New winery “incubator” opening in Penedès

by  |  01-05-2023

For anyone wanting to start up a winery, it’s an undeniable fact that the costs are onerous. Once you’ve secured a source of grapes via planting or buying (neither a small task), then you need... more »
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Stina and the taste of stone

by  |  26-04-2023

In April of 2012 I made a long-overdue trip to Croatia for what was back then the hottest new wine fair to appear in years called, the Zagreb Wine Gourmet Weekend. It didn’t last long... more »

A book review of “Lonely Planet’s Wine Trails Vol. 2”

by  |  24-04-2023

This latest edition of Lonely Planet's "Wine Trails" picks up from its first edition released in 2015 by giving readers a fly-by view of enotourism destinations around the world. As it states on the cover,... more »

The wines of DO Costers del Segre 2023

by  |  19-04-2023

I will readily admit to being a bit intimidated by DO Costers del Segre. I realize of of course you might be immediately be saying, “Whatsers del what?” I assume this because, unless you live... more »

G.D. Vajra – Langhe 2020

by  |  17-04-2023

It’s one of many infamous questions on a higher-level wine exam: “Name three Italy DOCGs for Nebbiolo, not including Barolo.” The quick thinker immediately blurts out “Barbaresco!” and then it gets a bit murkier with... more »

The down & dirty guide to Madrid’s wine bars

by  |  14-04-2023

I don’t remember when I made my first trip to Madrid but I’ve been there too many times to count since. It was an easier trip than say Paris as it was a short flight... more »

Moving on… from the Twitter

by  |  12-04-2023 ~ 2 Comments

"We're a generation of wine people raised by Twitter. I'm wondering if another Twitter is really the answer we need." --(Not) Fight Club As I've recounted but a few short weeks back, the social media... more »

Terra Remota, Catalunya / Pagos de Anguix, Ribera del Duero

by  |  10-04-2023

I’ve batched these tasting notes together as both wine offerings fit this moment of springtime being that they’re all quite fresh wines–despite being from vastly different regions in Spain. In addition to freshness, the wines... more »

Cul de Cuvée 08-04-2023

by  |  08-04-2023

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random bits from around the world of drink. Always served up "mostly fresh" for your enjoyment. Well it just wouldn't be spring without a bit of "booze doubt" being dumped... more »

Having a new look at DOQ Priorat 2014

by  |  04-04-2023

Rummaging about the cellar with a strong(er) desire than usual to drink some Priorat wines, I came across several that were from the 2014 vintage for some reason. I can only assume that they were... more »