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2017 vs 2018 in Priorat via Mas Doix’s Salanques

by  |  23-11-2020

A typical question people often ask me is, was so-and-so a good year for wine? It makes sense as while you can make wine literally anywhere in the world, actually growing grapes is a touch... more » A typical question people often ask me is, was so-and-so a good... more »

Recaredo Enoteca Reserva Particular 2004. Full Stop.

by  |  16-11-2020

Recaredo has always played something of a long game when it comes to their wines. Even their most “basic” wine, the Terrers sees 32 months of aging, putting it at the level of Gran Reserva–if... more » Recaredo has always played something of a long game when it comes... more »

Sant Martí, birth to new wine & death to pigs

by  |  13-11-2020

The day of Saint Martin of Tours is November 11th and it doesn’t go unnoticed in Spain. Across the whole country and especially in Catalunya, it’s touted as the day to slaughter pigs and drink... more » The day of Saint Martin of Tours is November 11th and it... more »

DOQ Priorat’s new “grower” classification

by  |  09-11-2020

In any given wine region there’s usually a little bit of everything when it comes to who is making the wine. You have the one-person show where the owner grows the grapes and makes the... more » In any given wine region there’s usually a little bit of everything... more »

In The Glass: Crivellé i Valls – Llàgrimes del Priorat 2018

by  |  06-11-2020

Whenever anyone asks me what judging wine is like, I tell them that it’s very hard, tiring work and they invariably laugh at me. I realize it’s impossible to imagine that swishing and smelling wine... more » Whenever anyone asks me what judging wine is like, I tell them... more »

The DO Montsant 2020 harvest comes to a close

by  |  23-10-2020

Essentially all the vineyards within the DO Montsant have been picked this year. According to their official statistics, only a handful in the north are still to arrive so in effect, the harvest has closed.... more » Essentially all the vineyards within the DO Montsant have been picked this... more »

New DOQ Priorat wineries to know, 2020 edition

by  |  19-10-2020

The wines being produced under the auspices of DOQ Priorat are always in flux and always evolving. They have to because the region from hence they issue forth grows ever more extreme while at the... more » The wines being produced under the auspices of DOQ Priorat are always... more »

A farewell to beloved Barcelona wine bar, Monvínic

by  |  05-10-2020

Monvínic, one of the first truly-dedicated wine bars in Barcelona that was once hailed as the best wine bar in the world by a Wall Street Journal columnist, finally announced last week that they’ve closed... more » Monvínic, one of the first truly-dedicated wine bars in Barcelona that was... more »
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Bringing the restaurant to the winery

by  |  28-09-2020

What’s a winery? When you arrive to Napa Valley for the first time, don’t be shocked that no winery has a restaurant at it. Why? Surely, there’s a great synergy to be found in having... more » What’s a winery? When you arrive to Napa Valley for the first... more »

New DO Montsant wineries to know, 2020 edition

by  |  21-09-2020

The Denomination of Origin Montsant wasn’t even in existence 20 years ago and yet, it’s proven to be a Spanish DO very much on the move. What started out as a collection of just a... more » The Denomination of Origin Montsant wasn’t even in existence 20 years ago... more »