The wines of DO Ribera del Duero 2023

by  |  04-12-2023

For years now, DO Ribera del Duero has fascinated me. At face value it’s “simply” another one of the Tempranillo-dominated Denominations of Origin in Spain such as DO Toro, DO Cigales, and of course, DOC... more »

Bodegas Frontonio 2020s

by  |  01-12-2023

In addition to getting an update on the wines of Verónica Ortega, the Vinos OFF The Record in Madrid allowed for an update of Bodegas Frontonio and their current releases. Recall that this winery was... more »

How did Cava get so small?

by  |  29-11-2023

"la DO Cava es mucho más que Corpinnat" “DO Cava is much more than Corpinnat” This was part of a declaration made by DO Cava president Javier Pagés at the beginning of February, 2019 when... more »

Sparkling wines of Catalunya 2024

by  |  27-11-2023

There is no hard date, but there definitely was a time in Spain when the concept of sparkling wine was “easier” as, from 1986 onwards, it was simply, “Cava”. It was easier even if it... more »

Talking ‘Massal Selection’ with Álvaro Ribalta

by  |  24-11-2023

It's the biggest irony that to get access to the most interesting wines from across Europe, you're best off going to anywhere in Europe where they don't produce wine (or at least not a lot... more »

Verónica Ortega’s current releases

by  |  22-11-2023

I’ve happily followed the work of Verónica Ortega since meeting her nearly a decade ago at Vinisud when that was still happening in Montpellier, France. Back then, she was starting out with her first releases... more »
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A new side to Roussillon, Torredemer Mangin

by  |  20-11-2023

In what seems like another life at this point, I visited the Roussillon village of Vingrau for a wine fair that I feel wasn’t repeated again and was definitely stopped once 2020 arrived. This is... more »

Antoni Mata Casanovas of Recaredo has died at 81

by  |  16-11-2023

In unfortunate news to read, Antoni Mata Casanovas, the president of famed sparkling wine producer, Recaredo has died at the age of 81. While the winery was founded by Antoni's father, Josep Mata Capellades, in... more »

Wine shop closures abound

by  |  15-11-2023

The big news in the Spanish wine scene at the moment is the announced closure of Lavinia's "flagship" wine shop in Madrid. Located at C/ de José Ortega y Gasset 16 in the upscale Salamanca... more »

Ukrainian wine/war film, “Wounded Land” wins Most Festival

by  |  13-11-2023

At this year's Most Festival in Catalunya, Spain, the Grand Jury Prize was awarded to the Ukrainian wine/war film, "Wounded Land". The festival, now in its 12th edition is currently the only film festival in... more »