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The state of Rioja’s Viñedos Singulares 2022

by  |  14-01-2022

If someone has not spent time in the Rioja region, it’s nearly impossible to impress upon them as to how incredibly large and diverse it is. Something like 100km long and 50km wine in terms... more » If someone has not spent time in the Rioja region, it’s nearly... more »

The rise of the wine experts’ subscription sites

by  |  11-01-2022 ~ 16 Comments

It's very strange to be a wine writer right now. I say this as for the last two decades, space to write about wine has decreased almost as fast as what publications are willing to... more » It's very strange to be a wine writer right now. I say... more »

A look at The Language of Yes 2020

by  |  07-01-2022

I took advantage of being in California during the holidays to order and try the new “Language of Yes” wines coming from the Rancho Réal vineyard in Santa Barbara County. They’re being produced by legendary... more » I took advantage of being in California during the holidays to order... more »

In The Glass – Viña Verraco Syrah 2020

by  |  04-01-2022

I’m willing to say that it’s something of a Golden Age for the wine producers of Baja California in Mexico. They produce the vast majority of Mexican wine (the subzone of Valle de Guadalupe alone... more » I’m willing to say that it’s something of a Golden Age for... more »

Southern bubbles to see you through your holidays

by  |  22-12-2021

So... here were are nearly the end of another strange, yet perhaps slightly more manageable year in this "grand" time we find ourselves in. While we may be locking things down again, that doesn't mean... more » So... here were are nearly the end of another strange, yet perhaps... more »

The Vi Novell class of 2021

by  |  20-12-2021

Unlike last summer when I was writing about the Catalan vi novell wines, now in late fall is the more traditional time for these very, very new wines to be released and drank. Below you... more » Unlike last summer when I was writing about the Catalan vi novell... more »

The state of Trepat in Conca de Barberà

by  |  17-12-2021

It’s obviously been a tough couple of years, leading to the cancelation of countless events and although some are trying to restart, that’s quite precarious and I don’t see this changing any time soon. I... more » It’s obviously been a tough couple of years, leading to the cancelation... more »

In The Glass: Diana V. Silva – Ilha Tinta Negra 2018

by  |  15-12-2021

There are two things that connect me with the Portuguese island of Madeira. The first is familial as my great-grandmother was from there. Like any rootless Caucasian American I suppose that gives me some kind... more » There are two things that connect me with the Portuguese island of... more »

A book review of “Inside Burgundy 2nd Ed.”

by  |  13-12-2021 ~ 2 Comments

"Hotly anticipated" is a phrase that's more than a bit overused in the world of wine books. I mean, they're books and they're about wine. We're not talking about Harry Potter sequels here. But if... more » "Hotly anticipated" is a phrase that's more than a bit overused in... more »

Cul de Cuvée 11-12-2021

by  |  11-12-2021 ~ 1 Comment

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine and drink world. Oreos? Oh, gloreos! The big news in the wine world has of course been the Oreo wine by Barefoot. Designed... more » A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine... more »