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Cul de Cuvée 25-06-2021

by  |  25-06-2022

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine and drink world served up "mostly fresh" for your enjoyment. As it turns out you can grab a bull by the horns and... more » A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine... more »

In The Glass: Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018

by  |  24-06-2022

It’s not a terribly bold statement to say that blind tasting is challenging. In addition to the wealth of wines around the world and countless ways to vinify the same variety in a different manner,... more » It’s not a terribly bold statement to say that blind tasting is... more »
Photo from Huguet de Can Feixes

The first “Vi de Mas” certifications arrive to DO Penedès

by  |  22-06-2022

It was just back in November of 2021 that Catalunya’s DO Penedès announced a massive overhaul of their bylaws with most of the changes aimed at re-orienting the region via a “10-year plan”. One of... more » It was just back in November of 2021 that Catalunya’s DO Penedès... more »

The state of DO Montsant 2022

by  |  20-06-2022

I’m very happy to be releasing the latest tasting report for DO Montsant today. Over half of the nearly 90 wines tasted resided within the vintage boundaries of 2018, 2019, and 2020. But, with 1/4... more » I’m very happy to be releasing the latest tasting report for DO... more »

The Hail Mary to save La Palma’s vine heritage

by  |  15-06-2022

It was on September 19th, 2021 that the Cumbre Vieja volcanic ridge in the island of la Palma, Spain began a massive, three-month long eruption. It’s no small thing to say that this was a... more » It was on September 19th, 2021 that the Cumbre Vieja volcanic ridge... more »

Cul de Cuvée 11-06-2022

by  |  11-06-2022

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine and drink world served up "mostly fresh" for your enjoyment. Well Sue Gray really put the "downer" in Downing Street as now that... more » A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine... more »

How the bum was won

by  |  09-06-2022 ~ 7 Comments

It started as a simple proposition. Mike Boyne of Bin Two in Padstow, England contacted me a few weeks back and asked if I'd be interested in tasting the third edition, of his now-legendary pét-nat... more » It started as a simple proposition. Mike Boyne of Bin Two in... more »

Food Through Wine: Le Chameau Ivre, Béziers, France

by  |  02-06-2022

A regular series that reviews dining through the lens of wine. I was to find out that Béziers has something of a shit reputation amongst the other towns that dot the tongue of territory that... more » A regular series that reviews dining through the lens of wine. I... more »

The state of AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2022

by  |  31-05-2022

I’d missed that view of the “Pope’s new castle” seen above. It’s striking in how it lords over the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, making for spectacular photos whether day or night. My longing for it was... more » I’d missed that view of the “Pope’s new castle” seen above. It’s... more »

SOMM a decade on, the aftermath of a documentary

by  |  26-05-2022 ~ 4 Comments

There are few if any films that have had such a profound impact on the wine world than the original SOMM film from 2012. I'm reminded of this constantly such as when I was leading... more » There are few if any films that have had such a profound... more »