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Catalan exports up, wine down. Time to bend tariffs?

by  |  28-02-2020

The Catalan Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing, and Foods (Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca i Alimentació) had their annual round table meeting this week to discuss final figures for 2019. The good news is that exports of... more » The Catalan Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fishing, and Foods (Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca... more »

A book review of “The Concise Guide to Wine & Blind Tasting 3rd Ed.”

by  |  27-02-2020

Not terribly long ago, I reviewed the second edition of Neel Burton's foundational tome on tasting wines blind. Towards the end of 2018, he brought out a revised third edition which probably makes anyone with... more » Not terribly long ago, I reviewed the second edition of Neel Burton's... more »

The absolute best Rioja wines! (available in the UK…)

by  |  24-02-2020

If you’re going to hold a tasting that focuses on one of Spain’s oldest quality wine regions, a sure-fire way to juice it up a bit is to have the venue be one of the... more » If you’re going to hold a tasting that focuses on one of... more »

Playing the game of Three-Cab Monte

by  |  14-02-2020 ~ 2 Comments

I was leading a tasting recently and out of random curiosity, one of the clients asked, "By the way, what Cabernet Sauvignons can you recommend?" I wasn't really expecting that as we were tasting through... more » I was leading a tasting recently and out of random curiosity, one... more »
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El Mas d’Edetària Selecció, the first ‘Vi de Finca’ in DO Terra Alta

by  |  07-02-2020

And now for some much-needed good news in wine: I'm happy to report that there's been a new Vi de Finca announced which is also the first one from DO Terra Alta! Yes, "El Mas... more » And now for some much-needed good news in wine: I'm happy to... more »

The ‘solidarity’ efforts to rebuild the Rendéu Masdéu cellar in Conca de Barberà

by  |  29-01-2020

These have not been the finest of months for wineries when it comes to Mother Nature... and sadly, probably won't be the last that we've seen. Fires have ravaged Southeastern Australia destroying cellars, homes, vineyards,... more » These have not been the finest of months for wineries when it... more »
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And then there were 10: Celler Descregut joins Corpinnat

by  |  20-01-2020

While they were some of the absolute best Cava producers, it was admittedly just a handful of them who left to form Corpinnat last year. Momentum appears to be gaining however as shown by the... more » While they were some of the absolute best Cava producers, it was... more »

DO Penedès & ‘native’ reds

by  |  14-01-2020

In simpler times, if one were drinking a white wine from Spain, it would most likely have been a white from Penedès. This shouldn’t come as much of a shock given that 80% of the... more » In simpler times, if one were drinking a white wine from Spain,... more »

Natural water

by  |  07-01-2020 ~ 1 Comment

The village casal is as attractive as it is utilitarian. A four-walled testament to the religion of concrete that dominated Spanish construction in the later 20th century, it does exactly what it needs to do... more » The village casal is as attractive as it is utilitarian. A four-walled... more »

Wines for la Cuesta de Enero/Uphill January

by  |  02-01-2020

To all who have survived family and the holidays, well done. Now we arrive to the cold, murky days of January, probably broke, or at at least a bit broken. You probably don't even want... more » To all who have survived family and the holidays, well done. Now... more »
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