moved there from Madrid, Barcelona and the UK, attracted by what Arribes had to offer.

9593 Filmando en la PresaThe sometimes funny, sometimes sad anecdotes are accompanied by details of everyday countryside life depicted with a sense of poetry and care, bringing into focus values often forgotten in a contemporary society with other priorities.


Screening of Arribes in London

Copa de Cava, 33 Blackfriars Lane, London EC4V 6EP
November 10, 2014  –

Doors open 6:30 pm, screening at 7 pm, Olive oil tasting at 8 pm
Limited tickets for film and tasting £9.50,
Tickets here –

Special dinner menu £10, can be ordered separately on the evening.

The documentary will be followed by a tasting of some of Spain’s finest, award-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oils, introduced by leading expert Charles Carey of The Oil Merchant.

Olive Oil ProducersAceite 900, Aceite 2B, Aceite Guirado Noguera, Almazara La Alquería, Bardomus, Birdy, Bodegas Vegamar, Casas de Hualdo, Dehesa de la Sabina, L’Estornell,L’Oli del Mar, Hacienda Guzmán, Hacienda Queiles, Jacoliva, Marqués de Valdueza, Oleícola del Cabriel, Santa Teresa 1881, Tot Oli, and others.The Oil Merchant Logo_webCDClogo_400wcaminologo_400wQuevestra_image002


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La Bobal Revisited in London

On September 15, “La Bobal Revisited” was screened at the Copa de Cava in London.

Director Zev Robinson and Víctor de la Serna presenting the event.

The documentary, a reworking of Robinson’s first documentary called La Bobal and other stories about wine, tells the story of Spain’s second most planted grape variety that traditionally has only been used to produce bulk wine, while new quality wineries have taken up the reins over the last couple of decades.

Tasting after the screening

A tasting with the 14 wineries from regions such as Utiel-Requena, La Manchuela, Almansa, Valencia and Bullas was offered after the screening.

“La Bobal and other stories about wine” had an impact on the international reputation of Bobal wine, and the premiere of “La Bobal Revisited” promises to do even more for the grape variety and the two regions, La Manchuela and Utiel-Requena, where it is produced.

Luis González-Quevedo Counsellor for Agriculture, Food & the Environment Spanish Embassy, London

In attendance were leading communicators about Spanish wine such as Victor de la Serna,  who presented the wine tasting of SE Spain’s three main varieties – Bobal, Monastrell and Garnacha – after the screening, Sarah Jane Evans MW, and Bruno Murciano, using social media to reach their many followers, as did many of the representatives of the fourteen wineries presenting their wines.

Victor de la Serna and Sarah Jane Evans MW

Victor de la Serna and Sarah Jane Evans MW

Sarah Jane Evans told Zev Robinson that she had been to a big Sherry tasting earlier in the day where they had been discussing alternatives to formal tastings, and that the Bobal event could be the perfect answer. She also mentioned that her favorite part was the contribution of Paco Torres, the farmer and vine-grower who plays a central role in the documentary.

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There are plans to take the film to New York and other cities, with another, bigger and better event in London later in 2015, with the main objective to keep Bobal in the news throughout the year, putting an unknown grape in the spotlight.

La Bobal Revisited (trailer) from Zev Robinson on Vimeo.

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La Bobal Revisited

La Bobal Revisited (trailer) from Zev Robinson on Vimeo.

La Bobal Revisited – Documentary screening followed by wine and olive oil tasting
Copa de Cava, 33 Blackfriars Lane, London EC4V 6EP
September 15, 2014

Doors open at 6:30pm, screening 7pm, wine and olive oil tasting 8pm
Limited tickets for film and tasting £9.50 –
Special dinner menu £10

In 2008, Zev Robinson directed his first documentary, “La Bobal and other stories about wine” about the history and social context of Spain’s second most planted yet widely unknown grape in the area of Utiel-Requena, one of the two regions where it is grown. It tells the Cinderella story about an unappreciated grape used mainly to produce bulk wine. As farmers have seen prices fall, a few small pioneering wineries started making unique, quality Bobal wine over the last decade, giving hope and new life to the region. The documentary is now being re-edited to include the neighbouring region of La Manchuela and to reflect the changes that have since occurred.

La Bobal Revisited will be screening at Copa de Cava, part of El Camino restaurant chain, on September 15. The film will be followed by a Q&A session and a tasting of some of SE Spain’s very finest Bobal, Monastrell and Garnacha wines, as well as four of Spain’s top extra virgin olive oils.


La Manchuela Bodega Altolandón, Cien Y Pico, Bodega Iniesta, Finca Sandoval, Bodega Vega Tolosa Utiel-Requena – Bodega Aranleón, Bodega Chozas Carrascal, Bodegas Coviñas, Bodegas Hispano-Suizas, Bodega Vera de Estenas, Viticultores de San Juan Valencia – Bodega de Moya –  Bullas Bodegas del Rosario  Jumilla – EMW Grandes Vinos de España Almansa EMW Grandes Vinos de España

Olive Oils  –  Almazara L’Alquería, Casas de Hualdo, Hacienda Queiles, Tot Oli

With the collaboration of:





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