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The state of DOQ Priorat in 2020

by  |  30-07-2020

Having written about the wines of Priorat for nearly a decade, some readers might wonder if I’m perhaps a touch bored of, you know, year in, year out tasting Grenache and Carignan wines from these... more » Having written about the wines of Priorat for nearly a decade, some... more »

Understanding the Corpinnat wine region, in 3D

by  |  24-07-2020

The producers behind Corpinnat are always striving to show how the definition of their region (which isn't a DO yet) differs from that of both DO Cava as well as DO Penedès as these two... more » The producers behind Corpinnat are always striving to show how the definition... more »

DO Cava releases new zones, tweaks, & a fresh serving of brand-new names

by  |  23-07-2020

So, it took about two years. This was time DO Cava spent consulting and figuring out how to release a zone and subzone classification scheme. This is no small feat given that the idea is... more » So, it took about two years. This was time DO Cava spent... more »

Digging up the details on how Avaline wine defines “transparently produced”

by  |  20-07-2020 ~ 7 Comments

It would have been hard to avoid the news of Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power launching their white and rosé "Avaline" wine last week. In what was an amazing-to-behold marketing campaign, their PR firm, KLG... more » It would have been hard to avoid the news of Cameron Diaz... more »

Six white wines from Montsant to know right now

by  |  15-07-2020

Summer is still doing its thing in the Northern Hemisphere which means heat and a lot of it. Most of us, if opting for wine as the drink of choice, will want a nice, chilled... more » Summer is still doing its thing in the Northern Hemisphere which means... more »

Bell Cros, where paths meet in DO Montsant

by  |  10-07-2020

In goes without saying that Stockholm is further from Barcelona just as Barcelona is further from Priorat. And, Barcelona is farther from the Priorat county than its capital, Falset is from the Aiguasals paratge that’s... more » In goes without saying that Stockholm is further from Barcelona just as... more »

In The Glass: Toto Marqués – Prades 950 2016

by  |  01-07-2020 ~ 2 Comments

There's been a justified push to promote "terroir" insofar as it relates to wine. This French word, which means "sense of place" or more simply, "locale" is all fine and good unless it's the case... more » There's been a justified push to promote "terroir" insofar as it relates... more »

Six wines from Penedès to know right now

by  |  26-06-2020

As is often the case, we’d just passed May 40th when summer suddenly exploded out of nowhere here in Spain. It seems that overnight we went from chilly nights and massive, biblical rains (that have... more » As is often the case, we’d just passed May 40th when summer... more »

DO Empordà in 2020

by  |  16-06-2020

In years past and in times not like these, whenever visiting Alt Empordà in the far northeast of Catalunya, I’d try to find a way to have a drink on the terrace of the Almadraba... more » In years past and in times not like these, whenever visiting Alt... more »

In The Glass: Abadal Matís 2017

by  |  13-06-2020 ~ 4 Comments

There is a wealth of choice in the world of wine today from which I received this curiosity by Abadal recently. I say, "curiosity" as it's a new wine where they heavily feature Mandó, a... more » There is a wealth of choice in the world of wine today... more »