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In The Glass – Clément Châtenoy Menetou-Salon Tradition 2017

by  |  21-10-2021

In March of 2020 I was in the Loire Valley judging a Sauvignon Blanc competition that would effectively be my last travel outside of Spain for a year and a half. Due to quickly-changing conditions,... more » In March of 2020 I was in the Loire Valley judging a... more »

A book review of “Wines of the Roussillon”

by  |  19-10-2021

I have something of a soft spot for underdog wine regions which probably explains my pursuit of Roussillon. Existing for years as "le petit vin du Languedoc", it was this dismissing it as "lesser Languedoc"... more » I have something of a soft spot for underdog wine regions which... more »

Cul de Cuvée 16-10-2021

by  |  16-10-2021

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine and drink world. I've re-rediscovered me Proving that drinking can lead to new discoveries, a drunken man found himself while helping friends look... more » A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine... more »

A perspective tasting of Alta Alella’s “10”

by  |  14-10-2021

There are many reasons to get to know the winery of Alta Alella in Catalunya. The easiest one to understand is the location as it sits on a hill with an splendid view of the... more » There are many reasons to get to know the winery of Alta... more »

The state of Roussillon in 2021

by  |  11-10-2021

The wine region of Roussillon has been short shrifted for some time. Usually regarded as the dangly bit after Languedoc and a hyphen, wine journalists will overlook it for the much larger Languedoc. At best,... more » The wine region of Roussillon has been short shrifted for some time.... more »

I tasted these 2€ Spanish wines so you didn’t have to

by  |  04-10-2021

Spain has no problem selling its wines... as long as they're "a good value". This has become a double-edged sword given that the common perception, especially in markets like the UK, is that Spanish wines... more » Spain has no problem selling its wines... as long as they're "a... more »
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Bourgogne’s 2021 harvest

by  |  01-10-2021

The balance for wine in 2021 has hung delicately around the world for various reasons that are simply too many to delve into. In Europe however, there’s been a lean split between north and south.... more » The balance for wine in 2021 has hung delicately around the world... more »

In The Glass: Dalamára Naoussa 2018

by  |  29-09-2021

In the fall of 2015 I was at a wine dinner in Athens, Greece that was unsurprisingly, showcasing Greek wines. Both the food and the wine were stupendous and I’ve sadly yet to return to... more » In the fall of 2015 I was at a wine dinner in... more »

A southern kind of bubbly, Vinyes del Convent – Senyoria 2017

by  |  27-09-2021

The region of Terra Alta is something of an exception in the eastern side of the Iberian Peninsula. It’s usually the case that the further south you go, the less white wine you find. But... more » The region of Terra Alta is something of an exception in the... more »

Cul de Cuvée 25-09-2021

by  |  25-09-2021

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine and drink world. Fresh-pressed hotness Word has spread that Idris Elba, the heartthrob that crosses all borders, ages, and who knows what else,... more » A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine... more »