A surprise batch of Catalan Vins de Finca

by  |  22-12-2022

Charting the path of Vi de Finca wines in Catalunya or those of Vino de Pago in greater Spain, is a mighty tricky affair. While these are both single vineyard certifications akin to something of... more »

Drinking well, in Honduras

by  |  21-12-2022

An ongoing series that looks at how to enjoy a drink in less obvious and at times, exotic destinations for the European or North American traveler. “Meterse en honduras” is a Spanish expression meaning to... more »

In The Glass: Vasques de Carvalho – LBV Port 2017

by  |  19-12-2022

One mid-winter several years ago, a writing friend of mine commented to his wife, “How have I gained so much weight this holiday season, I’m not eating that much, am I?” to which she replied,... more »

There was never only one nouveau

by  |  16-12-2022

Hot on the heals of the Catalan vi novell wines, I received another nouveau sample. Yes, this one is from France and yes, it’s very much nouveau being a young, 2022 wine. But it’s not... more »
Photo from Bodegas Montecillo.

A deeper look at Bodegas Montecillo

by  |  14-12-2022

In what now seems like a century ago, I made a lengthy research visit to Rioja in November of last year. My goals were various, but the main one was to taste Garnacha wines in... more »

Best Catalan wines of 2022

by  |  12-12-2022

Here we find ourselves bumbling into the end of the year and, as I've done in past years, it's time to take a look at the best wines in Catalunya that I've tasted in 2022.... more »

Expanding beyond wine’s harvest horizons

by  |  09-12-2022 ~ 2 Comments

Despite the claim that people want "unique experiences" these days, when visiting wine regions, they tend to do it in more or less the same time frame. For the Northern Hemisphere that means, May with... more »

The Catalan Vi Novell class of 2022

by  |  07-12-2022

It's time yet again to take a look at the vi novell from Catalunya, the very first wines from the latest 2022 harvest. You're undoubtedly thinking, “Hold on a baguette-jabbin' minute. The French cornered that... more »

Ukraine sees its first “Grad Cru” wine

by  |  05-12-2022

The world was still reeling from the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine when the morning of 5th of March arrived in the second week of their invasion. Mykhailo and Georgiy Molchanov, the father and son... more »

Cul de Cuvée 03-12-2022

by  |  03-12-2022

A bluntly-curated selection of absolutely random recent bits from around the wine and drink world served up "mostly fresh" for your enjoyment. Please do keep this in mind that apparently, drinking wine and tea can... more »