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The terror of wine people gifting has arrived

by  |  05-12-2019

Oh... sweet sweaty Bacchus, it's happened again, hasn't it? Thanksgivings in the US and Canada have passed along with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Impulse Buy Tuesday. And you now painfully realize that another year... more » Oh... sweet sweaty Bacchus, it's happened again, hasn't it? Thanksgivings in the... more »

What the new DO Rueda classifications mean

by  |  02-12-2019

DO Rueda has announced a hefty overhaul of their governing rules or pliego de condiciones. For a DO that most people think of in terms of, "White wines. Verdejo grape, a little Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh,... more » DO Rueda has announced a hefty overhaul of their governing rules or... more »

Taking a look at Douro 2017 reds and 2018 whites

by  |  28-11-2019

At the beginning of June I headed due west until there was no more west which is of course a fancy way to say I hopped across Iberia to Porto, Portugal. I took one of... more » At the beginning of June I headed due west until there was... more »

Kizikuri Tradiciuli: in search of Georgian terroir

by  |  25-11-2019

“Would you like to go see the vineyard?” It was a new question to be asked when doing winery visits that culminated in the recent, Georgia Report (which comes free with the lovely hardbound Georgian... more » “Would you like to go see the vineyard?” It was a new... more »

A book review of “Corkscrew”

by  |  21-11-2019 ~ 4 Comments

The pursuit of writing fiction set in the world of wine is a noble albeit generally futile one. I've reviewed previous attempts and it's often the case that the author is trying to just slap... more » The pursuit of writing fiction set in the world of wine is... more »

A report on DO Empordà in 2019

by  |  18-11-2019

I find it harder and harder to write about DO Empordà because the more I taste the wines, the clearer and more brilliant the definition of the region becomes. Yet despite this, it remains so... more » I find it harder and harder to write about DO Empordà because... more »

Judging the “Best Cava Sommelier” of 2019

by  |  14-11-2019

One can't claim that the DO Cava hasn't been active over the last few months. An important reason for the new boost is having a new president. Another is having changed up their communications department,... more » One can't claim that the DO Cava hasn't been active over the... more »

Yes, #WineToo

by  |  11-11-2019 ~ 3 Comments

By now, most everyone has heard the unfortunate news about sommelier, Anthony Cailan and his reported sexual assault of various women that have both been his subordinates as well other women he's been in contact... more » By now, most everyone has heard the unfortunate news about sommelier, Anthony... more »

Oddero: A rainbow of vintages, Barolo and beyond

by  |  07-11-2019

Being in London means tasting a great many wines if one is so inclined. While the WSTA trade calendar is simply amazing in its listing of tastings and events, incredibly, not everything that happens is... more » Being in London means tasting a great many wines if one is... more »

A book review of “The wines of northern Spain”

by  |  05-11-2019

Despite Spain's rubbing shoulders with France and Italy in terms of total wine produced, the number of texts about the country has always paled in comparison to these other two behemoths. It's so dire in... more » Despite Spain's rubbing shoulders with France and Italy in terms of total... more »