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Massive case of fraud emerges from DO Valdepeñas

by  |  06-07-2020

The big news story for the last couple of months in Spanish wine has revolved around the Denomination of Origin (DO) Valdepeñas. This centrally-located DO in the province of Ciudad Real is in the south... more » The big news story for the last couple of months in Spanish... more »

In The Glass: Toto Marqués – Prades 950 2016

by  |  01-07-2020 ~ 2 Comments

There's been a justified push to promote "terroir" insofar as it relates to wine. This French word, which means "sense of place" or more simply, "locale" is all fine and good unless it's the case... more » There's been a justified push to promote "terroir" insofar as it relates... more »

#DryJuly is arriving again. Are you in?

by  |  29-06-2020 ~ 3 Comments

Last year I proposed the idea of a #DryJuly (read in its entirety). Basically, it's like #DryJanuary except that it's in July, it rhymes, and in my estimation, it makes a lot more sense as... more » Last year I proposed the idea of a #DryJuly (read in its... more »

Six wines from Penedès to know right now

by  |  26-06-2020

As is often the case, we’d just passed May 40th when summer suddenly exploded out of nowhere here in Spain. It seems that overnight we went from chilly nights and massive, biblical rains (that have... more » As is often the case, we’d just passed May 40th when summer... more »
Photo by Lenka Sedláčková

A love affair with Assyrtiko

by  |  24-06-2020 ~ 2 Comments

Scrolling through my Instagram feed, you may think that I am a bit of an Assyrtiko fan girl and you'd not be wrong. Fuelled by my love of all things Greek, I studied the language... more » Scrolling through my Instagram feed, you may think that I am a... more »

Going virtually to Burgundy via their new maps

by  |  22-06-2020 ~ 1 Comment

In regards to the issues surrounding wine events during this pandemic, a mighty fat bummer was the cancellation of Grands Jours du Bourgogne, a week-long event that takes places over the various subregions of Burgundy,... more » In regards to the issues surrounding wine events during this pandemic, a... more »

A book review of “Beyond Flavour”

by  |  19-06-2020

It's incredible to think that the act of blind wine tasting has gone from a state of complete oblivion by the public at large to now being one the niftiest, wowiest party tricks one can... more » It's incredible to think that the act of blind wine tasting has... more »

DO Empordà in 2020

by  |  16-06-2020

In years past and in times not like these, whenever visiting Alt Empordà in the far northeast of Catalunya, I’d try to find a way to have a drink on the terrace of the Almadraba... more » In years past and in times not like these, whenever visiting Alt... more »

In The Glass: Abadal Matís 2017

by  |  13-06-2020 ~ 4 Comments

There is a wealth of choice in the world of wine today from which I received this curiosity by Abadal recently. I say, "curiosity" as it's a new wine where they heavily feature Mandó, a... more » There is a wealth of choice in the world of wine today... more »

2020, the gift that keeps on giving

by  |  11-06-2020

Starting in March it became readily apparent that 2020 was going to be a real slog for wine. When restaurants, bars, and hotels are closed due to a global pandemic, wine doesn’t sell which is... more » Starting in March it became readily apparent that 2020 was going to... more »