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Bopping up to Beaujolais

by  |  02-05-2022

I'm always saying that I never drink enough wines from so and so region because it's the truth. I've only one life with one liver. On top of that, where are only so many hours... more » I'm always saying that I never drink enough wines from so and... more »

The Vinha Centenária of Quinta Nova

by  |  29-04-2022

I've enjoyed getting to know the Douro Valley more in recent years, especially in following the evolution of Quinta Nova. A producer of both fine dry wines as well as Ports, it was through a... more » I've enjoyed getting to know the Douro Valley more in recent years,... more »
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A taste of Fiddlehead & talk with Kathy Joseph

by  |  27-04-2022

If you work in the wine trade, Fiddlehead Cellars is very much a known entity. As one of the founding wineries of Sta. Rita Hills AVA in Southern California, winemaker Kathy Joseph and her wines... more » If you work in the wine trade, Fiddlehead Cellars is very much... more »

In The Glass: Peter Jakob Kühn Quarzit Tröcken 2017

by  |  25-04-2022

Obviously the world is quite topsy-turvy at the moment and before you say, “Um, duh.” let me just toss on to the dumpster fire in that the other night I actually drank a Riesling, by... more » Obviously the world is quite topsy-turvy at the moment and before you... more »

An update on the Wines for Ukraine charity auction

by  |  22-04-2022

First of all, let me express my profound gratitude to everyone who bid in the Wines for Ukraine auction that took place earlier this month and raised 5,600€ for charity organizations working in Ukraine to... more » First of all, let me express my profound gratitude to everyone who... more »

The state of Faugères 2022

by  |  20-04-2022

If you’re not living in France, Faugères may not be a region that immediately comes to mind. I say this as a massive 87% of their production doesn’t ever leave the country with people very... more » If you’re not living in France, Faugères may not be a region... more »

Catching up with Enric Soler’s latest Xarel·los

by  |  18-04-2022

At the end of February I booked a morning to go check out what Enric Soler has been up to lately with his wines. Sometime back I’d visited Enric for a larger profile about smaller... more » At the end of February I booked a morning to go check... more »

Cul de Cuvée 16-04-2022

by  |  16-04-2022

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine and drink world. It's been a busy couple of weeks and if you're in California and were thinking that you'd want to unwind... more » A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine... more »

The only pét-nat I ever loved

by  |  14-04-2022

I don’t have the most glorious of histories with pétillant naturel aka “pét-nat”. In general, most of what I’ve had would be best described as, “rude”. Short in the mouth and yes, fruity, but yet... more » I don’t have the most glorious of histories with pétillant naturel aka... more »
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Ukrainian winemaking in war

by  |  11-04-2022

Most of the territory of Ukraine has been scarred by war because the Russians have been actively destroying civilian infrastructure and this fate hasn't spared the wineries of our country. Since the beginning of the... more » Most of the territory of Ukraine has been scarred by war because... more »