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Catalan Wines

Best Catalan wines of 2021

by  |  06-12-2021

At the end of each year, I like to look back at all the wines I've tasted and pick out those in Catalunya that were either outstanding or represented something notable within various regions. This... more » At the end of each year, I like to look back at... more »

Understanding DO Penedès’s ‘Vi de Mas’ certification

by  |  03-12-2021

Last week, an article I wrote for Decanter covered a rather massive number of changes that DO Penedès has planned up through 2030. Some of the highlights are: All vineyards fully-certified as organic by 2025... more » Last week, an article I wrote for Decanter covered a rather massive... more »

Pre-tasting DOQ Priorat 2020

by  |  30-11-2021

A feeling washed over me when I was tasting the wines for the DO Tarragona report earlier this year. Despite being exceedingly young wines at the time from a region that’s one of Catalunya’s less... more » A feeling washed over me when I was tasting the wines for... more »

The state of Corpinnat for 2022

by  |  15-11-2021

It was incredibly exciting to have an updated taste a few days ago of the sparkling wines by the Corpinnat producers in Penedès, Catalunya which has resulted in the newest Tasting Report out today. As... more » It was incredibly exciting to have an updated taste a few days... more »

Pepe Raventós – Mas del Serral 2010

by  |  10-11-2021

After tasting Textures de Pedra last year, I realized a visit to the winery of Raventós i Blanc was long overdue so I finally went once movement restrictions were lifted back in March. Upon arriving,... more » After tasting Textures de Pedra last year, I realized a visit to... more »

DO Montsant at 20 years of age

by  |  06-11-2021

A fantastic notice from the Denomination of Origin Montsant arrived in my inbox, letting me know that they’re celebrating their 20th anniversary now! I got very familiar with this region when writing the book about... more » A fantastic notice from the Denomination of Origin Montsant arrived in my... more »

The rebuilding of Priorat’s Vall Llach

by  |  27-10-2021

As was reported back in the middle of January of this year, a historic snowstorm crushed the roof of Vall Llach’s main production cellar, destroying the building in the process. In an update to the... more » As was reported back in the middle of January of this year,... more »

The growing fraud case of Reserva de la Tierra

by  |  25-10-2021

As I reported in my article for Decanter last week, there’s currently a breaking story of massive wine fraud unfolding in Southern Catalunya. The perpetrator is alleged to be the company, “Reserva de la Tierra”... more » As I reported in my article for Decanter last week, there’s currently... more »

A perspective tasting of Alta Alella’s “10”

by  |  14-10-2021

There are many reasons to get to know the winery of Alta Alella in Catalunya. The easiest one to understand is the location as it sits on a hill with an splendid view of the... more » There are many reasons to get to know the winery of Alta... more »

A southern kind of bubbly, Vinyes del Convent – Senyoria 2017

by  |  27-09-2021

The region of Terra Alta is something of an exception in the eastern side of the Iberian Peninsula. It’s usually the case that the further south you go, the less white wine you find. But... more » The region of Terra Alta is something of an exception in the... more »