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A book review of “Sherry. Maligned, Misunderstood, Magnificent!”

by  |  07-04-2020

Watching a webinar on Sherry recently, the host made the most salient, yet cutting of opening comments, "Like most people in the wine trade, you probably all love Sherry but despite this, it's a tough... more » Watching a webinar on Sherry recently, the host made the most salient,... more »

The eternity of Xarel·lo: Parés Baltà – Electió 2004

by  |  03-04-2020

“To date, we still don’t know how long Xarel·lo can ultimately age.” I’ve heard this oft-repeated about this white grape variety over the years, but the very first time I heard it was from Ton... more » “To date, we still don’t know how long Xarel·lo can ultimately age.”... more »

How to get wine in Spain during the quarantine

by  |  30-03-2020 ~ 4 Comments

Trying to keep one's composure ain't easy these days and in no way should alcohol be turned to as a full-on escape from the troubles that surround us. Not only is this unhealthy but it's... more » Trying to keep one's composure ain't easy these days and in no... more »

A review of “Uncorked” (2020)

by  |  28-03-2020 ~ 6 Comments

When a friend of mine opened "The Barrel Room" in San Francisco I asked her, "What's the background on the name? Big barrel fan?" She just shrugged, sighed, and said, "There's really no point trying... more » When a friend of mine opened "The Barrel Room" in San Francisco... more »

A new Carignan at a new project in the Montsant: Bell Cros – El Tracte 2017

by  |  23-03-2020

DOQ Priorat has the lead over DO Montsant in terms of overall cellars (nearly double at 110 vs 60 respectively) but it’s important to keep in mind that DO Montsant is less than 1/3 as... more » DOQ Priorat has the lead over DO Montsant in terms of overall... more »

The demise of “Atwater & Clough”, a cautionary enotourism tale

by  |  17-03-2020

The bankruptcy of Thomas Cook in later 2019 was the biggest news to hit the travel industry in a long time--until of course COVID-19 emerged. This large, venerable travel agency collapsing meant tens of thousands... more » The bankruptcy of Thomas Cook in later 2019 was the biggest news... more »

Woe be the soul who must memorize declared years of Vintage Ports

by  |  13-03-2020

A less glamorous aspect of advanced wine studies–especially when it comes to the of the Court of Master Sommeliers–is the requirement to have at the ready, all the years where Vintage Ports were declared. “Oh... more » A less glamorous aspect of advanced wine studies–especially when it comes to... more »

Torres brings Forcada to the forefront

by  |  11-03-2020 ~ 2 Comments

Spanish winemaking stalwart, Torres has announced an expansion of Forcada grape plantings near the village of la Llacuna in Alt Penedès. Embracing their overall plan to reintroduce this grape into production, they've planted the vines... more » Spanish winemaking stalwart, Torres has announced an expansion of Forcada grape plantings... more »

DO Empordà first region in Spain to allow the Carinyena Blanca grape

by  |  04-03-2020

It has finally been announced in the almighty, Official Spanish State Bulletin (Boletín Oficial del Estado) that Carinyena Blanca (White Carignan) will be allowed for use in DO Empordà starting with the 2020 harvest, making... more » It has finally been announced in the almighty, Official Spanish State Bulletin... more »

A hop across the Douro: Quinta de Tourais

by  |  02-03-2020

When heading to the Douro Valley for The New Douro tasting last year, I came across a little hotel called, Original Douro Hotel in Peso da Régua. It was a touch more expensive than some... more » When heading to the Douro Valley for The New Douro tasting last... more »
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