Can Calopa, Barcelona, Catalunya

by  |  24-03-2023

A very unique project as the vineyard and winery sit on the old farming estate of Can Calopa that’s just within the boundaries of the city of Barcelona. It’s been under the management of the... more »

Out in the weeds, back in the wine

by  |  22-03-2023 ~ 2 Comments

A few months ago, I received an email from a Canadian wine writer I'll call, N. "Mack" who was asking me to review her new memoir. I turned down the offer as it seemed her... more »

Remelluri – Lindes de Remelluri – San Vicente 2012

by  |  20-03-2023

It’s just over seven years ago that “The Manifesto” was signed by 150 individuals in the Spanish wine scene at Club Matador in Madrid. The base for this manifesto was quite simple in that it... more »

Cul de Cuvée 18-03-2023

by  |  18-03-2023

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random bits from around the world of drink. Always served up "mostly fresh" for your enjoyment. The big news of late is the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank which, the... more »

A taste of Alicante

by  |  15-03-2023

The Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid is one of if not its poshest. Fancy hotels, fancy restaurants, and fancy stores with few products in a large, expensive space dominate the horizon. Indeed there are fancy wine... more »

Hopping the Croatian Elaphiti Islands to Šipan

by  |  13-03-2023

The Postira was built in 1963, but it’s one of those Adriatic transport boats that feels seemingly ageless. It just keeps chugging as the decades pass by, country borders and names changing while its hearty... more »

Pagos de Anguix – Costalara 2020

by  |  08-03-2023

In terms of the Tempranillo Intensity Index (if such a thing exists), I usually rank the dominant Tempranillo regions from lowest to highest in intensity as: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, and Toro. I’ve never been... more »
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The Rioja Alavesa issue

by  |  06-03-2023

Making news lately has been that the Rioja Alavesa region is striving to create their own Denomination of Origin completely separate from DOC Rioja to be called, “Arabako Mahastiak/Viñedos de Álava” (using both names in... more »

The wines of Mallorca 2023

by  |  01-03-2023

Today I’m releasing the full Mallorca Tasting Report (with my scores), as well as the corresponding regional report as follows. This had been some time in the making, but for one reason or another, Mallorca,... more »

Looking back, looking forward with Ukraine

by  |  27-02-2023

Whatever Putin may have been planning in order to mark the one-year anniversary of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine didn't come to pass last week despite the rumors. Russia simply continues with more of the... more »