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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 »

Cul de Cuvée 30-10-2021

by  |  30-10-2021

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine and drink world. Hot crimes, not Recently making the rounds on Facebook (sorry, "Meta") was the claim that a hot Florida woman was... more » A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine... more »

The rebuilding of Priorat’s Vall Llach

by  |  27-10-2021

As was reported back in the middle of January of this year, a historic snowstorm crushed the roof of Vall Llach’s main production cellar, destroying the building in the process. In an update to the... more » As was reported back in the middle of January of this year,... more »

The growing fraud case of Reserva de la Tierra

by  |  25-10-2021

As I reported in my article for Decanter last week, there’s currently a breaking story of massive wine fraud unfolding in Southern Catalunya. The perpetrator is alleged to be the company, “Reserva de la Tierra”... more » As I reported in my article for Decanter last week, there’s currently... more »

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 »