Articles by: Johan de Smedt

Johan de Smedt is a social anthropologist (PhD), with 15 years of experience in Africa in humanitarian aid working for organizations like Médecins sans Frontières and Oxfam. He is now a Valencia-trained sommelier, specialized in Valencian wines. His company, Valencia Wine Consulting,, provides wine tours and wine tastings on request, and every Sunday at 6pm at Oliví, Calle Calatrava 4, Barrio El Carmen.
Line up of most recognizable wines from the DOP of Valencia

Valencia Wine 101 – Valencia DOP

Lens Gourmand continues our series on the Wines of Valencia, this time taking a closer look at the little known DOP (aka DO) of Valencia. Sommelier Johan de Smedt, of Valencia Wine Consulting, breaks down the region, discusses grape varieties, and gives examples of the bottles to look for.  Salud! […]

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60 year old Monastrell vines

The Wines of Valencia – 101

It’s no secret that wine is not just a commodity in Spain, but a way of life. It’s as critical to the Spanish diet as tomatoes and olive oil. And while Spanish wine’s international appeal has grown dramatically over the years, the world still appears to be mainly interested in […]

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