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2020, the gift that keeps on giving

by  |  11-06-2020

Starting in March it became readily apparent that 2020 was going to be a real slog for wine. When restaurants, bars, and hotels are closed due to a global pandemic, wine doesn’t sell which is... more » Starting in March it became readily apparent that 2020 was going to... more »

Understanding the Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010-2017 vintages via Domaine la Barroche

by  |  09-06-2020

I seem to have a knack in catching Julien Barrot of Domaine la Barroche at awkward moments whenever I’m in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. When I first profiled their cellar, I stopped by while the whole family was... more » I seem to have a knack in catching Julien Barrot of Domaine... more »

Don’t come around here no more

by  |  04-06-2020 ~ 4 Comments

It was amazing to see so much work put into such a campaign in Priorat. It was after all shared widely across social media. Our village notice systems were constantly broadcasting it as well. Even... more » It was amazing to see so much work put into such a... more »

Site News: Favorites, reports, & more

by  |  03-06-2020

Given the very healthy response to our one-year free subscription to those out of work in the hospitality sector, we thought it a good time to update everyone about recent goings on as well as... more » Given the very healthy response to our one-year free subscription to those... more »

In The Glass: AA Badenhorst – Family Blend Red 2015

by  |  01-06-2020

When interviewing a winemaker in Stellenbosch he told me, "You should head north. That's where it's all happening." By "north" he meant, Swartland, the region around Malmesbury about an hour northeast of Cape Town. This... more » When interviewing a winemaker in Stellenbosch he told me, "You should head... more »

DO Cava drops harvest maximums by 17% for 2020

by  |  29-05-2020

The regulatory board of DO Cava has announced that for the 2020 harvest, maximum yields per hectare will be dropped from 12,000 to 10,000 which is a reduction of nearly 17%. As is the purvey... more » The regulatory board of DO Cava has announced that for the 2020... more »

A report on DO Montsant in 2020

by  |  28-05-2020

Someone possessing a mild gift of foresight would have bought stock in the company, Zoom at the beginning of last December. Someone of even greater foresight would have bought vineyards in what became the DO... more » Someone possessing a mild gift of foresight would have bought stock in... more »

“Over the Rainbow”, a very choice Covid-19 charity pack from DO Cariñena

by  |  25-05-2020 ~ 2 Comments

The town of Cariñena is quite literally at a crossroads. About a half hour southwest of Zaragoza in the Spanish region of Aragón, it sits on a rather vast, flat plateau around 500m in altitude.... more » The town of Cariñena is quite literally at a crossroads. About a... more »

Wine Advocate pisses off DO Ribeira Sacra

by  |  21-05-2020

On May 16th, the Denomination of Origin (DO) for Ribeira Sacra in Spain’s Galicia region took the rather atypical step of denouncing a recent report about the wines of this area in the Wine Advocate... more » On May 16th, the Denomination of Origin (DO) for Ribeira Sacra in... more »
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Mister Joly & Me

by  |  18-05-2020

Nicolas Joly gains admiration and/or scorn from vast and disparate sources. Since at least the 7th edition (and probably previous to that) in the hefty reference tome, the “World Atlas of Wine”, the “cru” vineyards... more » Nicolas Joly gains admiration and/or scorn from vast and disparate sources. Since... more »