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In The Glass – Viñas Serranas – El Ciclón 2017

by  |  15-03-2021

I always feel an electric charge cross my skin when I encounter a wine which lists its variety composition as “others” or “field blend”. It’s an exciting game of wine roulette as sometimes the wine... more » I always feel an electric charge cross my skin when I encounter... more »

A chat on the wines of Hvar, Croatia, Mar 14 7PM CET

by  |  12-03-2021

Following up on the just-released Hvar Island Wine Report exploring the state of wine in this corner of Dalmatia, I've invited the president of the Hvar Wine Association Ivana Krstulović-Carić for an online chat this... more » Following up on the just-released Hvar Island Wine Report exploring the state... more »
Photo of Hvar Town, by Elia Varela

The state of wine on Hvar Island, Croatia 2021

by  |  10-03-2021

Please see the accompanying Tasting Report for these wines of Hvar that’s been released together with this region report. If you’ve not been, Hvar is an achingly beautiful island in Croatia that’s not an exaggeration... more » Please see the accompanying Tasting Report for these wines of Hvar that’s... more »

In The Glass: Graillot & Thalvin – Tandem 2018

by  |  08-03-2021

I’ve always had a passing interest in Moroccan wines as in, “Huh, I wonder what wines from Morocco are like?” but it turned into something a good deal more real when Albert Costa of Vall... more » I’ve always had a passing interest in Moroccan wines as in, “Huh,... more »

Cul de Cuvée 06-03-2021

by  |  06-03-2021 ~ 2 Comments

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine and drink world. New Masters of Wine... and their papers? Yes, it's that time of year again, I think. Wait, what time is... more » A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine... more »
Photo derived from work by Alfons Morales

With wine information, you get what you pay for

by  |  05-03-2021 ~ 6 Comments

A little while back on a wine professionals online forum I often interact with, someone asked a great question about where to get information for studying up on the region of Jura as she was... more » A little while back on a wine professionals online forum I often... more »

In The Glass: Mollydooker – The Maitre’D 2017

by  |  03-03-2021

Mollydooker, it’s a name you remember with a brand image you simply can’t forget. Aussie slang for a “left-handed person” (which the founders both were), I’ve seen the wines for years whenever up in the... more » Mollydooker, it’s a name you remember with a brand image you simply... more »

A review of “Le Nez du Vin – Oak”

by  |  01-03-2021

For those not familiar with Le Nez du Vin, this is a series of aroma and learning tools created by, Jean Lenoir, a Frenchman originally from Burgundy who has been a wine educator most of... more » For those not familiar with Le Nez du Vin, this is a... more »

Cul de Cuvée 27-02-2021

by  |  27-02-2021 ~ 3 Comments

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine and drink world. Fake Famous If you haven't seen it, watch it on HBO. Basically, the director of the film sets out to... more » A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine... more »

The personal story behind a stock wine photo

by  |  25-02-2021 ~ 8 Comments

If you spend any time in the internet you undoubtedly know these hands holding those grapes. Anyone who has seen anything relating to wine, whether a newsletter or the cover of a well-known magazine will... more » If you spend any time in the internet you undoubtedly know these... more »