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In The Glass: Hay Shed Hill Pitchfork Shiraz 2017

by  |  22-01-2021

So we arrive again to Margaret River. I say “again” as I’ve been here before, writing about the Vasee Felix Cabernet Sauvignon which was simply delightful. Admittedly this wasn’t a terribly huge shock given how... more » So we arrive again to Margaret River. I say “again” as I’ve... more »
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Revisiting the disclosure issue in wine writing

by  |  20-01-2021 ~ 4 Comments

The assault on journalism never stops. Just within the last week I've seen two grave ethical violations of purported "journalism" in wine, and these are but the latest examples... One was an article about Georgian... more » The assault on journalism never stops. Just within the last week I've... more »

A book review of “Wine for Normal People”

by  |  18-01-2021 ~ 2 Comments

Writing an introductory text on wine is no small feat. A book that takes someone from, "Sure, I like wine, top me off!" to "Lemme breakdown the Médoc for you." is a journey spanning two... more » Writing an introductory text on wine is no small feat. A book... more »

Riedel me this!

by  |  12-01-2021

I have a guilty secret that I’ve been hiding from the wine world. No, it’s not a sneaking admiration for white Zinfandel, it’s far more embarrassing than that. The truth is that I prefer drinking... more » I have a guilty secret that I’ve been hiding from the wine... more »

Historic snowstorm in Priorat destroys majority of emblematic cellar Vall Llach

by  |  10-01-2021

While most Spanish and international news reports have focused on the historically high snow fall in and around Madrid, other parts of the country have been hit hard by snow as well for the last... more » While most Spanish and international news reports have focused on the historically... more »

In The Glass: El Coto – Crianza 2016

by  |  09-01-2021

As has been made very clear, while we may have left 2020 behind us, 2021, the impending “Year of the Ox” on the Chinese calendar, isn’t really going to be that much different, at least... more » As has been made very clear, while we may have left 2020... more »

Wine Instagram 2020, a window into drinking widely

by  |  04-01-2021 ~ 2 Comments

"Well, it tastes good to me..." I don't know who I'm borrowing this from as others have said it prior to me in that if you want to learn about wine, drink a different wine,... more » "Well, it tastes good to me..." I don't know who I'm borrowing... more »

In The Glass: Sugrue – The Trouble with Dreams 2010

by  |  30-12-2020

Let’s just take a moment, inhale deeply and envision the spring of 2016. I don’t work at Facebook, so I don’t know where you were, but I remember very well where I was. It was... more » Let’s just take a moment, inhale deeply and envision the spring of... more »

Tasting Costers del Segre, of altitude

by  |  28-12-2020

For any wine drinker living outside Spain, or really outside of Catalunya even, DO Costers del Segre will be a bit of an unknown. Deep in the interior and fully contained with the province of... more » For any wine drinker living outside Spain, or really outside of Catalunya... more »

A sparkling stalwart: Segura Viudas

by  |  23-12-2020

The wines of Segura Viudas have consistently delivered in terms of quality for price for some time. The winery itself is a historic estate that I’ve been to in the past and been duly impressed... more » The wines of Segura Viudas have consistently delivered in terms of quality... more »