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In The Glass: Susana Esteban – Sem Vergonha 2018

by  |  25-11-2021

This has been such a strange year in terms of the wine harvest where I’m based in Priorat. Due to a cooler summer, everyone was just sitting around, waiting and waiting to start, but unable... more » This has been such a strange year in terms of the wine... more »

10 Roussillon red wines to know right now

by  |  23-11-2021

While my 2021 Roussillon report came out a few weeks ago, I’m sure there are many people still confronted with a bit of a “wha?” reaction when digging into the region. With some 450+ wineries... more » While my 2021 Roussillon report came out a few weeks ago, I’m... more »

A book review of “On California”

by  |  18-11-2021

Following in the footsteps of, "On Bordeaux", the Académie du Vin Library has now released a new book in a similar vein called, "On California". While Bordeaux and California are on opposite sides of the... more » Following in the footsteps of, "On Bordeaux", the Académie du Vin Library... more »

The state of Corpinnat for 2022

by  |  15-11-2021

It was incredibly exciting to have an updated taste a few days ago of the sparkling wines by the Corpinnat producers in Penedès, Catalunya which has resulted in the newest Tasting Report out today. As... more » It was incredibly exciting to have an updated taste a few days... more »

Cul de Cuvée 13-11-2021

by  |  13-11-2021

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine and drink world. Say 'Yip' to the Scrip? Well now, it must be getting near to the gift giving time of year as... more » A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine... more »

Pepe Raventós – Mas del Serral 2010

by  |  10-11-2021

After tasting Textures de Pedra last year, I realized a visit to the winery of Raventós i Blanc was long overdue so I finally went once movement restrictions were lifted back in March. Upon arriving,... more » After tasting Textures de Pedra last year, I realized a visit to... more »

A Portugal Vineyards selection

by  |  08-11-2021

A constant topic of conversation in the household is about the wines we're not drinking. Spanish, French, and Italian usually have very solid representation but outside of those we're often lacking in other countries we'd... more » A constant topic of conversation in the household is about the wines... more »

DO Montsant at 20 years of age

by  |  06-11-2021

A fantastic notice from the Denomination of Origin Montsant arrived in my inbox, letting me know that they’re celebrating their 20th anniversary now! I got very familiar with this region when writing the book about... more » A fantastic notice from the Denomination of Origin Montsant arrived in my... more »
A window back into the pre-pandemic

We’re just not there yet

by  |  03-11-2021 ~ 7 Comments

Last week I went to attend a professional wine tasting here in Catalunya. It's held inside the striking location of an abandoned church up on a hill with a view to the village below and... more » Last week I went to attend a professional wine tasting here in... more »

In The Glass: Apostolos Thymiopoulos – Alta 2018

by  |  01-11-2021

This came to me via my “Big Fat Greek Wine Shipment” back in June. It wasn’t at random that we’d ordered it as we’d had the Atma at the start of the year (during an... more » This came to me via my “Big Fat Greek Wine Shipment” back... more »